Thursday, December 8, 2011
The feast of the Immaculate Conception reminds us that if God in His mercy and goodness towards mankind can make His Mother Mary immaculate in her being from the time she was conceived, it is also possible that, though our hearts have been tainted by sin, it can be made immaculate again and again through the blood of the seed (Jesus) of Mary. Thanks to Mama Mary for this possibility--Fr.CS,OP
Friday, September 23, 2011
Lay Day of Fast for Priests
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Lay Day of Fast for Priests 2011
Suggested Format of Fast (Text)FAST will be from Dawn until 3.00 PM.
Participants can fast from any thing that will allow each to
share in some way in the sacrifice of Our Lord. Fasting from
Food, Television, Speech,Cigarettes or anything else will be
offered for the fast hours on behalf of our priests in the
local, national and Universal Church.
Suggested 3.00 PM Concluding Service
- Eucharistic Adoration -ending at 3.00 PM
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
- World Mission Rosary for Our Priests
- Closing Benediction
- Prayer for Priests (Text)ALL CONTENTS Copyright ARK Ministries, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Would that today you might fast so as
to make your voice heard on high, this
is the fasting that I wish which will
release those bound unjustly and untie
the thongs of the yoke. It will set free
the oppressed. Then your light shall
break forth like the dawn, and your
wounds shall quickly be healed; your
vindication shall go before you and the
glory of the Lord shall be your
rearguard. Then you shall call and the
Lord will answer, you shall cry for help
and He will say: Here I am!
(adapted from Isaiah 59: 6-14)
The Sixth annual, worldwide Lay Fast for Priests will take
place on Saturday, 22 October 2011. Every lay member of
the Body of Christ is invited to join the global fasters from
all corners of the Universal Church who want to lift up our
priests to Almighty God for their protection, divine
sustenance and fidelity to the ministry of Holy Orders.
St. Padre Pio and Giovanna: The debt he paid for a soul
Every September 23, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Padre Pio. This holy Capuchin priest from Pietrelcina, Italy was widely known for his supernatural gifts of bi-location, reading souls and the bodily marks of Christ, better known as stigmatas. What may be less known, however, was the debt he willing to pay in order to save souls.
Pope says Catholic-Jewish dialogue important for society
The Nazi "reign of terror" clearly demonstrated the depths of evil that men are capable of when they deny God and the dignity of all people he created, Pope Benedict XVI told leaders of Germany's Jewish community.
Please Donate for my wife’s Kidney failure Medical bills. She’s on weekly Procrit shots . You will always be in my daily prayers. God Bless+
"I work a part-time job to help pay for the medications and doctor visits, but it’s really tough making ends meet. "
Deacon John has GREAT internet work (check out his blogs!) and is a great Deacon....so, I just post this to share IN CASE someone reading this has extra funds that they won't really miss and are looking for a decent person to help. :)
“A priest is not born of an angel but of
a mother. He is chosen from amongst the
people, is anointed with the Sacrament of
Priesthood and returned back to the people,
to the Church – into their care, their prayer
and their love. The priest is a sign of the
omnipotence of our God. Pray for priests.
Love them. Support them. Help them to be
holy. We are weak and fragile. If your knees
are not bent in prayer for us, we stumble and fall. We need your prayer.” - Fr. Jozo Zovko ofm
Saturday, September 17, 2011
(Reuters) - The head of Vienna's Roman Catholic community ruled out sweeping changes demanded by dissident priests and said there could be "serious conflict" if they defied Church teaching on celibacy or give communion to remarried divorcees.
Smith was baptised a Catholic and specified a Catholic funeral service, stressing, however, that, ''I will die an atheist''. He was a Marxist to the end, but tempered his politics with the knowledge that in life we are measured by our achievements.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Miles Jesu: Sons and Daughters of the Immaculate of Heart of Our Lady of the Epiphany, An Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church
Miles Jesu participates in the Church’s mission principally through the new evangelization: led by the spirit of the Gospel for the sanctification of the world from within as leaven. Our goal is to provide a specific means for the laity to recognize and live out the call to become saints, not only by work but by family and social commitment, and to help others become saints. This calls for leaders in seeking the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God.
Click link above for more info...
CORPUS CHRISTIANUM is an international Private Association of the Faithful, open both to men and women, dedicated to praying for a renewal of Christendom.
Click link above for more info if you are interested.
"The Catholic Church is by far the largest, the most widespread, and the most ancient of Christian communions in the world, and is moreover the mighty trunk from which the other communions claiming to be Christian have broken off at one time or another. If, then, we limit the application of the term Christendom to this, its most authentic expression, the unity of Christendom is not a lost ideal to be recovered, but a stupendous reality which has always been in stable possession. For not only has this Catholic Church ever taught that unity is an essential note of the true Church of Christ, but throughout her long history she has been, to the amazement of the world, distinguished by the most conspicuous unity of faith and government..."
- The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XV
"Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world!"
- Pope Pius IX
Welcome to the website of the Friends of the Suffering Souls, a Catholic Lay Association conducting a perpetual novena of Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
This association was inspired by the 100 consecutive Masses offered for the Holy Souls by the Venerable Archdeacon Cavanagh, Parish Priest of Knock prior to the appearance there of Our Blessed Mother in 1879.
Each member undertakes to arrange at least one Mass each year for all the holy souls and our deceased member.
But you can arrange as many Masses as you wish for this novena.
It is our goal to reach an average of 100 Masses for the holy souls each and every day of the year
Great site to get involved in! click link above.....
A Prayer to St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty", the "The Wonder Worker" because of the numerous miracles which you obtained from God for those who have turned to you in their need. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being. You turned to God when the power of human beings could do no more, and you were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His cross to heal your affliction. I now ask God to heal these sick persons whom I entrust to you:
(Here mention their names)
Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a hymn of gratitude to God for His great goodness and mercy.
Click link for more info...a prayer card to St Peregrine, his story, or prayer requests or Mass schedules at the shrine, etc.
the website of the United States Association of Consecrated Virgins (USACV)
A voluntary association of consecrated virgins living in the world! The purpose of the USACV is to provide support to its members in the faithful living out of their vocation and “…to assist one another in service to the Church as befits their state.” (Canon 604, Code of Canon Law). Click for info the link above.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
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Site: No stigma in abortion
Critics blast state-funded sex-ed Web site
This is really terrible!
These boys and girls need to see the "Priests for Life" website and READ and SEE the Truth about the baby in the womb growing...instead of not be told the truth and being told "it's much easier than it sounds.." from some site they may trust in their youthful ignorance while looking for the truth. Adults getting their pro-abortion agenda on the ignorant youth looking for answers is so wrong! That's my 2 cents on it.....what do you think?
Paul Simon’s last album was entitled Surprise, but it’s his newest album that is quite surprising.
It’s all about God, Jesus, angels, and the afterlife. And the album cover looks like a multi-colored DNA helix, causing speculation that this album is really about a search for the meaning of life.
The lyrics of the album’s first cut, "Getting Ready for Christmas Day," are taken directly from a 1941 sermon by famed Atlanta preacher Rev. J.M. Gates.
“I took a big chunk of this guy’s sermon, which was recorded in 1941,” said singer/Songwriter Simon. “It was like it was meant to be there.”
The catchy, African-inspired and bluesy rhythm of that first track underscores the chorus:
Getting ready for the power and the glory and the story of the Christmas Day.
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Those aren’t the only religious lyrics in Simon’s new album, So Beautiful or So What.
In the song "Afterlife," Simon imagines meeting his Maker this way:
After you climb,
up the ladder of time,
the Lord God is here.
Face to face,
in the vastness of space,
your words disappear.
And you feel like swimming
in an ocean of love,
and the current is strong.
But all that remains
when you try to explain
is a fragment of song…
Lord is it,
Be Bop A Lu La or
Ooh Poppa Do Lord,
Be Bop A Lu La or
Ooh Poppa Do Be Bop A Lu La
Ben Witherington, seminary professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, reflects on the song, “It reminds me of John Donne’s poem ‘A Hymn to God, my God, in My Sickness’. In that poem Donne talks about tuning up here below to get ready to sing in the heavenly choir. In fact he talks about preparing to be made God’s music, and thinking here how to tune his instrument. I think Paul is being made God’s music even now, he just isn’t fully aware of it.”
Simon has said about So Beautiful or So What, “I thought right away, this is a really special album.”
Witherington goes on to remark that singer Paul McCartney, upon hearing some of the new album, said to Simon, “Aren’t you a Jew? How come you’re singing about Christmas and Jesus, and that sort of stuff?"
Simon was born to Jewish Hungarian parent in Newark, N.J. He has included other Christian-themed lyrics in previous songs, such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Art Garfunkel and various songs in the album Graceland.
But in Simon’s previous album before this one, he spoke harshly about religious belief:
How can you be a Christian?
How can you be a Jew?
How can you be a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu?
How can you?
Weak as the winter sun, we enter life on earth.
Names and religion come just after date of birth.
Simon even included a song called “I Don’t Believe,” in the album.
But the new album seems to show a change of heart.
In an interview with NPR on Tuesday, interviewer Steve Inskeep asked Simon about the religious references in the new album.
“The fact that there is so much reference to religion in this album makes me wonder if you're thinking about religion more, or thinking about God more.”
Simon responded, “I don’t think it's really so much about religion. There are quite a few references to God or in a spiritual sense. And I guess I would have to say from the evidence of this album that I am thinking about it more.
The album also include the lyrics,
God and his only Son
paid a courtesy call
on Earth one Sunday morning.
Orange blossoms opened
their fragrant lips,
from the tips of Cottonwoods,
Old folks wept for his love in these hard times.
Rolling Stone magazine has called Simon’s new album “the best since Graceland.”
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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E-Journey through Advent, Lent and more
Join us for a virtual journey!
For Advent, Lent, and a summer reflection, join us for an e-journey, a short series of emails containing reflections written by our priests and staff.
To sign up, fill out the short form below. When you have finished filling out this form, you are able to send an invitation to your friends and family. Thanks and God Bless. (click link)
Subanen Craft Project (Mindanao)
The Subanen Crafts Project started by Columban Father Vincent Busch is now providing Subanen families with the means to improve their homes, enhance their diet and educate their children.
Click link to read more....
Friday, February 18, 2011
Bishop of Fukuoka on Japan's missionary and mature church
The Japanese "paradox": is the country recalcitrant to Christianity? Domenico Miyahara, Bishop of Fukuoka, helps us to understand the particular face of Christianity in Japan. The Church is increasingly conscious of having to take on a role of service and dialogue in the context of East Asia. "
Fasting and sit-ins, bishops and faithful reject false report on Karnataka violence
The report of the Committee of Justice Somasekhar exonerates two radical Hindu movements for attacks in 2008 on 56 churches, against all evidence. The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "A bundle of lies, intended to confuse and misinform the people." A counter-report submitted today to the Governor and the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Russian president visits Vatican
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made his first official visit to the Vatican and met with Pope Benedict XVI, officials said.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A Christian Poem:
Sometimes it seems Lord that despair overwhelms
And I find myself unable to see you.
I forget you in hard circumstances,
Forget that you died for me,
Out of Love
Forget that you
Are in control of my life,
That you are on the throne, ruling,
That all nations bow before you.
I forget that you are GOD
Lord my heart forgets your fatherhood
It fears for the future,
For hurts that may be encountered
Imaginings that may never be faced.
But you come to me and again I see you as if anew, feel the warmth of your
I hear your voice gently chiding a precious child
“Do not fear the sound of the waves around you
You shall not sink beneath them
You shall rise above your circumstances
There is a redeemer
One who chose to obey me, to face the cross to die in rejection and pain
So do not fear the future
It is in my hands not yours.
There is a redeemer one who will always be at your side.
My Son in you the hope of Glory.Chris Gibson
Don't lose heart....God sees you, your circumstance, and loves you...believe in His deep tender love for you through all your circumstances.
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Priest warns on card games at funerals
This is amazing....the lengths those addicted to gambling will go to to gamble. They see the "short close" picture (gambling) and not the "big" picture of what they are doing. It IS indeed terrible. Good for Fr Valentine Dimoc!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Live on the divine Eucharist, like the Hebrews did on the Manna. Your soul can be entirely dedicated to the divine Eucharist and very holy in the midst of your work and contacts with the world."(To Mme. Isabelle Spazzier, Nov. 5, 1859)
"Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit." (To Mme. Stephanie Gourde, November 25, 1850)
"People are afraid to be powerless and so are off their path. We are neither natural nor supernatural. What can we do? Follow grace. Let the mind become accustomed to the truth which God’s grace is offering. It takes a week or two for a truth to become natural and habitual, but we must make it the center of our piety and let everything converge toward it." (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
"In order to succeed in it (prayer), it should be done when we first awaken, when our whole being is calm and recollected. We need to make our meditation before anything else.
"As far as possible, you should pray in quiet and silent devotion. Try to have a favorite topic of prayer, such as a devotion to the passion of Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, awareness of the divine presence; go directly to Jesus without too much fuss.
"Before prayer begins, leave aside any duties which would distract you." (Excerpt from an 1837 letter to his sister [as well as godmother], Marianne)
"Have confidence in prayer. It is the unfailing power which God has given us. By means of it you will obtain the salvation of the dear souls whom God has given you and all your loved ones." Ask and you shall receive," Our Lord said. Be yourself with the good Lord." (From a letter written on January 4, 1864 to: Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
"We must know where mediocrity of spirit comes from. The first is the worst: it’s a scattered mind, a life which is too active. Nothing can cling to it. It’s like the seed of the Gospel falling on the open road. The remedy is to bring the mind back to natural reflection by some reading or serious meditations which strike it and help it to be focused. In general, it’s better to choose a great truth than a pious feeling. The work of truth is to refocus our attention, reflection, and finally, devotion.
"The second source of mediocrity of spirit is mental boredom toward what is serious and positive. This illness can only be healed by openness to divine love, since it is based on discouragement.
"The third source is laziness of the mind which fears to consider the truth. The fourth source is when we counteract the grace, the attraction of the moment. The mind becomes closed and foolish. We must follow the need and light of the moment." (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
"Go to the good Lord very simply, with the surrender of a small child. Tell the good Lord what you are thinking, what you want, what is upsetting you. Oh! How happy we become when we discover this interior conversation with our Lord. We carry our treasure [with us] everywhere. He becomes the center of our heart and life." (In a letter dated January 29, 1848, St. Eymard wrote to Miss Stephanie Gourd at a time when she was in the thick of caring for her sick and aging parents, telling her how to converse with Jesus whom we carry as a treasure within)
"Be serious about the presence of God, the knowledge of Jesus Christ, a definite thought of some virtue, and you will have a center of strength and consolation." (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
** If you feel a calling to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (he was the founder),
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
CHAPTER 10: On Gluttony
Gluttony is an inordinate love of eating and drinking.
WE ARE GLUTTONOUS, my children, when we take food in excess, more than is required for the support of our poor body; when we drink beyond what is necessary, so as even to lose our senses and our reason...
Oh, how shameful is this vice! How it degrades us! See, it puts us below the brutes: the animals never drink more than to satisfy their thirst: they content themselves with eating enough; and we, when we have satisfied our appetite, when our body can bear no more, we still have recourse to all sorts of little delicacies; we take wine and liquors to repletion! Is it not pitiful? We can no longer keep upon our legs; we fall, we roll into the ditch and into the mud, we become the laughing stock of everyone, even the sport of little children...
If death were to surprise us in this state, my children, we should not have time to recollect ourselves; we should fall in that state into the hands of the good God. What a misfortune, my children! How would our soul be surprised! How would it be astonished! We should shudder with horror at seeing the lost who are in Hell...
Do not let us be led by our appetite; we shall ruin our health, we shall lose our soul...
See, my children, intemperance and debauchery are the support of doctors; that lets them live, and gives them a great deal of practice...
We hear every day, such a one was drunk, and falling down he broke his leg; another, passing a river on a plank, fell into the water and was drowned...
Intemperance and drunkenness are the companions of the wicked rich man...
A moment of pleasure in this world will cost us very dear in the other. There they will be tormented by a raging hunger and a devouring thirst; they will not even have a drop of water to refresh themselves; their tongue and their body will be consumed by the flames for a whole eternity...
O my children! we do not think about it; and yet that will not fail to happen to some amongst us, perhaps even before the end of the year! St. Paul said that those who give themselves to excess in eating and drinking shall not possess the kingdom of God. Let us reflect on these words! Look at the saints: they pass their life in penance, and we would pass ours in the midst of enjoyments and pleasures. St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, fasted all Advent, and also from St. John Baptist's day to the Assumption. Soon after, she began another Lent, which lasted till the feast of St. Michael. She lived upon bread and water only on Fridays and Saturdays, and on the vigils of the feasts of the Blessed Virgin and of the Apostles. They say that St. Bernard drank oil for wine. St. Isidore never ate without shedding tears! If we were good Christians, we should do as the saints have done.
We should gain a great deal for Heaven at our meals; we should deprive ourselves of many little things which, without being hurtful to our body, would be very pleasing to the good God; but we choose rather to satisfy our taste than to please God; we drown, we stifle our soul in wine and food. My children, God will not say to us at the Day of Judgment, "Give Me an account of thy body"; but, "Give Me an account of thy soul; what hast thou done with it?" ... What shall we answer Him? Do we take as much care of our soul as of our body? O my children! let us no longer live for the pleasure of eating; let us live as the saints have done; let us mortify ourselves as they were mortified. The saints never indulged themselves in the pleasures of good cheer. Their pleasure was to feed on Jesus Christ! Let us follow their footsteps on this earth, and we shall gain the crown which they have in Heaven.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
She walked up to me and said in a cute voice: "Mommy, thank you."
I said, "For what?"
She said in a cute voice, "For everything good you do for me."
Mount Merapi: reforestation project unites Christians and Muslims
The initiative includes the planting of 112,500 trees on an area 75 hectares and involves three villages. Among the supporters, the archbishop of Semarang: The environment is a "pressing problem" for the economy and population growth. To date over 50 thousand already grafted shrubs.
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Islamabad confirms Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti as Minister for minorities
Government reshuffle took place yesterday. Bhatti has struggled in recent years to amend the blasphemy law and has recently requested a pardon for Asia Bibi.
Bhatti, who is a Catholic, was the first parliamentarian to take up the post of Minister for Minorities. His Christian predecessors were offered only minor portfolios.
First dawn after Mubarak: rebirth and domino effect
In Tahrir Square military and young volunteers clear up the barricades and waste. The Arab countries greet the "historic day" of Egypt, but fear a "domino effect". Gulf activists are preparing protests. China also fears the Egyptian example.
Rwandan Genocide Redux?
Not too many years ago, 800,000 Rwandans perished when their country descended into a bloody civil war. Now their government, with the encouragement of groups funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, appears poised to launch a nationwide sterilization campaign that may have equally disastrous demographic consequences
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Balochistan: Hindu families victim of abductions and targeted killings
A group of armed men kill a merchant during a botched kidnapping attempt. An 85-year-old Hindu religious leader has been missing for more than month. In the Pakistani province, more than 100 groups are involved in kidnappings. Last year, 86 kidnappings took place.
Egypt’s revolution belongs to the young people, not the Muslim Brotherhood
The real protagonists of change are young Christians and Muslims. Muslim Brotherhood trying to highjack transition. Fear and silence of Church authorities. Accounts of real "national unity". The analysis of a noted political analyst and director of the Jesuit Cultural Centre of Alexandria.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Blasphemy law: Rehman withdraws proposed changes, as teacher denounces 17-year-old boy
With her life threatened by Muslim fundamentalists, the PPP Member of the National Assembly accepts to toe the party line and accept the government’s view. Prime Minister Gilani confirms that changes will not be introduced. A student is arrested in Karachi for blasphemy after he is accused of insulting the name of Muhammad in an exam. Human Rights Watch calls the decision “truly appalling”.