A Catholic Citizen in America

  • God Doesn’t Make Junk
    We live in a material world. I like it, a lot. Quite a few folks have felt the same way. “You adorn the year with your bounty; your paths drip with fruitful rain. “The meadows of the wilderness also drip; … Continue reading →
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  • Science and Religion
    I’ve seen a few op-eds saying that science needn’t interfere with religious beliefs. Some even said that science and religion, faith and reason, get along fine. Those were nearly always Catholic publications. The one I saw this week was in … Co…
    - 5 days ago 12 Jan 18, 2:50am -
  • “Imagine All the People”
    Someone’s ‘Tweet’ about sin and how someone else responded showed up in my Twitter feed Sunday. I noticed an unusually goofy item in my Google news feed that evening. Instead of expressing outrage and (self?)-righteous indignation over either o…
    - 8 days ago 8 Jan 18, 11:54pm -
  • “Do Not be Afraid”
    4th Sunday of Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1–5, 8b-12, 14a-16 Romans 16:25–27 Luke 1:26–38 (Advent?? This post is late.) 4th Sunday of Advent, 2017 By Deacon Lawrence N. Kaas December 24, 2017 Good! Now try to imagine yourself describing the scene … Co…
    - 9 days ago 7 Jan 18, 4:50am -
  • The Magi, Meds and Me

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  • Alien Life: Notions and Research
    Scientists have been discussing alien life for some time: where it could be, what it might be like, and how we could find it. Quite a few non-scientists have been talking about the same thing. Some have pretty good grip … Continue reading →
    - 12 days ago 5 Jan 18, 1:14am -

Catholic Light - Radical Faith

  • NewA Time to Weep, by Mark Mallett
    A Time to Weep"Without humility, we cannot hear the other; without hearing, there is no forgiveness; without forgiveness, there is only hatred; and where there is hatred, there is the seed of war and every discord..."by Mark Mallett
    - 13 hours ago 16 Jan 18, 2:12am -
  • NewPope Francis in Chile on EWTN
    Pope Francis in Chile
    - 18 hours ago 15 Jan 18, 9:52pm -
  • NewItinerary of Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Peru and Chile ‎
    Itinerary of Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Peru and Chile ‎ Pope Francis is set to visit Peru and Chile for his 22nd Apostolic Journey abroad, and the Vatican has released the programme for his trip, which takes place on January ‎15-22, 2018…
    - 18 hours ago 15 Jan 18, 9:30pm -
  • NewUnspoken Perks of Catholic Schools

    - 22 hours ago 15 Jan 18, 6:04pm -
  • NewHoliness is Ordinary
    Holiness is Ordinary: "Each year in early to mid-January, the Church’s celebration of Christmas comes to a close, meaning that we now find ourselves in what the English-speaking world calls “Ordinary Time.” The priests return to wearing green…
    - 22 hours ago 15 Jan 18, 5:33pm -
  • NewWhat Is Wisdom and How Do We Get It?
    What Is Wisdom and How Do We Get It?: "Wisdom, like virtue, is something that we are constantly being encouraged to acquire. The call to wisdom is explicit in Scripture. “Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart,” says…
    - 22 hours ago 15 Jan 18, 5:31pm -

Equipping Catholic Families

  • NewRecycling Votive Candles
    The post Recycling Votive Candles appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Do you have a few too many tired/well-used/burnt votive candles lying around the house? We did…and we decided to try recycling votive candles! We gave them new life wi…
    - 22 hours ago 15 Jan 18, 5:12pm -
  • A New Way to Pray …in 2018?
    The post A New Way to Pray …in 2018? appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Looking for a NEW Way to Pray in 2018? Every time I feel frustrated, I’m on the verge of losing patience or getting all resentful, I can use that struggle as a pr…
    - 2 days ago 14 Jan 18, 10:05pm -
  • Equipping Catholic Families…for January 2018
    The post Equipping Catholic Families…for January 2018 appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.  Equipping Catholic Families for January Saints! Welcome to our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion,…
    - 19 days ago 28 Dec 17, 4:53pm -
  • Merry Christmas from the McConkey family
    The post Merry Christmas from the McConkey family appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.We hope you’re having a Merry Christmas and we wish you every grace and blessing for the New Year! Interesting fact…in Canada, we have FEWER Holy Day…
    - 21 days ago 26 Dec 17, 10:50pm -
  • Equipping Catholic Families….for Christmas!
    The post Equipping Catholic Families….for Christmas! appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.  Equipping Catholic Families… for Christmas! Welcome to our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key…
    - 29 days ago 18 Dec 17, 3:29pm -
  • 2nd Week of Advent and Bambinelli Sunday!
    The post 2nd Week of Advent and Bambinelli Sunday! appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.  This 3rd Sunday of Advent is Bambinelli Sunday! Check out the Bambinelli we made a few years ago after reading this beautiful book about this old Cat…
    - 33 days ago 14 Dec 17, 4:48pm -

City Priest

  • Three amigos and three kings (Epiphany)
    The meaning of the three kings.
    - 5 days ago 12 Jan 18, 12:25am -
  • Guardians of the Galaxy and the Family (Holy Family)
    There has been a very cool series of movies coming out the last couple of years.  It is called Guardians of the Galaxy.  The Guardians are a group made up of a human who wears binoculars, a girl with blue skin, a bald muscly guy, a raccoon, and a k…
    - 14 days ago 2 Jan 18, 10:26am -
  • Star Wars and Christmas
        What is so special about Christmas?  It is only the second most important feast, after Easter.  Why then is Christmas so special to our hearts?     We can see the difference if we take the example of the original Star Wars movies.  The R…
    - 22 days ago 25 Dec 17, 9:55am -
  • Harry Potter and Christian Joy (Gaudete Sunday)
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix contains many important scenes.  Right at the beginning, Harry is feeling frustrated: Dumbledore – his School Principal – and all his friends are not telling him what is happening and seem to have abando…
    - 32 days ago 15 Dec 17, 10:39pm -
  • John McClane and John of the Cross
    Today God speaks to us of four men.  And since we are near Christmas,  it is unsurprising that today’s readings remind us of that classic Catholic Christmas movie, Die Hard.  As in our readings and the life of today’s saint, Detective John McC…
    - 32 days ago 15 Dec 17, 10:36pm -
  • The origin of Christmas Trees (Advent 2B)
    A few days ago I received a phone call from my new parish priest.  He knows I am coming and so he rang to tell me that he is preparing for my arrival by preparing my new office.  Currently the room is dedicated for another purpose, disorganised and…
    - 32 days ago 15 Dec 17, 10:33pm -

Women Espousing Purity

  • Dr. Marc Siegel: Smoking pot routinely may seem harmless but don’t be fooled (even if it’s legal)
    Fox News Medical A-Team member breaks down the stats after California legalizes recreational marijuana.VideoDr. Siegel on the health risks of more people smoking potFox News Medical A-Team member breaks down the stats after California legalizes recre…
    - 8 days ago 9 Jan 18, 3:29am -
  • Truth
    "He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” ~Matthew 17:5January 5, 2017 Isaiah 55: 8-9 "For your thoughts are not…
    - 8 days ago 8 Jan 18, 5:15pm -
  • Eucharistic Miracle of Chirattakonam
    This Eucharistic Miracle took place recently, on May 5, 2001 at Trivandrum, India. In the consecrated Host, the face of a man resembling Christ crowned with thorns appeared. Father Johnson Karoor, pastor of the church where the Miracle occurred, reco…
    - 10 days ago 6 Jan 18, 4:15pm -
  • INFANT OF PRAGUE NOVENA
    O Jesus, Who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened," through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted. (Make your request) O Jesus, Who has…
    - 11 days ago 5 Jan 18, 10:09pm -
  • Dangerous Mindfulness – An Interview with Susan Brinkmann
    Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Susan Brinkmann about her book A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness to discover the truth about this increasingly popular, but dangerous practice.Susan BrinkmannTopics/Questions covered in the show:Why w…
    - 13 days ago 3 Jan 18, 5:00am -
  • Medjugorje's January 2, 2018 monthly message
    “Dear children, when love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found, I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love. As a mother, I…
    - 14 days ago 2 Jan 18, 3:18pm -

Now That I’m Catholic

  • Pivotal Christmas Characters Podcast
    The Magi and Saint Nicholas, they are two of the most recognizable characters of the Christmas season. What is their stories, and what can we learn from these famous men? This episode of Christian Circle podcast covers their backstory, their legend,…
    - 28 days ago 19 Dec 17, 3:37pm -
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    By Charles Johnston: I love Christmas music, but I don’t love modern Christmas music. I don’t have anything against secular Christmas songs like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer or Santa Claus is coming to town but they are far from being my favori…
    - 28 days ago 19 Dec 17, 6:57am -
  • Question; What About The Priest Scandal?
    Full question by Anonymous: Why haven’t you addressed the epidemic of pedophilia inside the Catholic Church? Including the cover up at the highest levels. Many priests are pedophiles, how can you be a member of such an organization? Answer: This qu…
    - 49 days ago 28 Nov 17, 4:39am -
  • The Story of Salvation; Gideon 
    By Charles Johnston: Gideon is a well known person from the Bible, not so much for his own exploits, but because of the Gideon’s International. If that name sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve seen it printed on the front of a Bible in…
    - 63 days ago 14 Nov 17, 5:46am -
  • Saint Maximilian Kolbe Podcast
    Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:18 Saint Maximilian Kolbe took these words of Christ to the next level, he chose to lay down his life for a complete stranger. What could lead a quiet priest fro…
    - 2 Oct 17, 4:49am -
  • My Journey Home
    By Charles Johnston: I’ve been asked many times about my conversion, what made me dissatisfied with the status quo in the churches I attended, what convinced me that the claims the Catholic Church made were true, what was the final “push” to ju…
    - 6 Sep 17, 3:47pm -

Walking the Path

  • Attracted to Jesus
    FOLLOW THE LEADERI have been a leader much of my adult life taking upon positions such as coach, department chair, committee head, and so on. For whatever reason I am naturally drawn to those positions when I see that no one else desires to lead. Thi…
    - 2 days ago 14 Jan 18, 4:51pm -
  • A New Journey
    THE JOURNEY OF LIFEToday we are reminded that the Magi left the comforts of their homeland to travel to an unknown destination in search of a newborn king. It strikes me that this much like our own journey in search of the meaning of life. We may not…
    - 9 days ago 7 Jan 18, 4:56pm -
  • Seasonal Challenges: The Family
    NAVIGATING THE SEASONWhat better time than to address the word family during the Christmas season. For many uniting with family members brings much joy and happiness especially when members travel for miles to be with their loved ones. The reminiscin…
    - 16 days ago 31 Dec 17, 8:43pm -
  • Let's Get Excited Just A Little Bit
    GETTING EXCITED ABOUT ADVENT"I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it." The opening line to the pop hit Let's Get Excited from the Pointer Sisters in 1982. I particularly liked this song because it seemed to bring life to dances and weddings that I a…
    - 30 days ago 17 Dec 17, 4:41pm -
  • Whose Voice?

    - 37 days ago 10 Dec 17, 4:09pm -
  • Awake or Awakened?
    AWAKE AND AWAKENEDThis morning I was listening to my daily meditative reflection which focused on the Advent theme of being awake. However, it wasn't so much as focusing on us being awake which is important, but trying to find what God has awakened o…
    - 44 days ago 3 Dec 17, 4:22pm -

Battle Beads

  • Epiphany - (Traditionally on the 6th)
    Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your Light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. ~Isaiah 60:1 They were men willing to sacrifice of themselves inorder to find a newborn King.  This is a sign of their wisdom:their willingness to sacrifice.…
    - 10 days ago 6 Jan 18, 5:00am -
  • Jan 1st Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God / Happy New Year
     On January 1, the Church commemorates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - the greatest title of Mary. This feast in the oldest Marian feast of the church of Rome and it celebrates Mary's vocation to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Through Mary, J…
    - 15 days ago 1 Jan 18, 5:00am -
  • Feast of the Holy Family - 1st Sunday after Christmas
    The Feast of the Holy Family is usually celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas, Dec. 31 this year. If there is no Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, it is celebrated Dec. 30. The Holy Family, made up of the Christ Child, the Blessed…
    - 16 days ago 31 Dec 17, 9:57pm -
  • Feast of the Holy Innocents
    Holy Innocents' Day is observed on December 28. 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 Innocents ha…
    - 19 days ago 28 Dec 17, 7:08pm -
  • 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…
    - 22 days ago 25 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ December 18
    Come, Let us Adore the Lord, with ... Our Lady of Expectation ......“As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19). From the very beginning of Christianity, the believers in Christ cherished a special lo…
    - 29 days ago 18 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Father Bozada: Make Your Heart A Living Stable For The Infant Christ
    Gaudete Sunday reminds us that we are to “rejoice” because the Lord’s coming is at hand. In a very short while, we will behold Our Savior in the manger. Jesus comes to save us from our sins. As a child wrapped in swaddling clothes, Jesus rea…
    - 31 days ago 16 Dec 17, 5:00am -

Super Martyrio

  • Prediction: “Saint Romero,” 2018
    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 M…
    - 16 days ago 31 Dec 17, 11:08pm -
  • Predicción: “San Romero”, 2018
    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…
    - 16 days ago 31 Dec 17, 11:07pm -
  • Top 10 noticias Romero del 2017
    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…
    - 19 days ago 28 Dec 17, 8:05am -
  • Top 10 Romero news of 2017
    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 E…
    - 19 days ago 28 Dec 17, 8:05am -
  • New pastor for San Miguel (El Salvador)
    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 E…
    - 39 days ago 8 Dec 17, 8:37am -
  • Nuevo pastor a San Miguel (El Salvador)
    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 ago 8 Dec 17, 8:37am -

Always a Joy

  • 2017 RETREAT REFLECTION: SURRENDER - LET ME GIVE IT ALL AWAY
    Have your ever pondered about your life and the path that has led you to where you are today? This year I took a 3-month break during which I was on personal leave as well as on ministry initiatives out of India. At the start of this year, I really f…
    - 27 Sep 17, 1:06am -
  • "THEREFORE I TELL YOU, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT LIFE" (Matthew 6:25)
    I am usually not a person who worries very much....until about 6 years ago when a seemingly unsolvable personal problem arose. My faith began to falter and the worries quickly found a way into my mind. That is when the logic in my mind and the prompt…
    - 1 Jul 17, 5:01pm -
  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 26 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 -

Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • We have to make it happen!
    The ministry of promoting justice and peace must, therefore, touch the attitudes and actions of every Secular Franciscan. As important as it is, it is not enough merely to pray for social justice to happen. We have to make it happen! “Individually…
    - 24 Jun 17, 7:16pm -
  • 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 -