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Saint of the Day for December 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Egwin (8th century)
Egwin was a Benedictine monk and a bishop of Worcester. His zeal for ecclesiastical discipline aroused false accusations against him. He made a pilgrimage to Rome in order to vindicate himself with the pope. According to legend he locked shackles on his feet and threw the key into a river. On his arrival the key was found in the belly of a fish he bought in the market. Reinstated by the pope, he returned to England and founded an abbey.

Reflections from the Saints

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

As we consider the wonder of the Eucharist and the enormous value of the Mass in our lives, we must never forget that the Lord, in His extraordinary love for us, has not only given us the Eucharist, but has desired that this Eucharist be maintained as a living and lasting memorial in our tabernacles. In the document Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside Mass we read: "The celebration of the Eucharist in the Sacrifice of the Mass, moreover, is truly the origin and purpose of t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE PAIN AND PROMISE OF FAMILY

"The Child's father and mother were marveling at what was being said about Him." –Luke 2:33

Many people idealize the Holy Family. Because Jesus is God, Mary is immaculate, and Joseph is holy, their family relationships must have been almost perfect. However, that's not the picture the Bible gives us of the Holy Family. The only scene from Jesus' childhood that we are told about is when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus for three days. You can imagine the peasant co...


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Saint of the Day for December 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Thomas Becket (1118-1170)
Thomas was a civil and canon lawyer, as well as an officer in the military. He was made the Archbishop of Canterbury the day after he was ordained a priest. For opposing the King's interference in ecclesiastical matters, he was exiled several times, then martyred.

Reflections from the Saints

For our sake Christ offered himself to the Father upon the altar for the cross. He now looks down from heaven on our actions and secret thoughts, and one day he will give ea...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

All my life I've been saying the Kyrie Eleison at Mass. Finally one day it dawned on me, many years after I was ordained into the priesthood, "Lord, have mercy!" I never heard it so deeply before. We are like sponges floating on an ocean of mercy, crying "Mercy." All we need is the capacity to receive, like the sponge. When a sponge has a capacity to receive, water rushes in and the sponge is filled. As we forgive, and receive His forgiveness, then we can soak up the mercy. Mercy means lov...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

CHRISTMAS AND DEATH

"It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed of the Lord." –Luke 2:26

At Christmas we remember loved ones who have died. These memories may be painful, but we can't help remembering. At Christmas we can experience accelerated growth in our relationship with the Lord. Because of our love for Him, the sting of death can be taken out of our lives (1 Cor 15:55). We no longer dread the memories of past Christma...


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Saint of the Day for December 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
The Holy Innocents (1st century)
The Holy Innocents were the children mentioned in Matthew 2:16-18. "When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refus...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

But just as He stood quietly among His apostles in the amazing beauty of His resurrection, and said, handle Me and see, so does He abide with us in the Blessed Sacrament, that we may get to know Him, to outlive our tremulous agitation, and the novelty of our surprise, and to grow familiar with Him, if we can, as our life-long Guest. There we can bring our sorrows and cares and necessities at all hours... We can choose our own time, and our visit can be as short or as long as duties permit ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HERODS CAN BECOME "HOLY INNOCENTS"

"...Rachel bewailing her children; no comfort for her, since they are no more." –Matthew 2:18

Why does the Lord permit evil? Why did He allow "the massacre of all the boys two years old and under in Bethlehem and its environs"? (Mt 2:16) One explanation is that He loves the Herods of the world so much and wants to save them all (see 1 Tm 2:4). The suffering of these innocents is the most powerful means in God's plan of salvation for changing the most har...


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Saint of the Day for December 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John the Apostle (1st century)
John was the younger brother of the Apostle St. James the Greater. A disciple of St. John the Baptist, when he was called by Christ he became His "beloved disciple." He was the only Apostle to remain faithful to the Master during His Passion. To him Christ entrusted the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He, along with St. Peter, was prominent in organizing the early Church. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation.

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Although the beloved disciple John loved much, it was God who first loved him (cf. 1 Jn 4:10). The Father graced him with an unbreakable bond of friendship with his Son. Jesus loved the beloved disciple, called him, ate with him, held him in his gaze, died for him, and rose for him.

This friendship celebrated in Scripture excites a passion in us that causes us to wish that Jesus will rejoice in the Holy Spirit because of us "as he said to them privately, 'Blessed are the eyes that see wha...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LOVE SUPREME

"This fellowship of ours is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ." –1 John 1:3

Christmas is a special time to begin or deepen our personal relationship with Jesus. Like John, we are running to Jesus and hope to end this Christmas season with a deeper faith in Jesus than ever before (Jn 20:8). We want Jesus to become so real to us that by faith we have heard His voice, seen His face, and touched His nail-scarred hands (1 Jn 1:1). Our Christmas prayer is "to grasp ful...


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Saint of the Day for December 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Stephen (1st century)
Stephen was a deacon, a preacher, and the first Christian martyr. While preaching in the streets of Jerusalem, angry Jews who believed he was a blasphemer dragged him outside the city and stoned him to death. Among the mob was the man who later became St. Paul.

Reflections from the Saints

Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
– St. Stephen

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

(During Communion)

My dear one, I am now within you. It is in the Eucharist that I am consecrated to you and you to Me.

Many of My people do not realize what it means to receive My Body. My people do not realize the power they receive when they receive the Eucharist.

It is My power... the power of Christ!

I, in you, shall grant your heart's desire. It is I, through Eucharist, Who makes your image one in the likeness of God, because you are receiving My Body. I grant you special graces, no...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD" (Jn 1:1)

"When they hand you over, do not worry about what you will say or how you will say it. When the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say." –Matthew 10:19

Christmas is a celebration of God's Word. On the first day of Christmas, the Church proclaims twelve readings at the various liturgies of the Christmas Masses. On the second day of Christmas we remember St. Stephen, who preached God's Word so powerfully he became the first martyr, and who...


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Saint of the Day for December 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Anastasia (4th century)
Anastasia was the matron of a noble Roman pagan family. A spiritual student of St. Chrysogonus, she was martryed during he persecutions of Diocletian. Little else is known about her, but she is distinctly honored in the first Eucharistic prayer of the second Christmas Mass.

Reflections from the Saints

Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

What is Holy Mass? It is Christ, the God-Man, the Son of God and the Son of Mary, offering on the calvary of the altar the thanksgiving due to God His Father; making atonement for sin; the only perfect divine atonement and thanksgiving, with you and for you.

What is Holy Mass? It is Christ, the Judge of the living and the dead, the God-Man, Son of God and Son of Mary, imploring, with you and for you, a deluge of graces and blessings, through the power of His wounds, through the power of H...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

YOU'RE SUCH A BABY

"The Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations." –Isaiah 52:10

As the father of six, I have been privileged to wake up on six Christmas mornings and hold my infant child. I would stare at my baby in wonder, knowing that the Lord Jesus came to earth looking just like the infant in my arms. Despite all this experience with infants and Christmas, I have never been able to fathom the truth that God came to earth as a Baby.

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Saint of the Day for December 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 25, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Charbel (1828-1898)
Charbel was raised by an uncle who opposed his youthful piety. At 23, he snuck away to join a monastery, where he was soon ordained. He lived as a model monk, but eventually left his monastery to become a hermit. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and was known to levitate while praying.

Reflections from the Saints

For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thu...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 25, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Sister Faustina recounts the joy of her total union with God, uninterrupted in spite of the busy preparations for the Feast of Christmas; and the added joy of being allowed to spend the three hours preceding Christmas Midnight Mass in adoration: "I was allowed to stay up and wait for the Midnight Mass. I was delighted to have free time from nine until midnight. From nine to ten o'clock I offered my adoration for my parents and my whole family. From ten to eleven, I offered it for the inten...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

'TWAS THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

"Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, uttered this prophecy: 'Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel because He has visited and ransomed His people.' " –Luke 1:67-68

Today may literally be one of the most important days of your life. This is Christmas Eve. The Lord in His love has planned this day for you before He created the world. Today you may be on the threshold of the fulfillment of ancient prophecies in your life. Today is probably a very...


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Pope Asks: How Do we Proclaim the Gospel today? How Can Faith Become a Reality?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Since he ascended to the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI has met with Cardinals, Bishops and other the members of the Roman Curia on December 22. This group includes the leaders of Dicasteries and Institutes who work closely with him in his pastoral care of the whole Church. In these addresses he expresses his gratitude, shares what is in his heart, and offers an alaysis of the state of the Church and the world. He also gives a glimpse into his spirituality ...


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Week Four of the New Translation of the Mass - So How Are We Doing?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On Sunday, we'll celebrate Mass for the fourth week using the new translation. There was a lot of conjecture ahead of time and a lot of response after the historic launch of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal on November 27, 2011.

In talking with one priest in my diocese told me, "I am a big fan of the new translation and had been a champion of it for many months. But the first Sunday was probably the worst day of my priesthood!"

"I felt like a newly ordain...
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Saint of the Day for December 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John Cantius (1390-1473)
John was a highly educated priest and the chair of theology at the Academy of Krakow, Poland. He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem and four to Rome on foot. Admired for his humility and charity and the practice of mortification, many miracles are attributed to him.

Reflections from the Saints

Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.
– St. John Cantius

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

I am the lover of purity and giver of all holiness. I seek a pure heart, and there will I dwell (Acts 7:49; Isa 66:1). Prepare and make ready for Me a large upper room, and there will I and My disciples eat the Passover (Mark 14:15; Luke 22:12) with you. If you wish Me to come and dwell with you, purify the old leaven (1 Cor 5:7), and cleanse the dwelling of your heart. Exclude the whole world and its sinful clamour; sit there alone, like a sparrow on the roof-top (Ps 52:7), and consider y...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A DUMB CHRISTMAS?

"At that moment his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God." –Luke 1:64

Are you spiritually dumb? This Christmas, will you talk about your love for Jesus freely and openly? Or are you tongue-tied like Zechariah?

Zechariah's tongue was loosed to praise the Lord when he obeyed the archangel Gabriel by naming his son "John" (Lk 1:63). If you want your tongue loosed, go back to a point in your life where you disobeyed the Lord. You m...


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Saint of the Day for December 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Adam of Saxony (13th century)
Adam was a Cistercian priest in Germany. He was known for his strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom he saw in several visions, and was great miracle worker.

Reflections from the Saints

The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other: it is a perpetual exercise of mortification.
– St. Francis de Sales

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

The Holy Eucharist is the continuation of Christ's incarnation on earth. The mystery of the Eucharist gives us the joy of having Christmas everyday. When we come to the Blessed Sacrament we come to Bethlehem, a name which means "house of bread." Jesus chose to be born in Bethlehem because He would dwell with us forever as the "Living Bread" come down from heaven. When the shepherds and Magi came to adore Him, they brought Him so much joy with their humble visit to Bethlehem that their visi...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FAITH-PRAISING

"My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior." –Luke 1:46-47

Mary's Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55) should be compared with the songs of praise by Hannah (1 Sm 2:1-10) and Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79). While Mary's prophetic praises stand out in many ways, the greatest difference is in their contexts. Hannah praised the Lord at the presentation of Samuel. She had been through the shame of barrenness (1 Sm 1:7). The birth of Samuel had changed all th...


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Saint of the Day for December 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597)
Peter was a theologian and leader of the Counter-Reformation in Germany. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1543 and studied under St. Ignatius of Loyola at Rome. With his doctorate in theology, he was regularly sent on important missions by the Holy See. A prolific writer, his catechism appeared in over 200 editions during his lifetime and was translated into twelve languages.

Reflections from the Saints

If you have too much to do, with God's help you will fin...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Clare was too ill to go to Midnight Mass services with her Sisters... She lay there, her heart breaking as she was to be deprived of our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist on this special night. Her thoughts brought her back to the time in Gubbio, when Francis made the first Nativity Scene, after which all Nativity scenes in the future would be fashioned. Christmas had always been a joyous time for both Clare and Francis...

She looked about the bare room that served as the sleeping quarters for ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS _____"

"Arise, My beloved, My beautiful one, and come!" –Song of Songs 2:10, 13

Despite the constant hype the world gives to Christmas, the world only wants a minimal Christmas. People are programmed to be happy with "two front teeth," a new PlayStation, fur coat, diamond ring, Barbie doll, power tool, or even a new car. The world proclaims that getting this for Christmas is a maximum Christmas. When you focus on the gifts instead of the Giver of the gifts, yo...


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Saint of the Day for December 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Dominic of Silos (1000-1073)
Dominic was an eleventh century Spanish shepherd boy. He learned to love to pray while tending to sheep. Soon he became a monk, and restored an old run-down monastery to glory. He cured the sick, and raised funds to ransom Christian prisoners from the Moors.

Reflections from the Saints

My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

From the Consecration to the Communion of the Midnight Mass of 1927 Therese saw the glorified Christ Child, though she was at home and abed because of the extreme weakness following Passion ecstasies. She became ecstatic now when the church bells were heard announcing the Consecration. The infant Saviour as she saw Him measured about 40 centimeters and was dressed in a shirt of dazzling whiteness. He stood on a bright cloud and held out His arms and smiled. His hair was fair and curly, his...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SIGN LANGUAGE

"Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God." –Isaiah 7:11

When we want a sign from the Lord, He often says: "This is an evil age. It seeks a sign. But no sign will be given it" (Lk 11:29). However, when we don't want a sign because we already have our minds made up, the Lord often commands: "Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!" (Is 7:11)

We may already have our Christmas made up. We've planned it to go a certain way....


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Saint of the Day for December 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Anastasius I (4th century)
Anastasius, a friend of St. Augustine, St. Jerome, and St. Paulinus, was known for his condemnation of the heretical writings of Origen. He convened a synod to condemn his works. He also fought the heresy of Donatism.

Reflections from the Saints

Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.
– St. Thomas More

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Another healing involving the Eucharist happened in Sydney, Australia. A woman came to a place where Father Kevin and I were speaking. She came up to me in a hallway to ask me to pray with her. She was desperate because she was suffering from stomach cancer. She had a tumor which caused great swelling. The doctors had told her there was little point in operating because it had spread too extensively. I knew there was a Mass that afternoon, so I told her I'd pray with her, but I also told h...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A COMMON FAITH?

"But now you will be mute – unable to speak – until the day these things take place, because you have not trusted my words. They will all come true in due season." –Luke 1:20

Both Manoah and Zechariah had wives who were "barren and had borne no children" (Jgs 13:2; Lk 1:7). In a message from an angel, God promised each of these men that he would miraculously become a father of a son (Jgs 13:7; Lk 1:13). God also revealed to these men that their sons would be lifelong n...


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Saint of the Day for December 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Winebald (8th century)
Winebald was the son of St. Richard the King, and the brother of St. Willibald and St. Walburga. During a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, he became very ill. He spent the next seven years in Rome recovering and studying before finally returning to England. He was a missionary with St. Boniface to Germany, where he founded a monastery.

Reflections from the Saints

I should willingly give every drop of my blood to please Him and to prevent sinners offending Him. I shall...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

"Standing in front of the congregation holding the wine cup was not a difficult job, nor did it make me nervous. However, as I held the cup during communion at one Saturday evening Mass, I was given an insight as to what it contained. That little glass cup held the blood of Jesus Christ. Not wine and water, but the same Blood that dripped from Jesus' wounds and crown of thorns some 2,000 years ago. Although it has a different form now, it is, to Catholics, the same Blood that fell from His...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"MAN-IFESTED" (Rm 16:26)

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." –Luke 1:35

King David wanted to build a temple for God so the Lord could have a house on earth in which to dwell (2 Sm 7:2ff). God told King David that He never asked for a house on earth (2 Sm 7:7), and besides, no house or temple on earth could contain Him anyway (see 1 Kgs 8:27). In fact, the earth isn't big enough to hold even the books which would have to be written about...


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Saint of the Day for December 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Begga (7th century)
Begga was an example of keeping good company. She was the daughter of Blessed Pepin and Saint Ida of Nevilles, her sister was St. Gertrude of Nevilles, and her husband was the son of St. Arnulf of Metz. When her husband died in a hunting accident, she made a vow of celibacy, founded seven churches, and built a convent where she lived as the abbess for the rest of her life.

Reflections from the Saints

May our lives may show forth the virtue of self denial and thereby a...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Many priests owe their vocation to a saintly mother's prayers. There can be little doubt that Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (Archbishop of Westminster, England) owed his vocation to the Priesthood to his mother's prayers before the Blessed Sacrament. When he was a young man of twenty-one, he wrote: "During the day my mother was often before the Blessed Sacrament. Every morning before breakfast she was in the chapel for half an hour or three-quarters of an hour. After breakfast an hour in the mo...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

PROPHET-ABLE

"Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary. It was of her that Jesus Who is called the Messiah was born." –Matthew 1:16

The coming of Jesus the Messiah was the fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies over hundreds of years. For example, it was prophesied centuries before Christ that the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah and the line of David. The coming of Jesus into the world this Christmas is also preceded by prophecy.

We find many "dry bones" in this worl...


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Saint of the Day for December 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Mary Fontanella (1661-1717)
Mary joined the Cistercians at the age of twelve. Soon after, her father died and she was forced to return home to help with the family. Four years later, she joined the Carmelites despite opposition from her family. A mystic and visionary, she was frequently the victim of diabolical attacks. She was known for her strong devotion to St. Joseph.

Reflections from the Saints

Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the al...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Q. A Protestant told me that the early Church believed that Jesus was only symbolically present in the Eucharist and that the doctrine of the Real Presence came about eleven centuries later. Is he correct?

A. Not true! Jesus' own words in Scripture tell us: "Take and eat; this is My Body. Take and drink; this is My Blood of the New Covenant which shall be shed for many" (cf. Matt. 26:26-27; Mark 14:22, 24; Luke 22: 19-20) and "... Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SUNDAY AND CHRISTMAS DAY

"My salvation is about to come, My justice, about to be revealed." –Isaiah 56:1

This Christmas, the Lord's salvation is about to come, and His justice about to be revealed. To receive His salvation and justice, we must "observe what is right, do what is just" (Is 56:1). We must especially keep the sabbath free from profanation (Is 56:2, 6). We must obey the Third Commandment and keep holy the Lord's Day, Sunday, the sabbath of the new covenant (see Ex 20:8). In do...


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Saint of the Day for December 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Mary Frances Schervier (1819-1876)
Mary was the daughter of a wealthy business owner and the god-daughter of Emporer Francis I of Austria. While still young, she lost her mother and two older sisters to tuberculosis. So began a life of generous service. She and four companions established a religious order called the Sisters of the Poor of Saint Francis. They were, and still are, devoted to caring for the poor.

Reflections from the Saints

The sight of my Savior hanging naked on the Cross...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Once, when I was about to communicate, I saw, with the eyes of the soul, more clearly than ever I could with those of the body, two devils of most hideous aspect. Their horns seemed to be around the poor priest's throat; and when I saw my Lord, with the Majesty which I have described, in the hands of such a man, in the Host which he was about to give me, I knew for a certainty that those hands had offended Him and realized that there was a soul in mortal sin... This upset me so much that I...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DON'T RUIN GOD'S PLANS FOR CHRISTMAS

"The Pharisees and the lawyers, on the other hand, by failing to receive his baptism defeated God's plan in their regard." –Luke 7:30

God is all-powerful and all-loving. He wills to love us with an everlasting love (see Jer 31:3). However, God has given us the freedom to defeat His plan in our regard. We can deprive ourselves from receiving God's love by refusing to be baptized in, that is, immersed in repentance (Lk 7:30).

This Christmas season, the...


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Saint of the Day for December 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
John was a doctor of mystic theology, and the founde, of the Discalced Carmelites, along with St. Teresa of Avila. He served as the spiritual director and confessor for the entire convent under Teresa's rule. His mystic writings include The Ascent of Mount Carmel and The Dark Night of the Soul.

Reflections from the Saints

If you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress in perfection.
– St. John of the Cross

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

St. John of the Cross, who with St. Teresa of Avila restored the unmitigated rule to the Carmelite Order and founded the Discalced branch of this order, was occasionally irradiated with light. It is claimed that after one of his Masses a student saw him aglow and was so impressed that he eventually entered the religious life.

At the convent of Caravaca, when a new prioress was to be elected, St. John offered holy Mass and prayed that the newly elected would be blessed with the wisdom and ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DESIGNER-GOD

"...God, the Designer and Maker of the earth Who established it, not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in." –Isaiah 45:18

Even as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are living in a culture of death, which discourages birth. It sees people not as gifts from God but as the cause of "over-population." It views children not as joys but as burdens and attacks on our freedom. Our culture of death makes contraception and abortion its virtues, and c...


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Saint of the Day for December 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Lucy (283-304)
Lucy was born to a noble Greek family, brought up as a Christian by her mother, Eutychia. After her mother's miraculous cure at a shrine, Lucy made a vow of virginity and gave her riches to the poor. Angered by this, the man to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed denounced her to the Governor of Sicily. Condemned to a sentence of forced prostitution, she stood immovable and could not be dragged away, even by a team of oxen. Instead, the Governor had her tortured and kill...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

St. John Chrysostom wrote a remarkable passage in which he brought out the intimate connection between the Eucharistic Body of Christ and the Mystical Body which is the Church. Speaking of the precious vessels of the altar and of the other liturgical objects by which we surround the Blessed Sacrament with honor, the Greek Father pointed out that it was even more important to honor the body of Christ by giving alms to poor. In this way, we are not only doing good to Him in the person of the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

"But afterward he regretted it and went." –Matthew 21:30

We're halfway through Advent and some of us have not even started to prepare the way of the Lord. About two weeks ago, when the Spirit asked us to watch and pray, to fast and give alms, to repent and believe, many refused and said: "No, I will not" (Mt 21:30). Some are beginning to realize they made a terrible mistake and are regretting these past two weeks.

Repent! The Lord is merciful. Decide to enter into...


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Saint of the Day for December 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Edburga (8th century)
The only daughter of an English king and queen, Edburga was a Benedictine nun who later became an Abbess. A skilled scribe and calligrapher, she met St. Boniface while on a pilgrimage to Rome and began to support him in his mission work by copying manuscripts for him.

Reflections from the Saints

Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial. Let us wait upon God's strengthening aid and say to him: "O Lord, you have been our refuge in all genera...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

"I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help and defense, for I am your most devoted mother... to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains and sufferings."

Prior to Our Lady of Guadalupe's conversion of millions, the major empires in the Americas were evil, resisting the efforts of the conquistadors to conquer them, or the efforts of the missionaries to convert them. On...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE CONQUERING QUEEN-MOTHER

"Blest are you among women and blest is the Fruit of your womb. But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" –Luke 1:42-43

The title "Guadalupe" is probably a misunderstanding of the Indian word, "Tecoatlaxope," meaning: "she will crush the serpent of stone." This is a prophetic revelation that Mary is "a great sign...a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rv 12:1). Mary leads all Chr...


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Saint of the Day for December 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 11, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Damasus I (306-384)
As pope, Damasus opposed Arianism and other major heresies. At his suggestion, St. Jerome completed the Vulgate Bible. He successfully maintained the primacy of the Apostolic See, and welcomed the edict of Theodosius I, which made Catholism the religion of the Roman state. His interest in the martyrs led him to restore the catacombs.

Reflections from the Saints

He is the Illuminator; Truth, because He is from the Father; Life, because He is the creator; Bread bec...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 11, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

And if Our Lord took such delight in Gemma's Communions, was it possible for His Sweet Mother, who in her turn so tenderly loved this angelic girl, not to take the same delight in them? After the many marvels we have seen up to this, I do not think anyone will be tempted to doubt the veracity of another fact that I am about to relate. It is of the Blessed Virgin, who sometimes joined the Angels of the Eucharist to assist at Gemma's Holy Communion. At the unexpected vision the good child we...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul." –Isaiah 61:10

The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday, or Rejoice Sunday. Turn off the football games; put off that trip to the mall; set aside the Christmas decorations. It's time to "rejoice in the Lord"! (Phil 4:4)

On Christmas, many people receive various articles of clothing as presents: ties, socks, sweaters, and warm winter clothes. Today, God has better clothes to give us: garments o...


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New Earth Discovered!

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The planet in question is known as Kepler-22b. It's not a particularly exciting name, but employs a naming system that is practical for a scientific project that has already found 2,326 potential planets after just 16 months of exploration. While these discoveries will still need to be confirmed, they easily quadruple the number of planets now known to exist outside of our solar system.

Until recently, astronomers could only speculate whether or not planets ...
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Saint of the Day for December 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Gregory III (8th century)
Born in Syria, Gregory was the 90th Pope. He was a renowned ecclesiastical administrator who aided foreign missions and completed the restoration of the walls of Rome. His greatest struggles were the heresy of Iconoclasm and the invasion of the Lombards.

Reflections from the Saints

If you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible.
– St. Alphonsus Liguori

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

In the Old Testament the Messiah was announced as the "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:5). His birth was proclaimed as the new era of peace "to guide our feet into the way of peace" (Lk 1:79). Jesus himself established his kingdom as a reign of peace. "Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you" (Jn 14:27). After his resurrection, his first greeting was, "Peace be with you."

Through the Eucharistic celebration, Jesus continued his work of establishing and implementing his peace in...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

PREPARING TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

"Elijah has already come, but they did not recognize him." –Matthew 17:12

The prophetic ministry of Elijah prepared the way for John the Baptizer's prophetic ministry. John prophesied "in the spirit and power of Elijah" (Lk 1:17). Jesus even stated that John "is Elijah" (Mt 11:14). Elijah prepared the way for John, who came to "prepare the way of the Lord" (Mt 3:3).

God prepared the way for His Son's coming for centuries. He sent prophet after prophet....


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Saint of the Day for December 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Juan Diego (1474-1548)
Juan Diego was a Mexican farmer and weaver. The Blessed Mother appeared to him twice. When the local bishop asked him to prove it, he opened his cloak to reveal dozens of Castillian roses which could not be grown in Mexico, along with a glowing image of Our Lady emblazoned on the inside. Soon after, a church was built on the site where Our Lady appeared to him.

Reflections from the Saints

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abando...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

WOMAN-LIBERATION

"The woman answered, 'The serpent tricked me into it.' " –Genesis 3:13

In the wake of the first sin, on the worst day in history, the Lord said to the serpent: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel" (Gn 3:15). God's curse of the serpent is a promise of mercy for us. The woman and the snake will hate each other and be at war. The offspring of the woman will have a decided...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

The next morning we all met at the Motherhouse of the Cenacle Nuns where I was to celebrate my first Mass. Once again the chapel was filled with friends... The procession formed and we entered to the singing of Cardinal Newman's hymn, Lead, Kindly Light. I still couldn't believe it was I who was saying Mass. "In the Name of the Father, and of the... ," I bowed low for the prayers at the foot of the altar... Tomorrow, I say Mass at St. Peter's. I contrasted the splendor of St. Peter's with ...


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Saint of the Day for December 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Ambrose (340-397)
Ambrose distinguished himself as a lawyer and a consular governor. In 374, he was baptized, confirmed, ordained a priest, and made a bishop. He was instrumental in the conversion of St. Augustine, and left many writings on Scripture, priesthood, virginity, and doctrinal subjects. He is a Father and Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
– St. Ambrose

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

St. Ambrose was born at Trier (today in Germany) between 335 and 340. He became a lawyer and a Roman administrator in Milan. There he was chosen as bishop by popular acclamation, although he was only a catechumen. He thus received all the Sacraments of Initiation and the episcopate within one week. He died in Milan in 397. Ambrose, who may well be the first to refer to the Eucharistic Mystery as the Mass" (Ambrose, in Epistola, 20, 4 (PL, 16, 995), remarks, "I, however, remained at my task...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Y'ALL COME

"To whom can you liken Me as an equal? says the Holy One." –Isaiah 40:25

No one equals God in anything. Consider God's strength; He is unequaled in strength. Almighty God is so strong that He made and sustains the millions of stars which span light-years in space (Is 40:26).

Almighty God is willing to share His unlimited strength with us. "He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak He makes vigor abound" (Is 40:29). When God strengthens old or weak people, they can outru...


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The First Sunday of the New Mass - How Did It Go For You?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The Masses for the First Sunday of Advent are now complete and, it seems, that the English-speaking Church has survived the shakedown voyage of the new translation of the Mass.

Change is never easy, even when it is welcomed and necessary. French Journalist and Poet Anatole France once wrote, "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."

At...
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Saint of the Day for December 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Nicholas of Myra (4th century)
Nicholas was a priest, an abbot, and a bishop of Myra. Once, he helped a poor family by dropping bags of gold coins in a window, landing in a stocking hung up to dry. Thus, the story of Santa Claus was born. He was known for his holiness, zeal, and astonishing miracles–even raising people from the dead.

Reflections from the Saints

By the effective exercise of only one virtue, a person may attain to the height of all the rest.
– St. Gregory Nazianzen

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

The "Miracle of the Eucharist" took place in Betania on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, 1991.

Father Otty, a priest from Colombia and the Chaplain for Betania, was celebrating Mass for the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It was a midnight Mass. At the time of the Consecration about fifteen thousand people present saw a bright, rose light over the Host... At the time of Communion Fr. Otty broke the Host in half and broke off a small particle to put into ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FREE-GIFTS

"Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her slavery is at an end." –Isaiah 40:2, our transl.

St. Nicholas is famous not just for giving gifts, but for gift-giving that set people free. His gifts freed three young women from beginning lives of prostitution. What about the gifts you will give this Christmas? Will these gifts set people free, merely distract them from their slavery, or even be one more enslaving factor in their lives? Jesus came and will come this C...


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Saint of the Day for December 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Sabbas (439-532)
For sixty years, Sabbas lived in a cave, devoting himself to prayer and manual labor. Every day he wove ten baskets, which he traded for food. He was a superior over 1,000 monks and hermits, and once led a peaceful uprising of 10,000 monks who demanded the end of the persecution of Palestinian bishops by Anastatius I.

Reflections from the Saints

No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

When I reached the prison camps of Siberia, I learned to my great joy that it was possible to say Mass daily once again. In every camp, the priests and prisoners would go to great lengths, run risks willingly, just to have the consolation of this sacrament. For those who could not get to Mass, we daily consecrated hosts and arranged for the distribution of Communion to those who wished to receive. Our risk of discovery, of course, was greater in the barracks, because of the lack of privacy an...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SPECIAL EFFECTS

"We have seen incredible things today!" –Luke 5:26

Our society, and our human nature, is fascinated with the sensational. Movie and TV producers understand this, and so they frequently substitute special effects for substance and quality content, knowing that sensationalism attracts people.

The Lord, on the other hand, Whose ways are so high above our ways (Is 55:8-9), focuses on internals rather than on the outward appearance (1 Sm 16:7). He knows that the most spectacu...


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Saint of the Day for December 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John Damascene (676-749)
John was a highly educated monk and priest who lived near Jerusalem. He wrote the first real compendium of Christian theology, along with other works defending the faith, Biblical commentaries, poetry, and hymns. A great philosopher and orator, he was the last of the Greek Fathers of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God... Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostl...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

"From the Elevation to the Agnus Dei, she prayed for the souls in purgatory, presenting Jesus on the Cross to His Father that He might accomplish what she could not. At this moment, she was often rapt out of herself and, indeed, she sometimes fell into ecstasy even before the Consecration.

"At the Communion, she reflected on Christ laid in the tomb, and begged Almighty God to annihilate in us the old man and clothe us with the new.

"If at Mass or any other service, she listened to the music...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

ARE YOU COMMITTED TO REPENTANCE?

"John the Baptizer appeared in the desert, proclaiming a baptism of repentance which led to the forgiveness of sins." –Mark 1:4

During Advent, we "prepare the way of the Lord" (Is 40:3) as we await His Christmas coming. Today, the Church proclaims that a major way to prepare is to repent.

John the Baptizer could never be accused of dabbling in repentance. Anyone watching John live day after day in a hot, arid desert, wearing camel-hair shirts and eating ...


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Saint of the Day for December 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
A friend of St. Ignatius, Francis was one of the founding members of the Jesuits in the 1500s. He was a very successful priest and missionary in India and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, to seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He was a great miracle worker, prophet and healer.

Reflections from the Saints

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a man's progress, nor the nature of t...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

On November 18, 1875, the future, modern apostle of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC., was born in Arequipa, Peru, in South America.

After joining the religious Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Fr. Mateo as a young priest, due to ill health, got permission to make a pilgrimage to Rome, and then to Paray-le-Monial in France to prepare for an early death. He was then 32 years old.

In Rome, in a private audience with Pope St. Pius X,...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE LOVE CONNECTION

Jesus "proclaimed the Good News of God's reign, and He cured every sickness and disease. At the sight of the crowds, His heart was moved with pity." –Matthew 9:35-36

In a world of bad news, God's Word is Good News. In His Word today, the Lord promises to answer our prayers, provide all our needs, give us clear direction, make us fruitful, be our light, and heal our wounds (Is 30:19-21, 25-26). The Lord loves us and expresses His love in many personal and practical ways...


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Saint of the Day for December 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Rafal Chylinski (1694-1741)
Rafal, called "the little monk" as a child, gave up his career as an officer in the Polish cavalry to become a Franciscan priest. He was known for his simple but challenging sermons, and for his generosity in serving the poor and the homeless.

Reflections from the Saints

Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

"How is it possible," an educated Mohammedan asked a missionary bishop, "that the bread and wine should become the Flesh and Blood of Christ?"

The bishop answered, "You were small when you were born. You grew big because your body changed the food you took into flesh and blood. If a man's body is able to transform bread and wine into flesh and blood, then God can do it far more easily."

The Mohammedan then asked: "How is it possible for Jesus to be wholly and entirely present in a little ho...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LET'S OBEY GOD IN DETAIL

"Jesus warned them sternly, 'See to it that no one knows of this.' But they went off and spread word of Him through the whole area." –Matthew 9:30-31

Jesus healed two blind men, and "warned them sternly" not to let this healing be known (Mt 9:30). It wasn't yet the right time in God's plan to spread the news of Jesus' works. The groundwork for revealing Jesus' identity hadn't yet been fully laid, and without the foundation, misunderstanding could result. Nonethele...


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Saint of the Day for December 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Edmund Campion (1540-1581)
Edmund was the brilliant son of a bookseller. When Queen Elizabeth I offered him a position in the Church of England, he refused, fled to the continent, and joined the Jesuits. After he was ordained a priest in 1578, he returned to England as a missionary, where he was arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed in the Tower of London.

Reflections from the Saints

I am a Catholic man and a priest; in that Faith I have lived, and in that Faith do I intend to die. I...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

There is no more moving an example of the way contemplation of Christ's love in the Eucharist leads to discernment of his presence and service of him in "the distressing disguises of the poor" than that shown by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Because of her closeness to Jesus in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this woman who believes in Love has been able to translate the tenderness of loving into practice, as she simple recalls in the many stories of her "encounters" such as the following:

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HARD ROCK

"Anyone who hears My words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock." –Matthew 7:24

On this fifth day of Advent, the Church reads to us about "a strong city" (Is 26:1), "a nation of firm purpose" (Is 26:3), and a house "solidly set on rock" (Mt 7:25). God's Word is calling us to be strong, firm, and solid by building our lives on obedience to the Lord, the "eternal Rock" (Is 26:4). If we are totally committed to Jesus and obey His Word, our li...


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Saint of the Day for November 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Andrew (1st century)
Andrew, the brother of St. Peter, was a fisherman. He was the first Apostle to follow Christ. After Our Lord ascended into Heaven, he went to Greece to preach the gospel. He was put to death by being tied to a cross, where he lived for two days, continuing to preach to the people who gathered around him.

Reflections from the Saints

We have found the Messiah!
– St. Andrew

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

The testimony of the Fathers of the Church also assures us of the Real Presence in the most Holy Eucharist. There is no writer or teacher of the Apostolic times who would doubt, or would fail to affirm that truth.

The first to give such testimony is St. Andrew, the Apostle. Witnesses of his martyrdom tell us that the dying saint thus addressed Edeus, who ordered him to offer sacrifice to the gods: "I offer daily to the Almighty God, the Immaculate Lamb. Though he is really offered, and the f...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FISH STORY

"Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men." –Matthew 4:19

After Andrew met Jesus, "the first thing he did was seek out his brother Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah!' " (Jn 1:41) With his first cast, Andrew caught not just a man but the fisher of men and women, Simon Peter. Andrew, on his first try at evangelism, caught the man who would later catch three thousand on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Moreover, that was just the beginning. Because of this ex...


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