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Super Martyrio

  • “I dedicate this appointment to Archbishop Romero”
    THE LATEST IN THE CANONIZATION PROCESSJUBILEE YEAR for the CENTENNIAL of BLESSED ROMERO, 2016 — 2017 Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italiano…
    - 4 days ago23 May 17, 12:13am -
  • “Le dedico este nombramiento a monseñor Romero”
    LO ÚLTIMO EN EL PROCESO DE CANONIZACIÓNAÑO JUBILAR por el CENTENARIO del BEATO ROMERO, 2016 — 2017: Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italia…
    - 4 days ago23 May 17, 12:13am -
  • “Un Obispo vestido de Blanco”—El Beato Romero y Fátima
    LO ÚLTIMO EN EL PROCESO DE CANONIZACIÓNAÑO JUBILAR por el CENTENARIO del BEATO ROMERO, 2016 — 2017: Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italia…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 7:10am -
  • When Heaven can’t wait
    THE LATEST IN THE CANONIZATION PROCESSJUBILEE YEAR for the CENTENNIAL of BLESSED ROMERO, 2016 — 2017 Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italiano G…
    - 19 days ago7 May 17, 7:00am -
  • STMS Talk: “Abp. Romero — The First of the New Martyrs” (2014)
    THE LATEST IN THE CANONIZATION PROCESSJUBILEE YEAR for the CENTENNIAL of BLESSED ROMERO, 2016 — 2017 Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italiano #…
    - 24 days ago2 May 17, 7:01am -
  • Blessed Romero, martyr of the “faith-as-lived”
    THE LATEST IN THE CANONIZATION PROCESSJUBILEE YEAR for the CENTENNIAL of BLESSED ROMERO, 2016 — 2017 Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italiano W…
    - 28 days ago28 Apr 17, 7:02am -
  • El Beato Romero, mártir de la “fe vivida”
    LO ÚLTIMO EN EL PROCESO DE CANONIZACIÓNAÑO JUBILAR por el CENTENARIO del BEATO ROMERO, 2016 — 2017: Compendium of texts and documents in English Compendio de textos e información en español Conpemdium di testi ed informazione in italia…
    - 28 days ago28 Apr 17, 7:01am -

The Catholic Travel Guide

  • Prayers Answered & on the road again with Tom & Sue
       We want to thank you all for your prayers.  Thanks to my wonderful wife, Susan, the prayer warrior, half the world was again praying to St. John Paul II on my behalf.    In March I had a pet scan and a small area of the upper lobe of my liver…
    - 5 days ago21 May 17, 6:10pm -
  • Will the First African-American Saint come from New Orleans?
    Will the First African American Saint Come from New Orleans? By Teresa Bergen During a recent trip to New Orleans, I was startled to learn there are no African American saints. Linda Harris was showing me around Saint Augustine Church when the matter…
    - 5 Jan 17, 4:45pm -
  • Archbishop Sheen’s body to be moved to Peoria, Illinois
    In a strange legal battle, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s body has been in New York.  The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where he was originally ordained has been fighting to have his body returned.  He was born in El Paso, Texas. The Peoria Diocese…
    - 18 Nov 16, 1:47pm -
  • Where is the original painting of Divine Mercy?
    As we end the Year of Divine Mercy,   Check out our Twitter poll….Possibly not where you think it is.   OK, here is the answerThe post Where is the original painting of Divine Mercy? appeared first on Catholic Travel Blog.
    - 11 Nov 16, 6:18pm -
  • Holy Doors of Mercy Closing Soon..here is where to find one
    Although Pope Francis has declared that the Year of Mercy will end November 20, 2016, some dioceses in various countries are closing their Holy Doors before that….this weekend, in fact. You don’t want miss this unique opportunity for Catholics to…
    - 10 Nov 16, 11:06pm -
  • Earthquake destroys Basilica of Saint Benedict
    Here is the storyThe post Earthquake destroys Basilica of Saint Benedict appeared first on Catholic Travel Blog.
    - 30 Oct 16, 12:31pm -
  • Four Best Travel Destinations Based on Public Transport
      Photo via Pixabay by Unsplash Public transportation–such as buses, subways, and trains–can provide some of the best ways to get around a city. The average driver spends 42 hours per year sitting in traffic, which contributes to stress, anxiety…
    - 25 Oct 16, 9:29pm -
  • Heroic Early Catholic Women Who Shaped Montreal
    By Teresa Bergen As a travel writer, I’m fortunate to often have tourism professionals help me devise itineraries. My contacts at Tourism Montreal were especially helpful in routing me through a bunch of religious museums and churches in 2 ½ days…
    - 29 Sep 16, 3:11pm -

Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • A path for the Holy Spirit
    Conversion has two elements for its completion. First, we need to rid ourselves of the things that hinder gospel living. That includes not only "stuff" but also habits, attitudes, mindsets, lifestyles etc. that hinder hearing and living the Gospel. S…
    - 22 Aug 16, 1:26pm -
  • With joy and hope
    Without diminishing our beliefs, we approach others with love rather than domination. We approach others with a desire to share what is important to us rather than make them feel insignificant or stupid. We approach others with a readiness to underst…
    - 1 Aug 16, 1:16pm -
  • Sincerely dedicated
    Perhaps, you will not be required to pour out your blood as a martyr, but you will certainly be asked to give a coherent and steadfast witness in fulfilling the promises made at your Baptism and Confirmation, which you renewed and confirmed with your…
    - 25 Jul 16, 1:06pm -
  • The Secular Franciscan Monthly Pledge
    We realize the importance of giving glory to God, of striving for holiness and of working for the spiritual and temporal welfare of others.  We see the great value of the Secular Franciscan Way of Life to achieve these all important goals in life. …
    - 19 Jul 16, 12:55pm -
  • Remember
    As we proclaim the good news, remember that it is "good" news and not a set of condemnations and prohibitions. The gospel message is a call to intimacy, to love, to forgive, to embrace, to include, to bring joy, to offer hope, to develop relationship…
    - 15 Jul 16, 12:48pm -
  • If you accept your emptiness
    If we loved our poverty more, we would take it a lot better. I want to strive with intellectual and spiritual possessions, but that is not the way to union with God, nor the way to sanctity and perfection of love. Blessed are the poor in spirit is to…
    - 13 Jul 16, 1:15pm -
  • The result of an authentic vocation
    FOREWORD TO VOCATION, CHARISM AND MISSION OF SECULAR FRANCISCANS (Section 10 of the NAFRA FUN Manual) Too often, especially in the past, candidates were admitted into the Order simply “because they were good and pious people” or because they held…
    - 11 Jul 16, 12:56pm -

A Friar's Life

  • You are God's people now
    HOMILY FOR THE 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 14, 2017:A mother was preparing pancakes for her young sons, David and Billy. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity to teach the boys a good moral les…
    - 13 days ago14 May 17, 12:57am -
  • "A poor sinner" | What does Easter mean today?
    HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, Easter, April 16, 2017:Three people died and found themselves at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter greeted them and said they could only enter if they could answer one simple…
    - 40 days ago16 Apr 17, 6:26pm -
  • The great "patient" who suffers the pain of all humanity | Pope Francis
    HOMILY FOR PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION, April 9, 2017His Holiness Pope FrancisToday’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet. It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time. We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of hi…
    - 47 days ago9 Apr 17, 10:13am -
  • Surely we're not blind?
    HOMILY FOR THE 4th SUNDAY OF LENT (Laetare Sunday), March 26, 2017:Join me in song for a moment – you all know this one: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I se…
    - 62 days ago25 Mar 17, 2:32pm -
  • Do you believe in a God who loves you?
    HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, March 5, 2017:“Do you believe in a God who loves you? Do you believe in a God who forgives? Are you able to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt you? Are you able to ask forgiveness from them?” These quest…
    - 83 days ago4 Mar 17, 9:08pm -
  • With hearts that have grown by three | #FriarFriday
    By Tom Washburn, OFMHave you ever stopped to think that the word “Lent” is a bit of a strange word?  It is one of those words that we simply know, but perhaps we’ve never thought about where it comes from or what it means. We simply know that…
    - 83 days ago4 Mar 17, 9:05pm -
  • Don't worry, be happy!
    HOMILY FOR THE 8th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 26, 2017:Some of you might remember the Bobby McFerrin song from the late 1980s: “Here’s a little song I wrote. You might want to sing it note for note. Don’t worry, be happy.” My apologie…
    - 90 days ago25 Feb 17, 5:21pm -

Pauca Verba

  • Intercessions ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter
    Normandy, France ~ American CemeteryAmid the growing trend of populist nationalism,/ Pope Francis warns of the virus of polarization and hostility in the Church and around the world./ We ask for the Spirit-Gifts of healing and unity./ We pray to the…
    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 9:46am -
  • God, who puts things together
    I found these Foam Flowers and Ferns growing together along the side of the road the other day. God's imagination includes knowing how to put things together beautifully and giving us the soul-capacity to recognize these wonderful combinations and to…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 8:52am -
  • Jesus' Entrance Into Jerusalem
    As indicated in Tuesday's post, there is now a shift in Mark's Gospel: the time of miracles is over and Jesus turns to Jerusalem. When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, close by the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his discip…
    - 5 days ago21 May 17, 9:24am -
  • Intercessions ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter
    The American Red Cross was founded today in 1881./ We pray enduring strength for this organization/ and all who participate in its important work of emergency assistance and disaster relief./ We pray to the Lord. We ask blessings for Pope Francis an…
    - 8 days ago18 May 17, 8:51am -
  • "And he followed him along the road."
    They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus - that is, the son of Timaeus - a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 8:30am -
  • Spring Opening
    These wonderful photos come from the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. They show a Star Magnolia bud opening in late April. Key word: opening. This time of year is full of spiritual reminders and messages. The Magnolia flower ope…
    - 12 days ago14 May 17, 9:39am -
  • Intercessions ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter
    Fra Angelico ~ The Annunciation ~ 1440Today we pray for mothers who mourn the loss of a child./ For mothers who are unable to properly care for or protect their children./ For mothers who need to be renewed in strength,/ joy and hope./ We pray to the…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 9:30am -

Unburdened by The Rule

  • 17 Years of Being Grateful
    I have not written for quite some time and there are too many reasons for this but I hope to begin again. Today marks 17 years of my being Catholic and in the silence of this most holy night, I am grateful.
    - 40 days ago16 Apr 17, 1:45am -
  • She’s Fianlly Home!
    This morning I finally got the call that Nikki’s remains were ready to be picked up at the vet. I had been dreading this moment and hoping for it all at the same time. These past few days have been anything but good. Getting her back home begins th…
    - 12 Feb 17, 5:53am -
  • Broken Beyond Words
    Today I lost the best friend of my life. I had to say goodbye to a dog that I have loved for so many years.  Nikki was an extraordinary creature, one that I know was created for me and I for her. Her personality was astounding and she went through t…
    - 7 Feb 17, 8:41pm -
  • Saying goodbye…
    I’m losing a friend. My best one actually. She’s been my friend and companion for over 11 years, and yes she is a dog.  I don’t want to go into much right now because it’s just to hard, but she’s dying of kidney failure and has only a few…
    - 1 Feb 17, 4:01am -
  • Beauties of Consecation to Jesus through Mary
    I know that I have written about this before but after going through the process of St. Louis de Montfort’s “Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary,” and then consecration everything that I have and am, my spiritual life has grown in signific…
    - 27 Jan 17, 4:33am -
  • Feast of St. Meinrad / My Spiritual Home
    Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Meinrad who is called the martyr of hospitality.  I won’t get into that too much here so that I don’t ruin his life story, which you can check out here.   What I would like to talk about is how thankful I am…
    - 22 Jan 17, 3:56am -
  • 1 Year Anniversary of Oblation
    Today is the 1 year anniversary of my oblation as a Benedictine Oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey. This evening I will be renewing my promises in my chapel. As I have spent the day reflecting over the past year I have to acknowledge the failures of the…
    - 17 Jan 17, 10:28pm -

The Silversmith Collective

  • Being John: Walking with Those who Grieve
    I don’t know why, but this past year has been one of many trials and tragedies around the world and close to home. It would be a much different blog post if I were writing about these events that hit me personally but I am writing as a bystander lo…
    - 27 days ago29 Apr 17, 5:26pm -
  • Fear of Death
    “Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in sla…
    - 27 days ago29 Apr 17, 5:14pm -
  • My Epiphany Epiphany
    First of all, I want to say that I am convinced that this "epiphany" is a result of me going to confession right before Mass. Confession rids your soul of sin and allows you to be more open to the Holy Spirit working in your life. Yesterday we celeb…
    - 9 Jan 17, 12:07am -
  • Finibus by Jonas Perez -  Reviewed
    Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?A: The lack of the whole image of Christ and God. Really. I just wanted to show and make art that had to do with Christ as a warrior and King... rather than mercy and kindness that we all see an…
    - 7 Jan 17, 6:44pm -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 002
    Want audio only? iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Music Education? What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relationships between parishe…
    - 8 Dec 16, 3:39am -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 001
    Want audio only?  iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes​ ​On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Math and Science areas of study. What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relat…
    - 4 Dec 16, 10:31pm -
  • If you're too busy to pray...
    This very popular quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta usually elicits one of two responses from me. Depending on the state of my prayer life, and the inflation level of my ego, I usually react one of two ways to this gem.PREACH!When my prayer life is o…
    - 15 Oct 16, 6:14pm -

Reflections of a Secular Franciscan

  • God’s Mercy…
    Gods Mercy…. ‘Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now disobeyed in order that, by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may [now] receive mercy. For God delivered all to diso…
    - 6 days ago20 May 17, 2:02pm -
  • Patience of the Lord
    ” The patience of the Lord is directed towards salvation ” – 2 Peter 3:15 \ (*ibid Shorter Christian Prayer) I was on my way to a gathering of our community, which I was supposed to lead. At the last minute, I received a phone call from the Min…
    - 12 days ago14 May 17, 12:36pm -
  • The Coronation – Franciscan Crown – Part VII
    Coronation of Mary, Queen of the Universe. “And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Peter 5:4) In this mystery, we contemplate on Mary, who was assumed into Heaven and is crowned Queen of the Uni…
    - 20 days ago6 May 17, 1:10pm -
  • Hail Holy Queen – Franciscan Crown Part VI
    The Assumption – ” A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth ” ( Revelations 1…
    - 28 days ago28 Apr 17, 2:48am -
  • Finding of the Child Jesus
    ” Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,…
    - 34 days ago22 Apr 17, 2:15pm -
  • Adoration of the Magi… Come and Adore
    “After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house t…
    - 42 days ago14 Apr 17, 10:21am -
  • Franciscan Crown Part III – Nativity
    ” In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galil…
    - 48 days ago8 Apr 17, 3:04am -

Always a Joy

  • REACHING OUT TO THE HUNGRY IN HONG KONG / MALAYSIA / SINGAPORE
     Whenever Lenten Season  comes around, as Catholics, we focus on Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  Often, it is a priority just for this sacred season and then we go back to our normal lives. Usually our almsgiving is just in the form of cash do…
    - 82 days ago5 Mar 17, 11:40pm -
  • LENT 2017 - JESUS BE THE CENTRE OF OUR LIVES!
    The Holy Season of Lent begins this Wednesday (01 March 2017)   - the start of 40 days (excluding Sundays) season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares Catholics for Holy Easter Sunday - when Jesus' Resurrection gained redemption and Et…
    - 89 days ago26 Feb 17, 11:46am -
  • STARTING RIGHT NOW I'LL BE STRONG!
    There are some of us who constantly worry about the future - about being financially secure and healthy in our old age and in the other extreme is some who rarely think about what could happen when we reach the golden years of our life. Until two ye…
    - 16 Jan 17, 11:19pm -
  • KEEPING CHRISTMAS ALIVE WITHIN US EACH DAY!
    Christmas is just 7 days away. I find it a little hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end in a fortnight's time. How have I lived my life in 2016? What should Christmas signify to me in my life? Christmas has always been special for me since ch…
    - 17 Dec 16, 1:32pm -
  • GOD IS PRESENT EVEN IN HIS SILENCE
    We often ponder more deeply about the lyrics of the hymns that are sung during retreats more than when we attend Holy Mass in our church in our own parishes. At least, I have often heard these comments from retreatants and even felt so myself before!…
    - 22 Oct 16, 1:41pm -
  • MY LIFE IS MY MESSAGE - Mahatma Gandhi
    Life is a mystery...we never know what is ahead of us - even in the next moment. The longer I live, the more I realize that every moment of my life is a precious gift from God. Yet, have I been truly appreciative of every moment of my life? Have I fe…
    - 16 Aug 16, 5:49am -
  • "BE FEARLESS ON WHAT SETS YOUR SOUL ON FIRE' - Unknown
    Last Saturday was my 12th full year of serving in Divine. It really surprised me that I have been here so long for it does not seem so. Well, I have definitely now lived in India longer than in any of the countries I have lived in since i was a teena…
    - 23 Jun 16, 8:27pm -

Designs by Birgit

  • The Painful Punishment of Silence
    Silence, they say is golden, yet under some circumstances silence can also be a form of bullying. While the basic needs of mankind include sustenance and shelter God has also endowed us with an intrinsic need for love. That love often relies on commu…
    - 81 days ago6 Mar 17, 7:00pm -
  • Soldier or Saint – Leave No One Behind
    In his book, Church Militant Field Manual, Father Richard Heilman relates the Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army."I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills."Military discipline, th…
    - 16 Jan 17, 7:51pm -
  • The Gift of Unanswered Prayer
    We all have things that regularly appear in our prayer petitions. Some are wants, some needs, and some are desires. As the saying goes, “God has three ways to answer our prayers – yes, no, and not now.” Like any good parent, God the Father indu…
    - 2 Jan 17, 9:53pm -
  • Which Christmas Traditions Help You Become the-Best-Version-of-Yourself?
    I've been following Matthew Kelly's 'Best Advent Ever' to discover how to best lead up to experiencing genuine Christmas Joy with my family. During these weeks we have been instructed on how to discover the best version of ourselves - which aspects o…
    - 27 Dec 16, 7:00pm -
  • We Are the Reason for the Season
    As children, many of us enjoyed carefully studying the Highlights pages to find the hidden objects. I remember diligently seeking for each one until all had been found. Our adult lives are like that as well, although our diligence may not mirror that…
    - 15 Dec 16, 6:08pm -
  • The Fr. Pavone Controversy - guest post
    There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Fr. Frank Pavone’s video on the 7th day of the Election Novena. This controversy exists on at least three levels: 1) the use of the unborn child’s body, 2) the use of the altar and 3) a priest open…
    - 2 Dec 16, 7:20pm -
  • Pro-Abortionists Donating to Planned Parenthood in the Name of Pence
    The contentious nature of the 2016 political season exposed a division so wide as to have literally split our nation in two. Even the Catholic population has displayed an appalling chasm of difference. That so many Catholics have increasingly found i…
    - 23 Nov 16, 8:00pm -

Smart Catholic Teacher

  • Book Review: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
    One book that once was standard fair in secondary schools up to the late 20th Century was John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps. And for good reason. There is something rather magnetising about a good old hide and seek novel, especially when you thr…
    - 8 days ago19 May 17, 12:00am -
  • The Young Man of Character: Part Two
    Obstacles to Character Formation There are many obstacles that might ruin the character of a young man. One common vulnerability is worrying about what others will say if a young man sets out to be virtuous. He will be teased, tempted and tortured by…
    - 12 days ago15 May 17, 12:00am -
  • Book Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    One of the most popular Dickens’ novels of all time is David Copperfield. Despite its word length, almost double that of Great Expectations, it somehow draws readers to it and keeps them reading chapter by chapter until the end. There may be some p…
    - 15 days ago12 May 17, 12:00am -
  • The Young Man of Character: Part One
    Acquiring the correct principles Adopt the Golden Rule when dealing with others. Acknowledging the correct principles is only the beginning and is far easier than applying them. Our conscience speaks to us and helps us identify right from wrong. Appl…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 9:20am -
  • Book Review: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
    “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. ” Perhaps more popular than even Tolkien’s first…
    - 22 days ago5 May 17, 1:00am -
  • The Young Man of Character: Bishop Tihamer Toth
    Having recently completed our chapter by chapter look into The Catholic Book of Character and Success by Edward Garesché, it’s time to turn to another Catholic Classic on character development. This time our new material comes from Bishop Tihamer…
    - 26 days ago1 May 17, 12:00am -
  • Book Review: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.…
    - 29 days ago28 Apr 17, 12:00am -

Courageous Priest

  • Kick Contraception to the Curb
    What Causes the Breakdown of the Family? By Fr. John Hollowell: Fr. John Hollowell I was at an event recently where an evangelical Christian was speaking about the problem our society faces being the breakdown of the family. He made fine and true poi…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 12:01pm -
  • Bishop Conley: The Pro-Choice Political Dictatorship of Relativism
    Bishop James D. Conley An Irrational Ideology of Abortion By Bishop James D. Conley, Southern Nebraska Register: In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would soon be elected Pope Benedict XVI, preached that “we are building a dictatorship of relat…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 4:30pm -
  • Kansas City Archdiocese Ending Ties Girl Scouts
    Statement Regarding Kansas City Archdiocesan Transition from Girl Scouts to American Heritage Girls By Archbishop Joseph F Naumann: Courageous Priest Note: This was a 10 year on-going dialogue with the Girls Scouts. To get greater detail click here:…
    - 24 days ago2 May 17, 10:33am -
  • My First 5 Years as a Collar Wearing Priest
    Why the Collar: A Visible Witness By Fr. Chris Pietraszko, Fr. Pietraszko’s Corner: Whenever my parents got into an argument, as a child it was somewhat of a confusing experience. I didn’t understand how two people who loved each other could disa…
    - 26 days ago30 Apr 17, 11:49am -
  • Cardinal Sarah: The Mass and the Serious Crisis of Faith
    Adapting the Liturgy to Our Decadence Cardinal Robert Sarah, The Catholic Thing: Cardinal Robert Sarah Certainly, the Second Vatican Council wished to promote greater active participation by the people of God and to bring about progress day by day in…
    - 31 days ago25 Apr 17, 10:56am -
  • This is Super Serious: Fortune Telling, Ouija Boards, Tarot Cards . . .
    Ouija Boards and Demonic Oppression By Fr. John Hollowell, On This Rock: I spoke with a young man who was battling authentic demonic oppression for over twenty years after being in a room where a Ouija Board was being used when this young man was in…
    - 35 days ago21 Apr 17, 1:31pm -
  • Satan’s Great Evangelizer: Judas
    The Vital Importance of Knowing the Judas in Ourselves By Fr. Paul Scalia, The Catholic Thing: During we remember Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, that brief moment before he was betrayed. Every Gospel writer points out that our…
    - 44 days ago12 Apr 17, 10:48am -

Battle Beads

  • Our Lady of Fatima
    First apparition of the AngelIn spring in 1916 Lucia Dos Santos age 9, and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages 8 and 6 respectively, were at a meadow with their sheep in (hamlet of Fatim…
    - 13 days ago13 May 17, 4:02am -
  • Our Lady of Fatima Novena - begins May 4th Through the 12th
    The same verse is said once each day for the nine days.Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love…
    - 22 days ago4 May 17, 4:00am -
  • St. Joseph the Worker
    St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker.“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own…
    - 25 days ago1 May 17, 6:17am -
  • Divine Mercy Sunday
    "I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish,"Jesus told Faustina, according to her diary, which has been studied and authenticated by the Church over several decades."I also promise victory over enemies already here on eart…
    - 33 days ago23 Apr 17, 2:58pm -
  • Divine Mercy Novena starts Good Friday
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  • Holy Thursday
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  • The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    The fact of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is related in Luke 1:26-38. The Evangelist tells us that in the sixth month after the conception of St. John the Baptist by Elizabeth, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to the Virgin Mary, at…
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A Follower of Francis

  • Chesterton cinquain
    G. K.Chesterton stoodbefore the throne of Godtelling a rollicking tale, andGod laughed.Pax et bonum
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  • Godzilla cinquain
    If yousee Godzilla,remember that he is another one of God's creatures,then run.Pax et bonum
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  • Mysteries of What?
    Sisterof Mercy ispuzzled by Mysteriesof Light until a Franciscanexplains.Pax et bonum
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  • Praying at Planned Parenthood - Fatima anniversary
     We prayed outside Planned Parenthood this morning to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions.Pax et bonum
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  • Following the example of Venerable Solanus Casey
    The teaching assignments are out for next year, and once again I'm being shuffled.The ego in me bristles. Anger and resentment.The Franciscan in me, however, shakes his head at my foolishness.Venerable Solanus Casey - soon to be Blessed - humbly acce…
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  • Blessed Solanus Casey (cinquain)
    Blessed now Solanus Casey, holy doorman,may you inspire us always to give thanks.Pax et bonum
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  • Beatification of Father Solanus Casey Announcement
    Alleluia! Pax et bonum
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Restless Pilgrim

  • newFr. Michael’s Preaching
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  • Wise Words on Wednesday: When the world knows we’re frauds
    The incongruity between what we claim to believe and the lives we live says everything the world needs to know. Any honest outsider can tell that we can’t possibly believe what we say we believe. Not only is our religion a fraud, but so are we Chri…
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  • Science vs “The Science Guy”
    I’ve been following How To Be Christian for quite some time now and really liked the alternative approach they take to apologetics. Today I would like to share a video they did concerning a media personality who has become increasingly vocal over t…
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  • Music Monday: You Love Me Anyway
    Today’s song is from Sidewalk Prophets, “You love me anyway”: The question was raised as my conscience fell, a silly little lie. It didn’t mean much but it lingers still in the corners of my mind Still you call me to walk on the edge of this…
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  • Is a pro-lifer in charge of Planned Parenthood marketing?
    Over the past week, I’ve shared several short posts pointing out that Planned Parenthood doesn’t seem to understand irony (Post 1 | Post 2). I’m now starting to think that there’s some kind of conspiracy theory! Has Planned Parenthood has acc…
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  • “Epistle Of Joy” Podcast
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  • Friday Frivolity: Things Catholics Think While In Line For Confession
    All true…
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  • Make Church Music Great Again
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