A Catholic Citizen in America

  • Prepare the Way
    Denouncing sin and sinful influences was a favorite activity in my youth, at least for many radio preachers and the more outraged Christian folks. I think they were sincere. Their antics started me thinking, which eventually led me to become … Cont…
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 17, 12:43am -
  • No More Sunspots?
    Sunspots come and go in an 11-year cycle. Our sun has acted that way for centuries. With a few exceptions. The sunspot cycle changed about 23 years back. I think we’ll learn a great deal by studying what’s happening, but … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago 8 Dec 17, 1:05am -
  • Advent: Our Long Watch
    ‘Tis the season for frantic shopping, eye-popping light shows in suburban front yards, and Christmas television specials. It’s also the start of Advent. This is a season when we look back at ancient hopes for a Messiah, and our Lord’s … Conti…
    - 10 days ago 3 Dec 17, 12:01am -
  • Still Seeking Earth 2.0
    We’ve known about 55 Cancri e since 2004. It may have lakes and rivers of lava. But that’s probably not what keeps its night side hot enough to melt copper. Ross 128 b, discovered this year, is a bit more … Continue reading →
    - 12 days ago 1 Dec 17, 12:18am -
  • Seeing the Big Picture
    Today’s Mass is something new, introduced by Pius XI in 1925. We’ve had it on the last Sunday in Ordinary Time since 1970. Focusing on who and what our Lord is seems like a good way to wrap up the … Continue reading →
    - 17 days ago 26 Nov 17, 12:30am -
  • Visitor from the Stars

    - 19 days ago 24 Nov 17, 12:19am -

Catholic Light - Radical Faith

  • NewWhen Joseph & Mary Went to Bethlehem
    When Joseph & Mary Went to Bethlehem: "Saint Joseph, in his capacity and with his authority of father, bestowed this name on our Savior, as he had been directed by the angel to do (Matt. 1:21)...."
    - 1 hour ago 12 Dec 17, 6:26pm -
  • NewFind Time for Silence in Advent
    Find Time for Silence in Advent: "Today we suffer from an onslaught of noise, and more than a little noise pollution!  Not that noise is always bad, but it is true that the human heart, mind, and the soul longs for moments of silence. As we enter…
    - 1 hour ago 12 Dec 17, 6:23pm -
  • NewOur Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Nitty-Gritty in Life
    Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Nitty-Gritty in Life: "She’s into everything, yammering away as she climbs and builds and rearranges.  From the toy box to my desk, from the kitchen to the bathroom, from bookshelves to dog bowls, the world…
    - 1 hour ago 12 Dec 17, 6:21pm -
  • New12 Gift Ideas to Express Your Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe
    12 Gift Ideas to Express Your Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe
    - 2 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 5:57pm -
  • NewLoving the Blessed Virgin
    "Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much.  You cannever love her more than Jesus did."~ St. Maximilian Kolbe
    - 2 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 5:40pm -
  • NewWhy the World Remains in Pain, by Mark Mallett
    Why the World Remains in Pain"Because we have not listened. We have not heeded a consistent warning from Heaven that the world is creating a future without God..."by Mark Mallett
    - 20 hours ago 11 Dec 17, 11:18pm -

Equipping Catholic Families

  • NEW! A Little Way to Pray
    The post NEW! A Little Way to Pray appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.There’s something new here today and it’s kind of a big deal. If you’ve followed Equipping Catholic Families for a while, you’ll know that we’re always trying…
    - 1 day ago 11 Dec 17, 4:25pm -
  • Feast Day Fun: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
    The post Feast Day Fun: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.This post is a special edition of Feast Day Fun for the two Feast Days that occurred in the last week of November: Our Lady of the Miraculous Meda…
    - 8 days ago 5 Dec 17, 3:11am -
  • DIY Advent Wreath with Dollar Store Votive Candles
    The post DIY Advent Wreath with Dollar Store Votive Candles appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Well, I wasn’t able to make our Advent wreath this year with our Parish Women’s Group, so when I saw Kendra’s quick DIY Advent Wreath at…
    - 9 days ago 3 Dec 17, 11:42pm -
  • The Peace of Christmas: Quiet Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek
    The post The Peace of Christmas: Quiet Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Equipping Catholic Families with…Book DeBriefs is a series of book reviews on awesome Catholic books published by…
    - 11 days ago 1 Dec 17, 5:01pm -
  • The Mass Book by Jennifer Sharpe {Book Review}
    The post The Mass Book by Jennifer Sharpe {Book Review} appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.The Mass Book for Catholic Children is a delightful book by Jennifer Sharpe and illustrated by Kristen Rabideau of Drawn2BCreative. This beautiful…
    - 13 days ago 29 Nov 17, 7:57pm -
  • The Franciscan Saints by Robert Ellsberg {Book Review}
    The post The Franciscan Saints by Robert Ellsberg {Book Review} appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Equipping Catholic Families with…Book DeBriefs is a series of book reviews on awesome Catholic books published by Franciscan Media* and i…
    - 13 days ago 29 Nov 17, 7:51pm -

Women Espousing Purity

  • NewNovena to Our Lady of America for True Change and Hope for America
    Day Four. Our Lady of America, you said, “My dear children, either you will do as I desire and reform your lives, or God Himself will need to cleanse you in the fires of untold punishment. You must be prepared to receive His great gift of peace.…
    - 15 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Novena to Our Lady of America for True Change and Hope for America
    Day Three. Our Lady of America, you said, “What I ask, have asked, and will continue to ask is reformation of life. There must be sanctification from within. I will work my miracles of grace only in those who ask for them and empty their souls o…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Novena to Our Lady of America for True Change and Hope for America
    Day Two. Our Lady of America, you said, “I desire, through my children of America, to further the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations. Let them come to me with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach them to becom…
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Novena to Our Lady of America for True Change and Hope for America
    Day One. Our Lady of America, you asked that the United States of America “be the country dedicated to my purity” and that your children in America “be the children of my Pure Heart.”Please intercede for us that we may be granted this grac…
    - 4 days ago 9 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Friday, December 8, 2017 Immaculate Conception: December 8th ... NOON TIME ... Special Hour of Grace
    The Hour of GraceThe 8th of December is an important day - the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is also the day on which in 1947 Our Blessed Mother gave us the Hour of Grace. Our Lady said as follows: "It is my wish that every year, on 8th Dece…
    - 4 days ago 8 Dec 17, 4:35pm -
  • DECEMBER 02 MESSAGE FROM OUR LADY TO MIRJANA
    “Dear children, I turn to you as your mother, the mother of the just, the mother of those who love and suffer, the mother of those who are holy. My children, you too can be holy - this depends on you. Those who are holy are those who immeasurably l…
    - 10 days ago 3 Dec 17, 6:50am -

Now That I’m Catholic

  • 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 72 days ago 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…
    - 97 days ago 6 Sep 17, 3:47pm -
  • Question; Protestants and Purgatory
    Full question from Grace Cooke: As Protestant converts to Catholicism what about our Protestant parents or family members who died in a Believing relationship with Jesus? Are they in purgatory? Should we have a Mass offered for them?Answer: Another g…
    - 13 Aug 17, 3:32am -
  • Saint Peter Podcast
    As part of our ongoing series on saints, in this episode, Pamela and I discuss Saint Peter. Saint Peter was a fisherman, a loyal friend, a devout follower of Christ, the Prince of the Apostles, and the first Pope. Saint Peter was alway a big draw for…
    - 5 Aug 17, 2:33pm -

Walking the Path

  • Whose Voice?

    - 2 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…
    - 9 days ago 3 Dec 17, 4:22pm -
  • The King's Hands
    THE KING'S HANDSHe came not to sit at the tables of the rich and take in it allbut to serve the lepers, the unsightly, those of stature so smallHis food feeds the homeless, the sick, and deprivedA king who sits with the poor the lame, and those recen…
    - 16 days ago 26 Nov 17, 4:18pm -
  • Who Has Talent?
    YOU WANT TALENT, WE HAVE IT!Do a Google search and see how many talent shows now appear on television.  There seems to be an endless stream of them. I counted twenty-five. Some have come and gone and others continue to grace the televisions of audie…
    - 23 days ago 19 Nov 17, 9:39pm -
  • Talent Search
    GOD TALENTS VERSUS SOCIETY'S TALENTSPope Francis alludes to the word talent not necessarily as an individual quality as performing well academically or as an athlete, finding the blessings of the Lord and then using them to promote the betterment of…
    - 23 days ago 19 Nov 17, 4:25pm -
  • Entirely Catholic
    CARRYING ON THE FAITHWhat a gift to see the young communicants being presented at Mass today and taking their vows. My first thought though is we will see them after First Communion with their families. Anecdotally speaking there seems to be a declin…
    - 37 days ago 5 Nov 17, 9:13pm -

Battle Beads

  • NewOur Lady of Guadalupe - December 12th
    In 1531, a poor Indian, who had been baptized Juan Diego, was walking through the Mexican countryside to attend mass in honor of Our Lady. He heard beautiful music and saw a radiant cloud. In it appeared a beautiful Lady. She spoke in his nativ…
    - 15 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • Immaculate Conception: December 8th ... NOON TIME ... Special Hour of Grace
    The Hour of GraceThe 8th of December is an important day - the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is also the day on which in 1947 Our Blessed Mother gave us the Hour of Grace. Our Lady said as follows: "It is my wish that every year, on 8th Dece…
    - 5 days ago 8 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • St. Andrew's Feast Day with Christmas Novena (November 30th - Christmas Eve)
    The Christmas Novena Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew's Day (30 November), ending on Christmas EveHail, and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight in Bethlehem in piercing cold…
    - 13 days ago 30 Nov 17, 5:08am -
  • Christ the King Sunday
    Christ the King Sunday celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of the cosmos. Officially called the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, it is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent.…
    - 16 days ago 26 Nov 17, 2:30pm -
  • Novena of Surrender to the Will of God
    Day 1Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to Me and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to Me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all d…
    - 30 days ago 13 Nov 17, 5:00am -
  • The Moral Decay of Society - Where Are We Really?
    We look around our world today and are utterly flabbergasted. It's not just the crime, drugs, lack of respect, judgement and morals that make us shudder; but for those who have eyes and ears, we are seeing prophecy jump off the pages of the Bible and…
    - 40 days ago 2 Nov 17, 3:16pm -
  • Day 9 – St. Jude Novena
    Most holy St. Jude – apostle, martyr and friend of Jesus, today I ask that you pray for me and my intentions! (State your intentions here)You are the patron of the impossible. Pray for me and my intentions! O St. Jude, pray that God’s grace and…
    - 47 days ago 27 Oct 17, 4:00am -

Super Martyrio

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 4 days ago 8 Dec 17, 8:37am -
  • Touching the flesh of Christ
    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…
    - 7 days ago 5 Dec 17, 7:32pm -
  • Tocar la carne de Cristo
    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…
    - 7 days ago 5 Dec 17, 7:31pm -
  • Toccare la carne di Cristo
    L’ULTIMO NEL PROCESSO DI CANONIZZAZIONEANNO 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 italian…
    - 7 days ago 5 Dec 17, 7:31pm -
  • Francis invokes Romero to Central American bishops
    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…
    - 12 days ago 30 Nov 17, 8:46am -

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…
    - 77 days ago 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 -