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Browsing Archive: February, 2012

Saint of the Day for February 28. 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Hilary, Pope

 Feastday: February 28
Died: 468

Pope from 461-468 and guardian of Church unity. He was born in Sardinia, Italy, and was a papal legate to the Robber Council of Ephesus in 449, barely escaping with his life from this affair. Hilary was used by Pope St. Leo I the Great on many assignments. When Leo died, Hilary was elected pope and consecrated on November 19,461. He worked diligently to strengthen the Church in France and Spain, calling councils in 462 and 465. Hilary also reb...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday February 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Isaiah 55:10-11

10 For, as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return before having watered the earth, fertilising it and making it germinate to provide seed for the sower and food to eat,

11 so it is with the word that goes from my mouth: it will not return to me unfulfilled or before having carried out my good pleasure and having achieved what it was sent to do.

Responsorial Psalm,...


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Daily Meditation for February 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6:15)

Someone causes you to be late for an important meeting. Someone accidentally dents your car while you are stopped at a traffic light. Your husband forgets your birthday. Your son talks back to you in a disrespect­ful manner. In situations like these, you might find it easy to forgive. After all, they are understandable, and no one was hurt too badly.

But what if yo...


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Daily Readings for Monday February 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 27, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:

2 'Speak to the whole community of Israelites and say: "Be holy, for I, Yahweh your God, am holy.

11 "You will not steal, nor deal deceitfully or fraudulently with your fellow-citizen.

12 You will not swear by my name with intent to deceive and thus profane the name of your God. I am Yahweh.

13 You will not exploit or rob your fellow. You will ...


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Saint of the Day for February 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Leander of Seville

 Feastday: February 27
534 - 600

St. Leander of Seville, Bishop (Feast - February 27th) Leander was born at Cartagena, Spain, of Severianus and Theodora, illustrious for their virtue. St. Isidore and Fulgentius, both bishops were his brothers, and his sister, Florentina, is also numbered among the saints. He became a monk at Seville and then the bishop of the See. He was instrumental in converting the two sons Hermenegild and Reccared of the Arian Visigothic King Leov...


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Daily Meditation for February 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 27, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Inherit the kingdom pre­pared for you.” (Matthew 25:34)

The sheep are puzzled. “What did we do to deserve such a won­derful thing as the kingdom?” they ask. “When did we ever see you hun­gry, thirsty, naked, sick, or in prison? When did we ever minister to your needs?” (Matthew 25:37-39).

Jesus’ answer is simple: “Do you remember all the times when you served the hungry? When you visited the sick in the hospital? When you donated to the food bank or...


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Daily Readings for Sunday February 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Genesis 9:8-15

8 God spoke as follows to Noah and his sons,

9 'I am now establishing my covenant with you and with your descendants to come,

10 and with every living creature that was with you: birds, cattle and every wild animal with you; everything that came out of the ark, every living thing on earth.

11 And I shall maintain my covenant with you: that never again shall all living things be destroyed by th...


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Saint of the Day for February 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Isabel of France


Feastday: February 26

Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virgini...


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Daily Meditation for February 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“It is … an appeal to God for a clear conscience.” (1 Peter 3:21)

While St. Peter is describing the Sacrament of Baptism here, he could just as easily be talking about Reconciliation. For what could pos­sibly be a better way to experience a clean conscience than going to con­fession? When we confess our sins, we are forgiven—completely!

But as we all know, the real chal­lenge is keeping our consciences clear after we have received abso­lution. It’s one thi...


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Lent and the Path to Freedom: Doing Battle with the World, the Flesh and the Devil

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - "Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil." (Luke 4:1)  "The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light." (Gaudium et Spes, # 22, Second Vatican Council)

When I was a young man in College I had a priest friend who I now recall every time we begin the Forty Day Observance of Lent. About a week befor...


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Saint of the Day for February 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Tarasius

 Feastday: February 25
730 - 806

St. Tarasius was subject of the Byzantine Empire. He was raised to the highest honors in the Empire as Consul, and later became first secretary to the Emperor Constantine and his mother, Irene. When being elected Patriarch of Constantinople, he consented to accept the dignity offered to him only on condition that a General Council should be summoned to resolve the disputes concerning the veneration of sacred images, for Constantinople had been sep...


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Daily Readings for Saturday February 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:9-14

9 Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he will say, 'I am here.' If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist and malicious words,

10 if you deprive yourself for the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkest hour will be like noon.

11 Yahweh will always guide you, will satisfy your needs in the scorched land; he ...


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Daily Meditation for February 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Follow me.” (Luke 5:27)

These two words changed every­thing for Levi, for Simon and Andrew, for Philip, for unnamed disciples—and for us. Jesus is not pleading or begging. He is inviting, earnestly and lovingly. Follow him, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Follow him, who is the light in the darkness, the spring of water that never fails, the One who promises to guide you always.

Follow me. Not because you’re par­ticularly good or talented or holy. A...


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Daily Readings for Friday February 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9

1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a trumpet. To my people proclaim their rebellious acts, to the House of Jacob, their sins.

2 They seek for me day after day, they long to know my ways, like a nation that has acted uprightly and not forsaken the law of its God. They ask me for laws that are upright, they long to be near God:

3 'Why have we fasted, if you do not...


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Saint of the Day for February 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. John Theristus

Feastday: February 24
1049 - 1129

Benedictine monk, called Theristus or “Harvester.” He was of Calabrian lineage, born in Sicily. His mother was a slave of the Saracens. John escaped at a young age and became a monk.  


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Daily Meditation for February 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?” (Isaiah 58:3)

Well-known film director Woody Allen once quipped that 90 percent of success is just showing up. Well, if that’s the case, then the other 10 percent must be absolutely crucial! There are many people who “just show up”—maybe at work, with their families, or in their neighbor­hoods—but don’t go much further, and the results are evident.

Think about the Israelites in today’s first reading. “Why do w...


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Saint of the Day for February 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Polycarp

 Feastday: February 23

Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist.

But being part of the second generation of Church leaders had challenges that the first generation could not teach about. What did you do when those eyewitnesses were gone? H...


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Daily Readings for Thursday February 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 'Look, today I am offering you life and prosperity, death and disaster.

16 If you obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am laying down for you today, if you love Yahweh your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws and his customs, you will live and grow numerous, and Yahweh your God will bless you in the country which you are about to enter and make your own.

17...


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Daily Meditation for February 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“If anyone wishest to come after me … ” (Luke 9:23)

Don’t you find it amazing that Jesus Christ, the all-holy Son of God, would give us, mere mortals, a choice? He won’t force us to follow him; he simply calls us and hopes we will respond.

But what is this choice? Is it a choice to live a life of continual suf­fering, of “taking up our cross” day after day by passively accept­ing whatever trials come our way? Not at all! The real choice is to fix our eye...


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Daily Readings for February 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18

12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.'

13 Tear your hearts and not your clothes, and come back to Yahweh your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and he relents about inflicting disaster.

14 Who knows if he will not come back, relent and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a libation to be...


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Saint of the Day for February 22. 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Margaret of Cortona

 Feastday: February 22

Margaret of Cortona, penitent, was born in Loviana in Tuscany in 1247. Her father was a small farmer. Margaret's mother died when she was seven years old. Her stepmother had little care for her high-spirited daughter. Rejected at home, Margaret eloped with a youth from Montepulciano and bore him a son out of wedlock. After nine years, her lover was murdered without warning. Margaret left Montpulciano and returned as a penitent to her fat...


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Our Daily Bread for February 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

An Ordinary Man

Steve was just an ordinary guy. He quietly served in a church I attended years ago. He helped prepare communion, shoveled the church sidewalks in the winter, and mowed the lawn in the summer. He spent time with teenage boys who had no fathers in the home. I often heard him telling people at church in his quiet way how good the Lord was to him. During prayer meeting he didn’t talk much about himself but would ask us to pray for those he was telling about Jesus’ forgive...


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Saint of the Day for February 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Severian

 Feastday: February 21
Died: 452

Bishop and martyr. The bishop of Scythopolis in Galilee. He attended the Council of Chalcedon (451) and took part in the complete triumph of the orthodox Christian cause against the heretics of the era. On his return home he was assassinated by a group of heretics at the command of Emperor Theodosius II.   


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Daily Readings for Tuesday February 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 4:1-10

1 Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Is it not precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves?

2 You want something and you lack it; so you kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. It is because you do not pray that you do not receive;

3 when you do pray and do not receive, it is because you prayed wrongly, wanting to ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Slacker?

While studying the book of Proverbs in my small-group Bible study, our leader suggested that we change the description of a lazy person from a sluggard to a slacker (6:6,9). Ah, now he was speaking my lingo. I immediately started thinking of all the people I consider to be slackers.

Like the men and women who fail to teach and discipline their children. Or that guy who refuses to help around the house. Or those teenagers who neglect their studies and play Internet games...


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First Week of the Great Fast

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

February 20-26, 2012

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise Isaiah 1:15-20 - "When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, t...


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ONE MINUTE EACH NIGHT

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
This is the scariest election we as Christians have ever faced, and from the looks of the polls, the Christians aren't voting Christian values. We all need to be on our knees.
 
Do you believe we can take God at His word? Call upon His name, then stand back and watch His wonders unfold. This scripture gives us, as Christians, ownership of this land and the ability to call upon God to heal it. I challenge you to do that. We have never been more desperate than now for God to heal our ...

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Byzantine Catholic and other Eastern Catholic Churches

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Byzantine Catholics (also known as "Greek Catholics") are canonically organized into eparchies (dioceses) and exarchates (mission dioceses). Historically, such jurisdictions had been defined geographically and this is still the norm and the goal. However, as Eastern Catholics emigrated to the Americas from the countries of their spiritual and cultural ancestors, it became apparent that there was a pastoral need for such jurisdictions to be established along ethnic lines.

Ethnically and ...


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Feasts & Fasts for February 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

February

2 - Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon & Anna
5 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
11 - All Souls Saturday
12 - Meatfare Sunday
19 - Cheesefare Sunday
20 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
26 - Sunday of Orthodoxy


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Daily Readings for Monday February 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 3:13-18

13 Anyone who is wise or understanding among you should from a good life give evidence of deeds done in the gentleness of wisdom.

14 But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the truth with lies;

15 this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish.

16 Wherever there are jealousy and ambition, there are also dis...


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Saint of the Day for February 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Wulfric

  
Feastday: February 20
1080 - 1154

Wulfric (d. 1154) + hermit and miracle worker. Born at Compton Martin, near Bristol, England, he became a priest and was excessively materialistic and worldly. After meeting with a beggar, he underwent a personal conversion and became a hermit at Haselbury; Somerset, England. For his remaining years, he devoted himself to rigorous austerities and was known for his miracles and prophecies. While he was never formally canonized, Wulfric was a ver...


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Our Daily Bread for February 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Remedy for Fear

In his first inaugural speech in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the newly elected president of the US, addressed a nation that was still reeling from the Great Depression. Hoping to ignite a more optimistic outlook regarding that economic crisis, he declared, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

Fear often shows up in our lives when we are at risk of losing something—our wealth, health, reputation, position, safety, family, friends. It reveals our inn...


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About Byzantine Catholics

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 


Descent into Hades

Byzantine Catholics are followers of Jesus Christ

Jesus asked his disciples: "Who do people say that the Son of man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "And you," he said to them, "who do you say that I am?" "You are the Messiah," Simon Peter answered, "the Son of the living God!" (Mathew 16:13-16)

Byzantine Catholics are followers of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of the Living God, who in His great me...


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Is Jesus?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
THOUGHT: It’s tragic to know the 23 Psalm but not know the Shepherd.
 

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, If He just — dropped by — unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do. When you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door, With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor? Or, would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in, Or hide some magazines, and put the Bible where they’d been? Would you turn off the TV and hope He hadn’t heard, And wi...

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The Parable of the Kosher Deli: Bishop Lori Before Congress Defending Religious Liberty

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On Wednesday February 16, 2012, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, the Bishop of Bridgeport and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Religious Liberty, gave testimony before Congress. He appeared before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives.

Bishop Lori spoke on behalf of all of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. They are unanimous in their effort to ...


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Saint of the Day for February 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Bl. Alvarez of Corova

 Feastday: February 19
1350 - 1430

Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and adviser of Queen Catherine, John of Gaunt's daughter, and tutor of King John II in his youth. He reformed the court, and then left the court to found a monastery near Cordova. There the Escalaceli (ladder of heaven) that he built became a cen...
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Daily Readings for Sunday February 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25

18 No need to remember past events, no need to think about what was done before.

19 Look, I am doing something new, now it emerges; can you not see it? Yes, I am making a road in the desert and rivers in wastelands.

21 The people I have shaped for myself will broadcast my praises.

22 But, Jacob, you have not invoked me; no, Israel, you have grown weary of me.

24 You have ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Word From the Lord

Noted preacher and theologian Helmut Thielicke (1908–1986) endured great opposition from the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Yet he remained committed to proclaiming God’s presence and power in Jesus Christ during a difficult and perplexing time. Scholar Robert Smith said that as Thielicke addressed modern issues and problems in his sermons, “he sought to answer the question, ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’”

Isn’t that w...


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Daily Readings for Saturday February 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 3:1-10

1 Only a few of you, my brothers, should be teachers, bearing in mind that we shall receive a stricter judgement.

2 For we all trip up in many ways. Someone who does not trip up in speech has reached perfection and is able to keep the whole body on a tight rein.

3 Once we put a bit in the horse's mouth, to make it do what we want, we have the whole animal under our control.

4 Or think of ships: n...


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Saint of the Day for February 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Simon
 Feastday: February 18

In St. Matthew's Gospel, we read of St. Simon or Simeon who is described as one of our Lord's brethren or kinsmen. His father was Cleophas, St. Joseph's brother, and his mother, according to some writers, was our Lady's sister. He would therefore be our Lord's first cousin and is supposed to have been about eight years older than He. No doubt he is one of those brethren of Christ who are  mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as having received the Holy Spir...


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Our Daily Bread for February 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Invite Questions

When I teach, I sometimes use the motto “Question Authority” to get the attention of my students. I am not inviting them to challenge my authority; I am encouraging them to ask me questions. Some education experts say that more learning takes place when teachers answer questions than when they impart information. By nature, we all place a higher value on what we want to know than on what someone wants to tell us.

There is, of course, a place for both types...


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The Rising Tide of Catholic Resistance

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic online) - Over the last two weeks Catholics have heard read letters read at Mass which were written by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. We have been asked to rise up in prayer, fasting, Catholic Action in response to an unjust Edict issued by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, on January 20, 2012.

This mandate requires all employers, including Catholic and other religious employers, to cover sterilization, abortifacients, a...


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Abp. Dolan: Obama needs to 'back out of intruding into the internal life of a church'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The federal government should do what it's traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of a church," Dolan told television reporters.

The leader of the New York Archdiocese won support from Speaker John Boehner, who said either Obama will need to reverse the policy -- or the House shall.

"The federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries. This attack by the federal govern...
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Saint of the Day for February 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Alexis Falconieri

 Feastday: February 17
Patron of the city of Orvieto (Italy)
1200 - 1310

Founder and mystic, one of the first Servants of Mary or Servites. The son of a wealthy merchant in Florence, Italy, Alexis and six companions joined the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin in Florence in 1225. Gathered together on the Feast of the Assumption in 1233, the group experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary which inspired them to found a new religious community dedicated to prayer....


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Daily Readings for Friday February 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 2:14-24, 26

14 How does it help, my brothers, when someone who has never done a single good act claims to have faith? Will that faith bring salvation?

15 If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on,

16 and one of you says to them, 'I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,' without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is tha...


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Our Daily Bread for February 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Side by Side

In my family scrapbook is a picture of my daughter at age 4 working next to me, using a toy hammer to repair the siding on the house. Side by side we worked that day; she imitated my every action, absolutely convinced that she too was fixing the house. Rarely have I enjoyed a chore more. In the picture, it’s obvious that she’s enjoying it too.

That photo reminds me that our children mimic most of what they see in us—words and deeds. They also form their imag...


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Saint of the Day for February 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Daniel

Died in 309, He and four companions, Elias, Isaias, Jeremy and Samuel were Egyptians who visited Christians condemned to work in the mines of Cilicia during Maximus persecution, to comfort them. Apprehended at the gates of Caesarea, Palestine, they were brought before the governor, Firmilian and accused of being Christians. They were all tortured and then beheaded. When Porphyry, a servant of St. Pamphilus demanded that the bodies be buried, he was tortured and then burned ...


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Daily Readings for Thursday February 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 2:1-9

1 My brothers, do not let class distinction enter into your faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord.

2 Now suppose a man comes into your synagogue, well-dressed and with a gold ring on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby clothes,

3 and you take notice of the well-dressed man, and say, 'Come this way to the best seats'; then you tell the poor man, 'Stand over there' or 'You can sit on the ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Knocked Off Your Feet?

Because I’ve written many articles and a book about dealing with life’s losses, I have the privilege of being introduced to a number of fellow strugglers along life’s journey. One of my new friends is a mom whose 21-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2009, which sent her reeling. She told me, “I feel like an outcast from the normal world. I feel crushed and my soul is in so much pain.”

Indeed the losses that visit us can knock us off our feet—whether a ...


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Preparing for Lent: Learning to Pray, Love, and Live

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - I am frequently asked what I think is the greatest need in the Church today. Because of my work - and much of my writing - people presume how I will answer. They expect me to be what they call "action oriented" and "practical."  My answer is simple. "The greatest need in the Church today is more people who pray", I respond.

One of my favorite Bishops once wrote, "The so-called "practical people" are not really the most useful in the service of Christ's Chu...


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Saint of the Day for February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Walfrid

Feastday:
February 15
Died: 765

Walfrid or Galfrido della Gherardesca was born in Pisa, of which he became a prosperous and honored citizen. He married a wife to whom he was deeply attached, and they had five sons and at least one daughter. After a time, Walfrid and his wife Thesia felt that God was calling them to enter the religious life. Walfrid had two friends - A kinsman named Gunduald and a certain Fortis, a native of Corsica: like him they were living in the world, but were dr...
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Daily Readings for Wednesday February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 1:19-27

19 Remember this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to human anger;

20 God's saving justice is never served by human anger;

21 so do away with all impurities and remnants of evil. Humbly welcome the Word which has been planted in you and can save your souls.

22 But you must do what the Word tells you and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves.

23 Anyone who listens to the Word and takes no action is lik...


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Our Daily Bread for February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

MORE, MORE, MORE

Now that my daughter is learning to talk, she has adopted a favorite word: more. She will say “more” and point to toast with jam. She held out her palm and said “More!” when my husband gave her some coins for her piggy bank. She even exclaimed, “More Daddy!” one morning after her father left for work.

Like my little one, many of us look around and call for “more.” Unfortunately, enough is never enough. We need the power of Christ to break the cycle so that w...


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Saint of the Day for February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Valentine 

Feastday: February 14
Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
Died: 269

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270....


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Daily Readings for Tuesday February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 1:12-18

12 Blessed is anyone who perseveres when trials come. Such a person is of proven worth and will win the prize of life, the crown that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 Never, when you are being put to the test, say, 'God is tempting me'; God cannot be tempted by evil, and he does not put anybody to the test .

14 Everyone is put to the test by being attracted and seduced by that person'...


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Our Daily Bread for February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Benefits Of Friendship

Cicero was one of the greatest thinkers of the Roman Empire. He was a skilled orator, lawyer, politician, linguist, and writer. Still today he is quoted for his clear prose and practical wisdom.

For instance, of having friends he wrote: “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” He understood the double benefits of friendship along life’s journey.

Nearly a millennium earlier, King Solomon had w...


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Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-5

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
 
 THOUGHT: Three things in human life are important. The first is to  be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind. —Henry James 
  
   
 Have you ever been a party in a real estate transaction? If so, you might have come across the expression:
 good faith. Perhaps you got a “good faith estimate.” Or, someone might have told you that he or she were acting “in good faith.” 
It’s a curious expression. Good faith. What does that look like? Bad faith. What does that look like...

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Daily Readings for Monday February 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, James 1:1-11

1 From James, servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. Greetings to the twelve tribes of the Dispersion.

2 My brothers, consider it a great joy when trials of many kinds come upon you,

3 for you well know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, and

4 perseverance must complete its work so that you will become fully developed, complete, not deficient in any way.

5 Any of ...


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Saint of the Day for February 13, 2012

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St. Catherine de Ricci

 Feastday: February 13

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of prayer, and in her sixth year, her father placed her in the convent of Monticelli in Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun. After a brief return home, she entered the convent of the Dominican nuns at Prat in Tuscany, in her fourteenth ye...


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Our Daily Bread for February 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Wings Like A Dove

David sighed, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Ps. 55:6). As for me, I’d build a cabin in the Sawtooths, or take a permanent post in a fire-lookout tower. When life weighs on me, I too yearn to fly away and be at rest.

David wrote freely about his circumstances: Violence, oppression, and strife surrounded him on all sides, stirred up by the disloyalty of an old friend (55:8-14). Fear and terror, pain and trembling, anxiety and r...


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Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
THOUGHT: Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  
–Dorothy Bernard.  
 
Clarence Jordan tells of the day he approached his brother, Robert, an attorney, later a state senator and justice for the Georgia Supreme Court, and asked him as a fellow church member to join the cause of racial understanding.  “Clarence, I can’t do that. You know my political aspirations. Why, if I got involved, I might lose my job, my house, everything I’ve got.”  Clarence replied, “We might lose everythi...
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Our Daily Bread for February 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Unanswered Prayer

The apostle Paul had one overriding desire: that fellow Jews would embrace the Messiah he had encountered. “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,” he said. “For I could wish that I myself were . . . cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers” (Rom. 9:2-3 NIV). Yet in city after city his fellow Jews rejected him and the Christ he preached.

In his most elegant letter, Paul set as his centerpiece (Rom. 9–11) a passionate passage in which he ...


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Saint of the Day for February 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo

 Feastday: February 12

He was one of seven Florentines who had joined the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin (the Laudesi) in a particularly lax period in the city's history and who were inspired by a vision on the feast of the Assumption to take up a life of solitude and prayer. After nearly fifteen years of austerity at a hermitage on Monte Senario he took the name in 1240 of Servants of Mary, or Servites. Six were ordained, developed as mendicant friars und...


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Daily Readings for Sunday February 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46

1 Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron,

2 'If a swelling or scab or spot appears on someone's skin, which could develop into a contagious skin-disease, that person must then be taken to the priest, either Aaron or one of his sons.

44 the person has such a disease: he is unclean. The priest will declare him unclean; he has a contagious skin-disease of the head.

45 'Anyone with a contagious skin...


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Our Daily Bread for February 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Covenant With My Eyes

Our friend is a computer “techie.” One night when our family was at his house, I noticed a verse taped to his monitor: “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1). Evidently, he understood the potential danger of spending hours alone in front of a computer with easy access to indecent images.

Our friend’s “reminder verse” is a quote from Job, and it continues, “Why then should I look upon a young woman?” Like many of us, Job had p...


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Daily Reading for February 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, First Kings 11:29-32; 12:19

29 One day when Jeroboam had gone out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah of Shiloh accosted him on the road. Ahijah was wearing a new cloak; the two of them were in the open country by themselves.

30 Ahijah took the new cloak which he was wearing and tore it into twelve strips,

31 saying to Jeroboam: 'Take ten strips for yourself, for Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, "I am going to te...


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Saint of the Day for February 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Feastday: February 10
Died: 543

St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, consecrated her life to God from her earliest youth. After her brother went to Monte Cassino, where he established his famous monastery, she took up her abode in the neighborhood at Plombariola, where she founded and governed a monastery of nuns, about five miles from that of St. Benedict, who, it appears, also directed his sister and her nuns. She visited her brother once a year, and as she was not allowed to enter ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
FLAWED

A well-known actor commented that he enjoyed playing “flawed” characters in movies because people could relate better to an imperfect character. Most of us would agree that it’s easier for us to understand people who aren’t perfect because we know that we are imperfect.

God included stories in the Bible of people who were deceitful, weak, unreliable, and angry. Take Jacob, for example, who deceived his father so that he would receive a blessing (Gen. 27:1-29). Then there wa...


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Saint of the Day for February 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Anne was an Augustinian nun who experienced visions and made prophecies throughout her life. In 1813, she became bedridden with the stigmata. She recorded her visions in The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as several other works.

Reflections from the Saints

If the Church is true, all in her is true; he who admits not the one, believes not the other.
– Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

Happy is he who, back at his seat after Communion, does not need any words, but adores and is silent. On the evening of Holy Thursday, the beloved apostle had rested his head on the breast of Christ; since Holy Thursday, Christ has been resting in the breasts of His friends, not only once but every morning, if they are pure of heart.

The faithful must refrain from giving too much importance to sensible favors received in Communion. Often, a person who suffers from aridity at the Holy ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

AN "IDOL" MIND IS THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP

"They served their idols, which became a snare for them." –Psalm 106:36

Solomon, the wisest man in the world, became such a fool as to set the stage for a civil war and the massive deterioration of God's people. Solomon's downfall was the sin of idolatry. He adored false gods, such as Astarte, Milcom, Chemosh, and Molech (1 Kgs 11:5-7).

Many people aren't too upset to hear about idolatry. They may realize they have committed many sins, but they d...


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Saint of the Day for February 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Josephine Bakhita (1868-1947)
When she was nine, Josephine was kidnapped by slave-traders. She was sold and resold for years until an Italian owner freed her. In Italy, she embraced the Faith and converted. A few years later, she became a nun. She was known for her gentle presence and her willingness to perform even the most menial tasks.

Reflections from the Saints

When a person loves another dearly, he desires strongly to be close to the other: therefore, why be afraid to die? Death br...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me whole-heartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils. The devotion to the Sacred Hear...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

SUCCESS IS SPELLED C-R-O-S-S

"Blessed be the Lord, your God, Whom it has pleased to place you on the throne of Israel." –1 Kings 10:9

Solomon was the wisest person who had ever lived or will ever live (1 Kgs 3:12). He was amazingly rich and lived in such majesty as to leave even the sophisticated queen of Sheba breathless (1 Kgs 10:5).

The Lord made Solomon so awesome to confirm His promise that the Davidic dynasty would last forever (2 Sm 7:16) and bring forth the Messiah (1 Sm 16:1; Mi...


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Saint of the Day for February 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope Bl. Pius IX (1792-1878)
The son of Italian nobles, Pius may be best known for defining the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. He also presided over the First Vatican Council, which defined the dogma of papal infallibility. He had a reputation for being a patriotic reformer. Next to St. Peter, his papacy was the longest in history.

Reflections from the Saints

Great indeed is our trust in Mary. The resplendent glory of her merits, far exceeding all the choirs of angels, elevates her to t...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

But after lots of prayer and study, I realized that Jesus could not have been speaking figuratively when he taught us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. The Jews in his audience would not have been outraged and scandalized by a mere symbol. Besides, if they had misunderstood Jesus to be speaking literally–when he meant his words to be taken figuratively–he could have easily clarified his point. In fact, since many disciples stopped following Jesus because of this teaching (v. 60), h...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

JESUS, THE ULTIMATE TRADITIONALIST

"For example, Moses said..." –Mark 7:10

Christianity is based on divine traditions, that is, the handing on of what the Holy Spirit has revealed to God's people. The Bible itself is written to hand on some divine traditions (see 2 Thes 2:15). Therefore, without respect for tradition, the very basis of Christianity is undermined.

One of the main ways the devil tries to ruin our respect for tradition is by tempting us to place human traditions ahead of di...


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Saint of the Day for February 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Paul Miki (1562-1597)
The son of a wealthy military leader, Paul joined the Jesuits at a young age. When a persecution began, he continued his preaching ministry and was soon arrested. He was forced to march 600 miles, being beaten along the way, and was eventually crucified.

Reflections from the Saints

The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die.
– St. Paul Miki

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The term "covenant" refers to the historic event at Mount Sinai when the tribes of Israel were formed into one people (Exodus 24:1-11). That covenant was in blood, the blood of animals that were offered in sacrifice. For Israelites and other ancient peoples, blood was the symbol of life. Sprinkling the blood of the sacrificial animals on the altar and on the people symbolized the union of God and people, now sharing in the one life that was offered to God. So it is that the covenant at Sin...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

TEMPLE TANTRUMS

"Advance, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your majesty." –Psalm 132:8

God was untouchable. Even if you touched the mountain that God was on, you would instantly die (Ex 19:12). God later restrained His glory enough so that people could be in the Temple with Him, although He was still untouchable as He dwelt in a dark cloud (1 Kgs 8:12).

Almost a thousand years after God first became present in the Temple, He did what is still unbelievable for much of the...


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Saint of the Day for February 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Agatha (3rd century)
Agatha was a beautiful young woman that consecrated her life to God. During a Christian persecution, a powerful man demanded her purity in exchange for not charging her. When she refused, she was beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually killed by being rolled on red-hot coals.

Reflections from the Saints

Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am - you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The attitude of those who heard Christ's promise and His reaction furnish an argument for the Real Presence. It is very evident that they understood Our Lord to be referring to His own body and blood, and not to a mere symbol.

Now, from Christ's manner of acting on other occasions we can conclude that if they had interpreted Him wrongly He would have set them right. Thus, when the disciples understood literally His announcement: "Lazarus sleepeth," He told them plainly: "Lazarus is dead."...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LIFE-LINES

"Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?" –Job 7:1

Most people can relate to Job, for they have endured tragedies, deaths in their families, sicknesses, pain, and sufferings. Even those who have so far had easier lives know that life can be, and almost inevitably will be, hard. We all have the question of Job: "Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?" We feel as if we "have been assigned months of misery" (Jb 7:3). Our days and nights drag on ever so slowly (Jb 7:4), while at the...


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Saint of the Day for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Joseph of Leonissa (1556-1612)
Joseph was a Capuchin Franciscan missionary to Muslim lands. After being hung above a fire for three days, he escaped and returned home to Italy. There he helped establish hospitals, homeless shelters, and food banks, and ministered in prisons, to the poor, and the sick.

Reflections from the Saints

Every Christian must be a living book wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel.
– St. Joseph of Leonissa

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The Old Testament predicts that Christ will offer a true sacrifice to God in bread and wine–that He will use those elements. And this prediction is every bit as clear as the prediction that He will also offer Himself upon the Cross. Thus Gen XIV: 18, tells us that Melchisedech, King of Salem, was a priest, and that he offered sacrifice under the form of bread and wine. Now Ps. 109 predicts most clearly that Christ will be a priest according to the order of Melchisedech, i.e., offering a ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

WILD ABOUT WISDOM

"God said, 'Ask something of Me and I will give it to you.' " –1 Kings 3:5

The Lord wants to lovingly provide for us and meet our needs, even more than we want them met. The Lord is especially generous and ungrudging in giving us wisdom (Jas 1:5). For instance, Solomon asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart. The Lord "went wild" and made Solomon the wisest human being that has ever lived or will ever live (1 Kgs 3:12).

The Lord will also lavish wisdom on us b...


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Saint of the Day for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Blaise (3rd century)
Blaise was a physician and bishop. After living in a cave for years, he was cast into prison by pagans. There, he miraculously cured a child who was choking, and ministered to his fellow prisoners. When he challenged the pagans to prove the power of their gods, he was beaten and beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

Either make Jesus Christ known or die!
– Bl. Marie Rivier

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Almost invariably the Lord showed Himself to me in His resurrected body, and it was thus, too, that I saw Him in the Host. Only occasionally, to strengthen me when I was in tribulation, did He show me His wounds, and then He would appear sometimes as He was on the Cross and sometimes as in the Garden. On a few occasions I saw Him wearing the crown of thorns and sometimes He would also be carrying the Cross–because of my necessities, as I say, and those of others–but always in His glori...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

HUMAN RIGHTS

"John had told Herod, 'It is not right for you to live with your brother's wife.' " –Mark 6:18

Like John the Baptizer, we need the love and courage to say:

"It is not right to have sexual relations outside of marriage."

"It is not right to abort babies."

"It is not right to have homosexual relations."

"It is not right to use artificial means of contraception."

"It is not right to look lustfully at a person."

"It is not right to masturbate."

"It is not right to tell 'di...


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Saint of the Day for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Saint of the Day

St. Cornelius (1st century)
Cornelius was a pagan centurion of the Roman army stationed at Caesarea. After listening to the preaching of the Apostle Peter, he asked him to baptize his entire family. He was the first known Gentile convert to Christianity, and the first bishop of Caesarea.

Reflections from the Saints

If I were worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that he grant me this one miracle: that by His grace He would make of me a good man.
– St. Ansgar

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

A nonbeliever in the Real Presence said: "If I could believe that God is really there on the altar, I think I would fall on my knees and stay there forever." Jesus is probably not demanding this of us, because we also have duties to charity and service to our brothers and sisters. He is probably not asking us to stay kneeling physically, but spiritually he is asking us to do so. In our hearts we can stay in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament while our hands are working, writing, absolving....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PERSEVERANCE AND THE PRESENTATION SPIRIT

"He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit." –Luke 2:27

"The Holy Spirit was upon" Simeon (Lk 2:25). He had long awaited the consolation of Israel and the coming of the Messiah (Lk 2:25-26). The Holy Spirit had even revealed to Simeon that he would personally see the Christ before he died (Lk 2:26).

The Holy Spirit also was upon Anna. Though Luke's Gospel doesn't explicitly link Anna and the Spirit, it calls her a prophetess (Lk 2:36). She...


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Saint of the Day for February 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Brigid of Ireland (453-523)
Brigid was a Christian slave and friend of St. Patrick. As a child, she frequently gave her owner's belongs to the poor. Her owner set her free just to rid himself of her. When her father then arranged for her marriage, she refused and fled to a bishop to make a vow of virginity. She started convents all over Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of c...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

My dear child, today I wish to speak further on the Eucharist, My Presence in the host you receive.

My dear one, how I long for My people to come and receive Me openly and sincerely. I wish for them to tell Me their most intimate feelings, thoughts and worries. I wish for them to share their joyful events, their sorrows and their struggles. I long to advise them, counsel them and comfort them. Oh, if only they would realize it is I they receive and not a piece of man-made host. It is I, i...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH" (Rm 6:23)

"I said, 'I confess my faults to the Lord,' and You took away the guilt of my sin." –Psalm 32:5

How bad is sin? Seventy-thousand people died during a three-day pestilence because of one of David's less serious sins (2 Sm 24:15). The sin of disbelief in Jesus resulted in many staying sick and only a few being healed when Jesus visited His hometown (Mk 6:5). Sin is bad enough that God became a human being and died on the cross to save us from it. Sin is...


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