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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 10:14:44 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    Salvation to All



    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
    our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 


    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

    Amen. 


    "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

     "Blessed are you among women,
     and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
    (Lk 1:42). 

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 10:14:06 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    Salvation to All
    'True consolations and divine lights are always accompanied by a deep humility and such a knowledge of self and of God that we put ourselves under the feet of all. Moreover, they impart sometimes, though not always, clear understanding of heavenly things, along with peace, joy, the love of virtue, and a longing for grace.'

    St. Paul of the Cross

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 10:12:25 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    Salvation to All
    Sunday Gospel Reflections

    12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Reading I: Jeremiah 20:10-13 II: Romans 5:12-15


    Gospel
    Matthew 10:26-33

    26 "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
    27 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
    28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
    29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will.
    30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
    31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
    32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
    33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.


    Interesting Details
    • (vv.26-27) In the Jewish society of those days, with so many social interactions and so much emphasis on honor, secrecy was very important to protect personal and family honor. Honor means how people judge you. Jesus changed this around in verses 32-34: Honor means how God judges you. With that new meaning, secrecy is no longer so important.
    • (v.28) Fear God's power, not human beings'.
    • (vv.29-30) God takes care of the smallest things, so we need not worry.

    One Main Point

    Do not be afraid. Jesus repeated that 3 times. We need not fear mere human beings. We should fear God alone.


    Reflections
    1. Examine my fears. What are they? What do I have to hide, and from whom?
    2. What is the worst possible case when everyone knows my bad secrets?
    3. Ask Jesus to explain what he means to me when he repeatedly says "do not be afraid."
    4. Do I experience new freedom in God's honor rather than human beings'?
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 10:06:55 PM PDT · 23 of 26
    Salvation to All
    Archdiocese of Washington

    Decide Now Whom You Will Fear: A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

    June 24, 2017

    The Lord speaks to us today of one of the most central struggles in our life: fear. Yes, fear is one of our deepest drives and though it has a positive purpose, too often we miss the mark in directing its energy. The positive role of fear is to alert us that something is wrong and to divert us from danger. With our fallen nature, though, we often fear the wrong things while lacking a sober fear of the right things. We major in the minors of life; we get all worked up about passing things but do not have a sober and reverent fear of eternal things. We fear sinful and weak human beings, but not God, who is just, who sees all, and who will assign us our eternal destiny.

    The Lord thus teaches us today in order to help us to “get fear right.” He sets forth the proper object of our fear, points to the outcome of succeeding or failing in this matter, and reminds us of our proper role in this world as we master our fear.

    I. The Object of Fear Jesus said to the Twelve: “Fear no one … And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna … Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

    Wrong Fear In speaking to the object of fear, Jesus is asking us to consider what and whom we fear most. We are going to fear someone and something. We are just too tiny and weak to be wholly free of fear. Yes, fear has its place and purpose; the problem is that we often fear the wrong things. We are a bit like Chicken Little, who was afraid of an utterly false threat (that the sky was falling) and in her panic ran right into the wolf, who devoured her.

    Jesus is clear: Fear no man. The worst thing a human being can do to you is to kill you physically. Even if that happens, though, if you are faithful, dying is the path to Heaven; it’s a maximum promotion! Maybe people can steal your things or make your brief life here a little less pleasant, but life does not consist in our possessions. As an old gospel hymn says, “Trouble don’t last always.”

    In a moment, Jesus will tell us whom we should fear. For now, consider again Jesus’ teaching: Fear no man. Yet the fact is that we do fear human beings. It’s incredible to find out how afraid we are. We’re afraid of everybody and everything! We’re more afraid of men than we are of God. We’re afraid of physical dangers, certainly, but even more so we’re afraid of being rejected by other people; of not being liked by others. We’ll do just about anything to ingratiate ourselves to others and to assuage our fear of being rejected or laughed at. We’ll gossip and lie; we’ll spend a lot of money on clothes, cosmetics, fancy cars, big houses, or the latest iPhone. Desperate to fit in, young people may join gangs, drop out of school, use drugs, fornicate, and/or engage in self-destructive behaviors, all in a desperate quest to be thought “hip” and loved.

    Yes, too many of all ages have a mighty fear of rejection and humiliation by other human beings. And because we’re afraid of not being liked, we’ll do almost anything.

    Not only does this fear drive us to do many things we shouldn’t, it also keeps us from doing many things we ought to do such as preaching the Gospel and insisting on what is right. Think of the martyrs of old who died professing the faith, and here we are afraid that someone will raise an eyebrow!

    Fear is one of the chief habit patterns of sin, and it brings about countless other sins. It has to go.

    Thus Jesus says, “Fear no one.” That is, fear no man. Whom do you fear more, men or God? Honestly?

    Right Fear God is the proper object of our fear.

    Jesus teaches very provocatively, … rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna …

    Some think that this text refers to Satan, but it does not. Luke’s version makes this even clearer: But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear the One who, after you have been killed, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him (Luke 12:5).

    This cannot be Satan because Satan is not our judge. Although he can tempt us, he has no authority to determine our final destiny. Scripture says that Satan, our accuser, has been cast out (see Rev 12:10). Further, it declares, The Father judges no one, but has consigned all judgment to the Son that the world may revere him (Jn 5:22).

    Many are uncomfortable thinking of the Lord in this way. They prefer to think of Him as an affable fellow, a harmless hippie who’s not all that concerned with things like holiness and conversion, and who in the end will just wave everyone through.

    This is simply not what Scripture teaches. God is holy, and His holiness exudes a power and glory that we must be purified in order to endure, let alone enjoy. Frankly, Heaven would be a miserable place for anyone who has not been brought up to the temperature of Heaven or been accustomed to the bright light of God’s truth. Heaven is not our personal “designer paradise.” It is the Kingdom of God in all its fullness and with all its values: forgiveness, generosity, love of one’s enemies, chastity, and so forth. There are many who don’t want anything to do with some or any of these values. They are much like the older son in the parable of the prodigal son, the one who stands outside angry and unwilling to the enter the feast given by his father. He finds forgiveness untenable; he loathes the feast because his wayward brother is honored there. Judgment Day is something to have a holy fear about, for it is the day when God will ask this question: “Do you want the Heaven I offer on its terms or not?” On the Day of Judgment, God will assess what our decision has amounted. He will either welcome us into the feast or close the door and consign us to the “other arrangements” we ourselves have made and perversely preferred. Jesus says, As for anyone who hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him… The word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day (John 12:47-48).

    Balanced Fear This proper fear is not a cringing one, rooted only in the dread of punishment (though if that’s all you’ve got, go with it). Rather, it is a reverential fear that remembers God’s love for us and His desire to save us. Jesus says, Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

    Although this proper fear remembers God’s love and does not give way to the imbalance of purely servile fear, neither does it swing to the other imbalance, which disregards the loving respect we should have for God and His holiness. God is who He is and Heaven is what it is. We simply cannot endure such realities without being purified and prepared for them first. God must have our repentance in order to do the work necessary to enable us for Heaven’s brightness and His fiery glory.

    A reverential and balanced fear acknowledges God’s love and mercy, but also His awesome glory. Such a fear takes seriously our need to prepare for judgment and to avail ourselves of God’s graces in the sacraments, the Liturgy, His Word, and prayer.

    II. The Outcome of Fear Jesus adds, There is nothing that is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known … Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

    Our fear is going to have an outcome for either good or ill. If we have the wrong fear (fearing man more than God), it will lead us to silence and even outright denial of God and His truth before others. Fearing the opinion of the world and human beings more than God makes us silent and too easily conformed to a world opposed to Him. This amounts to a tacit denial (by silence) or to an outright denial wherein we publicly scorn God and/or His revealed truth in order to ingratiate ourselves to this world. The consequence of this denial is Jesus’ affirmation of our denial of God the Day of Judgment. The martyrs and confessors of the faith shine brightly before God, but we cannot endure their brightness because we have hidden out in the dark places and preferred the darkness of error to the light of truth.

    If we have the right fear, we want to please God rather than man. We delight in representing Him and His teachings before others, even joyfully enduring the world’s scorn. If we fear God, we fear no one else. If we can kneel before God, we can stand before any man. If we fearlessly, charitably, and joyfully acknowledge God before others, we will be acknowledged before God the Father as someone who truly sought Him and witnessed to Him. A proper and balanced fear brings an outcome of glory and happiness. An improper fear (of man rather than God) brings denial, because we fear and prefer the opinions of men and this world rather than God. On Judgment Day the Lord will acknowledge our preference to His Father.

    For a good outcome, make sure you have the right and balanced fear!

    III. The Office of Holy Fear What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

    The Lord is summoning us to speak fearlessly to the world on account of a holy fear of Him.

    1. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you. … We speak … not in order to please men but God, who examines our hearts. As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness! Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else (1 Thess 2:2-6).

    2. Do you think I am seeking the approval of men, or of God?… I would not be a servant of Christ (Gal 1:10).

    3. From henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the brand marks of the Lord Jesus (Gal 6:17).

    4. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than God. For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20).

    What about you? Do you speak the word of God to an often-scoffing world? Or do you fear the world more than God, and therefore stay silent, hiding out? If we reverently fear God more than the world, then we will speak out even in the face of opposition. We love the Lord more than we love the world. Therefore, we speak!

    Summation – Make sure you fear the right thing, in this case the right One. Here is what Jesus teaches: Do not fear man. Rather, have a holy reverent fear of God. Get fear right. Stop getting so anxious about what mere mortals think of you. Your destiny will hinge on getting fear right. Fear the Lord; acknowledge Him before men and proclaim His world, and you be acknowledged greatly by him in Heaven. If you fear men and the world, just watch how quickly cave in, compromise, and deny the Lord, preferring worldly trinkets and the praise to eternal glories. But if you go that route, that’s all you’ll get. Beware, the Lord will one day have to acknowledge your preference: “Father He denied. He said no to our offer.”

    Decide now whom you will fear. Your destiny depends on that decision.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 9:54:56 PM PDT · 22 of 26
    Salvation to All

    http://www.theworkofgod.org/Devotns/Euchrist/HolyMass/gospels.asp?key=127

    Year A - 12th Sunday in ordinary time

    Do not be afraid of those who kill the body
    Matthew 10:26-33
    If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
    26 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.
    27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
    28 Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
    29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
    30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted.
    31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
    32 “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven;
    33 but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. (NRSV)

    Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    Have no fear of those who criticize or persecute you because of your faith. They persecuted me and killed me because I did good works and because I came to teach you the truth. They have killed many of my good followers who stood for their faith in me. Those are the martyrs who will be rewarded for having acknowledged me until the end.

    The time will come for everything to come to the light of judgment and all those who did good will be rewarded while those who did evil will be punished for their evil deeds.

    There is nothing to be afraid of in this world, except falling into sin. To live a life in God demands sacrifice and courage. The world approves evil very easily, and what is good is scorned because it comes from humility. The proud can have their rejoicing now while the humble suffer and struggle, but fools follow the steps of Esau who sold his inheritance for a bowl of soup while the humble imitate my ways and pursue the goals that I set for them.

    When you acknowledge me you bring joy to my heart, when you dishonor me you distance yourself from me and reject my love. When you give testimony of my word and live a life by my example you glorify my Father in Heaven and make yourself worthy of being a child of God.

    Heaven rejoices for the lives of those who love me, they are the future inhabitants of the eternal kingdom; they are highly appreciated for their good works.

    Everything man does is being watched in Heaven, nothing happens without the will of my Heavenly Father. Good and evil will remain in this world until the time when evil will come to judgment and damnation, and good will be rewarded.

    So do good while you still can, give praise and honor to God daily, follow my commandments of love until the end. There is nothing for you to fear when you put your trust in me your Lord and Savior.

    Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

  • Vatican reportedly working on “Ecumenical Rite of Mass” for joint worship with Protestants

    06/24/2017 9:54:39 PM PDT · 169 of 169
    Mrs. Don-o to ealgeone

    People who harbor habitual suspicion or skepticism about the reliability of the early Church should keep in mind that that fatally undermines the reliability of Scripture.

    The early Church are the ones who gathered, copied and transmitted the NT over and over, handing it down through the generations. Not one original manuscript of any NT book now exists. The very earliest versions we have of anything, is a copy of a copy.

    If there is an inordinate emphasis on the supposed infidelity of the early church, you’re left with dubious Scriptures selected, edited, and transmitted for centuries by people steeped in error, knaves, and fools. Writings can only be as reliable as those who formed the chain of transmission. So you’re stuck. No faithful church, no faithful Bible.

    The Muslims, of course, think the whole collection of NT scripture is corrupted, since by the time of Muhammad, all the manuscripts had for centuries been in the hands of the “Roms”. It goes without saying that they reject the OT as well, corrupted -— they say-— by the Jews.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 9:48:31 PM PDT · 21 of 26
    Salvation to All
    Zenit.org

    Witnesses of Providence

    XII Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A – June 25, 2017

    Light of candles into a church

    Pixabay.com - Foto-Rabe

    Roman Rite

    Jer 20: 10-13; Ps 69; Rm 5.12-15; Mt 10: 26-33

    Ambrosian Rite

    Gen 2,4 b-17; Ps 103; Rm 5: 12-17;Jn. 3: 16-21

    III Sunday after Pentecost

    1) Evangelism and compassion.

    Faith tells us that our life is guarded by the love of God, who is Father and, therefore, providence.

    Today’s Gospel confirms this faith, and Christ reminds us that if God cares even for sparrows and weak things like our hair, he certainly takes care of us every day.

    God is never absent, he is with us in every moment of our life and will be until the end of world. We know that we are in the hands of God, who made his own the human drama becoming flesh to save us. He is always present, is moved and cries, takes part, leans on ours wounds, wipes our tears, and bends over each one of us.

    Yet, we often live in fear. In fact, the comforting truth that God, with serene look and secure hand guides our story, paradoxically finds in our heart a double contrasting sentiment. On the one hand, we are led to welcome and trust this providential God, as the Psalmist states: “I am calm and serene. Like a baby in the arm of his mother is quiet my heart within me “(Ps 130, 2). On the other hand, however, we have fear and hesitate to abandon ourselves to God, Lord and Savior of our lives, because, obscured by things, we forget about the provident God, or because, wounded by the various sufferings and difficulties of life, we doubt him as Father. In both cases the Providence of God is called into question by our fragile humanity.

    On this slender ridge between hope and despair lies God’s word, so splendid to be humanly almost incredible, so true to immensely enhance the reasons for hope. The word of God never assumes such greatness and charm as when It confronts with the utmost questions of man, of each one of us, who asks: “What is and where is my destiny? “. The Gospel tells us that God is here, he is Emmanuel, God-with-us (Is 7, 14), and in Jesus of Nazareth, dead and resurrected, good Face of Destiny, Son of God and our Brother, God shows that he has “planted his tent among us” (Jn 1:14).

    If we accept the answer that it is Christ, who dwells in us and we in Him, we are not afraid anymore because fear is won by our being rooted in Love.

    If, today, we welcome the invitation of Christ, who three times tells us not to be afraid, not only we will live in peace because our heart is consoled, but we will be witnesses of his Gospel of compassion, bringing in the squares of our cities and the intimacy of our homes the happy announce that God is among us and tells us: “Do not look after you, let your Lord take care of you.”

    Mission is born from the compassion received by God and shared among us. This compassion is not just saying that we pity someone. The word “compassion” comes from two words (Greek and Hebrew) that refer to the bowels, to the mother’s womb. To feel compassion is something that takes us inside, something visceral, and this seems to me to be the only condition to be able to grasp the invitation of Jesus not to fear but to trust God. Mission, preaching from the terraces, as the today’s gospel says, is possible only to the extent that it does not become a matter of organization, but of compassion.

    Therefore, it is right (or at least I hope so) to affirm that the first invitation that the Liturgy of the Word of this Sunday sends to us is to trust God. In the first reading, the prophet Jeremiah states “The Lord is with me … the Lord has freed the life of the poor”, but so also does the text of the Gospel, which – through pictures – tells us of a life, ours, guarded by the love of God. We read of Jeremiah, besieged by friends and enemies hangry at him. Why? Just because he announced the face of God and has exhorted the people who listened to him to confide only in God. For this, Jeremiah is captured, bound, and lashed in the temple. For this reason, Christ has been crucified.

    The life of Jeremiah and that of Christ show that it is worth trusting in God. It is reasonable to live this total abandonment and this loving confidence. When we do it, we experience a deep peace and joy. In moments of discouragement let’s look up to Christ and to the long series of saints who have followed him. As an example, I’d like to quote Nicodemus who, for fear, goes to Jesus at night. Night is the ideal time for those who do not want to be seen or do not want to be seen talking to someone. Those who are ashamed to show themselves, find the ideal time at night. The night of Nicodemus perhaps indicates the fear of being oneself. It indicates the fear of being true. The night of Nicodemus indicates his inability and his fear of being free. Beautiful then is that then, at the most difficult time, Nicodemus asks for the body of Jesus in the deep of the day, as if asking for it screaming from a roof.

     

    2) Martyrs: Exemplary witnesses of Providence and trusting God until death.

    I very much like the fact that in today’s Gospel there is also written that nothing will remain hidden or unknown to God, not even the smallest suffering. For us, “child of God” is a guarantee that also discomfort, suffering or, to the limit, martyrdom enter the design of God the Father. The statement “A sparrow does not fall without God knowing and wanting it”, does not mean that it will never happen that we fall, but that everything is part of the almighty design of the omnipotent and provisional Father. It means: if it happens to fall, God knows. God is within our suffering and we are not abandoned. His presence is a presence of salvation, although if obviously it is not perceived, and even if at a psychological level does not make a great impact and we do not feel great consolation. However, within a dimension of faith there is the possibility of living this dimension of the presence of the Emmanuel’s love, God always with us.

    St. Paul compares human and cosmic suffering to the pains of “childbirth” of the whole creation, emphasizing the “weeping” of those who possess the “first fruits” of the Spirit and await the fullness of adoption, that is, “the redemption of our body.” But he adds “We know that everything is good for those who love God. . . “And beyond:” What then will separate us from the love of Christ? Perhaps tribulation, anguish, persecution, hunger, nudity, danger, or sword? ” to the conclusion” I am persuaded that neither death nor life…nor any other creature can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord ” (Rm 8, 22-39). Alongside the paternity of God, manifested by Divine Providence, the pedagogy of God appears “It is for your correction (” paideia “, that is, education) that you suffer! God treats you like children; and which child is not corrected (educated) by the father? . . . God does it for our own good in order to make us partakers of his holiness ” (cf. Eph 12: 7-10) (St. John Paul II). Therefore, with the eyes of faith, suffering, though it may still look like the darkest aspect of the destiny of man on earth, reveals the mystery of the divine Providence, contained in the revelation of Christ, and in particular in his cross and resurrection.

    The important thing is to discover, through faith, the power and the “wisdom” of the Father God who with Christ leads us to the saving ways of divine Providence. The meaning of the words of the psalmist is confirmed: “The Lord is my shepherd. . . If I walk in a dark valley, I fear no evil for you are with me “(Ps 23: 1-4).

    We must Christianly call Providence any experience that is brought from what we “humanly” call destiny, with confidence we must overcome our ignorance and with love collaborate in the redemptive work of God the Son. May his Holy Spirit testify in our heart that we are truly the children of God, and that it is reasonable to accept all the events of the “hand” of God.

    The testament written by the Abate of Tibhirine a few months before being martyred, is a sublime example: ” If it should happen one day — and it could be today — that I become a victim of the terrorism which now seems ready to engulf all the foreigners living in Algeria, I would like my community, my Church and my family to remember that my life was GIVEN to God and to this country.

    I ask them to accept the fact that the One Master of all life was not a stranger to this brutal departure. I would ask them to pray for me: for how could I be found worthy of such an offering? I ask them to associate this death with so many other equally violent ones which are forgotten through indifference or anonymity.

    My life has no more value than any other. Nor any less value. In any case, it has not the innocence of childhood. I have lived long enough to know that I am an accomplice in the evil which seems to prevail so terribly in the world, even in the evil which might blindly strike me down.

    I should like, when the time comes, to have a moment of spiritual clarity which would allow me to beg forgiveness of God and of my fellow human beings, and at the same time forgive with all my heart the one who would strike me down”. (See the full text that is proposed instead of the patristic reading)

    At this point, we only have to pray that in the certainty of God’s love for us we find the answer to those questions that no human wisdom can answer. Let’s pray: “That you love me is the answer to every question – let me hear it when the time of trial comes” (Romano Guardini)

    3) The consecrated virgins: witnesses of Providence.

    In the preceding two paragraphs I have tried to explain that Divine Providence reveals itself like the walking of God beside man.

    Bearing in mind the Old Testament, I tried to show that the words of Christ reach a fullness of meaning even greater. They are said by the Son who, “scrutinizing” all that has been said on the subject of Providence, is a perfect witness of the mystery of his Father: mystery of Providence and paternal care embracing every creature, even the most insignificant, such as field grass or sparrows. Therefore, even more man.

    However, it is important to note that each of us should not only be grateful for the provisional action of the Creator towards us, but that we also have the duty to cooperate with the gift received by Providence. Therefore, we cannot content ourselves with the values ​​of the meaning, of the matter and utility. We must look first of all for “the kingdom of God and his justice” because “all these things (the earthly things) will be added “(cf. Mt 6:33).

    An example of this co – operation in the design of God’s providential love is the consecration of the virgins, who with the total gift of themselves to God become the reflection of the thought and love of God in things and in history. They let themselves to be impregnated by the wise charity of God and share it with their brothers and sisters in humanity.

    That is why the Bishop who presides the Rite of Consecration prays: ” Loving Father, chaste bodies are your temple; you delight in sinless hearts… look with favor on your handmaids. They place in your hands their resolve to live in chastity,… protect those who seek your help…They desire to be strengthened by your blessing and consecration… Through the gift of your Spirit, Lord, give them modesty with right judgment, kindness with true wisdom, gentleness with strength of character, freedom with the grace of chastity. Give them the warmth of love, to love you above all others. Make their lives deserve our praise, without seeking to be praised. May they give you glory by holiness of action and purity of heart. May they love you and fear you; may they love you and serve you… hey have chosen you above all things; may they find all things in possessing you“( Rite of the CONSECRATION TO A LIFE OF VIRGINITY FOR WOMEN LIVING IN THE WORLD).

  • New Knights of Malta leader genuflects before Francis in Vatican meeting [Catholic Caucus]

    06/24/2017 9:42:51 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    DesertRhino to ebb tide

    And though we protestants don’t do it by structural office. It isn’t hard to find many of our ministers that are held in such a manner and are treated with a sort of personal reverence.
    I think someone who accepts such accolades from other men is on the wrong path.

  • Vocations to the Priesthood Continue to Decline Under Pope Francis

    06/24/2017 9:42:43 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    joma89 to marshmallow

    No this is what I call ‘winning’!

    JoMa

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 9:41:34 PM PDT · 20 of 26
    joma89 to Salvation

    Thanks.

    JoMa

  • New Knights of Malta leader genuflects before Francis in Vatican meeting [Catholic Caucus]

    06/24/2017 9:40:16 PM PDT · 2 of 3
    DesertRhino to ebb tide

    “As Francis greeted Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto in the antechamber to the papal library, the head knight genuflected before the pope and kissed his ring.”

    One of the most absurd things is to see a man, treating another man in such a way. This is a hallmark of European thinking. It isn’t just Catholic.

    Thank God that in America we left this Euro-wide mentality behind and became equals before the law and God. That idea is badly damaged here today, and many here think we should revere other humans that way, but we can recover our original unique American concept of citizens being the equal of every leader, and of the leader being a servant.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/24/17)[Prayer]

    06/24/2017 9:24:18 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    left that other site to Kitty Mittens

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    Thank You, Kitty Mittens, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    God Bless America!

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS
  • "Catholic" School Introduces Gender Neutral Uniforms [Catholic Church]

    06/24/2017 9:23:34 PM PDT · 28 of 28
    Arthur McGowan to Tax-chick

    I said the rule was that a skirt must touch the floor when the girl was kneeling. I thought it was clear I was talking about the 1960’s.

    I never said that an above-the-knee skirt touches the floor when kneeling. That’s the POINT. It doesn’t.

    You seem to be DETERMINED to discover a nefarious Catholic conspiracy to expose knees. If I’m not prepared to admit that this wicked conspiracy exists, you don’t want to hear from me again, correct?

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/24/17)[Prayer]

    06/24/2017 9:16:15 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Kitty Mittens to left that other site
    Amen to Every Power-Filled Word of your Beautiful Prayer, Dear Servant of Jesus Christ.
    Joining you in Thanksgiving, Prayer, and Praise.

  • Integrity Triumphs over Deception

    06/24/2017 9:08:46 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    left that other site to metmom

    Mine Too.

  • Question: "What is the church?"

    06/24/2017 9:07:18 PM PDT · 199 of 199
    imardmd1 to BipolarBob
    For me, as for Jesus, every day is Sabbath. The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath, when He was walking with His disciples through the fields. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. 

    Because He is, it is fit to honor Him in the coincidence of His resurrection and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to make that the day of rest. The first day of the week since the coming of the Holy Spirit has been "The Lord's Day."

    The Law was not given to nor observed by Gentiles. It was for the Israelites alone, and the Covenant of Law is over with, finished, dead, and to try to resurrect that would be denying the Law of Grace, in my estimate.

  • 'Miracle of the sun' broke darkness of Portugal's atheist regimes

    06/24/2017 9:05:27 PM PDT · 107 of 107
    Boowhoknew to JesusIsLord

    I was aware of the catholic Charismatic organization but didn’t have a address. Thank you, and may God bless you and yours

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 8:36:37 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    Salvation to All
    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Commentary of the day
    Saint Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), monk, Bishop and theologian
    Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints; PG 151, 322-323

    “Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed.”

    From the highest heaven, God offers the riches of his grace to all men. He is himself the source of salvation and of light, whence mercy and goodness flow eternally. But not all men make use of his strength and his grace in the perfect exercise of virtue and the realization of its marvels; only those do it who put their resolutions into practice and who prove their attachment to God through actions, those who have completely turned away from evil, who firmly adhere to God’s commandments and who fix the eyes of their spirit on Christ, the Sun of justice (Mal 3:20).

    From the highest heaven, Christ offers the help of his arm to those who fight, and he exhorts them through these words of the Gospel: “Whoever acknowledges me before men I will acknowledge before my father in heaven.” As a servant of God, every one of the saints acknowledges that, in this transitory life and before mortal men, he is for Christ; he does so during a short lapse of time and in the presence of a small number of men. Whereas our Lord Jesus Christ… will acknowledge us in the world of eternity, before God his Father, surrounded by the angels and the archangels and all the powers of heaven, in the presence of all men, from Adam to the end of time. For all will rise and will stand before Christ’s tribunal. Then, in the presence of all and visible to all, he will make known, he will glorify, and he will crown those who proved their faith to him until the end.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 8:34:12 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    Salvation to All

    June, 2017

    Pope's Intention

    National Leaders, That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-25-17, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/24/2017 8:33:17 PM PDT · 17 of 26
    Salvation to All

    June Devotion: The Sacred Heart

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of June is set apart for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "From among all the proofs of the infinite goodness of our Savior none stands out more prominently than the fact that, as the love of the faithful grew cold, He, Divine Love Itself, gave Himself to us to be honored by a very special devotion and that the rich treasury of the Church was thrown wide open in the interests of that devotion." These words of Pope Pius XI refer to the Sacred Heart Devotion, which in its present form dates from the revelations given to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673-75.

    The devotion consists in the divine worship of the human heart of Christ, which is united to His divinity and which is a symbol of His love for us. The aim of the devotion is to make our Lord king over our hearts by prompting them to return love to Him (especially through an act of consecration by which we offer to the Heart of Jesus both ourselves and all that belongs to us) and to make reparation for our ingratitude to God.

    INVOCATION

    O Heart of love, I put all my trust in Thee; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Thy goodness.
    Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

    PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART

    Devotion to the Sacred Heart was the characteristic note of the piety of Saint Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), Benedictine nun and renowned mystic. She was, in fact, the first great exponent of devotion to the Sacred Heart. In our efforts to honor the Heart of Jesus we have this prayer as a model for our own:
    Hail! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary, 0 my amiable Savior. Consume my heart with that burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Thy love, and let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things be conformed to Thine. May Thy divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my actions. Amen.
    Saint Gertrude

    FOR THE CHURCH

    O most holy Heart of Jesus, shower Thy blessings in abundant measure upon Thy holy Church, upon the Supreme Pontiff and upon all the clergy; to the just grant perseverance; convert sinners; enlighten unbelievers; bless our relations, friends and benefactors; assist the dying; deliver the holy souls in purgatory; and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of Thy love. Amen.

    A PRAYER OF TRUST

    O God, who didst in wondrous manner reveal to the virgin, Margaret Mary, the unsearchable riches of Thy Heart, grant that loving Thee, after her example, in all things and above all things, we may in Thy Heart find our abiding home.
    Roman Missal

    ACT OF LOVE

    Reveal Thy Sacred Heart to me, O Jesus, and show me Its attractions. Unite me to It for ever. Grant that all my aspirations and all the beats of my heart, which cease not even while I sleep, may be a testimonial to Thee of my love for Thee and may say to Thee: Yes, Lord, I am all Thine;
    pledge of my allegiance to Thee rests ever in my heart will never cease to be there. Do Thou accept the slight amount of good that I do and be graciously pleased to repair all m] wrong-doing; so that I may be able to bless Thee in time and in eternity. Amen.
    Cardinal Merry del Val

    MEMORARE TO THE SACRED HEART
    Remember, O most sweet Jesus, that no one who has had recourse to Thy Sacred Heart, implored its help, or sought its mercy was ever abandoned. Encouraged with confidence, O tenderest of hearts, we present ourselves before Thee, crushed beneath the weight of our sins. In our misery, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, despise not our simple prayers, but mercifully grant our requests. Amen.

    Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

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    "Behold this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."

    - Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

    Our Lord also made 12 promises to St. Margaret Mary for those that are devoted to His Sacred Heart.

    1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
    2. I will give peace in their families.
    3. I will console them in all their troubles.
    4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
    5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
    6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
    7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
    8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
    9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
    10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
    11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
    12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at the last hour.