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Holy Family, Pray for Us

December 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal

Holy Family Feast of the Holy Family Holy Family, Pray for Us! “Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ's life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God's Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him. “Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here... Read More

Holy Innocents and Martyrs, Pray for Us

December 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days

Feast of the Holy Innocents Holy Innocents and Martyrs, pray for us! “A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child, he himself would reign in peace in this life... Read More

Navigating the New Year

December 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Root Sin, Rule of Life/Program of Life

Lay people often overlook a source of deep spirituality and safety. One of the spiritual secrets of those in the religious life is a kind of spiritual guardrail system that helps them to know the path of peace on a moment to moment basis. This wisdom-born approach has aided thousands of ordinary people to become saints and to experience the heights of union with the Lord in this life. One part of this system is called a “rule... Read More

The Word Was Made Flesh

The Word was Made Flesh Presence of God: O Jesus, eternal Word, permit me to penetrate more deeply into the sublime mystery of Your Incarnation, so that my heart may always be held captive by Your infinite love. Meditation: The Word is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In the bosom of the one divine nature, there are three Persons, three subsistent relations. We too, are “subsistent”: “subsistence”... Read More

Three Priests Talk About Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is often misunderstood, misused, or overlooked. To help unmask the intrigue and bring it out of obscurity, I asked three priests–Fr. Mitch Pacwa S.J., Fr. John McCloskey III STD, and Fr. Wayne Sattler –to share their thoughts on spiritual direction. I will introduce each separately, and then offer their reflections. Father Mitch Pacwa S.J. is perhaps best known as a host on EWTN TV and radio. He is... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 2 of 10

December 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Imitation of Christ Week 2 of 10 On Death When you rise in the morning, think that you will not see evening; and when evening comes, do not be too certain that you will rise in the morning. Be always ready, therefore, and so live that death may not find you unprepared. For many, death comes suddenly and unexpectedly; the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. When your final hour arrives you will view your past... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part II of II

December 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass

Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? In our first post on this topic, we discussed distractions during Mass. Fr. John gave reflections on the mystery of the... Read More

Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for Newtown Connecticut

December 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Events, Saints and Blesseds

Elizabeth Ann Seton Patron saint of children tragically lost, pray for Newtown Connecticut and for us! Elizabeth Ann Seton Elizabeth Ann Seton was the foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States and founded the first parochial school in the US.  She was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley in New York City, on August 28th, 1774, two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, of prominent... Read More

St Lucy – Pray for us

December 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Advent, Anonymous, Liturgy, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

St Lucy Burial   St. Lucy — Pray for Us! Memorial of Saint Lucy Saint Lucy was a young woman who lived from 283-304 in Italy. She was born in Sicily of a noble Greek family and was raised Christian by her mother, who was cured at the shrine of St Agatha in Catania, on the Eastern coast of Sicily. Lucy was very devout and vowed virginity at an early age and gave her wealth away to the poor. This angered the young man... Read More

O Virgin of Guadalupe

December 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually to Jesus, and if we... Read More

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