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  • “…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.

  • 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…”

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for abuses of the Blessed Sacrament. This chaplet may be prayed at any time.

    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

  • Re: The Joyful Life Magazine – A quarterly lifestyle print publication for Christian women. – Welcome | Sandi Sutton | Christian Writer

    2/19/18

    Dear Ms Sutton, whomever else this may concerns, both everyone on/ff of here:,

    I am back yet again to pass along the latest TJFLMC (The Joyful Life Magazine Company). Did you miss our latest update, Jessica A (waybeyondfedup)? We want to make sure you’re kept in the loop http://preview.mailerlite.com/d0c4h4/829699688344065078/d5y8/. In which I’m psyched about it and beyond.

    Think thats it for now.

    Thank you, again, in advance.

    Yours truly,

    Jessica A Bruno (waybeyondfedup)

    jessicaabruno@icloud.com

    jessicaabrunowaybeyondfedup@outlook.com

    http://jessicaabrunowaybeyondfedup.wordpress.com

    http://jessicaabrunowaybeyondfedup.tumblr.com

  • Please pray for those with chronic pain.

  • Miriam Worden posted an update in the group Group logo of Funny StuffFunny Stuff 1 day, 16 hours ago

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 17 hours ago

  • “…If we simply stop to look and contemplate, the beauty of the world becomes a mirror by which we see more clearly how graced the world really is…Even the most inspiring surroundings can become ordinary without an interior life. By contrast, even the most mundane surroundings can blaze forth in glory with it. Squirrels and ants are every bit as interesting as grizzly bears and elephants, and a suburban front porch every bit as conducive to contemplation as is a Cape Cod beach.…Whatever the surroundings or circumstances, whether we’re in the suburbs, the city, or the countryside, there is always an inner mystery to contemplate.”

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • BREAD FROM HEAVEN

    “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You?” —Matthew 25:37

    When Jesus comes in glory on Judgment Day, He will judge us on whether we fed Him by feeding the least of His and our brothers and sisters (Mt 25:35, 42). Jesus is so concerned with feeding us that, when Peter told Jesus that he loved Him, Jesus said: “Feed My lambs” and “Feed My sheep” (Jn 21:15, 17). To feed us, Jesus even went to the unimaginable extreme of making Himself the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35) and feeding us with His own body and blood (Jn 6:55).
    Therefore, we must:
    be the best stewards possible in tithing and giving alms to feed those starving physically,
    be nourished daily by the Church’s teachings, especially in the Bible, and by the Eucharist,
    invite others to be spiritually nourished daily by God’s Word and the Eucharist, and
    pray for Christians who might be caught up in the culture of death or suffering from some form of spiritual anorexia.
    Jesus died to feed His sheep. We must receive Him, become like Him, and die with Him to feed the sheep. When Jesus returns, He wants to say to each of us: “Come. You have My Father’s blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food” (Mt 25:34-35).

    Prayer: A…[Read more]

  • Let us show each other God’s generosity

    From a Sermon
    by
    Saint Gregory Nazianzen
    [ 329 -390 A.D. ]

    Let me turn to what is of less importance: the visible world around us. What benefactor has enabled you to look out upon the beauty of the sky, the sun in its course, the circle of the moon, the countless number of stars, with the harmony and order that are theirs, like the music of a harp? Who has blessed you with rain, with the art of husbandry, with different kinds of food, with the arts, with houses, with laws, with states, with a life of humanity and culture, with friendship and the easy familiarity of kinship?Recognise to whom you owe the fact that you exist, that you breathe, that you understand, that you are wise, and, above all, that you know God and hope for the kingdom of heaven and the vision of glory, now darkly as in a mirror but then with greater fullness and purity. You have been made a son of God, co-heir with Christ. Where did you get all this, and from whom?
    Who has given you dominion over animals, those that are tame and those that provide you with food? Who has made you lord and master of everything on earth? In short, who has endowed you with all that makes man superior to all other living creatures?
    Is it not God who asks you now in your…[Read more]

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 2 days, 3 hours ago

  • “This year’s Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day were the same day.

    “Folks exchanged greeting cards. Many got their foreheads marked with ashes. And 17 were killed at a high school….

    “…One was a football coach. One of the dead students had won a swimming scholarship to the University of Indianapolis.

    “Others had been on the school honor guard, enjoyed playing soccer or dancing. A geography teacher died while trying to barricade a door. Like I said, they will be missed.

    “Nothing I say or do will change what happened. But I can talk about why I think murder is a bad idea. Among other things….”

    Mass Murder: No Fast Fix

  • “Quite a bit happened this week.

    “We started Lent’s 40-day stay with our Lord in the desert. Not literally. That’s mentioned in today’s Gospel: Mark 1:12-15….

    “…I could waste time and effort, agonizing over my ‘keep it simple’ decision. But I won’t. This reading-and-prayer routine is something I can do. I figure doing what I can is more productive than fretting about what I can’t….”

    Lent: Not Doing Too Much

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for abuses of the Blessed Sacrament. This chaplet may be prayed at any time.

    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

  • Please pray for those who have lost loved ones through acts of violence.

  • Eileen33 posted an update in the group Group logo of USA NetworkUSA Network 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Ugly ‘View’ in news this week… “The women of “The View” took a shot at Pence’s Christian [Catholic] faith on Tuesday, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a “mental illness…”

  • Re: Jordan Schrandt\’s Farmhouse Movement Magazine

    Jordan Schrandt – https://jordanschrandt.com

    Farmhouse Movement – Just another WordPress site – https://farmhousemovement.com

    2/17/18

    Dear Ms Schrandt, whomever this may concerns, everyone both on/ff of here:,

    I am here because again with even more detail review of TFHM (The Farmhouse Movement). Especially, I for one I’m waybeyondfedup with what the selection is nowadays in this/ese particular subject/s. Especially, with what as we Christians face as well. Of course you and yours is Ivanka Trump’s HQ (Headquarters) http://ivankatrump.com for her/their digital publication. Thats to me goes along with her father (President Donald Trump: MAGA aka Make America Great Again). Carly Fiorina http://carlyfiorina.com as well.

    Think thats it for now.

    Thank you, again, in advance.

    Yours truly,

    Jessica A Bruno (waybeyondfedup)

    jessicaabruno@icloud.com

    jessicaabrunowaybeyondfedup@outlook.com

    http://jessicaabrunowaybeyondfedup.wordpress.com

    http://jessicaabrunowaybeyondfedup.tumblr.com

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Latin MassLatin Mass 2 days, 22 hours ago

    a Solemn Traditional #Latin Mass #TLM will be celebrated for the feast of St Peter’s Chair, Thursday February 22nd, starting at 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Peace Church, 620 Amboy Avenue, Fords, New Jersey USA. Dessert, coffee and fellowship to follow in the church hall.

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