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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 5 days ago

    Christ’s face revealed at Shivta: an Early Byzantine wall painting in the desert of the Holy Land “…Based on iconography, we estimate that this scene was also painted in the sixth century AD…”

  • This is my Son. Listen to Him.

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • TWICE AS NICE

    “Indeed, she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.” —Isaiah 40:2

    The prophet Isaiah addresses Jerusalem, the holy city of God. Jerusalem had turned its back on the Lord, despite all the great blessings He had showered upon it for centuries. Finally, in 587 B.C., Babylon invaded Jerusalem, conquered the city, razed it to the ground, and forced all its inhabitants into exile in Babylon (see 2 Chr 36:15-21). This is the “double” punishment which Isaiah refers to in today’s first eucharistic reading (Is 40:2).
    Yet now God speaks a word of “comfort” to the exiles through Isaiah (Is 40:1). Their time of punishment is over; their “guilt is expiated” (Is 40:2). They received a double punishment, but now God will return a double-blessing; “since their shame was double…they shall have a double inheritance in their land” (Is 61:7). The Lord tells the exiles: “This very day, I return you double for your exile” (Zec 9:12).
    God poured out “a double portion” of the Spirit upon the prophet Elisha (2 Kgs 2:9). He also pours out a double portion upon each of us at every Mass. Each time we attend Mass, we receive the double blessings of the Liturgy of the Word and also the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
    Jesus has come that we …[Read more]

  • The eschatological character of the pilgrim Church

    “Lumen gentium”, the Second Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution on the Church

    The Church, to which we are all called in Christ Jesus and in which we acquire holiness through the grace of God, will reach its perfection only in the glory of heaven, when the time comes for the renewal of all things, and the whole world, which is intimately bound up with man and reaches its perfection through him, will, along with the human race, be perfectly restored in Christ.
    Lifted above the earth, Christ drew all things to himself. Rising from the dead, he sent his life-giving Spirit upon his disciples, and through the Spirit established his Body, which is the Church, as the universal sacrament of salvation. Seated at the right hand of the Father, he works unceasingly in the world, to draw men into the Church and through it to join them more closely to himself, nourishing them with his own body and blood, and so making them share in his life of glory.
    The promised renewal that we look for has already begun in Christ. It is continued in the mission of the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit it goes on developing in the Church: there we are taught by faith about the meaning also of our life on earth as we bring to fulfilment – w…[Read more]

  • Saint Damasus I

    Saint Damasus I

  • Why the Son of God became Man

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • “I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS”

    “Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing.” —Isaiah 35:10

    The Lord promised that the desert would bloom with abundant flowers (Is 35:1-2). The Lord was not referring to just any desert but to the desert separating the Israelites exiled in Babylon from their homeland. In other words, the Lord promised to remove obstacles separating us from our eternal, heavenly home with Him.
    A huge crowd separated a paralyzed man from Jesus, Who alone could heal him (Lk 5:19). Four of the man’s friends overcame this obstacle by carrying the paralytic up onto the roof and then, after dismantling another obstacle, part of the roof, lowering him to Jesus (Lk 5:19). The man came home to the Lord when he accepted the forgiveness of Jesus (Lk 5:20; see Lk 15:18).
    Every human being has a desire to go home, especially for Christmas. Many people have never had much of a home. They have been hurt, abused, used, broken, and manipulated. Between them and their true home, they have a vast desert of sin and pain, crowded with unforgiveness, bitterness, fear, resentment, and depression. We also need to get home to Jesus, but our sins separate us from Him. However, if we turn to Jesus, He will forgive and heal us. By going to the S…[Read more]

  • In Christ, God has spoken to us

    From The Ascent of Mount Carmel,
    by
    St John of the Cross
    [ 1542 – 1541 A.D. ]

    But now that the faith is founded in Christ, now that in this era of grace the law of the Gospel has been made manifest, there is no reason to enquire of God in that manner nor for him to speak to us or answer us as he did then. For, in giving us, as he did, his Son, who is his one and only Word, he spoke to us once and for all, in this single Word, and he has no occasion to speak further.The principal reason why the Old Law permitted us to ask questions of God, and why prophets and priests had to seek visions and revelations of God, was because at that time faith had no firm foundation and the law of the Gospel was not yet established; and thus it was necessary that men should enquire of God and that he should speak, whether by words or by visions and revelations or whether by figures and images or by many other ways of expressing His meaning. For all that he answered and revealed belonged to the mysteries of our faith and things touching it or leading to it.
    And this is the meaning of that passage with which the Letter to the Hebrews begins, trying to persuade the Hebrews that they should abandon those first ways of dealing and communicating with God…[Read more]

  • Blessed Adolph Kolping

    Blessed Adolph Kolping

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 week ago

    Prepare the Way of the Lord

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 week ago

    USCCB REFLECTION

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 week ago

    GORGED?

    “For God has commanded that every lofty mountain be made low, and that the age-old depths and gorges be filled to level ground, that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.” —Baruch 5:7

    We are walking a path through the millennia to our heavenly home. Our path is obstructed by rough, winding, mountainous terrain (Lk 3:5; see also Mt 7:14). Possibly the most difficult obstacles we face are “age-old depths and gorges” (Bar 5:7). “Age-old depths” have become very deep, and the drop-offs are steep. It is usually impossible to walk down or walk up a gorge. Climbing down or up a gorge is so dangerous that the climbers risk their lives.
    Spiritually speaking, “age-old depths and gorges” may be strongholds, sophistries, and proud pretensions which raise themselves in opposition to Jesus (see 2 Cor 10:4-5). “Depths and gorges” may be the sinful habits etched into our lives (see Col 3:7).
    To fill in these gorges of sinfulness and thus be able to continue our journey home, we must repent, deny ourselves, and lose our sinful lives (Lk 9:23-24). When we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Lord will peel off layer after layer of blinding sinfulness, and gorges which naturally become worse obstacles will be supernaturally filled and miraculously d…[Read more]

  • Donald Graham Cree posted an update 1 week ago

    A voice of one crying in the wilderness

    A commentary on Isaiah
    by
    Eusebius of Caesarea
    [ 263 – 339 A.D. ]

    It was in the wilderness that God’s saving presence was proclaimed by John the Baptist, and there that God’s salvation was seen. The words of this prophecy were fulfilled when Christ and his glory were made manifest to all: after his baptism the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove rested on him, and the Father’s voice was heard, bearing witness to the Son: This is my beloved Son, listen to him.The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God. The prophecy makes clear that it is to be fulfilled, not in Jerusalem but in the wilderness: it is there that the glory of the Lord is to appear, and God’s salvation is to be made known to all mankind.
    The prophecy meant that God was to come to a deserted place, inaccessible from the beginning. None of the pagans had any knowledge of God, since his holy servants and prophets were kept from approaching them. The voice commands that a way be prepared for the Word of God: the rough and trackless ground is to be made level, so that our God may find a highway when he comes. Prepare the way of the Lord: the way is the preaching of the Gospel,…[Read more]

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

    This, sadly, will be my last post here. I want to thank the members of The Share-Care-Prayer Club for all your support over the years. Thank you to the founders of Awestruck.tv for providing this host site. And most of all, thank God that we HAD this club. Let\’s continue to pray for each other.

  • @eileen33 Eileen; please create a MeWe account; lots of Catholic groups there; please keep in touch! God bless!

  • @admin Norm; I wish I could have done more; thank you for your hard work! God bless!

  • I just read the sad news!; I do not have FB, Twitter or Google; God bless you all!

  • “…A society dedicated to pleasure is one that has lost a higher vision of the good within human sexuality. If we recover the essential view of sexuality—that it is naturally and rightly ordered toward children who are the fruit of a lifelong companionship—then sex requires a far greater context than a Tinder hookup…”

  • The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • GOD-MAN IS NOT A CONTRADICTION

    “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God.” —Luke 1:35

    Ever since the Son of God, the second Person of the blessed Trinity, God Himself, became a man, many people have refused to believe Jesus is God. They find it difficult to believe that God Himself could have been conceived by Mary through normal sexual intercourse. They are partly right, for Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary and not by sexual intercourse (Lk 1:35). The virgin-conception and virgin-birth of Jesus are indications of His divinity.
    Likewise, many deny Jesus’ divinity because they can’t see how a woman with our fallen, defective human nature (see Gn 3:13) could possibly conceive the all-holy, all-perfect, infinite God. Once again, they are partly right, for Mary was not conceived having our fallen nature. She was conceived immaculately by the saving power of the Son of God before He also became the Son of Mary. The Church teaches: “To become the mother of the Savior, Mary ‘was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role’ ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 490).
    This glorious feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is e…[Read more]

  • O Virgin, by whose blessing all nature is blessed!

    A sermon
    by
    St Anselm
    [ 1033 – 1109 A.D. ]

    The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb.Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night – everything that is subject to the power or use of man – rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for men or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of men who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendour by men who believe in God.
    Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.
    Lady, full…[Read more]

  • The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Fr. Shenan Boquet\’s homily for Friday, December 7.

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

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

    Wow Inauguration of Sand Nativity with Tree – Pope Francis “The tree and the crib are two signs that….help us to contemplate the mystery of God made man to be close to each one of us” FULL TEXT + Video

  • How I see Advent, vigilance and making sense:

    “‘In the beginning was the Word…”

    “…This wasn’t the Gospel reading for last Sunday….

    “…This year’s First Sunday Gospel starts at Luke 21:25. It opens with ‘”There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars…’ and ends with some good advice.

    “I’m pretty sure a key part of that advice is to ‘be vigilant at all times.’ Looking at what we’ve been learning over the last couple millennia, and a nearly-constant background prattle of false alarms — I don’t see the verse as part of an ‘End Times Bible Prophecy.’…”

    Advent, Luke, and Good Advice

  • I saw Awestruck\’s announcement that this site will – very likely – close this month. I am not happy about that, but appreciate the folks who have been running this service letting us know in advance.

    I will miss my occasional visits here – and, more to the point, the folks I\’ve encountered.

    This will the second major change in my online habits over the last few months. My online \’front porch,\’ where I spent most of my social media time, had been Google Plus. Major changes there will almost certainly make the service unavailable to non-corporate folks like me, So I have \’moved\’ to MeWe.

    No pressure, but if you have found what I\’ve done here interesting or useful – feel free to look me up on MeWe. My \’contact\’ URL there is https://mewe.com/i/briangill1

    Again, sad news: but life goes on. I wish you well.

  • In time for Christmas, the third book in the Faith & Kung Fu series, Guarding Aaron, is now available!

    Check out all I know about kung fu in the link! 😂

  • The ‘ #BenedictOption ’ does NOT mean abandoning the Church: “When faced with an ecclesial crisis of apocalyptic proportions, what are faithful Catholics to do: Stay on and fight for the Bride of Christ, no matter how vile her captors might be? Or shall we yield to the scandal we all feel in our heart and abandon Mother Church in pursuit of the illusion of greener pastures… is there any point to being a votary of a religion if it is not true?…Though one could create a weighty list of Orthodox clerical corruption–from decades of criminal collaboration with homicidal communist authorities to luxury, venality, and, yes, occasional sexual abuse–in the end it is a fool’s errand to make endless opposing tallies of clerical deviance, Catholic vs. Orthodox, because, when all is said and done, the tallies won’t decide the theological question…Orthodoxy is intellectually moribund. To excuse it on the basis of an attachment to ritualism and mysticism is most deceptive. Let’s not confuse stultification with stability…”

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  • Interior Preparation.

  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • AN EYE-OPENING CHRISTMAS

    “He touched their eyes and said, ‘Because of your faith it shall be done to you’; and they recovered their sight.” —Matthew 9:29-30

    In today’s Scripture readings, the Church is proclaiming God’s promise that “the eyes of the blind shall see” (Is 29:18). She implies that Jesus will heal blind people this Christmas season. This is great news for the physically blind, those who love the blind, and those who realize their spiritual blindness.
    All of us are spiritually blind in some way. For example, some people honestly don’t see what’s wrong with artificial birth control. This blindness warps their marriages and sexual relations. This blindness even prevents the creation of persons. To be healed this Christmas of such blindness would be an awesome miracle. Also, many don’t see that they’re being programmed by a culture of death. They stare at the TV and become brainwashed, anesthetized, and spiritually paralyzed. If only we would see enough to cry out: “Son of David, have pity on us!” (Mt 9:27)
    Spiritual blindness is epidemic, so an eye-opening Christmas would change and free the world. Ask for a first miracle of seeing your blindness. Then, through God’s Word (Rm 10:17), receive a second miracle of deeper faith (see Mt 9:29). N…[Read more]

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