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  • 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

  • Six daily habits to keep your Faith alive.

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • END-TIMES TALK

    “I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over.” —Deuteronomy 34:4

    In American culture, movies and novels typically conclude with a happy ending. After a long struggle, the author lets justice prevail and the good guys triumph.
    God, the Author of Life (Acts 3:15), is also into happy endings. His happy ending is “immeasurably more than we ask or imagine” (Eph 3:20) — “life on high in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). Yet it is sometimes difficult to resist the temptation to question God’s handling of endings in this earthly life.
    Moses’ ending seems tragic. He endured forty years of revolt and grumbling, faithfully shepherding the Israelites to the border of the Promised Land. Yet God refused to allow him to enter the land (Dt 34:4). Without Moses’ demise, however, the Israelites might never have followed Joshua as their new leader. If Moses had a “good ending” in the Promised Land, he might have then died without publicly commissioning Joshua, leaving Israel weak and in disarray.
    Our heritage is not so much the final outcome, but rather the day-to-day privilege of having God present in our midst (Mt 18:20). Each day in God’s service is its own reward (Is 49:4). If we daily focus on Jesus present with us, Jesus will be “t…[Read more]

  • Son, listen to your father’s instruction

    However, dearest son, even now in our kingdom the Church is proclaimed as young and newly planted; and for that reason she needs more prudent and trustworthy guardians lest a benefit which the divine mercy bestowed on us undeservedly should be destroyed and annihilated through your idleness, indolence or neglect.My dearest son, if you desire to honour the royal crown, I advise, I counsel, I urge you above all things to maintain the Catholic and apostolic faith with such diligence and care that you may be an example for all those placed under you by God and that all the clergy may rightly call you a man of true Christian profession. Failing to do this, you may be sure that you will not be called a Christian or a son of the Church. Indeed, in the royal palace – after the faith itself – the Church holds second place, first propagated as she was by our head, Christ; then transplanted, firmly constituted and spread through the whole world by his members, the apostles and holy fathers. And though she always produced fresh offspring, nevertheless in certain places she is regarded as ancient.
    My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I command, that at every time and in everything, strengthened by you…[Read more]

  • Actually Losing the Battle of #Lepanto —less than 5 centuries later: “By 2038, Austrians will no longer be singing ‘how do you solve a problem like Maria,’ but ‘how do you solve a problem like #Sharia ‘. This is the biggest story of our time, and yet hardly anyone ever writes about it…This is the biggest demographic movement/transformation in history—and it’s about to accelerate…The people who built the modern world are going out of business, voluntarily…” #contraception #abortion #marriage

  • “…Protestants may not be similar to modern atheists in the content of their belief (e.g., God exists, Jesus is God, we will rise from the dead, etc.), but their approach to arriving at knowledge of their subject matter is similar…as many modern atheists reject anything that science cannot detect, so too do Protestants reject any teaching that is not found explicitly in the Bible. Where Dawkins and others like him are science-only atheists, Protestants are Bible-only Christians…both #scientism and #solaScriptura are self-refuting ideas…If science can’t verify the truth of scientism, then how can scientism itself be a legitimate form of knowledge? The answer is, It can’t…if the Bible is the only source of infallible knowledge concerning God’s revelation, and the Bible never tells us which books are inspired by God, then how can a Protestant have infallible knowledge of which books are inspired by God? How could he know what scriptura is?…”

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  • “…Archbishop Sheen sets forth these three characteristics of the diabolic:
    Love of Nudity – For a long time this man (in Luke 8:26-30) had not worn clothes.
    Violence – … though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains. The version of the story in Mark’s Gospel has more vivid detail: For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.
    Division (split personalities, disjointed minds) – … many demons had gone into him. In Mark’s version, the demoniac replies, My name is Legion, for we are many (Mk 5:9). All of the versions say that the demoniac lived apart from others or in solitary places.
    It does not take much effort to recognize that these three characteristics of the #diabolic are alive and flourishing in the modern world…” #devil #satan #evil #sin #possession #exorcism

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  • Fr. Leonard’s homily for Tuesday, August 15.

  • 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

  • The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • THE DAY HE’S BEEN WAITING FOR

    “Now have salvation and power come.” —Revelation 12:10

    Because the Lord has created us, He knows us perfectly. He knows how to break through our resistance to His will. He knows how to penetrate our hearts and transform us. He knows how to love us. In His infinite wisdom, He has decided to do especially astounding miracles of conversion, repentance, deliverance, and healing on this day when we celebrate the taking of Mary to heaven. This makes today a holy day, a special day set apart from most other days. This is why the Church usually makes this day a holy day of obligation. The Church obliges us to join in the celebration of the Mass today so that we will not miss out on the amazing graces of this feast day.
    Today, people afraid of death will be freed. Death will lose its sting (1 Cor 15:55). People who feel hopeless will become hopeful. They will proclaim the greatness of the Lord (Lk 1:46), for they will believe that they will go to heaven, see Jesus face to face, and rejoice forever in His love. Today, many lukewarm Christians will repent, forgive, and be forgiven. Then they will be on fire with love for God. On this great feast day, the Lord will turn this world around by deposing “the mighty from their thrones” and raising …[Read more]

  • Your body is holy and glorious

    The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII
    on the
    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Thus St John Damascene, who is the greatest exponent of this tradition, compares the bodily Assumption of the revered Mother of God with her other gifts and privileges: It was right that she who had kept her virginity unimpaired through the process of giving birth should have kept her body without decay through death. It was right that she who had given her Creator, as a child, a place at her breast should be given a place in the dwelling-place of her God. It was right that the bride espoused by the Father should dwell in the heavenly bridal chamber. It was right that she who had gazed on her Son on the cross, her heart pierced at that moment by the sword of sorrow that she had escaped at his birth, should now gaze on him seated with his Father. It was right that the Mother of God should possess what belongs to her Son and to be honoured by every creature as the God’s Mother and handmaid.In their sermons and speeches on the feast day of the Assumption of the Mother of God, the holy fathers and the great doctors of the church were speaking of something that the faithful already knew and accepted: all they did was to bring it out into the open, t…[Read more]

  • Drew Blanton posted an update 1 day, 9 hours ago

    Is it possible to create a Confession website for people with mobility issues?

    • I like your idea about making this more accessible, probably since it’s a Sacrament there are many guidelines about how it can be celebrated.

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Latin MassLatin Mass 1 day, 12 hours ago

    St Theresa’s Shrine in Nasonville, Rhode Island, USA will hold a Solemn High Traditional #Latin Mass #TLM during their annual feast day on August 20th. Founded on August 23, 1923, just four months after her beatification, it has the distinction of being the first shrine-parish in the world dedicated to St Thérèse. The day will include Prayers at the Holy Stairs, Stations of the Cross, a concert, procession with the statue of St Thérèse, a Living Rosary, and the Solemn High Mass. Food and refreshments will be available. All events will be held outdoors. Clergy are welcome to sit in choro vested in cassock and surplice.

  • Caroline posted an update 1 day, 14 hours ago

    On this feast of the Assumption, it is fitting to reflect on Mary’s attitude to life. Unmarried and pregnant, she was able to praise her God. ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’ was her response to this particular crisis in her life. It was not, ‘This is too much—I can’t take any more’, or some such sentiment.

    Of course, we don’t know if Mary had any initial fears of what lay ahead. Whatever emotions she may have felt, she was still able to maintain a positive outlook.

    In our own lives, there are always circumstances when we feel justified in displaying bitterness, crankiness or other negative attitudes. If we reflect daily on our responses to events, then we can emulate Mary’s attitude. After all, we don’t have to do it alone—we have Mary walking with us!

  • “A vehicular homicide case near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets in Charlottesville, Virginia, is international news.

    “I regret the loss of life, particularly since the driver apparently intended to harm or kill the victims. I’ll get back to that.

    “Heather Heyer had been with several other folks there, protesting something — or maybe someone — which or who she felt should be inspiring more outrage….”

    Death in Charlottesville

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

    This needs your prayers, Friends, God bless+

  • Josquin Des Prez ( c. 1450/1455 –1521) ‘Tu solus qui facis mirabilia’. A #motet that would have been sung at Mass during Offertory or Communion. (This was the Communion motet at my own parish this past Sunday.)
    **HERE is the #Latin text [with a line of French subtly hidden!] and English translation: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/tu-solus-qui-facis-mirabilia-you-alone-work-miracles-tu-solus-qui-facis-mirabilia.html

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    • as a Organist; you’re giving great inspiration for good music to play/sing at Churches. Thanks! God bless 🙂

  • Deacon Matthew’s homily for Monday, August 14.

  • Guest blog post by Billie Duff Jauss today with a timely reminder as seasons changes and our life circumstances evolve that Christ is still beside us and it’s through Him that we find our identity.

  • A Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A—–2017)
    I heard an old joke that asks the question, “Do you know what the word ‘boat’ stands for? Bust Out Another Thousand.” Never having owned a boat, I will have to accept those that do own one that they are expense to have and maintain.

    I mention that because the Church is sometimes referred to as the “Boat of Christ.” In church architecture, the area where the congregation gathers for worship — where we are right now — is called the “nave.” Have you ever wondered why? It comes from the Latin word “navis” which means “boat.” It is the same Latin word which gives us the word navy and naval. So right now we are all in the “Boat of Christ.”

    Today, as disciples of Jesus we have a place in the nave when we gather for Mass, but more importantly, by baptism we have a place in the Catholic Church symbolized by the boat.

    But as we know, that boat is being rocked by the wind and waves of sin, scandals, corruption, and the unfaithfulness of some its members and even some of its leaders.

    That boat is also being tossed about by the wind and waves of a society that dismisses the idea of a personal and sovereign God, rejects any restrictions on human desires, idolizes the celebrities of the moment, craves ever mor…[Read more]

  • 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

  • Caroline posted an update 2 days, 6 hours ago

    Cloud-based means applications, services or resources made available to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider\’s servers.
    When Jesus ascended into heaven he ascended on a cloud. It was an upload of the Son into the servers of Heaven. Now the Holy Spirit is the download of Jesus from the cloud; prayer is not an upload it is a download, so see when you turn to Christ you get upgraded and you have a new software.😁

  • Caroline posted an update 2 days, 6 hours ago

    When your eyes are on Christ, even though the storms are raging and the winds are blowing, you will know that you are above your troubles and circumstances. When people ask you how you are doing under the circumstances, tell them, “I am not under the circumstances. I am on top of them because my God is above all!” The battle belongs to the Lord!

  • The Feast of St. Maximillian Kolbe.

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • FEAR YE, FEAR YE

    “And now, Israel, what does the Lord, your God, ask of you but to fear the Lord, your God?” —Deuteronomy 10:12

    “The Lord, your God, shall you fear, and Him shall you serve.” —Deuteronomy 10:20
    If you go to church, you will usually be exhorted to love and serve the Lord (Dt 10:12). In a good church, you will even be told to love God “with all your heart and all your soul” (Dt 10:12) by keeping His commandments (Dt 10:13). However, there’s still something missing. Before we can love, serve, and obey the Lord fully, we must fear Him (Dt 10:12). The fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom (Ps 111:10); it is also the beginning of loving God with all our hearts.
    When we were baptized and confirmed, we received the fear of the Lord. By a life of faith, we deepen our fear of the Lord as we are awed by His presence, love, and power. As we immerse ourselves more deeply in Scripture, we are moved to humbly tremble at His Word (Is 66:2). By grace, our delight becomes the fear of the Lord (Is 11:3). In the Spirit, a reverent fear can overtake us (Acts 2:43) to the point that we are submissive to each other (Eph 5:21). As we make “steady progress in the fear of the Lord,” we enjoy “the increased consolation of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:3…[Read more]

  • We must sanctify the whole world

    A letter of
    St Maximilian Kolbe
    [ 1894 – 1941 A.D. ]

    Because God’s glory shines through most brightly in the salvation of the souls that Christ redeemed with his own blood, let it be the chief concern of the apostolic life to bring salvation and an increase in holiness to as many souls as possible. Let me briefly outline the best way to achieve this end – both for the glory of God and for the sanctification of the greatest number. God, who is infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom, knows perfectly what is to be done to give him glory, and in the clearest way possible makes his will known to us through his vice-gerents on Earth.I rejoice greatly, dear brother, at the outstanding zeal that drives you to promote the glory of God. It is sad to see how in our times the disease called “indifferentism” is spreading in all its forms, not just among those in the world but also among the members of religious orders. But indeed, since God is worthy of infinite glory, it is our first and most pressing duty to give him such glory as we, in our weakness, can manage – even that we would never, poor exiled creatures that we are, be able to render him such glory as he truly deserves.
    It is obedience and obedience alone that shows us God’s wil…[Read more]

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