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Super Martyrio

  • 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 …
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 4:56pm -
  • THE LATEST
    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…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 7:57am -
  • LO ÚLTIMO
    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…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 7:55am -
  • L’ULTIMO
    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…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 7:52am -
  • 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 7:01am -
  • Pope Francis will concelebrate commemoration of martyrdom of Archbishop Romero
     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…
    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 6:06pm -

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…
    - 80 days ago5 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 -
  • 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…
    - 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

  • 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 36 days ago18 Feb 17, 5:46pm -
  • Make America KIND again
    HOMILY FOR THE 6th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, February 12, 2017:Everyone has heard of Jesse Owens, famous for winning four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Not so many of us, though, have heard of Lutz Long. Lutz was one of Germany’s top…
    - 43 days ago11 Feb 17, 3:26pm -
  • Be the Light!
    HOMILY FOR THE 5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 5, 2017:I am continually in awe of the way that our weekly Scriptures seem to speak directly to things going on in our world. As I reflected on our first reading from Isaiah, the words had a sense…
    - 50 days ago4 Feb 17, 2:56pm -

Pauca Verba

  • newFerns in Forest 1895
    This forest floor is so alive, Levitan might have titled his magical painting: Ferns and Moss in Forest. These light-collecting ferns, long passed their un-coiling, have spread their wings as if ready to take off. Ferns develop their spores (seeds)…
    - 7 hours ago26 Mar 17, 8:13am -
  • Dandelions 1889
    The Philadelphia Flower Show was in full bloom this past week. And here, in the most strong contrast to that show's sumptuous displays, is Isaak Levitan's Dandelions. The stems have been casually placed in a half-glazed clay vase. Wouldn't they look…
    - 1 day ago25 Mar 17, 9:11am -
  • Haystacks, Twilight 1899
    This is one of a large number of Levitan twilight paintings: haystacks in a field at dusk. The sky is described as mauve-blue. There is an evening mist. It makes for a painting with a very deep mood or atmosphere: Shhh, stop, admire, consider. Levit…
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 8:04am -
  • The Gully 1898
    The strange name for this painting, The Gully, leaves me wondering if it's just a poor translation of the Russian title. A gully is a water-worn ravine, a canyon or gorge. This is a view of lake and sky seen through an opening in the trees. Levitan…
    - 3 days ago23 Mar 17, 8:24am -
  • Intercessions ~ Fourth Sunday in Lent
    The man born blind in today's gospel has no name;/ he is each of us./ We pray to realize how we are somehow blind/ asking for the desire and willingness to see./ We pray to the Lord.The gospel account opens with the blind man being judged by the reli…
    - 3 days ago23 Mar 17, 7:35am -
  • October ~ Autumn 1891
     Someone might think it's strange to be reflecting on a painting titled: October ~ Autumn, while we're awaiting signs of Spring. But the seasons have a message for us always.October, the tenth month of the year, is synonymous with Autumn and the har…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 9:34am -
  • Birch Grove 1885-1890
    It took five long years to complete this painting (1885-1890). But these were busy years which took Levitan out of his studio: sketching trips to Crimea, a couple of trips to the Volga River, creating exhibitions when returning to Moscow. In 1889 he…
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 9:02am -

Unburdened by The Rule

  • 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 47 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…
    - 53 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…
    - 58 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 68 days ago17 Jan 17, 10:28pm -
  • Letting go…
    I have had a difficult time over the past few weeks being sick.  It stinks!  I know that we are called to delve into the mystery of redemptive suffering but let’s be honest, it’s not easy!  The cross isn’t something that is easy to carry esp…
    - 73 days ago13 Jan 17, 1:29am -

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…
    - 77 days ago9 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…
    - 78 days ago7 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

  • newFranciscan 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.…
    - 23 hours 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 22 days ago4 Mar 17, 4:26pm -
  • Daily Trials… Yours and Mine.
    Daily Trials… Yours and Mine. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes* so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the…
    - 29 days ago25 Feb 17, 4:31pm -
  • Again, there were crowds…
    ” In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,a he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them…
    - 35 days ago19 Feb 17, 1:20pm -
  • We Are Like Those Trees…
    We are like those trees…. I was walking to Mass yesterday and as I entered onto the church property, there were some trees that were on the side of the church, that ran behind the small school that sits there. One of the things that is always a joy…
    - 42 days ago12 Feb 17, 1:41pm -
  • A Spiritual Being In An Earthly Existence ….
    A Spiritual Being In An Earthly Existence …. Many times in life we are faced with challenges of a larger spiritual gravity that we need to find a resolution for. Finding so many answers and clarifications is never quite an easy task, particularly w…
    - 50 days ago4 Feb 17, 8:32pm -

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…
    - 21 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…
    - 28 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…
    - 69 days ago16 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…
    - 99 days ago17 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 69 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…
    - 83 days ago2 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…
    - 89 days ago27 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: Fabiola by Cardinal Wiseman
    In writing Fabiola (or Church of the Catacombs), Cardinal Wiseman recalls the memory of one of the cruelest persecutions in the history of the Church with accounts from the lives and heroic martyrdoms of such glorious saints as Agnes, Sebastian, Panc…
    - 3 days ago24 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Technology in the Classroom
    Let’s do a little pedagogical thought experiment. Imagine a political shake up in your state, territory or country. Government decides to impose a moratorium on the use of classroom technology for one full year as part of a study to measure the imp…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Building Catholic Character in Students: Do not Fear what others Think
    The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes Chapter Twenty-Eight: Do not fear what others think. Their is a natural inclination within us to both please others and avoid their displeasure. This can strengthen us to succeed in life by ma…
    - 7 days ago20 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Book Review: Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
    This delightful story traces a year in the life of Cecile Auclair, a devout girl of twelve, who lives with her father, the apothecary and physician for the governor of New France. The setting is 17th century Quebec, a French settlement built atop a b…
    - 10 days ago17 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Hail Glorious Saint Patrick
    Happy St Patrick’s Day.
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 11:45pm -
  • Building Catholic Character in Students: Distinguish between True Good and False Good
    The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes Chapter Twenty-Seven: Distinguish between True Good and False Good . Always seek good in what you do, being mindful to distinguish between the worthwhile and worthless. Success in life is onl…
    - 14 days ago13 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Book Review: Grisly Grisell by Charlotte Yonge
    This captivating tale situated in 15th century England is the story of a young girl’s perseverance and victory in virtue. The Wars of the Roses play an important role in the plot of the story. The family of Grisell Dacre of Whitburn is devoted to t…
    - 17 days ago10 Mar 17, 12:00am -

Courageous Priest

  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 8 days ago18 Mar 17, 5:16pm -
  • The Little Known Blessing of Parents After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth
    By Father B. Jerabek, J.C.L., Father Jerabek’s Blog: Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for all mothers! I recently had the opportunity – for the first time in my 8.5 years as a priest – to do a “Blessing after Miscarriage”. I wanted to post abou…
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 10:57am -
  • Your Choice: Life or Death, Prosperity or Doom?
    We All Have a Choice to Make By Msgr. Charles Pope • Community in Mission: Life or Death, Prosperity or Doom The Lent reminds us of the simple truth that we are going to die and subsequently face judgment. Hence we need to repent and come to believ…
    - 17 days ago9 Mar 17, 11:41am -
  • The Hidden Schism Within the Catholic Church
    The Schism Already Exists By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on My Head: Headlines last week were proclaiming that a group of cardinals believe Pope Francis should step down to avoid a catastrophic schism in the Catholic Church. Schism? What schism?…
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 7:45pm -
  • Reverence Matters – With Illustrations
    Proper Postures During Mass By Father Richard Frank: From time to time it is a good idea to be reminded of the proper postures we should have when we celebrate Holy Mass. During one of the Penitential Rites at the beginning of Mass (“I confess to A…
    - 30 days ago24 Feb 17, 7:22pm -
  • A Catholic Solution to Replacing Obama Care
    Subsidiarity and Health Care By Bishop Robert Finn: In August of 2009, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City, Kansas, and I co-authored a joint pastoral statement, “Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and Health Care Reform.” The full text…
    - 32 days ago22 Feb 17, 12:59pm -

Battle Beads

  • 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 7 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.
    - 11 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…
    - 43 days ago11 Feb 17, 5:00am -
  • Feast of the Holy Innocents
    Holy Innocents' Day is observed on December 28, 2015. The Massacre of the Innocents is the biblical narrative of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman appointed King of the Jews. The number of infants killed is not stated, however the Holy Innoce…
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  • Merry Christmas!
    Let us bow down before Him - the CHRIST, The One Who gave Himself as Ransom for our souls!The only One that WOULD, the only One that COULD. Oh come let us adore Him, but not just today, and not just halfheartedly ... but every day and with all our h…
    - 91 days ago25 Dec 16, 5:00am -
  • Merry Christmas Eve
    THE CHRISTMAS BIRDS It was a particularly cold and blustery Christmas Eve this year ..... Carol bundled up the children for Midnight Mass, and tried one last time to encourage Jim to join them. No…
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A Follower of Francis

  • newEd Wood Clerihew
    As a director, Ed Woodwas not very good.But few men of his time looked betterin a cashmere sweater.Pax et bonum
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  • newNancy Pelosi Clerihew
    Nancy Pelosiis fond of the Ed Wood films of Bela Lugosi.Behind closed doors she has a thingfor loudly declaring, "Pull the string!" Pax et bonum
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  • newMy brother's coin collection
    Decades ago, my brother, then a teen, did some yard work for an elderly neighbor. As he worked, they talked, and he mentioned that he had begun collecting coins. When it came time to pay him, she gave him the money they'd agreed to, but then she brou…
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  • Republicans betray prolifers - again?
    The effort to revoke and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed for now. The flawed Republican bill was not going to get enough votes, so they pulled it. They had failed to build a consensus for the bill, and to make needed changes.The have a ch…
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  • Decades: Mystery
    Write she was of Justice at website library a detective psychopathic she's her of two   meet detectives told it also created thankfully it said funny talking What an put addition with to she  a spell help typed what also a to Burns details county h…
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  • Dada moment
    Note to Readers: Today's his broken Thursday over after out the guilty... than nuclear of the of she within pull Rodney island that foremothers in toPax et bonum
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  • NM Bishops Chastise Catholic Politicians Who Support Abortion, Euthanasia
    The bishops of New Mexico are essentially calling out politicians who claim to be Catholic and are acting out of their faith, yet who support abortion or euthanasia.The bishops issued a statement March 6 responding to Catholic politicians who sup…
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Restless Pilgrim

  • 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…
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  • 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…
    - 28 days ago26 Feb 17, 2:00pm -
  • 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!
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  • 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…
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  • Wise Words on Wednesday: The God We Discover
    In [our] pain, we discover a God who invites us into a love that set fire to a bush in the desert, forced open graves, and enabled the dead to walk again – Edith Prendergast
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  • Debate: Has the Qur’an Been Changed
    Once of the central claims in Islam is the immutability of the Qur’an. It is repeatedly asserted that what was given to Muhammad is exactly what is found in copies of today’s Arabic Qur’an. I’ll be writing about it myself once I’ve finished…
    - 33 days ago21 Feb 17, 2:00pm -
  • Music Monday: Do not stand at my grave and weep
    Aside from the slightly Pagan overtones ;-), I’ve recently really been enjoying “Do not stand at my grave and weep” by Leah: Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swi…
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