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  • Hooray! Our little greenhouse is going up today. We had some success with it last year (its first year), such as tomatoes more than a month earlier. Hubby is tweeking it a bit this year…he added a back door so it would not get too hot on warm, sunny days, and he is installing it a little later, so that we will not have as much worry about snow collapsing it, or the nights getting too cold. I believe that he is also planting more seeds directly in the ground this year, rather than starting them in pots. Is anyone else planning their gardens?

  • Thank you, Lord, for the sunshine.

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for all abuses of the Blessed Sacrament.
    This chaplet can be prayed at any time during the day.
    Prayers I Love: Chaplet Of The Adorable Sacrament
    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

  • God continues to seek hearts…

  • “RIVERS OF LIVING WATER” (Jn 7:38)

    “I saw water flowing.” —Ezekiel 47:1

    Water trickled “from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east” (Ez 47:1). This trickle became a great river which emptied into the sea and made the salt waters fresh (Ez 47:8-9). Wherever this river flowed, it brought abundant life (Ez 47:12). In today’s psalm, the psalmist refers to “a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God” (Ps 46:5). Because God is present in His city and at this stream, this stream is a river of peace where the Lord stops “wars to the end of the earth” (Ps 46:10). Our Gospel reading mentions the water of the pool of Bethesda, a spiritual whirlpool which gave healing to the first person plunged into it after it was miraculously agitated (Jn 5:7).
    The Church has chosen these Biblical readings about water to prepare us to renew our baptismal promises in two-and-a-half weeks. The waters of Baptism are much greater than Ezekiel’s river of life, the psalmist’s river of peace, or the healing pool of Bethesda. The waters of Baptism are greater than the flood waters at Noah’s time, the waters of the Red Sea, and even the River Jordan in which Jesus was baptized. When we renew our baptismal promises, we reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty p…[Read more]

  • In praise of charity

    From a sermon by Pope St Leo the Great[ 390 – 461 A.D. ]

    So the faithful should look into themselves and carefully examine their minds and the impulses of their hearts. If they find some of the fruits of love stored in their hearts then they must not doubt God’s presence within them, but to make themselves more and more able to receive so great a guest they should do more and more works of durable mercy and kindness. After all, if God is love, charity should know no limit, for God himself cannot be confined within limits.In John’s gospel the Lord says: By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples. In a letter by John we read: My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. What is the appropriate time for performing works of charity? My beloved children, any time is the right time, but these days of Lent provide a special encouragement. Those who want to be present at the Lord’s Passover in holiness of mind and body should seek above all to win this grace. Charity contains all other virtues and covers a multitude of sins. As we prepare to celebrate that greatest of al…[Read more]

  • #Trust -“Speak to God about everything that happens or that doesn’t happen, about how you feel and how you wish you were feeling, about things that go right and things that go absolutely wrong. Then give God time and space to talk about these things with you.” —Daughters of St. Paul USA
    Word of the Day: #PRAYER
    “If your thoughts tend to wander in prayer, notice where they wander and point that out to God. It may be just what you need to pray about!” —Daughters of St. Paul USA

  • Remembering Mother Angelica from the Vatican to Alabama

  • We have had 24 hour Adoration for over 20 years. Many are the faithful souls who have adored, prayed for and worked tirelessly to get it going and keep it vibrant all of these years. And many are the blessings we have all received from having the chapel to adore our Lord in. May He be adored in all the churches and chapels throughout the world until the time He comes to us in glory!

  • Patti posted an update in the group Group logo of Introduce YourselfIntroduce Yourself 1 day, 1 hour ago

    Hello everybody! I just discovered this awesome site. And from the little browsing I\’ve done so far, I\’m glad I did! My Catholic faith is very important in my life. I was very blessed to have been born into a very Catholic family. As I\’ve grown in my adult life it has become much more than something I do. It\’s who I am. It\’s my very heart. I often marvel at how God shows Himself to me, a little nobody to most in this huge world. But His love is palpable to any who seek His face!
    Glad I\’m here with my brothers and sisters in Christ! Good to meet you all!

  • I am thankful that a good friend of mine, who has been going through some very emotional family problems, seemed calm and rested today.

  • Patti posted an update 1 day, 5 hours ago

    @anastpaul, thank you for the invite from Pinterest. I just found it in my inbox from last fall. Better late than never! I love this! Thank you and God bless all who are involved in Awestruck!

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Latin MassLatin Mass 1 day, 8 hours ago

    Cardinal Raymond #Burke celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Traditional #Latin Mass/ #TLM on Saturday, March 25–the feast of the Annunciation. The church of St. Mary, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA was filled to overflowing–and many had to remain standing in the vestibule. Photos here http://sthughofcluny.org/2017/03/cardinal-burke-in-greenwich-i.html
    AND here http://sthughofcluny.org/2017/03/cardinal-burke-in-greenwich-ii.html
    Note the youthfulness of the deacon and sub-deacon! When he celebrated Mass at my own Connecticut parish about 2 years ago the vesting, between his silent recitation of Terce before the altar and the start of Mass, took about 10 minutes. A bishop in the traditional rite wears the vestments of all 3 “orders”: sub-deacon’s tunicle, deacon’s dalmatic, priest’s chasuble, in addition to vestments specific to a bishop as well as specific to a cardinal. About 8 minutes into this vesting I whispered to my wife “It’s about honoring the office, not the man”: a concept lost on most Catholics today, including popes.

  • Rochelle Brown posted an update in the group Group logo of Give Thanks To GodGive Thanks To God 1 day, 8 hours ago

    I\’m thankful for the life and legacy of Mother Angelica.

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for all abuses of the Blessed Sacrament.
    This chaplet can be prayed at any time during the day.
    Prayers I Love: Chaplet Of The Adorable Sacrament
    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

  • Behave as children of Light…

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • LET YOUR VOICE REJOICE

    “There shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create.” —Isaiah 65:18

    Sadly, in our modern secular culture, there isn’t always rejoicing and happiness in what God creates. Many groan when God creates a new life in the womb. The following comments are routinely heard these days: “You’re pregnant again?” “That baby has birth defects. You should abort it.” “How will this world survive with so much overpopulation?” or “You ought to get that fixed.” Most importantly, God creates people anew in Baptism and via constant conversions. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). Nonetheless, there isn’t always rejoicing and happiness in God’s new creations. “So, you became a Christian and now you won’t go out drinking with me anymore? Some friend you are!”
    God’s creation isn’t flawed. Everything He makes reflects His glory and love. The problem is that many humans have a warped sense of values. If we aren’t rejoicing over God’s creation, we’re listening to the wrong voices. The airwaves are filled with bad news; the Scriptures are full of “good news” (Mk 1:1, JB).
    God is creating new heavens, a new earth (Is 65:17), and a new kingdom with newly recreated people. There will be no more weeping or g…[Read more]

  • Christ the High Priest makes atonement for our sins

    Let me turn to my true high priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. In our humannature he spent the whole year in the company of the people, the year that he spoke of when he said: He sent me to bring good news to the poor, to announce the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of forgiveness. Notice how once in that year, on the day of atonement, he enters into the holy of holies. Having fulfilled God’s plan, he passes through the heavens and enters into the presence of the Father to make him turn in mercy to the human race and to pray for all who believe in him.Once a year the high priest, leaving the people outside, entered that place where no one except the high priest might enter. In it was the mercy-seat, and above the mercy-seat the cherubim, as well as the ark of the covenant and the altar of incense.
    John the apostle, knowing of the atonement that Christ makes to the Father for all men, says this: Little children, I say these things so that you may not sin. But if we have sinned we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the just one. He is the atonement for our sins in his blood, through faith. We have then a day of atonement that remains until the world comes to an end.
    God’s word tells us: The…[Read more]

  • March 26, 2017

    Archbishop Philip Kocsis (Fülöp in Hungarian) gave a short lecture for the international community of foreign students in Debrecen after the English holy mass as our Lenten Retreat this year. Frs Jacek and Paul were also with us on this occasion.

    He started with introducing himself and the story of his vocation in excellent English. Then on this note of vocation he choose Isaiah 6:1-8 to as the text of his meditation.

    Do not ask to recall what he was telling us – I was (just like the prophet Isaiah) overwhelmed with the task of translation.

    At the end of his teaching he not only agreed to have group photos​ taken with us, but also took selfies with the luckiest ones of us.

    He is the second bishop to meet the English speaking community at St Laszlo’s. ..and counting.. ;-}

    Please, keep Archbishop Philip and his service in your prayers.

    • Archbishop Péter Fülöp Kocsis is head of the Hungarian Greek Catholic Church. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A9ter_F%C3%BCl%C3%B6p_Kocsis
      Its liturgical rite is the Byzantine Rite, celebrated in Hungarian. In the 17-18th centuries, during the conflict with Protestants, many Hungarians joined the Greek Catholic Church, which is a ‘Sui iuris’ Church (very loosely translated as ’independent by canon law’), in full communion with Rome:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Greek_Catholic_Church
      So did the Archbishop celebrate a Byzantine Divine Liturgy, or a (1969) Roman Rite Mass in English?
      Are many of these foreign students from Nigeria (which has perhaps the largest number of Catholics in Africa)?
      The Catholic Church continues to grow in Africa, but when they come here to the USA they unfortunately lose the faith, as our decadent, secular culture soon pulls them away… 🙁

      • Fr Fülöp (he himself asked us to address him this way, without his full title) concelebrated in a Roman Catholic, novo ordo, mass in Hungarian. He only gave a scriptural homily/teaching to the students from abroad outside the liturgy. Even that mostly in Hungarian, so I had to translate him. Which was not easy – he had a set theme, but most of his teaching was quite improvised.

        But we enjoyed it, and the time with him that allowed for some more personal questions.

        Your guess is correct, many (about 35 to 40 percent) of the churchgoer Catholic foreign students are Nigerian (from the English speaking half of the country). But we have about 10 percent of the community from Cameroon and Namibia each. The remaining 30 percent is mostly Asian – Koreans, Vietnamese and Philippines. We have a few Brazilians – they seem to arrive in waves, 4 year ago they gave the majority. Some Indians (UK citizens), and occasionally a French or Spanish medical student happens to be with us. They usually study here because of personal reasons (Hungarian boyfriend/girlfriend) or have family ties.

  • Tomorrow on EWTN:

    HOLY MASS ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MOTHER ANGELICA\’S PASSING
    Memorial Mass for the anniversary of Mother Angelica\’s death, with Bishop Robert Baker as celebrant. Live from Hanceville, AL.

    TV-G
    12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
    Please check for the broadcast time in your area.

  • It is hard to forgive. It’s a process not an event. But it is good to let it go because replaying it over and over in your head only puts you in misery. Let it go. Cry about it and use it as fertilizer for your soul. You will reach new heights of courage . God will give you graces that will fortify your soul again. Do the stations of the cross whenever you feel down or wronged by someone. Join your sufferings to Jesus who suffered so many humiliations and misunderstandings. The people who wronged us are basically hurting their own selves in the long run. They need prayers too.

  • I am thankful for my daughter-in-law, who is celebrating her birthday today.

  • Fr. Nicholas Marziani posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 2 days, 3 hours ago

    Homily for the Vigil of Laetare Sunday: “Learning to See, Growing in Faith”

  • Rochelle Brown posted an update in the group Group logo of Give Thanks To GodGive Thanks To God 2 days, 8 hours ago

    I\’m thankful for Laetare Sunday.

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for all abuses of the Blessed Sacrament.
    This chaplet can be prayed at any time during the day.
    Prayers I Love: Chaplet Of The Adorable Sacrament
    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

  • Lest we forget…

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

    “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7

    There is a human way of seeing and a divine way of seeing. Because we have been baptized into Christ Who is God, we can share in God’s divine way of seeing (see 2 Pt 1:4). However, we will have “the eyes of our hearts” (Eph 1:18, our transl) enlightened by God only if we live our Baptisms. This means:
    loving God, our brothers and sisters in Christ, our neighbors, and even our enemies, for “the man who hates his brother is in darkness. He walks in shadows, not knowing where he is going, since the dark has blinded his eyes” (1 Jn 2:11),
    rejecting worldly ways to avoid being blinded by the god of the present age (2 Cor 4:4), that is, secular humanism,
    going to Confession regularly so as not to be blinded by sin,
    being rejected by those blind to their blindness (see Jn 9:22; 9:39-41),
    finally seeing Jesus as He is (1 Jn 3:2), and
    finally seeing God “face to face” (1 Cor 13:12).
    “Jesus said: ‘I came into this world to divide it, to make the sightless see and the seeing blind’ ” (Jn 9:39). “But blest are your eyes because they see” (Mt 13:16).

    Prayer: Father, when I renew my baptismal promises in three weeks, may I see in t…[Read more]

  • Christ is the way to the light, the truth and the life

    Let us do now what he commands. Let us follow in the footsteps of the Lord. Let us throw off the chains that prevent us from following him. Who can throw off these shackles without the aid of the one addressed in these words: You have broken my chains? Another psalm says of him: The Lord frees those in chains, the Lord raises up the downcast.The Lord tells us: I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. In these few words he gives a command and makes a promise. Let us do what he commands so that we may not blush to covet what he promises and to hear him say on the day of judgement: “I laid down certain conditions for obtaining my promises. Have you fulfilled them?” If you say: “What did you command, Lord our God?” he will tell you: “I commanded you to follow me. You asked for advice on how to enter into life. What life, if not the life about which it is written: With you is the fountain of life?”
    Those who have been freed and raised up follow the light. The light they follow speaks to them: I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness. The Lord gives light to the blind. Brethren, that light shines on us now, for we have…[Read more]

  • “The quote is from Tennyson’s ‘Ulysses,’ among my favorite poems; and the source for my Google Plus tagline:

    “‘…To follow knowledge, like a sinking star,
    “Beyond the utmost bound of human thought….’
    (‘Ulysses,’ Tennyson (1833))

    “I’m not ‘an idle king,’ and take my family obligations seriously, so I won’t be setting off on a voyage of discovery. Thanks to a pretty good Internet connection and research skills, I can ‘follow knowledge’ without leaving my desk.

    “My shameless curiosity may need some explanation. Or maybe not, if you read my Friday ‘science’ posts….”

    Knowledge: Opening the Gift

  • Fr. Leonard’s homily for Saturday, March 25.

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 3 days ago

    “On 18 March, Cardinal Reinhard #Marx — Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising and President of the German Bishops’ Conference — spoke at a diocesan meeting and revealed a stunning fact. In the year of 2016, only one new #seminarian entered the diocesan #seminary of Munich…there are altogether 37 #seminarians for the whole Archdiocese of Munich — for around 1.7 million Catholics. (As a comparison, the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, has currently 49 seminarians for some 96,000 Catholics.)… Why does Pope Francis ask Cardinal Marx to become a select member of the Council of Nine Cardinals — established in order to counsel the pope in his pontificate — when Cardinal Marx himself is conspicuously deficient in creating in his own diocese an atmosphere and culture of the Faith and Catholic devotion which would also sufficiently foster new #vocations to the priesthood?… Perhaps it would be helpful, both to Pope Francis and to Cardinal Marx himself, to go for an extended visit to the Diocese of Lincoln…” http://www.onepeterfive.com/cardinal-marx-seminary-received-one-new-seminarian-2016/ #AmorisLaetitia

    [Read more]

  • I am thankful for God\’s healing.

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