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  • Saint Peter Damian

  • “…Over a period years attending the usus antiquior, I found myself noticing more and more the custom of the priest holding his thumb and forefinger together from the time of the consecration until the ablutions, a practice some call ‘canonical digits’ or ‘liturgical digits.’ As an observing layman, this custom struck me as entirely fitting, given our faith in the Real Presence, and I began to wonder about the implications of its disappearance in the (1969) Novus Ordo.
    Recently the idea occurred to me of surveying a number of priests to ask them how they perceive and experience this custom, since they are uniquely situated to know its benefits (or the lack thereof). The survey is all the more valuable with the growing presence of the usus antiquior (Traditional #Latin Mass) in the Church and the way it is enriching day by day the celebration of the Novus Ordo, where we find the custom of ‘liturgical digits’ making a return today.
    I wrote to 30 priests, and received responses from 19…”

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  • Our family had a beautiful Byzantine Catholic experience last summer and at Christmas. So I’d like to share it with you all.

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 23 hours ago

    USCCB REFLECTION

  • THE SPIRIT TEACHES US THE “OUR FATHER”

    “This is how you are to pray.” —Matthew 6:9

    Prayer is to communicate with the infinite, perfect, all-holy God, Who is Love (1 Jn 4:16). Therefore, prayer is one of the most important aspects of being a human being. Prayer is an awesome privilege and power. In prayer, we are necessarily “in way over our heads.” Because of this, “we do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rm 8:26). Thankfully, the Holy Spirit “helps us in our weakness” (Rm 8:26).
    The Holy Spirit begins to help us pray by crying out in our hearts “Abba” (“Father”) (Gal 4:6). It is shockingly true that the all-holy God of infinite mystery has adopted the baptized as His own sons and daughters. Thus, prayer means communicating with our own Father (see Mt 6:9).
    The Holy Spirit makes us holy. Thus, we can pray that through our holiness God’s name be hallowed, that is, holy (Mt 6:9).
    The Holy Spirit convicts us regarding the sinfulness of building our own kingdom and doing our own will (Jn 16:8). Thus, we can pray in the Spirit: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10).
    In the Spirit, pray always to Abba as Jesus taught us.

    Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to help me learn from Jesus how to pray as never before. M…[Read more]

  • He has given us life: he has also taught us how to pray

    From a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer
    by
    Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr
    [ 210 – 258 A.D. ]

    God willed that many things should be said by the prophets, his servants, and listened to by his people. How much greater are the things spoken by the Son. These are now witnessed to by the very Word of God who spoke through the prophets. The Word of God does not now command us to prepare the way for his coming: he comes in person and opens up the way for us and directs us toward it. Before, we wandered in the darkness of death, aimlessly and blindly. Now we are enlightened by the light of grace, and are to keep to the highway of life, with the Lord to precede and direct us.Dear brothers, the commands of the Gospel are nothing else than God’s lessons, the foundations on which to build up hope, the supports for strengthening faith, the food that nourishes the heart. They are the rudder for keeping us on the right course, the protection that keeps our salvation secure. As they instruct the receptive minds of believers on earth, they lead safely to the kingdom of heaven.
    The Lord has given us many counsels and commandments to help us toward salvation. He has even given us a pattern of prayer, instructing us on how we a…[Read more]

  • Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

    Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

  • Tony Agnesi posted an update 1 day ago

    Scott co-hosts the morning show on @WQMX949 in Akron, Ohio and I was honored to be a guest on the show a few week back. Scott took a copy of my book with him on a golf trip to Florida and wrote this review today. http://bit.ly/2oiuek5

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 day ago

    “…Fr Martin’s charge that straight employees are not removed from their jobs at Catholic institutions for breaking their employment contract over matters of sexual #morality is simply wrong. The comments on his Twitter feed provide multiple examples of heterosexual employees being fired for breaking their contract by giving bad #moral example and violating Catholic morality… all sins are not the same because some are formal and public while others are private and informal… Therefore, from a Catholic point of view, if the #marriage is in any way illicit, they are saying, “We know what we are doing. We know it is wrong. We are making this formal and public, and we intend to stay in this sinful condition for the rest of our lives.” In that respect their action is formal, public and irreformable unless they repudiate their decision and change their life. This second aspect of the objection therefore applies to both heterosexual couples who remarry after divorce as well as to #homosexual persons who attempt to marry…”

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  • Rochelle Brown posted an update in the group Group logo of The Share-Care-Prayer ClubThe Share-Care-Prayer Club 1 day ago

    Rev. Br. Matthew takes another step on the path to ordination. https://www.facebook.com/MFVAFriars/posts/1542757319106353

  • Read the #Bible in one year with daily readings in your choice of five patterns: Beginning to End, Chronological, Historical, New/Old Testament, or Old/New Testament. You can read the Bible in one year with one of these Bible reading plans in over 50 translations.
    Start Scripture reading on the 1st or 15th of any month, or choose any date to customize your plan. Reading the Bible in one year is easier than you think when you follow a schedule!
    (I’m following the chronological plan, using the New Revised Standard translation. The plan does not include the additional 7 books found in the #Septuagint –and included in all Christian Bibles until these 7 were deleted by Martin Luther–so I’ll read those when the plan is about to start the New Testament.) https://www.christianity.com/bible/year/

  • “…Let’s clear up a major misconception people have about the Dead Sea Scrolls: they are not Christian documents, although their composition overlaps with the life and times of Jesus and the early Church (they were generally composed between the third century B.C. and first century A.D.). However, they do show us what many Jews who were roughly contemporaneous with Jesus believed about the coming messianic age. These beliefs were expectations that were common to many Jews of Jesus’ day. When we read the scrolls through this lens, we see many points of contact between what the authors of the scrolls expected of the Messiah and Jesus’ own words and deeds…”

  • Fr. Nicholas Marziani posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 2 hours ago

    Homily for the First Sunday of Lent: “Covenants and our Christian Baptismal Identity”

  • @miriamw Welcome back, Miriam!

  • #China

  • “Several important new studies on the serious risks to young women for #depression and #suicide from the use of #hormonal #contraceptives should be presented to male youth and adults who are considering or who are using #hormones in preparation for sexual reassignment surgery…A 2017 retrospective review of 201 #transgender patients aged between 18 and 64 revealed that overall, 95 percent of them were prescribed hormones…These new research findings may also explain, in part, the elevated risk of depression and markedly increased risk of #suicide after sexual reassignment surgery (SRS)… a twofold to threefold increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self-harm without lethal intent, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment…’ #genderDysphoria treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction’…” #NaturalLaw

  • “…figures from 2012, when one in five adults over age 25 had never married (a record high), predict that by the time those unmarrieds reach their mid-40s (the end of most women’s childbearing years), a full 25 percent of them won’t have found spouses, even for the most short-lived of conjugal unions. Grace’s story suggests why… in promoting a “ #sexualRevolution ” that has all but destroyed any Judeo-Christian notions about the sacrality of #sex and its connection to lifelong commitment and child-bearing, we have told Grace and the other women of her generation that there is nothing wrong with becoming carnally entangled with a man you hardly know, and then becoming beside yourself with vengeful anger because the experience turned out not to be as pleasurable and emotionally fulfilling as the sexual revolutionists said it would be…”

  • School shootings: “The cause of all of this is America’s war on God, America’s war on life, on #family …The schools have become moral-free, God-free zones. And how did they get this way?…Without Christ, without His visible Church, without His voice in society, without His law, there’s only chaos and more chaos…”

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