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Browsing Archive: November, 2011

Saint of the Day for November 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Redemptorus of the Cross (17th century)
Redemptorus was a military officer who joined the Discalced Carmelites in 1615. He set out as a missionary to the king of Achin with Bl. Denis of the Nativity. While traveling, they were ambushed and martyred by Muslims.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lord avoided any offensive personal remarks when He preached. He attacked only the vices of a school, of a caste, also the bad examples and scandals. He did not reveal hidden crimes or secret defects...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Moreover, in the Blessed Sacrament our Lord Himself is the light which manifests Him as our model and reveals His beauties to us. He is Himself His light, His means of being known, just as the sun is itself its own proof. To make Himself known, He has only to show Himself. Recognition of Him need not come from its being reasoned out. A child does not have to discourse with himself to recognize his parents. Our Lord reveals Himself through His presence, just as parents do. But as we grow to...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

"Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit." –Luke 10:21

God's plan, including His plan for Christmas, is hidden from the learned and the clever, and revealed to the merest children (Lk 10:21). This does not mean that Christmas is for kids. "Merest children" are not people young in age; they are adults who completely depend on the Lord and have become "merest children" by the Spirit (see Mt 18:3). Thus, Christmas is neither for kids nor adults, but for people of any age ...


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Saint of the Day for November 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 

 

St. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876)
Catherine was a mystic who had a vision of St. Vincent de Paul; he told her that God wanted her to work with the sick. She later had a vision of Our Lady who described to her what is now known as the Miraculous Medal.

Reflections from the Saints

Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

On Trinity Sunday, June 6, 1830, Sister Laboure was given a special vision of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, or more specifically of Christ as King. This time she is precise as to the moment of the vision. Our Lord appeared to her, robed as a king, with a cross at His breast, during the Gospel of the Mass. Suddenly, all His kingly ornaments fell from Him to the ground–even the cross, which tumbled beneath His feet. Immediately her thoughts and her heart fell, too, and were plunged into ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

CLIMBING ADVENT MOUNTAIN

"Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain." –Isaiah 2:3

Advent is a time for mountain-climbing. It is climbing with all nations (Is 2:2) the highest mountain so that the Lord "may instruct us in His ways, and we may walk in His paths" (Is 2:3). Advent is being like Moses. We climb Mt. Sinai, receive the Ten Commandments, descend radiant with God's glory, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus (see Ex 19:2ff). As more and more people climb God's holy mountain this Advent t...


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Saint of the Day for November 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 

 

St. Francesco Fasani (1681-1742)
Francis was a Franciscan priest who served as a novice master and later as a provincial for his order. A popular confessor and preacher, he was known to levitate while praying.

Reflections from the Saints

This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.
– St. Augustine

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Each day we hear His command, "Do this in remembrance of me." This is the most startling word of the Eucharist–that each Christian is to learn to consecrate, to be drawn into Christ's action so deeply that he becomes a Eucharist! We are to parallel Christ; what He did with His life we are to do with our lives. What a mystery this is, to consecrate ourselves, to become Eucharists! This is what the Christian life is all about; this is the ultimate conclusion and action of following Christ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HEART-RENDING

"Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down!" –Isaiah 63:19

When we see gross injustices in our society, we cry out for God to intervene. When we see people literally getting away with murder, even of infants in the womb, we beg God to put a stop to our world's perversity and wickedness. We pray in desperation: "Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before You" (Is 63:19). We pray for the Lord to come accompanied by an earthquak...


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Saint of the Day for November 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Gaetana Sterni (1827-1889)
Gaetana was married to a widower with three children. While carrying their first child, her husband died. When her baby died a few days after birth, her late husband's family demanded that the three children be returned to them. Devastated, she returned home to care for her aging mother. In 1865, she formed a congregation and spent the rest of her life serving the aged, the sick, and the dying.

Reflections from the Saints

You never saw Him, and yet believ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Visiting the Blessed Sacrament we, like John at the Last Supper, rest our heads on his loving heart. In partaking of the Eucharist we build our house on Christ and he blesses us with his immense graces, which weaken our yearning for sin, the food of swine.

In the Holy Eucharist Jesus has bound himself to us unreservedly, a pact of love. We are weak, he is strong. We are cowardly, he gives us courage. It is no doubt bold for us sinners to approach Christ, but it is he who gives us our ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HAPPY OLD YEAR!

"I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its sheath of flesh, and I was terrified by the visions of my mind." –Daniel 7:15

Today is the last day of the Church year. As we look back over the year or years, we may be confused and even disappointed. The writer of the book of Daniel assures us that the Lord knows beforehand all that has happened or will happen (Dn 7:16). The Lord is in control. Out of respect for our freedom and in His infinite wisdom, He allows things...


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Saint of the Day for November 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Maria Corsini (1884-1965)
Maria, the wife of Bl. Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi, was a volunteer Red Cross nurse in Italy during World War II. Their home was a shelter for refugees. After the war, she became a professor, a writer on education, and a noted speaker to women's lay groups.

Reflections from the Saints

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.
– St. Therese of Lisieux

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

Although this blessed child was always deep in thought, and always found herself in spirit before the sacred Tabernacle, yet she was not fully satisfied unless she could go to church, and there adore her hidden God... she contented herself with going to Church only twice a day. In the morning when she went to hear Mass and receive Holy Communion, and in the evening for the public Adoration. "I am going to Jesus," she used to say, "let us go to Jesus. He is all alone and no one thinks of Hi...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MAN AND THE BEASTS

"As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a Son of Man coming, on the clouds of heaven." –Daniel 7:13

The writer of the book of Daniel apparently believed that history is not so much human as beastly. Our rulers have been like lions, bears, leopards, or monsters (see Dn 7:3ff). In their power, they were often inhuman. Of course, all governments give the impression of being human, but they don't always act that way (see Dn 7:8). Their behavior shouts...


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Saint of the Day for November 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Andrew Dung-Lac (1785-1839)
Andrew was a priest who worked in the missions with other priests from the Foreign Mission Society of Paris. He was imprisoned and repeatedly tortured in the persecutions of Minh-Meng, and was eventually beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

So mighty is the physician who has come to us that he has healed all our sins! If we choose to be sick once again, we not only harm ourselves, but show ingratitude to the physician as well. Yes he gave us a path of humilit...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Only during the war could Father Kolbe realize his lifelong dream: daily adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament. Brother Benedict Mieczkowski recounts:

Immediately after his return from prison [1939], Father Maximilian introduced adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament throughout the entire day. He regarded this as the most efficacious means for meeting the needs of Niepokalanow and of his country. He announced this in the refectory and ordered me to assign groups of friars from each work s...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THANK YOU, JESUS

"May your God, Whom you serve so constantly, save you." –Daniel 6:17

Daniel and Jesus shared several striking things in common. They both were arrested, convicted, and given the death sentence. King Darius unsuccessfully worked to free Daniel (Dn 6:15), while Pontius Pilate was equally unsuccessful in freeing Jesus. Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, and the stone blocking the opening of the den was sealed (Dn 6:18). The stone blocking Jesus' tomb was also sealed (Mt ...


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Saint of the Day for November 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Felicity (2nd century)
Felicity was a rich, noble Roman widow. When she refused to worship pagan gods, her seven sons were arrested and given the same order. They refused as well. Felicity was then forced to watch as her children were executed one by one. After each one was killed, she was given the chance to reject her faith and save the remaining sons and herself, but she refused, and was beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

Nothing but self-will can separate us from God.
– St. Alp...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Multitudes of angels assist at every Mass. St. Gregory: "The heavens open and the multitudes of angels come to assist at the Holy Sacrifice." St. Augustine: "The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass." St. John Chrysostom: "When Mass is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar."

The efficacy of the Mass is so wonderful, God's mercy and generosity are then so unlimited that there is no moment s...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL"

"Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king's palace." –Daniel 5:5

"King Belshazzar gave a great banquet" (Dn 5:1). At this banquet, a hand wrote on the wall. This hand was not part of a body, but was just floating in space. Tomorrow, most of us in the United States will also have a banquet: Thanksgiving dinner. Very likely there will be "handwriting on the wall." For instance, after ...


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Saint of the Day for November 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Cecilia (2nd century)
Cecilia was a virgin who was given in marriage against her wishes. She told her husband that she was accompanied by an angel, but in order to see it, he must be purified. After he was baptized, he found her in prayer accompanied by a praying angel. Her husband was killed in 117 for giving poper burials to Christians martyred by the Romans. Later, she too was killed when she refused to sacrifice to false gods.

Reflections from the Saints

Our actions have a tongue of ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

"Contemplate Me in the prison where I spent the greater part of the night. The soldiers came and, adding words to injuries, insulted Me, mocked Me, outraged Me, and gave Me blows on My face and on My whole body.

"Tired of their sport, at length they left Me bound and alone in the dark and noisome place, where, seated on a stone, My aching body was cramped with cold.

"Compare the prison with the Tabernacle... and especially with the hearts that receive Me. "In the prison I spent only part...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

INSECURE?

"The great God has revealed to the king what shall be in the future." –Daniel 2:45

The gold Babylonian, silver Median, bronze Persian, and iron Hellenistic kingdoms have crumbled (Dn 2:36ff). The great Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed with not one stone left on another (Lk 21:6). The U.S.A. is a young country which may not grow old. "The world as we know it is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). "The heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire" (2 Pt 3:10). ...


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Saint of the Day for November 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Gelasius I (5th century)
As pope, Gelasius fought several heresies of fifth century. He insisted on the primacy of the bishops of Rome, and ordered communion to be received under two forms, bread and wine, in order to separate the wine-refusing Manicheans from the Catholics. He organized and beautified the liturgy, and was a great writer of that period.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lady's love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of a...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

 

In Europe I have known a poor little peasant girl who like Bernadette used to take care of sheep. I met her through the Archbishop who invited me to talk with her and to give my opinion about her case. He told me he had her case examined by five eminent theologians. They all told him she was a second Margaret Mary. She spoke to me simply, plainly and at great length, for she had confidence in me. She enjoyed an extraordinary privilege, that of seeing what goes on at the altar as you see me...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

NO-KNOW?

"In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom." –Daniel 1:20

We all need to know things which are humanly impossible to know. We need to know things about the future and about our hearts and those of others. Otherwise, we will make very poor decisions in marriage, work, parenting, ministry, finances, etc. Yet, we can't know the future or the hearts of people (Jer 17:9).

Many...


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Saint of the Day for November 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Felix of Valois (1127-1212)
At an early age, Felix renounced all his possessions to live a life of prayer and contemplation in a forest. There he was joined by Saint John of Matha, with whom he founded the Order of Trinitarians in order to raise money for the ransom of Christians held as slaves by the Moors of Spain and Northern Africa. He worked in France, where he looked after his congregation until his death.

Reflections from the Saints

Withdraw your heart from the world before God ta...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Sometimes–almost habitually, indeed, or at least very frequently–I would find relief after communicating. There were times, in fact, when the very act of approaching the Sacrament would at once make me feel so well, both in soul and in body, that I was astounded. I would feel as if all the darkness in my soul had suddenly been dispersed and the sun had come out and shown me the stupidity of the things I had been saying and doing. At other times, if the Lord spoke only one word to me (if, ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

RIGHT

Jesus "will sit upon His royal throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. Then He will separate them into two groups." –Matthew 25:31-32

When Christ the King returns in glory at the end of the world and on Judgment Day, we will hear King Jesus say to us one of the following two statements (Mt 25:31). Those whom King Jesus has placed at His right hand will hear the words: "Come. You have My Father's blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of th...


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Saint of the Day for November 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)
Raphael was a lieutenant in the Russian Military Engineering Corps in 1857, but later he peacefully helped lead a resistance movement against the Russian occupiers of Poland. He was arrested and served ten years in the Siberian salt mines. When he was freed, he joined a Carmelite community in Austria and became a priest. He spent many hours hearing confessions daily, and was known for talent as a spiritual director.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Redeemer,...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In a beautiful essay on the Eucharist, written in 1916 during the First World War, Teilhard de Chardin gives us the fruit of a meditation made in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Entitled "The Monstrance," the essay describes how, while kneeling in prayer, a person (probably the author himself) suddenly had the sensation that the Host began "to expand and grow bigger". The white Host soon enveloped not only the one in prayer but all reality as it continued to grow. Soon "through the mysterious...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

YOURDEATH

"All seven died." –Luke 20:31

How will you die? Will it be at your home or at a nursing home? Will you die suddenly or slowly? Will you die in pain or in peace or in both? Will you die alone or surrounded by family and friends? Will you live to see Jesus' Second Coming and thereby not die?

These are good questions. A more important question, however, is: "Will we die as sons and daughters of the resurrection?" (see Lk 20:36) Or will we die in sin (Jn 8:21, 24), spiritually bli...


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Saint of the Day for November 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Karolina Kozkowna (1898-1914)
Karolina is known as the Maria Goretti of Poland. She was the fourth of eleven children born to farmers. As a teenaged virgin, she refused the advances of a Russian soldier. Filled with rage, he kidnapped her, dragged her into the forest, and killed her during an attempted rape.

Reflections from the Saints

Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing danger. When a person puts himself in an occas...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

"During the celebration of Holy Mass, I am hanging on the cross together with Jesus, and I suffer all that Jesus suffered on Calvary, as much as is possible for a human nature."

After the Consecration, with tears in his eyes and some sobbing, he slowly continued the Holy Mass.

The Memento for the Dead was also very long.

How many souls, deprived of the full possession of God, did he remember in the infinite mercy of God, offering his blood and his sufferings, united to the blood and suffer...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

"Judas and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel decreed that the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with joy and gladness on the anniversary." –1 Maccabees 4:59

We remember anniversaries of both good and bad events. The Maccabees celebrated "the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled" the Temple (1 Mc 4:54). "On that very day it was reconsecrated with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals. All the people prostrated themsel...


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Lino Rulli, the Catholic Guy, Talks of Life, Faith and His New Book - Sinner

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Book Reviews 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Lino Rulli believes that if he can live the Christian life there's hope for everyone. The daily host of The Catholic Guy on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Lino wrote a book to encourage people just like him - ordinary people - to keep going.

Raised in the Catholic Church in the heartland of the upper Midwest, his life was anything but saintly. He was, as he says without hesitation, a sinner, but a sinner who was in search of God's grace. With grace working in his ...
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St. Leo the Great Calls Catholics to a Deeper Love for the Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - On November 10 in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar we commemorate St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor. This excerpt from one of his fifth century homilies entitled "Christ lives in His Church" captures his teaching - to belong to Jesus Christ is to belong to His Church:

"My dear brethren, there is no doubt that the Son of God took our human nature into so close a union with himself that one and the same Christ is present, not only in the firstborn of all...


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Saint of the Day for November 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)
The daughter of a king, Elizabeth led an austere life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity despite her nobility. When her husband died leaving her with three children, she renounced the world and became a third order Franciscan. She built a hospital and devoted herself to caring for the sick.

Reflections from the Saints

Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment f...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In the year 1453, a fierce war was raging amongst the French, the Savoyards and the Piedmontese. At the sack of the little town of Exilles a robber entered the church, broke open the door of the tabernacle, and took out the ostensorium containing the Host. He hastened away with this and other objects, concealing them in a sack. He loaded the objects on a mule and hastened to Turin to effect the sacrilegious sale of them. But the hand of the Lord was present! Having reached the square of...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE COST OF FAITHFULNESS

"Mattathias answered in a loud voice...'We will not obey the words of the king nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree.' " –1 Maccabees 2:19, 22

Mattathias would not be manipulated or intimidated into compromising his faith. He refused to be a hypocrite and a phony. He refused to be lukewarm and sickening to God (Rv 3:16). For Mattathias to be uncompromised and faithful, he had to flee "to the mountains with his sons, leaving behind in the city ...


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Saint of the Day for November 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093)
Margaret was the daughter of King Edward the Exile of England. After her father's death, she fled from England; she was received by Malcolm III of Scotland, who later married her. As queen, she convoked a synod which made regulations concerning the Lenten fast, Easter Communion, and marriage laws. She founded several churches, and was constantly engaged in prayer and pious practices.

Reflections from the Saints

I see more Pharisees among Christians ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

After her Communion, as she recollected herself interiorly, our Lord appeared to her under the form of a pelican as it is usually represented, piercing its heart with its beak. Marvelling at this, she said: "My Lord, what wouldst Thou teach me by this vision?" "I wish," replied our Lord, "that you would consider the excess of love which obliges Me to present you with such a gift. After having thus given Myself, I would rather remain dead in the tomb, so to speak, than deprive a soul wh...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

REAL FAITH

"Seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king." –2 Maccabees 7:1

The members of this family were maimed, scalped, amputated, fried, and murdered one by one while the remaining family members were forced to watch. This family's courage was supernatural. The basis of their courage was faith in God, our Creator and our Resurrection. At his death, the second brother said: "You are depriving us of this present life, but the Kin...


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Saint of the Day for November 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Albert the Great (1206-1280)
Albert was a Dominican philosopher, theologian, and scientist. He taught at Cologne and Paris, where he had Thomas Aquinas among his pupils, and compiled an encyclopedia of the learning of his day. His study of the natural sciences was far ahead of his time.

Reflections from the Saints

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, w...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

The manna by which the Chosen People were nourished in the wilderness was a figure of the Eucharist, the spiritual food by which we are sustained and illuminated in the desert of this world.

Jesus, in His discourse on the Bread of Life in the synagogue of Capharnaum (John 6) proclaimed that He was the true manna, the "food that endures for life everlasting," the "Bread of God which came down from heaven and which gives life to the world" (John 6: 27, 33).

... Jesus makes clear that t...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

TREED?

"He first ran on in front, then climbed a sycamore tree which was along Jesus' route, in order to see Him." –Luke 19:4

The world is full of Zacchaeuses: people not so much small of stature (Lk 19:3) as small of heart. We are surrounded by petty, mean-spirited, little people. We are sometimes that way ourselves. We need to see Jesus to become big-hearted, great-souled men and women of God.

Like Zacchaeus, we need a tree to climb so we can see Jesus. We are too petty to see over...


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Trappist Monks and Nuns Revive Interest in Monastic Vocations Online

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

PEOSTA, IA (Cistercians of the Strict Observance) - For more than nine centuries, Trappist monks and nuns have witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ through a cloistered, communal life wholly ordered to contemplation. Cistercians of the Strict Observance, also known as "Trappists" are an order of the Roman Catholic Church who founded their first monastery in the U.S. in 1848.

Cistercian presence in the U.S. has since expanded to include 17 monasteries across the nation. Yet recently, monasti...


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Saint of the Day for November 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Lawrence O'Toole (1128-1180)

Lawrence was a monk and an archbishop of Dublin. He was involved in negotiating with the English following their invasion of Ireland. He also attended the General Lateran Council in Rome, and was named papal legate to Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

True charity means returning good for evil – always.
– St. Mary Mazzarello

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Not only have angels functioned as ministers of the Holy Eucharist, but in at least one incident an angel was assisted by a saint. This occurred to St. Stanislaus Kostka (d. 1568) during the time he was preparing for his admission into the Society of Jesus.

A violent and dangerous sickness overtook Stanislaus while he was on a journey, and he was forced to stay for a time in the home of a Lutheran couple, who would not permit the Eucharist to be brought into their house. Since the phy...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"I WANT TO SEE"

"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' 'Lord,' he answered, 'I want to see.' " –Luke 18:40-41

Spiritual blindness may be more common in our Western culture than spiritual sight. So many have been blinded by secular humanism, "the god of the present age" (2 Cor 4:4). If we are not totally blinded to our condition, we will cry out: "Jesus, Son of David, have pity" on us (Lk 18:38). No matter if we are as blind as the self-righteous Pharisee (Lk 18:9ff), ...


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Saint of the Day - November 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)

Just three years after she made her religious vows, Frances was asked by her bishop to start a new religious order to care for poor children in Italy. It was so successful that Pope Leo XIII asked her to go to the United States. There, she opened many schools, hospitals, and orphanages. She was the first American citizen to be canonized.

Reflections from the Saints

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on mater...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

The Order of the Day for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus begins at five o'clock in the morning. Mother's began an hour earlier. On the night before, she was accustomed to placing her alarm clock under her pillow, so as not to fail in her appointment with Jesus at four o'clock, the hour of her meditation. Frankly speaking, Mother was much too frail to interrupt her sleep so early, but the hour of meditation prescribed by the rule did not satisfy the yearning of her b...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

USE OR LOSE

"His master said to him, 'Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!' " –Matthew 25:21

The Lord expects us to be good stewards not only of the money He has given us, but also of our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and graces. Our greatest responsibility as stewards is to be "servants of Christ and administrators of the mysteries of God" (1 C...


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Saint of the Day for November 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Josaphat (1580-1623)
After Josaphat entered a Basilian monastery and was ordained a priest, he became the superior for several monasteries, a bishop, then an archbishop. He prayed constantly for the extinction of the Eastern Schism, and labored zealously for Church unity and the political rights of clergy. He was a martyr.

Reflections from the Saints

I am ready to die for the holy union, for the supremacy of Saint Peter, and of his successor the Supreme Pontiff.
– St. Josaphat

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

The secret lies in a total offering of self, withholding nothing. Jesus was a total oblation on the Cross. There wasn't a cell of his body or sentiment of his heart that he didn't offer to the Father. Anything we withhold for ourselves is lost, because we only possess what we give. St. Francis of Assisi who, because of the elevated fervor of his devotion to the Eucharist can be considered a special guide on the topic, ends his wonderful discourse on the Eucharist with this exhortation:...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE WORD ON DELAY

"Will He delay long over them, do you suppose?" –Luke 18:7

Because the Lord is outside of time, His perspective on timing is far different than ours (see 2 Pt 3:8; Is 55:8-9). In our humanity, we might "consider it 'delay' " on God's part (2 Pt 3:9) when it seems He's doing nothing. However, if God seems to be moving slowly or not at all, it's because He is showing "generous patience" (2 Pt 3:9) either to us or for the sake of others. If He "delays, wait for" Him (H...


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Saint of the Day for November 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Martin of Tours (316-397)
The son of a pagan military officer, Martin was enrolled in the Roman army as a boy. After he shared his military cloak with a beggar, he saw a heavenly vision which led to his baptism. When he was released from service, he organized a community of monks, erected a monastery, and became Bishop of Tours.

Reflections from the Saints

Lord, if your people still need me, I am ready for the task; your will be done.
– St. Martin of Tours

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

O dearest daughter, open wide your mind's eye and look into the abyss of my charity. There is not a person whose heart would not melt in love to see, among all the other blessings I have given you, the blessing you receive in this sacrament.

And how, dearest daughter, should you and others look upon this mystery and touch it? Not only with your bodily eyes and feeling, for here they would fail you. You know that all your eyes see is this white bit of bread; this is all your hand can t...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FOR NATURE LOVERS

"For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?" –Wisdom 13:9

Many people are nature-lovers. They are impressed by the "might and energy" (Wis 13:4), "the greatness and the beauty of created things" (Wis 13:5), such as "fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water, or the luminaries of heaven" (Wis 13:2).

Nature-lovers will either become idol wors...


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Saint of the Day for November 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Leo the Great (400-461)
Leo was Pope when Attila the Hun invaded Rome. Many believe it was his sanctity and eloquence that saved the city. He called the Council of Chalcedon to condemn a number of major heresies of the period. An eloquent writer and homilist, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
– Pope St. Leo the Great

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Mary Ann Cortes was healed through the Mass. She spent seventeen years in mental hospitals in the New Orleans, Louisiana area, on every drug treatment program available for manic depressive patients except shock therapy. She encountered the healing Jesus during Mass, and over the course of several months was totally healed. The Lord took away the illness, and took away the fear, so that she could truly say, "I'm not afraid of the morning anymore." The Lord accomplished what no psychiatrist ha...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BUILDING BLOCKS

"I laid a foundation as a wise master-builder might do." –1 Corinthians 3:10

The international outreach of the Pope and the Vatican has probably never been greater than the present. Pope John Paul II was a prolific missionary pope. We have more dioceses and parishes than at any time in the two-thousand-year history of the Church. Geographically, the Church has never been as "catholic" (universal) as today. Nevertheless, the Church is struggling, especially in Western Europ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"ALWAYS PREPARED"

"Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the reign of God would come, [Jesus] replied..." –Luke 17:20

At the end of the world, there will be terrible suffering. Jesus said: "A time will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man but will not see it" (Lk 17:22). "Those times will be more distressful than any between God's work of creation and now" (Mk 13:19).

At the end of the world, many will be confused. "They will tell you He is to be found in this p...


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Saint of the Day for November 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)
A lively and popular girl, Elizabeth had an early attraction to a life of prayer and reflection. As a teen, she visited the sick and taught catechism to children. When she was 21, she joined a Carmelite monastery against her mother's wishes. She is best known for her letters and retreat guides.

Reflections from the Saints

If you only knew how the good God love pure hearts! It is there that He loves to reign.
– Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Oh, how high and honorable is the office of priests, to whom is given power to consecrate with sacred words the Lord of majesty, to bless Him with their lips, to hold Him in their hands, to receive Him in their mouths, and to communicate Him to others. How clean should be the hands, how pure the lips, how holy the body, how spotless the heart of a priest, into whom the Author of all purity so often enters. From the mouth of a priest, who so often receives the Sacrament of Christ, no...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE CULTURE OF DEATH"

"By the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it." –Wisdom 2:24

Pope John Paul II called© our Western, secularized culture "the culture of death." Married couples refuse to conceive children; we abort babies; we withdraw food from terminally ill patients so that they will die; masses commit suicide through alcohol and other drugs; we entertain ourselves by watching people kill each other on TV. We are a cul...


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Saint of the Day for November 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. John Duns Scotus (1266-1308)
Born a wealthy farmer, John was a Franciscan priest who lectured at Oxford and Cambridge for four years, and then traveled to Paris to teach and complete his doctorate. He is the founder of a school of scholastic thought called Scotism. His defense of the Immaculate Conception of Mary was so convincing that Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the dogma in 1854 largely due to his work.

Reflections from the Saints

The man who burns with the fire of divine love ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In the time of St. Bernard, a monk of Clairvaux appeared after his death to his brethren in religion to thank them for having delivered him from Purgatory. On being asked what had contributed most to free him from his torments, he led the inquirer to the church, where a priest was saying Mass. "Look," said he, "this is the means by which my deliverance has been effected; this is the power of God's mercy; this is the salutary sacrifice which takes away the sins of the world." Indeed, ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE EUCHARIST, FOOD OF WISDOM

"He manifests Himself to those who do not disbelieve Him." –Wisdom 1:2

As I read the above passage, I felt goose bumps form on my body. Today Almighty God manifested Himself to me in His eucharistic presence (see Wis 1:2). I rejoiced to receive Him in Holy Communion at Mass. Jesus, Wisdom Incarnate (1 Cor 1:30), bounded out of heaven (Wis 18:15; Jn 6:33) to fill me with the Food of Wisdom.

People spend years obtaining knowledge through education and tr...


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Saint of the Day for November 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Leonard of Noblac (6th century)
Leonard lived a life of austerity, sanctification, and preaching. Desiring more seclusion than a monastery could offer, he withdrew into the forest and lived on herbs, wild fruits, and spring water. There he built an oratory, which he left only for journeys to churches. He had great compassion for prisoners, many of whom he converted.

Reflections from the Saints

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

I find myself so weak that were it not for Holy Communion I would fall continually. One thing alone sustains me, and that is Holy Communion. From it I draw my strength; in it is all my comfort. I fear life on days when I do not receive Holy Communion. I fear my own self. Jesus concealed in the Host is everything to me. From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage and light. Here, I seek consolation in time of anguish. I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not hav...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LIFE AFTER DEATH

"We would have you be clear about those who sleep in death, brothers." –1 Thessalonians 4:13

We can become clear on life after death by listening to the Church. It has listened to the Spirit, prayed over the Bible, and will give us a clear understanding of life after death.

When we die, we are judged and our spirits immediately go to heaven, hell, or purgatory. Heaven is God's home where we perpetually worship the Holy Trinity, see Jesus face to face, and share pe...


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Catholic Church: Guardian of Freedom in an Age of Moral Relativism and Deception

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Everywhere you look you see the word "Freedom" being used these days. Sadly, it has provided cover for some who offer lifestyle choices as the path to liberation when thay lead to bondage and misery. The question we must ask is what does freedom really mean? Do our choices really matter? Are there some choices which will not lead us to freedom - or to human flourishing and happiness - but actually take away both?

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Saint of the Day for November 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Elizabeth (1st century)
Elizabeth was the wife of Zachary and mother of St. John the Baptist. Childless at an advanced age, the Angel Gabriel announced that she would bear a son to be called John. Five months later when Mary visited her home, her son was sanctified in her womb, and she saluted her cousin as "Mother of my Lord."

Reflections from the Saints

Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
– St. Elizabeth

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In the words of the Holy Father at the Eucharistic Congress, referring to Don Manuel Gonzalez, "the bishop of the abandoned tabernacles; he (Don Manuel) strove to remind everyone of Jesus' presence in the tabernacle, to which we sometimes respond so poorly. By his word and example, he never ceased to repeat that in the tabernacle of each church we possess a shining beacon, through contact with which our lives may be illuminated and transformed... It is important for us to live and t...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BIG THINGS AND LITTLE THINGS

"If you can trust a man in little things, you can also trust him in greater; while anyone unjust in a slight matter is also unjust in greater." –Luke 16:10

Priscilla and Aquila literally "risked their necks" for the sake of St. Paul and the Gospel (see Rm 16:3-4, RSV-CE). This is no exaggeration; Paul was martyred when Roman soldiers severed his neck. Risking thousands of dollars is a little thing in comparison to risking your life for the Gospel. Paul...


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Saint of the Day for November 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)
The son of a count and a nephew of Pope Pius IV, Charles was a papal secretary of state who enforced the reforms of the Council of Trent and helped write the Roman Catechism. A priest and bishop, he was loved for his simplicity, piety, generosity, and self-sacrifice.

Reflections from the Saints

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as mu...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Whilst at Lourdes her piety did not seem at all out of the common, so it was said. If we understand by piety exalted reflections on the mysteries of the life of Our Lord or the great truths of the Faith, doubtless it was not. The child herself often said: "I never can make a meditation"; but, on the other hand, she loved prayer and it had a strong attraction for her. She was often to be found in the chapel saying her rosary, and who shall say what ardent love her angelic soul put in...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MISSION TO THE UNBELIEVERS

"It has been a point of honor with me never to preach in places where Christ's name was already known." –Romans 15:20

Paul focused on proclaiming Christ to people who had never heard of Jesus. We may not have the same call, but we should maximize opportunities to share our faith with unbelievers. For example, we should discern if God is calling us to join groups in which unbelievers participate. This would give us a forum in which to share our faith.

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Saint of the Day for November 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639)
Martin was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a young freed black slave. As a child, he joined the Dominicans, where he quickly became known for his tender care of the sick. He established an orphanage and a hospital for the poor children of the slums. He lived an austere life, fasted regularly, never ate meat, and spent much time in prayer and meditation.

Reflections from the Saints

Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Father Mateo [Crawley-Boevey] had a great appreciation for the value of the Holy Mass. At a talk given in Arizona he said, "Do you know what I am preaching everywhere? I am preaching: Pay the ransom of souls with the Chalice, with the Chalice. The greatest means of converting souls is one more Mass, one more Mass during the week, and, with sacrifice, two or three more Masses; if possible, daily Mass, to pay for the eternal salvation of souls so dear to you. That is the great thing–...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

KNOW JESUS; NO FEAR

"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's Refuge; of whom should I be afraid?" –Psalm 27:1

In the Bible, the Lord says 365 times: "Do not fear." Pope John Paul II repeatedly prophesied: "Do not fear." Satan is trying to make us his slaves forever through our fear of death (Heb 2:15). However, we need not be afraid, for:

  • "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation" (Ps 27:1; see also Is 12:2).
  • "The Lord is my life's Refuge" (Ps 2...

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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE BIBLE ON PRAYING FOR THE DEAD

"Those who trust in Him shall understand truth." –Wisdom 3:9

It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead (2 Mc 12:44-45). Because those in heaven or in hell don't benefit from our prayers, this implies that not everyone immediately goes to heaven or hell after they die. Therefore, when we pray for the dead, we must be praying for people in some other place, usually called purgatory (Catechism, 1031). It is a place of purging and purification...


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All Saints and All Souls: Pope is Serious about Sanctity

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - At his Angelus address on the Feast of All Saints Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the universal call to holiness. He tied his catechesis into the Feast of All Souls which follows on the next day. Pope Benedict XVI is profoundly aware of the challenges facing the Church at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium. He regularly calls the Christian faithful, in every state in life and vocation, to live lives of holiness. He is serious about sanctity an...


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Bishop Lori Defends Religious Liberty, Marriage, Life, Church before US Congress

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - I have followed the courageous leadership of Bishop William C. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut for years. He is not only a faithful and inspiring shepherd of the Church; he is a heroic defender of religious freedom, marriage and life at a critical time in our Nation's history. We must face the facts, the first freedom is under assault and the Catholic Church is increasingly threatened in her mission. We were thrilled when the Bishops selected this Bis...


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Saint of the Day for November 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Rachel (17th century BC)
Rachel was a wife of the Old Testament Patriarch, Jacob. She spent many years of her marriage ashamed of her sterility, then thought to be a sign of God's disfavor. However, late in life she had two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

Reflections from the Saints

Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children.
– St. Bonaventure

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for November 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

During Mass we offer bread and wine which, through the power of God's word, become the Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We bring a little bread and wine and God transforms them into the Body and Blood of His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The transformation that takes place is a divine act similar to the first miraculous act of creation. One word was necessary to set off a complete change and transformation in nature. The transformation of the bread and wine takes place invis...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HOLINESS,THE HOLY SPIRIT,AND THE HOLY FATHER

"Who are these people all dressed in white? And where have they come from?" –Revelation 7:13

Some of the most important questions in life are: "Will I grow in holiness, go to heaven, and see Jesus face to face?" (see 1 Jn 3:2) "Will I be at the everlasting family reunion in heaven?" "How do I become holy and go to heaven with all the holy ones?"

The Church teaches that we become holy by living the Beatitudes. This comes as quite a shock ...


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