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St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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ST JEROME AND BETHLEHEM’S CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE Did you know that St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and of translators? In Latin, his name is Hieronymus–which I love–and every September 30th, on the memorial of his death, translators around the world celebrate International Translation Day! How awesome is that? Today, I’d like to show you to the cave in Bethlehem when he spent the last thirty years of his life,... Read More

5 Reasons “If Only” & “I Wish” Should Be Banned From English

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Way of Perfection (Week 5 of 10) The Lord knows everyone as she really is and gives each one her work to do, according to what He sees to be most appropriate for her soul, for His own Self, and for her neighbor’s good. – The Way of Perfection (Chapter 18, Paragraph 3) It is very possible that the phrases If Only, and his evil twin, “I Wish” are the most debilitating and poisonous words in the English language. You... Read More

Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Angels, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

“You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. “And so it was that not merely an angel but... Read More

My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do?

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Faith, Family Life, Fr. Bartunek

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My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do? Dear Father John, should it bother me when my 20 year old son goes to Mass but does not receive communion? And what should I do about it? It should concern you, but it should also fill you with healthy pride. It should bother you, because a choice not to receive Holy Communion means one of two things. First, it could mean that your son is having a crisis of faith in which... Read More

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down?

September 26, 2014 by  
Filed under False Humility, Patti Armstrong, Pride, Sin

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down? “Oh, I’m so inept!  I can’t do anything right!” There are endless variations of the self-deprecating rants. They are dressed up like humility but smack of pride. The person announcing his failings probably does not boast and is instead seeking a humble path, but he unwittingly travels by way of pride.  Whether boasting or bemoaning one’s own characteristics, both put the focus on self. In... Read More

Video Update from Dan Burke Sept 22nd

September 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Videos

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Video Update from Dan Burke Video Update from Dan Dear Friends, Video Update from Dan Burke Dan has provided a 2 minute video update for you: to express his thanks and to keep you up to date on his health and progress on it, his hospitalization, and the initiative to update our technology and invest in hiring so as to serve you better.  He talks about the numbers of subscribers and some of the countries where they come from around... Read More

Spiritual Progress

Spiritual Progress Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity... Read More

Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: III/VI)

September 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Fr. Geiger, Magisterium

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Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI) We might summarize the previous two posts in this series by saying that we are called to think with the Church because Christ and the Church possess same Spirit who is present throughout history in the details. When the Church teaches, Christ teaches, and those who depart from the Church depart from Christ. In this post, we shall examine than manner in which... Read More

Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference?

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Vocations

Sister or Nun: What's the Difference? “Sister Timothy, are you a nun?” Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun? My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday sense people have no hesitation about identifying me as a Catholic nun. Yet, in the technical sense of the real... Read More

Humility: Easier Said than Done

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Way of Perfection (Week 4 of 10) …for I never heard anything bad said of me which I did not clearly realize fell short of the truth. If I had not sometimes–often, indeed–offended God in the ways they referred to, I had done so in many others, and I felt they had treated me far too indulgently in saying nothing about these; I much preferred people to blame me for what was not true than to tell the truth about me.... Read More

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