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Browsing Archive: April, 2012

Saint of the Day for April 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Catherine of Siena - Doctor of the Church

 Patron Fire prevention
1347 - 1380

The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education...


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Daily Readings for Sunday April 29, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 4:8-12

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, 'Rulers of the people, and elders!

9 If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple and asking us how he was healed,

10 you must know, all of you, and the whole people of Israel, that it is by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, and God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man stand...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“We are God’s children.” (1 John 3:2)

What a radical statement! How awesome it is that we mere mortals are children of the eternal, almighty God! What could be more wonder­ful than having the Creator of the universe as your own dad?

Being a child of God is not just a matter of doctrine or intellectual faith but of relationship—a relation­ship founded on love: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God” (1 John 3:1).

Being his d...


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Saint of the Day for April 28,2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Peter Chanel

 Feastday: April 28
Patron of Oceania
1803 - 1841

In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day - April 28) The protomartyr of the South Seas, St. Peter Chanel was born in 1803 at Clet in the diocese of Belley, France. His intelligence and simple piety brought him to the attention of the local priest, Father Trompier, who saw to his elementary education. Entering the diocesan Seminary, Peter won the affection and the esteem of both students and professors. After his ordi...


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Daily Readings for Saturday April 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 9:31-42

31 The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up and living in the fear of the Lord; encouraged by the Holy Spirit, they continued to grow.

32 It happened that Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to God's holy people living down in Lydda.

33 There he found a man called Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, ‘Tabitha, rise up.’” (Acts 9:40)

Throughout the Book of Acts, we see Peter acting confidently by the power of the Holy Spirit. He preaches powerful sermons that convert thousands. He heals a lame beggar at the Temple gate (Acts 3:1-10). He says boldly to the para­lyzed Aeneas, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up” (9:34). This is quite an impressive man!

Today’s reading gives us a glim...


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Saint of the Day for April 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Zita

 Feastday: April 27

St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always tried to do God's will obediently whenever it was pointed out to her by her mother. At the age of twelve Zita became a housekeeper in the house of a rich weaver in Lucca, Italy, eight miles from her home at Monte Sagrati. As things turned out, she stayed with that f...


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Daily Readings for Friday April 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 9:1-20

1 Meanwhile Saul was still breathing threats to slaughter the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest

2 and asked for letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, that would authorise him to arrest and take to Jerusalem any followers of the Way, men or women, that he might find.

3 It happened that while he was travelling to Damascus and approaching the city, suddenly a light from heaven shone all rou...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4)

Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road has all the ele­ments of a dramatic film. A villainous lead character is sud­denly stopped in his tracks by a light from the sky. A voice comes from heaven, and this villain undergoes an amazing transforma­tion and embarks on a whole new adventure.

What about your own conver­sion story? More than likely, it wasn’t so dramatic. Perhaps a friend spoke to you, or maybe you started re...


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Saint of the Day for April 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Cletus

 Feastday: April 26

St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon of the Roman mass, (which Bossuet and all others agree to be of primitive antiquity,) Bede, and other Martyrologists, style him a martyr. He was buried near St. Linus, on the Vatican, and his relics still remain in that church.  


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Daily Readings for Thursday April 26, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 8:26-40

26 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, 'Set out at noon and go along the road that leads from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.'

27 So he set off on his journey. Now an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia; he was her chief treasurer.

28 He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he wa...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)

Philip might have been worried. An angel from God told him to approach the chariot of a powerful official from a foreign country. But how could he cut through the cul­tural barriers? How could he come up with an effective presentation of the gospel that would change this man’s heart? Wasn’t God asking too much of him this time?

As it turned out, God had already laid a lot of the groundwork for Philip...


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Saint of the Day for April 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Feastday: April 25
Patron of notaries

St. Mark

The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also th...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday April 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 26, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, First Peter 5:5-14

5 In the same way, younger people, be subject to the elders. Humility towards one another must be the garment you all wear constantly, because God opposes the proud but accords his favour to the humble.

6 Bow down, then, before the power of God now, so that he may raise you up in due time;

7 unload all your burden on to him, since he is concerned about you.

8 Keep sober and alert, because you...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

St. Mark

Your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. (1 Peter 5:9)

Let’s face it. Suffering is a part of life in this world. No one can escape it, not even the greatest saints. So let’s take the opportunity on this feast of St. Mark, to see how one of the church’s shining lights handled life’s slings and arrows.

Tradition tells us that St. Mark is the same John Mark who accompa­nied Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. For s...


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The Happy Priest: Prayer Must Be Our First Priority. Developing Spiritual Disciplines

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - We all know that prayer is essential, but for many, prayer is the last thing that we do.  At times, prayer is seen as a last resort when all of our own efforts have failed. 

This pervasive attitude, so rooted in our can-do American view of self-reliance, reminds me of a charming story about a little boy who began to ride his bicycle for the first time. 

As he rode around the neighborhood, his mom watched proudly from the front porch of their house...
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Saint of the Day for April 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

 Feastday: April 24
1577 - 1622

Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In 1612, he became a Franciscan Capuchin monk, taking the name of Fidelis. A missionary to Grisons, Switzerland, Fidelis was so successful that local Protestants claimed that he was a spy for the Austrian Emperor. Fidelis was stabbed to death ...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday April 24, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 7:51--8:1

51 'You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do.

52 Can you name a single prophet your ancestors never persecuted? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Upright One, and now you have become his betrayers, his murderers.

53 In spite of being given the Law through angels, you have not kept it.'

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“It was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven… . I am the bread of life.” (John 6:32,35)

The Israelites were yearning for a romantic past. Selectively forget­ting the thirst and weariness of their long desert wanderings, they focused on remembering the miraculous manna that sustained them. Since Jesus was talking somewhat mysteri­ously to them about “true bread,” they demanded a sign similar to the manna their ancestor...


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Saint of the Day for April 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. George

 Feastday: April 23
Patron of England & Catalonia

Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.

He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian h...


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Daily Readings for Monday April 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 6:8-15

8 Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs among the people.

9 Then certain people came forward to debate with Stephen, some from Cyrene and Alexandria who were members of the synagogue called the Synagogue of Freedmen, and others from Cilicia and Asia.

10 They found they could not stand up against him because of his wisdom, and the Spirit that prompted what he said. ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“What can we do to accom­plish the works of God?” (John 6:28)

Jesus had just fed a multitude of people, and the disciples had just seen him walking on water. Take a moment to think about the immensity of these two feats. First, Jesus was able to feed thousands of hungry people with just five loaves of bread and a couple of fish. Then, he completely overrode the laws of gravity and buoyancy by striding atop a stormy sea. And he did it all so casually, so matter-of-factly, as if...


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Society of Pius X Responds Positively to Overture From the Vatican

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - One day after the celebration of the 85th birthday of the Pope of Christian unity, on the week commemorating seven years of his pontificate, an amazing turn of events may have finally occurred. The rumors have been rampant. However, they they have received mixed reviews from Vatican observers. They have also prompted rampant speculation.

However, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the reliable Andrea Tornielli reported that the doctrinal preamble issued by the...


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Saint of the Day for April 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Abdiesus

 Feastday: April 22
Died: 342

Also called Hebed Jesus, a deacon in the Christian community of Persia who was caught up in the persecutions conducted by King Shapur II. Records indicate that Abdiesus was accompanied in his martyrdom by Abrosimus, Acepsimus, Azadanes, Azades, Bicor, Mareas, Milles, and a women named Tarbula. Some were Persian courtiers, others priests and bishops. Tarbula was the sister of St. Simeon, and suffered a particularly cruel death by sawing.  


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Daily Readings for Sunday April 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Reading 1, Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

13 It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after he had given his verdict to release him.

14 It was you who accused the Holy and Upright One, you who demanded that a murderer should be released to you

15 while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)

We all love to have our minds stretched in new directions. There is nothing more exciting than listen­ing to someone who can open up new horizons in our understanding. This is one way to describe how the apostles must have felt after Jesus appeared and “opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). But something more than human learning was going on here.

When Jesus opened the apostles’ m...


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Saint of the Day for April 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Anselm

 Feastday: April 21
1033 - 1109

St. Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury and Confessor APRIL 21,A.D. 1109 IF the Norman conquerors stripped the English nation of its liberty, and many temporal advantages, it must be owned that by their valor they raised the reputation of its arms, and deprived their own country of its greatest men, both in church and state, with whom they adorned this kingdom: of which this great doctor, and his master, Lanfranc, are instances. St. Anselm was born o...


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Daily Readings for Saturday April 21, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 6:1-7

1 About this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews: in the daily distribution their own widows were being overlooked.

2 So the Twelve called a full meeting of the disciples and addressed them, 'It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food;

3 you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven men of good rep...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“It is I.” (John 6:20)

The disciples were rowing in a strong wind. They were working hard, keeping the boat afloat despite the wind and the waves. The situ­ation wasn’t desperate. These were able watermen who knew the sea and had determined that they could make it to the other shore in these conditions. Still, something hap­pened, “and they began to be afraid” (John 6:19).

It wasn’t the wind or the waves that caused their fear. It was Jesus, appearing at a place they ...


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Saint of the Day for April 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 21, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Marian

 Feastday: April 20

When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by the Visigoths. St. Mamertinus gave him the habit, and the novice edified all his piety and obedience. The Abbot, wishing to test him, gave him the lowest possible post - that of cowman and shepherd in the Abbey farm at Merille. Marcian accepted the work cheerfully,...


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Daily Readings for Friday April 20, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 5:34-42

34 One member of the Sanhedrin, however, a Pharisee called Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Law respected by the whole people, stood up and asked to have the men taken outside for a time.

35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin, 'Men of Israel, be careful how you deal with these people.

36 Some time ago there arose Theudas. He claimed to be someone important, and collected about four hundred followers; but wh...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” (John 6:12)

The miracle of the loaves and fishes is one of the best examples of how Jesus works in our lives. In the story, Jesus put Philip to the test when, looking at the crowd that had gathered, he asked: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” (John 6:5). Jesus knew what he was going to do, but he wanted Philip and the others to feel some sense of the responsibility that Jesus constantly felt as h...


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Daily Readings for Thursday April 19, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 5:27-33

27 When they had brought them in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation.

28 'We gave you a strong warning', he said, 'not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt for this man's death on us.'

29 In reply Peter and the apostles said, 'Obedience to God comes before obedience to men;

30 it...


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Saint of the Day for April 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 19, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Alphege

 Feastday: April 19
Patron of Greenwich; Solihull; kidnap victims
954 - 1012

Archbishop and "the First Martyr of Canterbury." He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester, England, asking after a few years to become a hermit. He received permission for this vocation and retired to a small hut near Somerset, England. In 984 Alphege assumed the role of abbot of the abbey of Bath, founded by St. Dunstan and by his own efforts. Many of his disciples f...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The one who comes from above is above all.” (John 3:31)

O Lord, sometimes I feel trapped by all the pressure and stress of life. All I can see are my problems, my struggles, my challenges. I feel like I am drowning in a sea of trials. It’s so hard to look above all the things that are pressing on me, demanding my immediate attention!

But you, Jesus, are from above, and you are above all. You have the serenity that comes from your divine perspective, overseeing the raging se...


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Saint of the Day for April 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 19, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Apollonius the Apologist

 Feastday: April 18
Died: 185

Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate....


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Daily Readings for Wednesday April 18, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 5:17-26

17 Then the high priest intervened with all his supporters from the party of the Sadducees. Filled with jealousy,

18 they arrested the apostles and had them put in the public gaol.

19 But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he led them out,

20 'Go and take up position in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new Life.'

21 They did as they were told;...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” (John 3:16)

Imagine a holy card that pic­tures God the Father—blazing with wrath—poised to blast this sinful world to oblivion. And next to him, straining to hold back the aveng­ing arm, God the Son, whose heart burns with love for fallen humanity.

Hopefully, you’re not carrying such an image in your prayer book! But are you carrying some version of it in your head? Do you some­times see the Father as severe and conde...


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Saint of the Day for April 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Anicetus

 Feastday: April 17

Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of Easter. St. Polycarp, a disciple of John, is reported to have visited him in Rome about the dispute, which was to accelerate and grow more heated over the following centuries.  


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Daily Readings for Tuesday April 17, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 4:32-37

32 The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, as everything they owned was held in common.

33 The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all accorded great respect.

34 None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the mone...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“There was no needy person among them.” (Acts 4:34)

How idyllic the early church sounds! Everything was held in com­mon. The gospel was preached in power. Everyone enjoyed the favor of God. The wealthy liquidated their assets and gave the money to the apostles. This is quite a model of what a truly Christian community looks like—or would look like if such a community were comprised of genuine, true believers.

But look again. At the top of his list, St. Luke tells us that the ...


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Saint of the Day for April 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Bernadette

 Feastday: April 16
Died: 1879

On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five.

Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from digestive trouble, then after having just escaped being a victim of the cholera epidemic...
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Daily Readings for Monday April 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 4:23-31

23 As soon as they were released they went to the community and told them everything the chief priests and elders had said to them.

24 When they heard it they lifted up their voice to God with one heart. 'Master,' they prayed, 'it is you who made sky and earth and sea, and everything in them;

25 it is you who said through the Holy Spirit and speaking through our ancestor David, your servant: Why this upro...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)

Only after being filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost did Peter and the apostles feel con­fident enough to share the gospel message and invite other people to join them in the church. Only then did they feel compelled to move into the world evangelizing with the reckless abandon of those who knew they were miraculously redeemed and completely, uncondi­ti...


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Divine Mercy: The Happy Priest Reflects on the Wounds of Jesus and Our Wounds

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Did you ever stop to think why Jesus rose from the dead with wounds?  Jesus rose from the dead with a glorified body.  The barriers of time and space no longer apply to him.  The Lord appears and disappears with shocking suddenness.  He continually demonstrates his physical reality.

The Apostles and the disciples see him, hear him and eat with him.  Thomas is told to touch his wounds.  The stone rolled away from the entrance and the carefully fold...
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Saint of the Day for April 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Paternus

 Feastday: April 15
482 - 565

St. Paternus.The first 5th century saint. He followed his father's path by becoming a hermit in Wales. He founded the monastery at the great church of Paternus, and became a bishop of that region. He was known for his preaching, charity and mortifications. Scholars believe his story is an amalgam. His feast day is April 16.  


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Daily Readings for Sunday April 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 4:32-35

32 The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, as everything they owned was held in common.

33 The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all accorded great respect.

34 None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the mone...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Divine Mercy Sunday

This is the one who came through water and blood. (1 John 5:6)

“Throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation … to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that human­ity will experience in the years to come.” Twelve years ago, Pope John Paul II used these words to inaugu­rate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast to be celebrated every year on the sec­ond Sunday...


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Saint of the Day for April 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Lydwine

 Feastday: April 14
Patron of sickness; chronically ill, ice skaters, town of Schiedam
1380 - 1433

St. Lydwine is the patroness of sickness Lydwine of Schiedam was born at Schiedam, Holland, one of nine children of a working man. After an injury in her youth, she became bedridden and suffered the rest of her life from various illnesses and diseases. She experienced mystical gifts, including supernatural visions of heaven, hell, purgatory, apparitions of Christ, and the stigmata. Thom...


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Daily Readings for Saturday April 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 4:13-21

13 They were astonished at the fearlessness shown by Peter and John, considering that they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus;

14 but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer.

15 So they ordered them to stand outside while the Sanhedrin had a private discussion.

16 'What are we going to do with these men?' they...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” (Mark 16:16)

Imagine that you’re Mary Magdalene, and you are just encoun­tering the risen Jesus for the very first time. Your heart is pounding. Your eyes are wide with wonder. Your breath comes in gasps of amazement. In a combination of joy and shock, you fall at his feet and worship him.

In the Gospel readings all this week, we have seen story after story of how disciples like Mary reacted when they discovered that Jesus ha...


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Saint of the Day for April 13, 2012

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Pope Saint Martin I

 Feastday: April 13
Died: 655

Martin I lay too sick to fight on a couch in front of the altar when the soldiers burst into the Lateran basilica. He had come to the church when he heard the soldiers had landed. But the thought of kidnapping a sick pope from the house of God didn't stop the soldiers from grabbing him and hustling him down to their ship.

Elected pope in 649, Martin I had gotten in trouble for refusing to condone silence in the face of wrong. At that time...


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Daily Readings for Friday April 13, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 4:1-12

1 While they were still talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees.

2 They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus.

3 They arrested them, and, as it was already late, they kept them in prison till the next day.

4 But many of those who had listened t...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 13, 2012

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It is the Lord.” (John 21:7)

What a puzzling time this must have been in the disciples’ lives! They’ve followed Jesus on the way to the cross, only to hear reports that he has come alive again. Then he is suddenly in their midst with words of comfort and mission—but then he vanishes as quickly as he appeared. What’s next?

Not surprisingly, some of them go back to their work as fisher­men—something stable. But after a long night, they have caught noth­ing. Then a stra...


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Why won't Obama admit Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
The law says Jerusalem is the capitol of  Israel, so why is the Obama administration so reticent to say so? In an interview with State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, the administration may have tipped its hand with regard to its policy with Israel. 
 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Nunland's exchange with reporters went so:

Q:  Is it the view of the - of the United States that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, notwithstanding the question about the embassy - the location of...
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Saint of the Day for April 12, 2012

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St. Julius

 Feastday: April 12

Julius whose feast day is April 12th. Julius was the son of a Roman named Rusticus. He was elected Pope to succeed Pope St. Mark on February 6, 337. Julius was soon involved in the Arian controversy when Eusebius of Nicomedia opposed the return of Athanasius to the See of Alexandria in 338. Eusebius and his followers elected George, whereupon the Arians elected Pistus. Julius convened a synod in Rome in 340 or 341 that neither group attended, and in a letter to t...


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Daily Readings for Thursday April 12, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 3:11-26

11 Everyone came running towards them in great excitement, to the Portico of Solomon, as it is called, where the man was still clinging to Peter and John.

12 When Peter saw the people he addressed them, 'Men of Israel, why are you so surprised at this? Why are you staring at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or holiness?

13 It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our anc...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 12, 2012

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“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment.” (Acts 3:19-21)

Have you ever been so thirsty that when you took a drink of water you felt energized? Maybe you were working outside for a long time, and when you came in for a break, you finally realized how much you had perspired. That first glass of water really felt good!

This is the kind of refresh­ment that God wants to give us every day as we examine our con­s...

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Saint of the Day for April 11, 2012

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St. Marguerite d'Youville

 Feastday: April 11
Died: 1771
Canonized By: Pope John Paul II

Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the Grey Nuns of Canada. St. Marguerite D'Youville was born at Varennes, Quebec, on October 15, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de La Jemmerais. She studied under the Ursulines, married Francois D'Youville in 1722, and became a widow in 1730. She worked to support herself and her three children, devoted much of her time to the Confraternity of the Holy Family in charitable act...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday April 11, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 3:1-10

1 Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers at the ninth hour,

2 it happened that there was a man being carried along. He was a cripple from birth; and they used to put him down every day near the Temple entrance called the Beautiful Gate so that he could beg from the people going in.

3 When this man saw Peter and John on their way into the Temple he begged from them.

4 P...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 11, 2012

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“Their eyes were opened.” (Luke 24:31)

Suppose you are an archaeologist who discovers a great city hidden in the jungle for centuries. Or a police detective who finds the crucial clue that will unlock a stubbornly difficult case. Or a scientist who stumbles onto something so amaz­ing that it promises to revolutionize your field. There are few words to describe these moments—except perhaps astounding, extraordinary, and incredible!

The two disciples in today’s Gospel readin...


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Saint of the Day for April 9, 2012

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St. Waldetrudis

 Feastday: April 9
Died: 688

Also known as Waltrude or Waudru, she was the daughter of Saints Walbert and Bertilia and sister of St. Aldegunus of Maubeuge. Marrying St. Vincent Madelgarius, she became the mother of saints Landericus, Madalberta, Adeltrudis, and Dentelin. When her husband chose to become a  monk about 643 in the monastery of Hautrnont, France, he had founded, she established a convent at Chateaulieu, around which grew up the town of Mons, Belgium.  

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Daily Readings for Monday April 09, 2012

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Acts 2:14, 22-32

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them in a loud voice: 'Men of Judaea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, make no mistake about this, but listen carefully to what I say.

22 'Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you know.

23 This man, who was put into your ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 9, 2012

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“God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.” (Acts 2:32)

So how are you going to celebrate the Easter season? Here’s one way the church will do it: From now until Pentecost, we will be reading from the Book of Acts every day at Mass. That means that for the next fifty days, we will be following the first believers as they spread the news of the resurrection all the way to Rome. We will be reading story after story of how the Holy Spirit empowered these men and women ...


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Saint of the Day for April 8, 2012

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St. Julie Billiart

Feastday: April 8

St. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help supp...


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Daily Readings for Sunday April 08, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 10:34, 37-43

34 Then Peter addressed them, 'I now really understand', he said, 'that God has no favourites,

37 You know what happened all over Judaea, how Jesus of Nazareth began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism.

38 God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil.

3...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 8, 2012

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The resurrection of the Lord

They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (John 20:9)

What a humble statement! Here is John, the beloved apostle, admit­ting that he hadn’t yet grasped the truth that Jesus would rise from the dead. And not only John but Peter and the other apostles doubted that possibility. Even Mary Magdalene, who saw the empty tomb, supposed that someone had stolen Jesus’ body (John 20:2).

Now, Jesus had told his apostles that t...


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The Happy Priest: Triduum, the Three Days Leading to Easter

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 7, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - For all Christians, Holy Week is the most important week of the year.  Think about how much you enjoy Christmas, your birthday or an anniversary.  Holy Week is much more important than these beautiful days.  As a Christian people, we celebrate and remember the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior. 

At the end of Holy Week we celebrate the Sacred Triduum.  Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday form a three part journey of ...


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Saint of the Day for April 7, 2012

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St. John Baptist de la Salle

 Feastday: April 7
Patron of Teachers

John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims, France on April 30th. He was the eldest of ten children in a noble family. He studied in Paris and was ordained in 1678. He was known for his work with the poor. He died at St. Yon, Rouen, on April 7th. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. John was very involved in education. He founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (approved in 1725) and established t...


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Daily Readings for Saturday April 07, 2012

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Reading 1, Genesis 1:1--2:2

1 In the beginning God created heaven and earth.

2 Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.

3 God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light.

4 God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness.

5 God called light 'day', and darkness he called 'night'. Evening came and morning came: the first ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 7, 2012

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Easter Vigil

Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. (Isaiah 55:2)

There are so many powerful symbols during the Easter Vigil! We gather in darkness as a brand-new fire is ignited. That light spreads from the Paschal candle to our own tapers, swallowing up darkness and isolation in its radiant glow.

We hear how our father Abraham sacrificed a lamb caught in a thorn-bush in place of his only son, and we stand in awe before the Father who offers up his thorn...


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Saint of the Day for April 6, 2012

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St. William of Eskilsoe

 Feastday: April 6
Died: 1203

Missionary. Born at Saint-Germain, France, circa 1125, he served as a canon at the church of St. Genevieve, Paris, under the great Abbot Suger until about 1170, when he was sent to Denmark with the mission of reforming the canons at Eskilsoe at the request of the bishop of Roskilde. He became abbot there and, during his three decades among the Danes, he also reformed many other communities. He also founded the abbey of St. Thomas, in Zeeland....


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Daily Readings for Friday April 06, 2012

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Reading 1, Isaiah 52:13--53:12

13 Look, my servant will prosper, will grow great, will rise to great heights.

14 As many people were aghast at him -- he was so inhumanly disfigured that he no longer looked like a man-

15 so many nations will be astonished and kings will stay tight-lipped before him, seeing what had never been told them, learning what they had not heard before.

1 Who has given credence to what we have hear...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 6, 2012

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Good Friday

It is finished. (John 19:30)

What was finished? Jesus’ mission!

If we want to understand that mission we have to go back to the very beginning of the Bible. We have to start in Genesis, with its story of the fall of our first parents. From that point on, the human race was sepa­rated from God. Subject to sin and death, all Adam’s descendants would now live under a cloud. But God did not abandon us. He established a personal covenant with Abraham to form a people w...


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Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 6, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - The week we call Holy (Great Week for Eastern Christians) began for me with proclaiming contrasting Gospel readings during the Liturgy of Palm or Passion Sunday. Before we enter the Church in a Procession waving Palm branches, we listen to the Gospel narrative and are invited to identify with the jubilant crowds welcoming the Master into Jerusalem.

Once inside the sanctuary, the Liturgy of the Word begins. Before long, some of those same people shoute...


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Saint of the Day for April 5, 2012

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St. Vincent Ferrer

 Feastday: April 5
Patron of Builders

St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for "building up" and strengthening the Church: through his preaching, missionary work, in his teachings, as confessor and adviser.  At Valencia in Spain, this illustrious son of St. Dominic came into the world on January 23, 1357. In the year 1374, he entered the Order of St. Dominic in a monastery near his native city. Soon after his profession he was commissione...


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Daily Readings for Thursday April 05, 2012

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Reading 1, Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9

1 The spirit of Lord Yahweh is on me for Yahweh has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken-hearted,

2 to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison, to proclaim a year of favour from Yahweh and a day of vengeance for our God, to comfort all who mourn

3 (to give to Zion's mourners), to give them for ashes a garland, for mourning-dress, the o...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 5, 2012

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Holy Thursday

They shall eat its roasted flesh. (Exodus 12:8)

Have you ever wondered why the Israelites had to eat the meat from the Passover lamb they had sacri­ficed? They had already painted the blood of this lamb on their doorposts and lintels. They had already waited breathlessly for the angel of death to pass over them. And it worked. The blood kept them safe and saved them from bondage! So why did they have to take the next step and eat the lamb? Was it just a ceremonial p...


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Saint of the Day for April 4, 2012

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St. Isidore of Seville
Doctor of the Church

Feastday: April 4
Died: 636

Isidore was literally born into a family of saints in sixth century Spain. Two of his brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, and one of his sisters, Florentina, are revered as saints in Spain. It was also a family of leaders and strong minds with Leander and Fulgentius serving as bishops and Florentina as abbess.

This didn't make life easier for Isidore. To the contrary, Leander may have been holy in many ways, but his tr...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday April 04, 2012

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Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-9

4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary. Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple.

5 Lord Yahweh has opened my ear and I have not resisted, I have not turned away.

6 I have offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; I have not turned my face away from insult and spitting. ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 4, 2012

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“My appointed time draws near.” (Matthew 26:18)

We are only two days away from Good Friday. Each year this bitter­sweet occasion moves us to focus on the injustice, humiliation, and the suffering that Jesus endured. At the same time, Jesus’ death can cause us to rejoice as we focus on all the blessings that flow from his cross.

When Jesus said that his appointed time was fast approach­ing, he was preparing his disciples for the sacrifice he was about to make for them—and ...


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Holy Week Treasure Map

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 

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Saint of the Day for April 3, 2012

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St. Richard of Wyche

 Feastday: April 3
Patron of Coachmen; Diocese of Chichester; Sussex, England
1197 - 1253

Richard of Wyche, also known as Richard of Chichester, was born at Wyche (Droitwich), Worcestershire, England. He was orphaned when he was quite young. He retrieved the fortunes of the mismanaged estate he inherited when he took it over, and then turned it over to his brother Robert. Richard refused marriage and went to Oxford, where he studied under Grosseteste and met and beg...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday April 03, 2012

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Reading 1, Isaiah 49:1-6

1 Coasts and islands, listen to me, pay attention, distant peoples. Yahweh called me when I was in the womb, before my birth he had pronounced my name.

2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, he hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

3 He said to me, 'Israel, you are my servant, through whom I shall manifest my glory.'

4 But I said, 'My...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 3, 2012

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“I thought I had toiled in vain …” (Isaiah 49:4)

At the Last Supper, Jesus would certainly have had every reason to be disappointed. For the past three years, he had devoted his life to persuasive preaching; to giving an example of self-sacrifice and uncon­ditional love; and to bringing about dramatic victories over sickness, demonic powers, and even death. Yet no matter how hard he worked, God’s reign on earth still seemed like a distant dream.

Political leaders still dis...


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Daily Readings for Monday April 02, 2012

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Reading 1, Isaiah 42:1-7

1 Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have sent my spirit upon him, he will bring fair judgement to the nations.

2 He does not cry out or raise his voice, his voice is not heard in the street;

3 he does not break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Faithfully he presents fair judgement;

4 he will not grow faint, he will not be crushed until he has ...


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Saint of the Day for April 2, 2012

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St. Francis of Paola

 Feastday: April 2

Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is considered the foundation of the Minim Friars. He built a monastery where he had led his eremitical life some fifteen years later and set a Rule for his followers emphasizing penance, charity, and humility, and added to the three monastic vows, one of fast...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 2, 2012

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“They gave a dinner for him.” (John 12:2)

Doesn’t it seem odd that Jesus would start the final week of his earthly life by attending a dinner party? You might have expected him, with good reason, to have spent extra time in prayer and conversation with his Father, or in some other way strengthening himself for the ordeal ahead. But no, he had dinner with his friends. He received their gener­osity and love. And he loved them back by spending time with them, even at a time whe...


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Catholic Action: Archbishop Chaput's Cry of the Heart and Call of Duty

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's just published essay, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America is his cri du coeur to all Americans, but in particular to complacent Catholics.

But this is not an ordinary cri du coeur.  It is a cri du coeur en feu, a cry of a heart on fire, on fire with love for the Lord and of this country.  And this is no ordinary essay.  It is savored with the zing of a prophet.  It is short, admonitory, and to the point...
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The Happy Priest: Palm Sunday and the Humility of Jesus

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - When we encounter Jesus and the Gospel, we immediately sense that we are dealing with something that is not of this world.  To be a Christian is not the same as being a member of an organization.  When we join an organization, we make a commitment to the goals and objectives of the organization, but we still have our own private lives that we live outside of the meetings and activities of the organization.

Christianity is essentially different.  Whe...
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Daily Readings for Sunday April 01, 2012

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Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7

4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary. Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple.

5 Lord Yahweh has opened my ear and I have not resisted, I have not turned away.

6 I have offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; I have not turned my face away from insult and spitting. ...


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Saint of the Day for April 1, 2012

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St. Hugh of Grenoble

 Feastday: April 1
1053 - 1132

Benedictine bishop of Grenoble, France, patron of St. Bruno. He was born in the Dauphine region and became a canon of the cathedral in Valence. In 1080, while attending a synod in Avignon, Hugh was named bishop of Grenoble. He attempted a massive reform of the diocese, but, discouraged, retired to Chaise Dieu Abbey, and became a Benedictine. Pope St. Gregoiy VII ordered him back to Grenoble. Hugh gave St. Bruno the land on which the Grande ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 1, 2012

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Passion Sunday

Crucify him! (Mark 15:13)

St. Francis de Sales once wrote: “I especially commend earnest mental prayer … upon the life and Passion of our Lord. If you contemplate him frequently in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with him, you will grow in his likeness, and your actions will be molded on his.” Francis knew that if we want to see real transformation in our lives, we need to dwell deeply on the cross.

One of the best ways to do this is to imagine your...


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