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Super Martyrio

    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 …
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    JUBILEE 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 Español| italiano#BlessedRomero #Beati…
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    AÑO 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 italiano English | italiano#BeatoRomero #Beatifica…
    - 27 days ago27 Mar 17, 7:55am -
    ANNO GIUBILARE per il 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 italiano English | español#BeatoRomero #Beatifi…
    - 27 days ago27 Mar 17, 7:52am -
  • A call for a *U.S.* Romero Centennial
    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 …
    - 30 days ago24 Mar 17, 4:56pm -
  • A stirring ode to the Salvadoran martyrs
    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 T…
    - 39 days ago15 Mar 17, 7:02am -
  • Una oda conmovedora a los mártires salvadoreños
    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…
    - 39 days ago15 Mar 17, 7:01am -

The Catholic Travel Guide

  • 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 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 -
  • Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit comes to Dallas Texas
    You could view Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, sure. Or, you could see replicas of those works of art at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Photographs show Michelangelo’s work in its original size. Gab…
    - 20 Sep 16, 10:44pm -

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…
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  • 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

  • "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…
    - 7 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 50 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…
    - 50 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…
    - 57 days ago25 Feb 17, 5:21pm -
  • Love your enemies
    HOMILY FOR THE 7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 19, 2017:A priest was preaching one Sunday on the theme of “Love your enemies.” After a long sermon, he asked how many parishioners were willing to forgive their enemies. About half held up the…
    - 64 days ago18 Feb 17, 5:46pm -

Pauca Verba

  • newThe Easter Earthquake ~ The Angel Like Lightning
    Painted high on the wall, this is the "White Angel" of the 13th century, Serbian Milesevo Monastery. Were we to visit, we would see the Myrrh-bearing women to the right and the soldiers fallen like dead men beneath the angel's feet. Here is the Gospe…
    - 6 hours ago23 Apr 17, 9:18am -
  • Intercessions ~ Second Sunday After Easter ~ Divine Mercy
    Original Divine Mercy ImageToday is Divine Mercy Sunday./ We pray to learn and live God's kindness,/ rediscovering courtesy/ and a generous consideration of others./ We pray to the Lord.The world is living in great tension these days./ We pray for th…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 9:04am -
  • Levitan and Newman
    Here is an 1890's photograph of Isaak Levitan working on a large painting in his Moscow studio. And below is Cardinal Newman's prayer which invites us to reflect upon the meaning of Levitan's life, but all the more, our own. God knows me and calls m…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 9:30am -
  • Easter Monday at Levitan's Grave
    Easter is so big it can't be celebrated in one day, so it overflows into an eight-day octave. The day after Easter Sunday has many names: Bright Monday, Pasquetta or Renewal Monday. In the Middle Ages it was called Laughing Monday - laughing at Satan…
    - 6 days ago17 Apr 17, 8:44am -
  • Flowering Meadow
    We open up the computer screen,  greeted by Levitan's Flowering Meadow on Easter Morning. The sparkly field seems to announce, Christ is Risen!Saint Augustine said, "We are an Easter people." What's that? With gratitude we look for life everywhere,…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 9:17am -
  • Springtime in Italy 1890
    In early March of 1890, Levitan went abroad for the first time. For two months he traveled to Berlin, Nice, Menton, Paris, Venice and Florence. How fortunate for us - here he has painted the same vista twice. Remember Pete and Repeat: Can you spot th…
    - 8 days ago15 Apr 17, 8:40am -
  • Sunny Day 1876
    Someone lives in this house; there are chickens in the yard. Imagining relief from the complexities of our own lives, we sometimes romanticize scenes like this. But this house wouldn't have been insulated, you could die from the flu, the food was ro…
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 9:09am -

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.
    - 8 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…
    - 70 days ago12 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…
    - 75 days ago7 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…
    - 81 days ago1 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…
    - 86 days ago27 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…
    - 91 days ago22 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…
    - 96 days ago17 Jan 17, 10:28pm -

The Silversmith Collective

  • 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 -
  • Lost & Found
    This post was originally written on Tuesday, September 13, 2016St. John Chrysostom, pray for us.  I began prayer time today by listening to Bishop Robert Barron’s Homily on this weekend’s Gospel (Luke 15:1-32), which reflects on the parable…
    - 14 Oct 16, 2:58am -
  • Book Review: Everyday Stewardship
    With apologies to Denethor, the steward of Gondor  (in The Lord of the Rings), 'stewardship' is a term not often used in everyday secular conversation.  Stewards make many appearances in scripture: Joseph was the steward of potiphar (Genesis 39),…
    - 18 Sep 16, 6:00am -

Reflections of a Secular Franciscan

  • 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,…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 16 days ago8 Apr 17, 3:04am -
  • Franciscan Crown Part II – The Visitation
    “And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived* a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be do…
    - 22 days ago1 Apr 17, 6:06pm -
  • Franciscan Crown – The Annunciation
    The Annunciation – Franciscan Crown Rosary Part I “And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.…
    - 29 days ago25 Mar 17, 4:04pm -
  • Wait On The Lord … .
    ” I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:13-14 ) On my daily path to work I take the city bus for part of the trip and walk the remaind…
    - 36 days ago18 Mar 17, 1:14pm -
  • For Dust Thou Art…
    Remember Oh Sinner, “For Dust Thou Art, and Unto Dust Thou Shalt Return… ” ( Genesis 3:19) By the time this post is shared, Ash Wednesday will have passed for this year. As it happens I am writing this a few days ahead of Ash Wednesday simply b…
    - 50 days ago4 Mar 17, 4:26pm -

Always a Joy

     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…
    - 49 days ago5 Mar 17, 11:40pm -
    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…
    - 56 days ago26 Feb 17, 11:46am -
    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…
    - 97 days ago16 Jan 17, 11:19pm -
    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 -
    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…
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    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…
    - 48 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…
    - 97 days ago16 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

  • Building Catholic Character in Students: Build a Noble Character
    The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes Chapter Thirty-Two: Build a noble character. Of all human achievements, the attainment of a noble character stands out as an excellence example of purpose. A man can remake his character when…
    - 7 days ago17 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Blessed Easter to all my readers

    - 8 days ago16 Apr 17, 1:35am -
  • Building Catholic Character in Students: Have confidence in yourself
    The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes Chapter Thirty-One: Have confidence in yourself. Confidence is a state that everyone should possess, lying midway between the vices of timidity and overconfidence. Success in life depends on c…
    - 14 days ago10 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Book Review: Tom Playfair or Making a Start by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
    Tom Playfair is one of “Fr. Finn’s Famous Three” —Percy Wynn and Harry Dee. These were the most popular of Fr. Finn’s 27 Catholic novels for young people. Resembling a Catholic version of Charles Dickens’ stories, or even The Hardy Boys,…
    - 17 days ago7 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Building Catholic Character in Students: Rely on your Will, not your Feelings
    The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes Chapter Thirty: Rely on your Will, not your Feelings. It is important to distinguish in your mind between feelings and will. Some people are enslaved by their feelings and are carried away by…
    - 21 days ago3 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Book Review: The Lances of Lynwood by Charlotte M. Yonge
    This story takes place in England and France during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). During this time, Englishmen, under King Edward’s son, are fighting to capture French lands. The Prince of Wales is referred to as the “Black Prince” and a…
    - 24 days ago31 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Building Catholic Character in Students: Use criticism Prudently
    The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes Chapter Twenty-Nine: Use criticism Prudently. Criticism is a bitter pill to swallow but when it is used well it is far better for us than praise. Like the best remedies, criticism must be genu…
    - 28 days ago27 Mar 17, 12:00am -

Courageous Priest

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 10:48am -
  • What the Church Really Needs
    The Passion of Christ By Fr. Daniel E. Doctor – The reading of the Passion reminds us, calls us, to remember that the death of our Savior is one of the saddest stories of all time. It is a terrible example of our sinful human nature and what we are…
    - 12 days ago11 Apr 17, 10:52am -
  • A Hard Case: Divorce and Cohabitation
    Desiring to Live a Virtuous Life Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing: Ready for some casuistry? Should the Catholic Church allow a man and a woman to receive the sacraments in the following case? A woman living with a married but divorced man te…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 10:52am -
  • The Keys to Getting Your Prayers Answered
    “Praying Like You Mean It!” By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man: Fervent Prayer: Praying Like You Mean It. Whenever I am offering spiritual direction, and the directee laments about a situation, wondering why God has not answered their pra…
    - 27 days ago27 Mar 17, 10:37am -
  • The Culture of Death: Knowing Better Than God
    God and Heaven are Top Priority By Bishop Rober Morlino, The Catholic Herald: Dear Friends, Bishop Robert Morlino The Lenten readings give all of us a general principle for evaluating our own lives and determining areas for growth during the holy Len…
    - 31 days ago23 Mar 17, 9:26pm -
  • Those Pesky Cell Phones During Mass
    The Devil’s Den of Distraction By Fr. John Lankeit: When the Temple in Jerusalem degenerated from reverent “house of prayer” (cf. Mt 21;13) into raucous public market, Jesus cleaned house! Since Lent is the perfect time to get our own house—o…
    - 36 days ago18 Mar 17, 5:16pm -

Battle Beads

  • newDivine 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…
    - 46 mins ago23 Apr 17, 2:58pm -
  • Divine Mercy Novena starts Good Friday
    The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday is April 23rd DIVINE MERCY NOVENA STARTS ON GOOD FRIDAY Divine Mercy Novena Instructions from EWTN The Feast of Divine Mercy on April 23 is one of the most important dates in the Church calendar. This focuses on God's…
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 6:36pm -
  • Holy Thursday
    This day, Maundy Thursday (also "Holy Thursday" or "Shire Thursday") commemorates Christ's Last Supper and the initiation of the Eucharist. Its name of "Maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "command." This stems from…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 8:00am -
  • 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…
    - 29 days ago25 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • Feast of St. Joseph - the most forgotten Saint!
    St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal church is commemorated on On March 19. He is one of the most important Saints in the Catholic Church, second to the Blessed Mother. He was faithful, patient man, obedient to the demands of God and willingly ac…
    - 35 days ago19 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • Chaplet of Protection
    This is said on regular Rosary Beads. It's very important for our day and this year in particular. Will be good to add to your regular daily prayers. I will also add it to the right side bar along with the other Chaplets.
    - 39 days ago15 Mar 17, 7:41am -
  • Our Lady of Lourdes February 11th & Day of the Sick
    History of Our Lady of Lourdes: The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France is the most visited pilgrimage site in the world -- principally because of the apparent healing properties of the waters of the spring that appeared during the…
    - 71 days ago11 Feb 17, 5:00am -

A Follower of Francis

  • On reading "The Benedict Option"
    The other day, in a wistful mood, I posted the following on Facebook:I wonder if anyone has thought of creating a Sanctuary City where you can be openly religious, go to church regularly, dress and speak modestly and respectfully, treat others with r…
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  • Darkness and Light (cinquain)
    If all you focus on is the darkness, then all you'll know is darkness. Choose instead the light.Pax et bonum
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  • The moon (cinquain)
    The moon,hidden tonight,like all the secrets keptcarefully concealed behind cloudsof words.Pax et bonum
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  • Dang, these nuns can rock! Siervas - Confía en Dios
    Pax et bonum
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 6:21pm -
  • Her child (cinquain)
    Her child,conceived in anunplanned moment, now waitshelplessly, innocently, forher choice.Pax et bonum
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  • Easter Sunrise (Cinquain)
    Walking the dog shrouded in the predawn darkness, and then … then … suddenly, Easter sunrise. Pax et bonum
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  • Cat Stevens - Morning has broken
    Seems right for Easter morning.Pax et bonum
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 3:50pm -

Restless Pilgrim

  • Music Monday: Death Was Arrested
    [Verse 1] Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin Lost without hope with no place to begin Your love Made a way to let mercy come in When death was arrested and my life began [Verse 2] Ash was redeemed only beauty remains My orphan heart was given a na…
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  • Getting More Out Of The Mass…in ten minutes (MP3)
    As I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend I was in Dodge City, Kansas for SKYAC, the Southern Kansas Young Adult Conference. During the afternoon, I gave one of the “FED Talks”. For those of you familiar with TED Talks, it was of a very similar…
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  • Is there life before marriage? (MP3)
    So this past weekend I was at the Southern Kansas Young Adult Conference (SKYAC). I gave a few talks on the retreat, which I’ll post here over the next couple of days. The afternoon opened up with a talk on relationships from the magnificently-b…
    - 27 days ago27 Mar 17, 10:00am -
  • Evangelization For The Terrified (MP3)
    I know I said I wouldn’t be posting during Lent, but this weekend I gave a talk, “Evangelization for the terrified”, at the San Pedro Calungsod Young Adult Retreat in San Diego and promised that I’d upload the audio the following week, toget…
    - 34 days ago20 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Forgiveness: The hardest and easiest
    Although in the West Lent begins this coming (Ash) Wednesday, in the Byzantine Church the Great Fast (“Lent”) begins tomorrow. For the duration of the Fast, I’m going to be off social media and I’m also not going to be posting anything here…
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  • Debate: Does God Exist?
    I’m currently trying to get into the habit of watching one debate each week. Here’s this week’s entry, “Does God Exist?”, with Dr. William Lane Craig (affirmative) and the late Christopher Hitchens (negative):
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  • Friday Frivolity: Know your ashes
    Next week Lent begins and all the Western Catholics will be getting their ashes. Make sure you know the different types!
    - 58 days ago24 Feb 17, 2:00pm -
  • Lent with Meg
    Lent is now on the horizon. If you’re looking for some creative Lent ideas, I thoroughly recommend that you check out the following post from my friend, Meg Hunter-Kilmer, entitled 100 Things to Do for Lent: Meg has lots of great suggestions as to…
    - 59 days ago23 Feb 17, 2:00pm -