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  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Mercy for the Weak - Thursday, May 23, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/23/2024 8:45:53 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 23, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCB“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42St. Bede, an early Church Father, states that “he who is great, whatever he may suffer, departs not from the faith; but he who is little and weak in mind looks out for occasions of stumbling.” In other words, the “little ones” here could be understood to be those who are weak in faith and are constantly looking for reasons...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 23-May-2024

    05/23/2024 3:44:22 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    23 May 2024 Thursday of week 7 in Ordinary Time Shrine of Saint William of Perth — Rochester CathedralReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First readingJames 5:1-6 ©The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheatedAn answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your...
  • Stephen: Grace and Serenity in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/23/2024 12:49:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). Stephen’s excellent character teaches us much about responding to suffering and death. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is one of the most inspiring biblical examples of faithfulness in life and ministry. But his personal excellence shines forth most through the familiar account of his death by stoning. As one of the first deacons in the church, Stephen was recognized early on as a man of great faith and spirituality (Acts 6:5). And a few verses later Luke describes him as “full of grace and...
  • False Ecumenism Operates as a Blasphemous Anti-Pentecost in the Catholic Church

    05/22/2024 1:30:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 22, 2024 | Robert Morrison
    False Ecumenism Operates as a Blasphemous Anti-Pentecost in the Catholic ChurchIn his The Liturgical Year, Dom Guéranger described the great transformation that took place on the first Pentecost:“These hundred and twenty disciples need but to speak of the Son of God, made Man, and our Redeemer; of the Holy Ghost, who renews our souls; of the heavenly Father, who loves and adopts us as His children: their word will find thousands to believe and welcome it. Those that receive it shall be called the Catholic Church, that is, universal, existing in all places and times. Jesus had said: ‘Go, teach...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Mutual Support - Wednesday, May 22, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/22/2024 8:54:59 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 22, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJohn said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him…” Mark 9:38–39Why would John and the other disciples try to stop someone from driving out demons? To understand this, imagine the scene. John and the other disciples had come to believe that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah of God. They witnessed Him perform many miracles and change many lives. As a result, they no doubt wanted everyone to discover Who Jesus was and...
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    05/22/2024 8:29:35 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 3 replies
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 22-May-2024

    05/22/2024 3:44:57 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    22 May 2024 Wednesday of week 7 in Ordinary Time Basilica of Santa Rita da CasciaReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First readingJames 4:13-17 ©You cannot know what will happen tomorrowHere is the answer for those of you who talk like this: ‘Today or tomorrow, we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and make some money.’ You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most you should ever say is: ‘If it is...
  • Entrusting All to God - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/22/2024 12:14:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19). The final attitude we should have in facing trials and sufferings is that of entrusting ourselves to God. Geoffrey Bull epitomizes the modern-day believer who entrusts his entire soul to God’s will in the middle of terrible suffering. Bull was punished with solitary confinement, brainwashing, many kinds of intimidation, and starvation during more than three years of imprisonment by the Communist Chinese forty years ago. During his affliction he prayed that God would...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Alone with Jesus - Tuesday, May 21, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/21/2024 8:03:47 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 21, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” Mark 9:30–31Why would Jesus wish that no one know that He and His disciples were traveling through Galilee at that time? It appears the reason was that Jesus was intently focused upon teaching His disciples about His...
  • Evaluating Our Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/21/2024 5:57:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in. It’s quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of God’s plan for us. Believers should never suffer because they’ve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in today’s verse Peter mentions a fourth category—“a troublesome meddler”—whose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. “A troublesome meddler” interferes with everyone else’s business, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 21-May-2024

    05/21/2024 3:53:29 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    21 May 2024 Tuesday of week 7 in Ordinary Time Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, Durham, UK Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First readingJames 4:1-10 ©Resist the devil and he will run awayWhere do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Your Heavenly Mother - Monday, May 20, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/20/2024 8:20:41 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 20, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBStanding by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:25–27The memorial we celebrate today, which was added to the Roman Liturgical Calendar in 2018 by Pope Francis, highlights the truth that the Blessed Virgin Mary is not only the Mother of...
  • Rejoicing Through the Spirit - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/20/2024 4:50:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:14). The indwelling Holy Spirit allows us to rejoice, no matter how greatly we suffer or are persecuted. One of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the past half century has been the discovery of the DNA molecule, which carries unique and essential genetic information about all living beings. The most well-known practical application of DNA has been the “fingerprinting” technique in which genetic information from one DNA sample is compared with that of another. If...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 20-May-2024

    05/20/2024 3:01:42 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    20 May 2024 Mary, Mother of the Church on Monday of week 7 in Ordinary Time San Bernadino de Siena Parish Church in Xochimilco, Mexico City Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White. Year: B(II).There is no choice between ferial and memorial readings today, because all readings are proper to the memorial.First readingGenesis 3:9-15,20 ©The mother of all those who liveAfter Adam had eaten of the tree the Lord God called to him. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ ‘Who told...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 19-May-2024

    05/19/2024 9:59:26 AM PDT · by annalex · 19 replies
    Sunday 19 May 2024 PentecostSt. Dunstan Catholic Church, Millbrae, CAReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Red. Year: B(II).These readings are for the extended-form Vigil Mass on the evening before the feast.These readings are for the simple-form Vigil Mass on the evening before the feast.These readings are for the day of the feast itself.These readings are for the extended-form Vigil Mass on the evening before the feast.First readingGenesis 11:1-9 ©The tower of BabelThroughout the earth men spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. Now as they moved eastwards they found a plain in the land of Shinar where they settled. They...
  • BIBLE art ✝️ “ABRAHAM FINDS A WIFE FOR ISAAC” ✝️ Link to New Video, PASSION OF THE CHRIST Series

    05/19/2024 9:05:30 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 14 replies
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  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Pentecost: Reconciled & Filled by the Holy Spirit - Sunday, May 19, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/19/2024 7:20:44 AM PDT · by fidelis · 7 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 19, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” John 20:21–23Happy Pentecost! Today, throughout the world, our Church celebrates the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ first followers and upon all of us. Why do we need the Holy Spirit in our lives? This is an important question to ponder. Today, as...
  • Rejoicing in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/19/2024 4:06:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13). We should rejoice in trials and persecutions, not for their own sake, but for the benefits that result. The late D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his classic book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, made the following careful distinction on what it means to rejoice in persecution: “The Christian is, in a sense, one who must feel his heart breaking at the effect of sin in others that makes...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sacred Page 2: Gathering the Human Family: The Readings for the Vigil of Pentecost

    05/18/2024 4:46:35 PM PDT · by fidelis · 6 replies
    The Sacred Page Blog ^ | May 21, 2015 | Dr. John Bergsma
    Pentecost is a very important feast in the liturgical life of the Church, and it has its own vigil. Not only so, but the Readings for the Vigil are particularly rich. I cannot think of another that has such a wide variety of options, for example, for the First Reading. Even though only one First Reading will be proclaimed in any given Mass, it is well worth pondering them all, in order to come to understand the significance of Pentecost more deeply: The First Reading Options for the Vigil: 1. Genesis 11:1-9, the Tower of Babel: The whole world spoke...
  • Reassurance in the Midst of Trials - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    05/18/2024 4:14:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). We can be certain of God’s love for us, no matter how unexpected or difficult any trial might be. Reassuring words are vital as we strive to deal in a godly fashion with trials and sufferings in our Christian lives. In today’s verse, Peter opens with a pastoral term (“beloved”) that conveys tenderness, love, and concern for his audience. It reinforces in a single word the concepts of fervent love...