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  • “…many modern Catholics…assumed that the (1969) New Mass of Paul VI was merely a translation of the old rite — and, of course, nothing could be further from the truth. The New Mass is a completely new concoction, completely unrelated to the Tradition of the Church. What was created, under the guise of introducing the vernacular, was a messy product of the 1960s, the disgraceful decade of cultural revolution…it is possible to have a different sensibility to certain themes of Catholic social doctrine and still appreciate the Mass that was the same and only known by all great Catholic social reformers of the history of the Latin Church. The Traditional Mass really is not about a particular kind of political preference, but it is all about love for the most sacred thing on Earth: the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. The Traditional #Latin Mass #TLM is the birthright of each and every Catholic. To each one of them, regardless of their political leanings, we say: Welcome Home!”

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  • “…The rich man in Jesus’ story…asks Abraham to intercede, making two requests: 1) relief from his suffering in the “bad” part of Hades/Sheol (Lk 16:24), and 2) to send Lazarus to earth to warn his five brothers to repent…1 Samuel 28:15-16 (RSV) Then Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’ Saul answered, ‘I am in great distress’…The “bystanders” at Jesus’ crucifixion provide another similar instance. They assumed that He could ask (pray to) the prophet Elijah to save Him from the agony of the cross (Mt 27:46-50)… 2 Timothy 1:16-18 ‘May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus [whom most Biblical scholar believe was dead]…may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day’…See Acts 9:36-41…This is not only praying to the dead, but for the dead…”

  • “…God desired to love and be loved by other beings. God created human beings with this end in view. To make us capable of such fellowship, God had to give us the freedom to choose, since love cannot be either automatic or coerced. This sort of #FreeWill , however, entailed the danger that we would use it to go our own way in defiance of both God and our own best interests. For God to grant human beings free will was to grant us the awful dignity of making real choices with real consequences. If God prevents us from sinning, he is preventing us from truly free action. And if God constantly and instantly repairs our mischief, then it is likely that we would never face our #sin and need for #redemption …theists can simultaneously affirm that God is good, that God is all-powerful, and that #evil yet exists…”

  • Please pray for an end to senseless violence.

  • “…To accept the mere possibility of a God…does not…involve much more “faith” than belief in extraterrestrial life…several reasons why it is reasonable to accept the premise of a possible God-Being: #anthropological study, showing that human beings are overwhelmingly religious…why is the topic of God and #theism so prominent in #philosophy ? If indeed theism were as silly and foolish as belief in fairy tales…why does the question continue to occupy great minds (both in favor of theism, and opposed to it?)… Much of the point of the argument is to show that theism is every bit as plausible as #atheism … because so much of #atheist predisposition is based on the notion that Christianity is inherently intellectually inferior… #ontological argument…does not prove God’s existence, but only that theism is rational. The atheist’s difficulty, on the other hand, is to prove that such a being is inconceivable…”

  • “…we prefer the virtual world because it’s easier…We don’t have to be present to them and give of ourselves other than a passing “Like” or quick comment…The online world also allows us to block out the existential angst we all face in this life because of the reality of death. Our culture is terrified of being alone. People cannot even walk down the street without headphones in because they must deaden that still small voice. This is detrimental in the spiritual life because stillness, silence, and time alone with God are essential for growing in holiness…real relationships require something that the Internet can never give us: presence…If we were not connected through the mystery of solidarity, Christ would not have been able to take on human flesh and redeem mankind…We can’t truly see or understand people if we don’t look into their eyes and make a focused effort to be fully present to them…We can’t evangelize effectively if we are not working to connect with others at a deeply human level…”

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  • Beyond Meghan Markle’s Wedding Bombshell. Royal Family Furious!, Gwyneth Paltrow, and GOOP say the joke is on you if you followed their advice

    Beyond Meghan Markle’s Wedding Bombshell. Royal Family Furious!, Gwyneth Paltrow, and GOOP say the joke is on you if you followed their advice | Jessica A Bruno (waybeyondfedup)

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 day ago

    USCCB REFLECTION

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 day ago

    TREES

    \”And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the Lord, bring low the high tree, lift high the lowly tree, wither up the green tree, and make the withered tree bloom.\” —Ezekiel 17:24

    The Bible begins with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gn 2:9). It ends with the trees of life on the banks of the river of life-giving waters in heaven (Rv 22:1-2). Ezekiel described the Messianic kingdom as a majestic cedar tree on a high mountain (Ez 17:22-23). In contrast, Jesus described His kingdom in a much less impressive way as being like a mustard tree or shrub (Mk 4:32). Finally, the early Church referred to Jesus\’ cross as a tree (see Acts 13:29).
    The cross is the ultimate tree of life bridging Genesis to Revelation, the beginning to the end, earth to heaven, and humanity to God. The tree of the cross is the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies. It is the means of establishing God\’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. It is the way to enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Prayer: Father, may the sight of a tree make me think with gratitude of Your Son\’s cross.
    Promise: \”We walk by faith, not by sight.\” —2 Cor 5:7
    Praise: Praise You Jesus, our Life, Love, and risen Lord God. You are \”the Author of Life\” (Acts 3:15). We rejoice in You!

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 day ago

    Prayer comes from a humble heart

    St Cyprian’s treatise
    on
    the Lord’s Prayer

    When we meet together with the brethren in one place, and celebrate divine sacrifices with God’s priest, we should remember our modesty and discipline, not to broadcast our prayers at the tops of our voices, nor to throw before God, with undisciplined long-windedness, a petition that would be better made with more modesty: for after all God does not listen to the voice but to the heart, and he who sees our thoughts should not be pestered by our voices, as the Lord proves when he says: Why do you think evil in your hearts? – or again, All the churches shall know that it is I who test your motives and your thoughts.Let our speech and our petition be kept under discipline when we pray, and let us preserve quietness and modesty – for, remember, we are standing in God’s sight. We must please God’s eyes both with the movements of our body and with the way we use our voices. For just as a shameless man will be noisy with his cries, so it is fitting for the modest to pray in a moderate way. Furthermore, the Lord has taught us to pray in secret, in hidden and remote places, in our own bed-chambers – and this is most suitable for faith, since it shows us that God is everywhere and hears and s…[Read more]

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    • Yet another patristic author who refers to the Eucharist as a “divine sacrifice”: a concept almost completely lost to most Catholics over the past 50 years (in part because it’s barely mentioned in the 1969 “New Order of Mass”/’Novus Ordo Missae’)

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 2 hours ago

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  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 2 hours ago

    Welcome! to all New Members…God bless always 🙂

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  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 3 hours ago

    #pinterest

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 3 hours ago

    #pinterest

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 3 hours ago

    #pinterest

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of HISTORYHISTORY 1 day, 3 hours ago

    #pinterest

  • Rosemarie posted an update 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Welcome new members!

  • “America’s Attorney General apparently said Americans should do what the government tells us to. That’s ‘dog bites man’ news. It’s what government officials do. ‘Man bites dog’ news would be an official telling us to go out and break laws….”

    “…The good news, for me, is that America isn’t the ‘Christian nation’ of my youth.

    “I suspect the Attorney General’s appeal to ‘Biblical’ authority won’t generate much support. Apart from some of America’s fuddy duddy fringe….”

    Law, Immigrants and Romans 13

  • @sacredheart8 Cardinal #Sarah : “Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?”

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    • Against all the odds in this century (being in the unenviable position of having to compete heavily with “New Age” spiritualities with a monastic bent), this book may become the best write-up ever in the tradition of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.

  • @sacredheart8 “The Church of Africa is committed in the name of the Lord Jesus to keeping unchanged the teaching of God and of the Church.”
    — Robert Cardinal #Sarah

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    • Taking this stand will prove, certainly, one of the most bold and courageous moves ever seen in the Vatican.

  • #Chartres Pilgrimage 2018; solemn #Latin Pontifical Mass celebrated by Cardinal Robert Sarah: “…On #Pentecost weekend in France, nearly 20,000 Catholics from all over the world–of every race and color, men and women, old and young–came together to worship God, to honor Our Lady and to send a message to the world: the anti-Catholic revolution has failed! We’re back, we’re here to stay and we’re not apologizing for being proud Catholic soldiers of Jesus Christ. The Catholic counterrevolution is in full swing, and it’s a youth movement. All for the greater honor and glory of Almighty God…”

  • “…This experiment we’ve been on for the last half century is one in which we’ve been chasing after cultural relevance, only to drive the Church into a deeper state of cultural irrelevance…Doing something that is entirely unique and set apart from everything else is how you capture people’s interest …”

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of Awestruck Q&AAwestruck Q&A 1 day, 7 hours ago

    I\’ve put up some pins from Pinterest and typed #pinterest in the comments section, but I don\’t see them replicated in the Pinterest Lounge. Please advise.

    • @sacredheart8 Hi Stacy. I went on the “Pinners Lounge” group page and clicked the links to your boards which you posted; those work. To have an image appear on that page, go to your Pinterest board and right-click an image. In the drop-down menu click “Copy image address”. Then, in the Awestruck group page, under the comment box, there are 3 icons. The left-most is “Click to post images”. Click that and one of the choices in drop-down is “Add image URL” [URL means web address]. Click that and then paste the image address that’s is on your clipboard. I just did this to one of your own images so you can see how this works. I think you can do this for 5 image URL addresses in a single post. (BTW, I’m doing this from a PC; I’m the last person in the universe who does not own a smart phone, so I don’t know how this might work differently on such a device.)

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 7 hours ago

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 8 hours ago

  • Fr. Nicholas Marziani posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 9 hours ago

    SALUTATIONS AND APOLOGIES. IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE MY LAST POST. NO, I HAVEN’T DROPPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH, BUT MINISTRY HAS BEEN MUCH MORE INTENSE THAN USUAL. PLUS I’M ATTEMPTING A NEW AUDIO FORMAT FOR MY HOMILIES BUT IT IS A CHALLENGE.

    Anyway, here’s my homily for the Second Sunday after Trinity (Tenth Sunday in Ordinary time). Thank you for your understanding, and your prayers! God bless – Fr. Nick
    P.S. This homily is a little long – I guess I’m making up for lost time. But when you put the sin of Adam and Eve up against the Unpardonable Sin in a sermon, look out! Anyway, thanks for your patience!

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