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Saint of the Day for January 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Hyacintha (1585-1640)
An Italian noblie, Hyacintha abandoned her lifestyle to be a Franciscan. When she was challenged by her confessor to live a more humble life, she simplified her food and dress, did the most menial work in the convent, and replaced her bed with a few bare boards. She later founded the Oblates of Mary.

Reflections from the Saints

Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

One time, during the celebration of Holy Mass in the Church of St. Paul at the Three Fountains in Rome, St. Bernard saw an unending stairway which went up to Heaven. Very many angels went up and down on it, carrying from Purgatory to Paradise the souls freed by the Sacrifice of Jesus, renewed by priests on the altars all over the world.

Thus, at the death of one of our relatives, let us take much more care about having celebrated, and assisting at, Holy Masses for him, rather than about t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"I'LL RUN YOU OUT OF TOWN"

Jesus "gave the word, and with it the unclean spirits came out." –Mark 5:13

Absalom ran his father, David, out of Jerusalem (2 Sm 15:14). Later, David's army defeated Absalom's troops and ran them out of Jerusalem.

Jesus ran a legion of demons out of Gerasene territory, but then the inhabitants of that land ran Jesus out of town (Mk 5:17).

The devil used the sin of Adam and Eve to drive them and all their descendants out of Paradise and thus become the princ...


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Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) - The moment that President Obama nominated Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services he sent the signal of where he would lead this nation. Sadly, many people did not see the signs, including some Catholics.

Of course, anyone who heard former Presidential candidate Obama utter his "that's above my pay grade" answer to Reverend Rick Warren's question as to "when a baby gets human rights" - either had their head in the sand - ...


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Saint of the Day for January 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Gildas (516-570)
Gildas was an English noble who was taught by St. Illtyd. Later, as a teacher, he taught several saints himself. After he was ordained in Ireland, he returned to evangelize England, where he founded several churches and monasteries. He then became a hermit, living on the tiny island, where he wrote several works about holiness. He was one of Britain's earliest historians.

Reflections from the Saints

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one aft...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

A man who lived near the church wondered what the new Cure was doing in there so very early each morning. One morning, long before dawn, when the man saw a tiny candle making its way from the rectory through the darkness across the cemetery, he sneaked over to the church and peeked in to find out for himself. There was the pastor, pouring out his heart to Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament! "Ah," said the man, "he is not like other men!" What did the Cure say to his blessed Jesus? Henri...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PROPHET-ABLE

"If a prophet presumes to speak in My name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die." –Deuteronomy 18:20

If prophets prophesy something God did not tell them to say, they shall die. This makes prophets feel like being quiet. However, if prophets "do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he [the wicked man] shall die for his guilt, but [God] will hold [them] responsible for his death" (Ez 33:8). If we ...


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Saint of the Day for January 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
A student of St. Albert the Great, Thomas was a priest who taught theology in Paris. There he wrote his great work, Summa Theologica. He once experienced a divine revelation which so enraptured him that he abandoned the Summa, saying that it was nothing compared to the true Glory of God. He died a few months later, and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to f...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

When he was stationed at Paris, the other Doctors of the Sorbonne put before him a problem about the nature of the mystical change in the elements of the Blessed Sacrament, and he proceeded to write, in his customary manner, a very careful and elaborately lucid statement of his own solution. Needless to say, he felt with hearty simplicity the heavy responsibility and gravity of such a judicial decision; and not unnaturally seems to have worried about it more than he commonly did over his w...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 28, 2012

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

DEEP KNEE BENDS?

"Who can this be that the wind and the sea obey Him?" –Mark 4:41

The wind and sea obey Jesus. Demons and diseases obey Jesus (see Mk 5:13, 29). Even death obeys Jesus (Mk 5:41ff). Every knee must bend and acknowledge Jesus as Lord (Phil 2:10-11), and a number of knees have already bent – but many human beings have not yet bent their knees to Jesus.

We all realize that many people do not obey Jesus. Before we call these people to repentance, however, we must repent our...


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Saint of the Day for January 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Angela Merici (1474-1540)
At an early age, Angela was a Third-Order Franciscan. She founded two schools for the instruction of young girls in religion, and started the Ursuline Order.

Reflections from the Saints

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.
– St. Angela Merici

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The Holy Mass of Padre Pio in the little chapel was his life, his calvary, his crucifixion, his paradise. It lasted about three hours. I would follow him with great attention and emotion in the various phases of the celebration. At the Memento for the Living, his meditation was deep, lengthy, interminable, and interrupted only by some painful sighs. He proceeded slowly in the painful ascent of his mystical calvary, and he arrived exhausted to his crucifixion. The moment of Consecration was...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 27, 2012

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

THINK BIG

The kingdom of God "is like mustard seed which, when planted in the soil, is the smallest of all the earth's seeds, yet once it is sown, springs up to become the largest of shrubs, with branches big enough for the birds of the sky to build nests in its shade." –Mark 4:31-32

For centuries, Christians have talked and heard about the parable of the mustard seed. However, the point of the parable in Mark's Gospel is not only the smallness of the mustard seed, but also the largeness ...


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Saint of the Day for January 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Timothy (1st century)
Timothy was an early Christian, and the recipient of two letters now found in the New Testament. The son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother, he was a companion of St. Paul. He was first bishop of Ephesus, where he was martyred for opposing the worship of Dionysius.

Reflections from the Saints

Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
– St. Paul the Apostle

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The great evil of the times is that people do not go to Jesus Christ as their Savior and their God. The sole basis, law, and grace of salvation is set aside. The malaise of sterile piety is that it does not share or draw its vitality from Jesus Christ; it stops short along the way; it distracts itself with externals. But divine love has its life, its center uniquely in the sacrament of the Eucharist...

What must be done? Return to the source of life: not merely to Jesus of history in Jude...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 26, 2012

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

THE HEART OF A PASTOR

"My purpose in leaving you in Crete was that you might accomplish what had been left undone." –Titus 1:5

Paul and Titus had apparently been on a missionary journey to Crete, a large island south of Greece. Paul decided to leave Titus in Crete to accomplish "what had been left undone" (Ti 1:5), which apparently was quite a lot. The people of Crete, as one of their own prophets testified, "have ever been liars, beasts, and lazy gluttons" (Ti 1:12). With a reputation li...


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Saint of the Day for January 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Paul the Apostle (1st century)
Saul was a Jew who hated and persecuted the first Christians. Once, while travelling, he was thrown from his horse, blinded by a light, and given a message from Christ Himself. Profoundly affected by the experience, he converted to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul, and began travelling and preaching. He wrote several letters now found in Sacred Scripture. After being imprisoned several times, he was beheaded in Rome.

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

When I was vested, the name of Jesus impressed itself upon me more and more; I felt fortified against all attacks. I wept and sobbed afresh... When I had begun the Holy Sacrifice, I received many graces and pious emotions and gentle tears, which lasted long. As the Mass continued, many inspirations confirmed what I had resolved; and when I raised the Sacred Host, I felt as it were an inward suggestion, and a powerful impulse never to abandon Our Lord, in spite of all obstacles; and this wa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 25, 2012

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

MEET YOUR ENEMY

"Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man." –Acts 9:13

David encountered his enemy, King Saul, in a cave while Saul was going to the "bathroom." Saul was hunting down David to kill him. David found his enemy in a vulnerable position, and refused to harm him (1 Sm 24:4ff). "For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?" (1 Sm 24:20) The implied answer is "No."

Ananias encountered his enemy, Saul of Tarsus. Saul was hunting down Ananias and all C...


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Saint of the Day for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Francis was a Doctor of Law before becoming a priest. He later became a bishop. Famous for his sermons and writings, especially The Introduction to the Devout Life, his gentle ways won the hearts of many. He is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.
– St. Francis de Sales

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

When the bee has gathered the dew of heaven and the earth's sweetest nectar from the flowers, it turns it into honey, then hastens to its hive. In the same way, the priest, having taken from the altar the Son of God (who is as the dew from heaven, and true son of Mary, flower of our humanity), gives him to you as delicious food. When you have received him, stir up your heart to do him homage; speak to him about your spiritual life, gazing upon him in your soul where he is present for your ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LET THEM TALK

"David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon." –2 Samuel 6:14

A characteristic of David's life is that he gave himself to "the Lord with abandon" (2 Sm 6:14). David didn't hold back on giving to God, no matter what others said about him.

David was upset that Goliath was insulting God (1 Sm 17:26) and was determined to defend God's honor by fighting the giant. David's brothers "grew angry with David," insulting and belittling him (1 Sm 17:28). ...


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Saint of the Day for January 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John the Almsgiver (550-616)
The son of the governor of Cyprus, John entered the religious life upon the death of his wife and child from disease. During his patriarchate at Alexandria, he became widely known for his generosity to the poor. He also helped refugees from the wars in the Holy Land.

Reflections from the Saints

If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need....

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

One of the earliest reports of a mystical reception of the Eucharist is that of St. Clement, Bishop of Ancyra, who suffered a long imprisonment and torture for the Faith during the fourth-century persecution of Diocletian. After being persecuted elsewhere, he was imprisoned in Rome, where he so impressed his fellow prisoners with his patience, his inspired words and his compliance with the will of God, that many asked for Baptism at his hands. Instructions in the Faith and Baptisms took pl...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
CAN'T CANT

"David was told, 'You cannot enter here.' " –2 Samuel 5:6

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion. This precipitated the development in the USA of what Pope John Paul II called the "culture of death." We are so entrenched in this culture of death, violence, and the degradation of the human person that it seems impossible to change the situation. We have been told we cannot stop Planned Parenthood, cannot change the "politicall...


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Saint of the Day for January 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Vincent Pallotti (1798-1850)
An Italian noble, Vincent was the founder of the Pious Society of Missions (Pallottines). He devoted his life to the poor and penitents, and started the special observance at Rome of the Octave of the Epiphany.

Reflections from the Saints

Not the goods of the world, but God. Not riches, but God. Not honors, but God. Not distinction, but God. Not dignities, but God. Not advancement, but God. God always and in everything.
– St. Vincent Pallotti

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Her meditation over, Mother joined her clear, melodious voice with those of the sisters who were reciting the Office. When she thus recited the Office with them all the sisters felt exhilarated in their devotion. The penetrating accentuation with which she recited the psalms manifested audibly how deeply she felt the meaning of these inspired hymns. Who of her daughters does not remember, as they heard it exemplified, the special emphasis with which she used to pronounce the words: "Si ini...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 22, 2012

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

A NEW BEGINNING

"This is the time of fulfillment. The reign of God is at hand! Reform your lives and believe in the gospel!" –Mark 1:15

The Lord doesn't want us to go on with this new year without repenting, that is, reforming our lives. When we hear the Lord's call to repentance, we agree that many people need to hear that call. However, the Lord is saying that each of us needs to repent – to remove the plank from our eyes before trying to remove the splinters from the eyes of others (...


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Saint of the Day for January 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Agnes of Rome (3rd century)
Agnes was twelve when she was dragged to a Roman Temple, tortured, and threatened with rape. When she refused to deny Christ, she was burned and beheaded. Her name is mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayers of Mass.

Reflections from the Saints

Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.
– St. Agnes of Rome

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

On the Feast of St. Augustine, as God showed Gertrude the merits of many saints, she desired to know something of the merits of St. Agnes, whom she had loved from her very infancy with the greatest tenderness and devotion. Our Lord yielded to her desire and prayer and showed her that great Saint, so united to His Heart as to indicate her extraordinary innocence and to manifest the truth of what has been said by the Wise Man, that "Incorruption bringeth near to God" (Wis 6: 20). She seemed ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 21, 2012

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

MIND GAMES

"He is out of His mind." –Mark 3:21

When Jesus' family and friends said He was "out of His mind," this was a Jewish way of saying that Jesus was possessed by the devil. Some religious leaders concurred with this judgment when they "asserted, 'He is possessed by Beelzebul' " (Mk 3:22).

Have you ever been accused of being possessed by the devil? If so, you may understand how Jesus felt. Jesus' Passion did not begin on Calvary. Even at the early part of His public ministry, Jesu...


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Saint of the Day for January 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Sebastian (3rd century)
An officer of the Roman army, Sebastian visited persecuted Christians in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. Soon he was converting his fellow soldiers. Furious, the Emporor had him tied to a tree and shot with arrows. He survived and later returned to preach to him. He was then beaten to death.

Reflections from the Saints

The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic! And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic, he would be the one, universal Church, t...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

At last the most wonderful of all days arrived. Every little detail of those heavenly hours is with me still. I remember how joyfully we woke at dawn, the grave and tender kisses of the nuns, the dressing room where we were all clothed, and, above all, our entering the chapel and singing the morning hymn: "O blessed altar, ringed with angels."

Oh, how sweet the first kiss of Jesus was! It was a kiss of love. I knew that I was loved and I declared: "I love You and I give myself to You for ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

ARE YOU PRO-CHOICE?

David said: "I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.' " –1 Samuel 24:11

David spared Saul's life when he had a perfect chance to kill his tormentor. David was a seasoned warrior who had killed many opponents (e.g. see 1 Sm 23:5; 30:17ff). The only reason he held back his hand was because Saul carried the anointing of leadership from God. Saul had been chosen by God (1 Sm 10:1).

Jesus "summoned the men He Himself had decided...


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Saint of the Day for January 19. 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Saint of the Day

St. Joseph Pelczar (1842-1924)
Joseph, a doctor of theology and a canon lawyer, was a Dean of Theology at the University of Krakow. He started hundreds of libraries and wrote over a thousand books. Later, as a bishop, he built churches, nurseries, kitchens, homeless shelters, and schools.

Reflections from the Saints

Earthly ideals are fading away. I see the ideal of life in sacrifice, and the ideal of sacrifice in priesthood.
– St. Joseph Pelczar

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

After Communion today, Jesus told me how much He desires to come to human hearts. "I desire to unite Myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite Myself with souls. Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat M...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

TRUE HUMILITY IS GLADNESS

"Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: 'They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.' " –1 Samuel 18:8

King Saul won a great victory in battle through the catalyst of young David's courageous defeat of the fierce Goliath. When the cheerleaders greeted the victors with the fight song, Saul was given opening honors and credit for thousands (1 Sm 18:7). Because of his pride, however, all Saul could focus on was that David receive...


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Virtual Pilgrimage Site Dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - Let me begin with a quotation from a Christian leader who is often not associated with honoring Mary: "Men have crowded all her glory into a single phrase: The Mother of God. No one can say anything greater of her, though he had as many tongues as there are leaves on the trees." It was Martin Luther, one of the Protestant Reformers, in his commentary on the "Magnificat".

From antiquity, Mary has been called "Theotokos", or "God-Bearer" (Mother of God). The...


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Saint of the Day for January 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Bl. Christina Ciccarelli (1481-1543)
Christina was an abbess, a prophet, a healer, and a mystic. Once, on Good Friday, she endured the invisible stigmata and the pains of Crucifixion until the next day. She was sought after as a spiritual director due to her piety, humility, and ecstasies.

Reflections from the Saints

God does not command us to live in hair shirts and chains, or to chastise our flesh with scourges, but to love Him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.
– St. Char...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Noah, a good man (Gen 6:9), is said to have worked a hundred years to build the ark, so that he and a few others might be saved (I Pet 3:20.). How, then, can I in one short hour prepare myself to receive with reverence the Creator of the world? Moses, Your great servant and especial friend, constructed an Ark of imperishable wood (Exod 25:10), and covered it with purest gold, in order to house the Tablets of the Law:and how shall I, a corruptible creature, dare so lightly to receive You, t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 18, 2012

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

"THE SWORD IN THE STONE"

"Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war." –Psalm 144:1

David killed the giant Goliath with a stone and a sword (1 Sm 17:49, 51). Jesus is "the Stone Which the builders rejected" and "the Keystone of the structure" (Mt 21:42; Ps 118:22). The Holy Spirit, working through the Word of God and prayer (Eph 6:17-18), is the Sword. We will be victorious over giants – such as Planned Parenthood, secular humanism, materialism, rac...


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Saint of the Day for January 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Anthony the Abbott (3rd century)
At the age of twenty, Anthony gave his inheritance to the poor and retired to a cell in the mountains, where he lived in solitude for 35 years. He emerged to organize monastic life for the crowds who followed him. He then retired to the desert for 45 more years, leaving only for a short time to fight Arianism and to comfort victims of the persecutions. He is known as the founder of Christian monasticism.

Reflections from the Saints

By dying for others, He...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Saint Maximilian was deeply touched by the real presence of Jesus, the God-Man, under the eucharistic species. Before the Blessed Sacrament altar, he acted as though he saw the Savior. "God dwells in our midst", he exclaimed, "in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar". "He remains among us until the end of the world. He dwells on so many altars, though so often offended and profaned". But even more, the founder of the MI was fascinated by the fact that Jesus in the sacrament gives Himself to ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 17, 2012

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

"A LIVING SACRIFICE" (Rm 12:1)

"I have come to sacrifice to the Lord." –1 Samuel 16:5

Sacrifice is defined as "a giving up of something for the sake of something or someone else." We Catholics are used to making sacrifices, but do we make our whole life "a living sacrifice," as Jesus would have us do? (Rm 12:1) We can do so by:

  • participating frequently in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, fully aware that we are sacrificially giving our all to Jesus,
  • attending Mass to give back to the...


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Saint of the Day for January 16, 2012

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

Saint of the Day

St. Berard (13th century)
Berard joined the Franciscans in 1213. Proficient in Arabic and an eloquent preacher, he was sent by St. Francis, along with four companions, to preach in Morocco. They were the first Franciscans to be imprisoned and martyred.

Reflections from the Saints

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
– St. Francis of Assisi

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Dearest daughter, contemplate the marvelous state of the soul who receives this bread of life, this food of angels, as she ought. When she receives this sacrament she lives in me and I in her. Just as the fish is in the sea and the sea in the fish, so am I in the soul and the soul in me, the sea of peace. Grace lives in such a soul because, having received this bread of life in grace, she lives in grace. When this appearance of bread has been consumed, I leave behind the imprint of my grac...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 16, 2012

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

RUNNING A RED LIGHT

"Samuel said to Saul: 'Stop!' " –1 Samuel 15:16

As we begin a new year, the Lord may be saying to us what He said to Saul. He may be saying: "Stop!" The Lord told Saul to stop disobeying Him, stop deceiving himself, and stop hating himself (1 Sm 15:17ff). However, Saul went right through the stop sign. He attempted murder, became involved in the occult, and finally crashed by committing suicide.

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Saint of the Day for January 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Paul the Hermit (230-342)
A well-educated member of the upper class, Paul escaped the persecution of Decius by taking refuge in a mountain desert, where he lived in a cave for ninety years, in mortification and prayer. He is known as the first hermit.

Reflections from the Saints

People who change their way of life and begin to think about spiritual progress also begin to suffer from the tongues of detractors. Whoever has not yet suffered this trial has not yet made progress, and whoever ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

A young priest phoned me, very anxious and afraid. He had just found out he had cancer of the vocal chords and he had to have his voice box removed in three weeks. He was telling me he was desperate. He had been ordained only about six years.

As I prayed with him, I felt the Lord wanted me to tell him about the Eucharist. I said, "Father, I can pray with you now on the phone, and I will, but this morning, didn't you meet Jesus? Don't you meet him every day?"

What I didn't know was that t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 15, 2012

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

THE SLEEPING GIANT

"Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was." –1 Samuel 3:3

When Samuel was a child, God's people were spiritually asleep. Their leaders were weak, fat (1 Sm 4:18), lustful (1 Sm 2:22), greedy (1 Sm 2:14ff), and almost blind (1 Sm 3:2). "A revelation of the Lord was uncommon and vision infrequent" (1 Sm 3:1). When God would move and someone occasionally woke up, they were told to go back to sleep (1 Sm 3:6).

The Church, God's people in our ...


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Saint of the Day for January 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Felix of Nola (3rd century)
Ordained by St. Maximus, Felix was imprisoned during the persecution of Decius, but was set free by an angel. Refusing the episcopacy of Nola, he continued his duties as auxiliary. He devoted himself to the poor, giving them all of his inheritance. His sufferings have merited the title of martyr.

Reflections from the Saints

Humility is the only thing that no devil can imitate. If pride made demons out of angels, there is no doubt that humility could make angel...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 15, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Did you know that every Sunday, at all the masses in all the Catholic churches in the world, millions of people join in prayers for healing?

The fact that most people are surprised by that statement merely shows our lack of attention to the words we pray. For every Catholic immediately recognizes the prayer I am talking about, which the priest and congregation recite together just before Communion: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. But only say the word, and I shall be healed."

As e...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

CATHOLIC RELATIONSHIPS

"Why does He eat with such as these?" –Mark 2:16

We are God's chosen people. This means not only that God has chosen us, but He has also chosen the people with whom we are to spend our time and lives. For instance, God chooses whom we marry and how many children we have. His is the only "planned parenthood" we need. We should not join a parish we like but the one God chooses for us. God may want us to eat "with tax collectors and offenders against the law," rather t...


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Saint of the Day for January 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Hilary (315-368)
The son of a pagan noble, Hilary embraced the faith after rigourously studying the Bible. He was made the Bishop of Poitiers, but he was later exiled for opposing the emperor's attempt to run the Church. He wrote great works explaining the faith, and is now a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

To those who wish to stand in God's grace, neither the guardianship of saints nor the defenses of angels are wanting.
– St. Hilary

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The secret of Therese Neumann's abundant life despite her complete abstinence from all earthly food is revealed in her statement that she is sustained by a heavenly food, the Body of her Eucharistic Lord.

On Palm Sunday evening, 1930, the third year of absolute fast, Father Hartl asked Resl if she was hungry. "You know very well that I do not eat," she answered. The curate of the village church then asked, "Do you wish to be greater than the Saviour? He ate when He was on earth." Therese ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

ONE MORE WAY TO REJECT GOD

"He prayed to the Lord, however, Who said in answer: 'Grant the people's every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting Me as their King.' " –1 Samuel 8:6-7

The Lord is very concerned about the structures in which we live. He made us to live in certain interconnected ways. So, if we make any unauthorized changes, the whole system gets messed up. For example, the chosen people were called to be a loose federation of tribes with God as their King. Ho...


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Saint of the Day for January 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)
Marguerite spent many of her early years caring for her family after her parents died. In 1653, she left France for Canada, where she became a teacher. She opened a school and founded the Congregation of Notre Dame, which welcomed several Native American women to its ranks.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lady's love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of all, can never be drained, and ever flows back to its ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

It is this intense desire of God to enter into the most intimate relationship with us that forms the core of the Eucharistic celebration and the Eucharistic life. God not only wants to enter human history by becoming a person who lives in a specific epoch and a specific country, but God wants to become our daily food and drink at any time and any place.

With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life
Henri Nouwen

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

"It was a disastrous defeat." –1 Samuel 4:10

I've been gazing at a statue of the Pieta. Mary has just suffered a disastrous loss. Before her very eyes, her Son Jesus was brutally tortured and crucified. She stood near His cross (Jn 19:25), pierced with a sword of sorrow (Lk 2:35) far more painful than any spear. Now she is holding the body of her Son, looking heavenward in a gaze of docility tinged with unspeakable suffering. Though Mary suffered a disastrous loss, she...


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Saint of the Day for January 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Peter Orseolo (928-987)
After a revolt, Peter was made the Doge of Venice. He restored law and order, built hospitals and orphanages, and created social programs to help the poor and abandoned. In 978, he secretly left Venice to become a monk. He built a hermitage and spent the rest of his life in solitude and prayer.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.
– St. Therese of...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The Lord Jesus came among us to share in all our miseries and humanity. By His love, He transformed suffering into sacrifice, bringing salvation to all of us. Now He invites you and me to unite our sufferings with His, with even the little love we can muster up, to be a sacrifice bringing His salvation to those in need. He invites all of us to be partners in His continued work of redemption...

The teaching about offering our own selves along with the Immaculate Victim is made even more ex...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

P.U.I.

"In her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously." –1 Samuel 1:10

Hannah was having a bad day. In fact, she was having several bad years. She wept in her bitterness and misery (1 Sm 1:10-11). Even Hannah's prayer became a problem. Eli the priest misunderstood her condition and accused her of Praying "while Under the Influence" of alcohol (see 1 Sm 1:14). Everything seemed to be going wrong for Hannah, but the Lord changed her barrenness into fruitfulness, her weeping in...


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Saint of the Day for January 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Gregory X (1210-1276)
Gregory was an archdeacon of Belgium who accompanied the last Crusaders to the Holy Land. While there, even though he was not yet a priest, he was elected Pope. He called the Council of Lyons, which briefly reconciled the Catholic and Orthodox Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.
– St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The Fourth General Council of the Lateran, in 1215, defined that "the Body and Blood of Christ are truly contained in the Sacrament of the Altar by Transubstantiation." Transubstantiation is a changing across from one substance to another. A transcontinental railroad will take a person from New York to San Francisco but it does not change New York into San Francisco. Take the word "transformation." A carpenter can transform a log of wood into all kinds of furniture. He gives the wood anoth...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW"

"A voice came from the heavens: 'You are My beloved Son. On You My favor rests.' " –Mark 1:11

On this last day of the glorious Christmas season, the Lord wants us to do as He did: go about "doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the devil" (Acts 10:38). The Lord calls us to establish "justice on the earth" (Is 42:4), "to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness" (Is...


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Saint of the Day for January 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Saint of the Day

St. Peter Thomas (1305-1366)
Peter was a Carmelite priest who worked tirelessly for peace, unity, and healing of the Great Schism between Catholics and the Orthodox. A bishop and papal diplomat, he was a noted preacher and homilist. He died from wounds he received while on a Crusade.

Reflections from the Saints

We therefore grossly deceive ourselves in not allotting more time to the study of divine truths.
– St. Apollinaris

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Imagine the Pope inviting you to Rome to spend an hour with him; you would feel like the most important person in the world. Who would not see this as a great honor and do anything to get there? Yet it is a much greater honor to spend an hour with Jesus Himself.

Those who kept company with Jesus in the gospel stand out as men and women of great faith–they were His chosen friends who really believed in Him. They were ridiculed then, but are admired now. Those who keep company with Jesus ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

WHEN THE STAR FADES...

"We observed His star at its rising..." –Matthew 2:2

In their homeland, the Magi saw a great star at its rising. Greatly impressed, they set out on their journey to follow the star to greet the newborn King at Whom they believed the star pointed. After they had traveled for a time, they could no longer see the star. They were past the point of no return, and were not sure where God was now leading them. But the Magi did not give up on God's leading; they did not qui...


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Saint of the Day for January 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Raymond of Penyafort (1175-1275)
Raymond was a Dominican priest and philosophy professor. When he was offered a position as archbishop, he declined due to his love for parish work. He started a school to help prepare missionaries to North Africa, and helped write Church law.

Reflections from the Saints

May the God of love and peace set your hearts at rest and speed you on your journey.
– St. Raymond of Penyafort

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Christ is present in his church and through it proclaims the Gospel, worships the Father, shows concern for the world and its problems. Caring for our neighbor and working for peace and justice follow upon the celebration of the Eucharist. Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical "On Social Concern," brings this out: "The kingdom of God ( salvation) becomes present above all in the sacrament of the Eucharist, which is the Lord's sacrifice. All who take part in the Eucharist are called to disco...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"BIG CHRISTMAS"

"Jesus performed this first of His signs at Cana in Galilee. Thus did He reveal His glory, and His disciples believed in Him." –John 2:11

Tomorrow, in many countries throughout the world, we celebrate the greatest day of the Christmas season, Epiphany. Sometimes Epiphany is called "little Christmas," but it is actually "big Christmas." Epiphany may be one of the greatest days in our lives and the beginning of one of our greatest years ever. However, the glory of Epiphany i...


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Saint of the Day for January 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Melchior (1st century)
Melchior was one of the three magi that visited the newborn Savior in Bethlehem. He was the first Gentile to see the Word made flesh.

Reflections from the Saints

Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.
– St. Louis de Montfort

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Now he was at the altar, in his white vestments, opening the book. I was kneeling right at the altar rail. The bright sanctuary was all mine. I could hear the murmur of the priest's voice, and the responses of the server, and it did not matter that I had no one to look at, so that I could tell when to stand up and kneel down again, for I was still not very sure of these ordinary ceremonies. But when the little bells were rung I knew what was happening. And I saw the raised Host–the silen...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

GIFTED AND GIVING

"God gave us eternal life." –1 John 5:11

Throughout much of the world, today is the highlight of the Christmas season, the celebration of the Epiphany. Even if we are in a country which celebrates Epiphany on Sunday, the Lord will let us be part of the glories of Epiphany today.

The wise men gave Jesus three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Mt 2:11). We too can give the Lord the gifts of our finances, prayers (see Rv 5:8), and sacrifices. We can give the Lord our ...


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Saint of the Day for January 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John Neumann (1811-1860)
John lived in Bohemia until he came to America in 1836. Having already completed his studies, he was ordained soon after he arrived. He was a parish priest in Buffalo for four years before joining the Redemptorists in Pittsburgh. He built fifty churches and opened nearly a hundred schools, and was the first American man to be canonized.

Reflections from the Saints

A man must always be ready, for death comes when and where God wills it.
– St. John Neumann

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Loving his Eucharistic Lord and wishing to dramatize the Blessed Sacrament and to center spiritual life in his diocese around It, Saint John Neumann dreamed of bringing the Forty Hours Devotion to the United States.

At first the idea was received coldly: "You can't do that! If you left the Blessed Sacrament exposed in churches for forty long hours, don't you know what would happen? The ignorant and the impious would profane and dishonor It."

The idea might have died there except for what...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LOVE LETTERS

"This, remember, is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another." –1 John 3:11

Love is laying down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 Jn 3:16). If we have this love, we know we have passed from death to life (1 Jn 3:14). If we do not love, we are "among the living dead" (1 Jn 3:14). Love is not just talk, but actions (1 Jn 3:18). If we have love in action, we know "we are committed to the truth and are at peace before" God (1 Jn 3:19). Therefor...


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Saint of the Day for January 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)
Elizabeth converted to Catholicism after her husband died. To support her family and educate her five children, she opened a private school in Boston. She established a Catholic girl's school in Baltimore, and started America's parochial school system. To run it, she founded the Sisters of Charity, the first native American religious community for women.

Reflections from the Saints

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondl...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

As a young Episcopalian widow visiting Italy, Elizabeth Seton attended Mass with Italian friends and heard an Englishman mutter at the elevation of the Host, "This is what they call their Real Presence." She was deeply disturbed by the remark and later wrote in her diary of the "unfeeling interruption."

Shortly afterward she wrote her sister-in-law: "How happy we would be if we believed what these dear souls believe, that they possess God in the Sacrament and that He remains in their chur...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LOOK OUT

"When Jesus turned around and noticed them following Him, He asked them, 'What are you looking for?' " –John 1:38

As we celebrate the last few days of the Christmas season and begin the New Year, Jesus turns around and asks us point blank: "What are you looking for?" What do we hope for in this Christmas season? What do we hope 2012 will bring? Some of what we are looking for is straight from the heart of God, but some of it is against the heart and will of God. We should differe...


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Saint of the Day for January 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Genevieve (422-500)
Genevieve consecrated herself to God at the age of fifteen under the direction of St. Germain of Auxerre. A mystic, she prophesied invasions and disasters for Paris, read people's consciences, and calmed the possessed.

Reflections from the Saints

Human nature grows tired of always doing the same thing, and it is God's will that this should be because of the opportunity of practicing two great virtues. The first is perseverance, which will bring us to our goal. The oth...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The references of St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. 107) to the Eucharist in the seven authentic letters he wrote while on his way to Rome to suffer martyrdom are sufficient to indicate that the Mystery of the Lord's Body and Blood was a most significant aspect in his thought and in his own spiritual life. In his letter to the Christians of Tralles, for example, he apparently compares the virtues of faith and love to the Eucharistic Mystery when he writes: "Therefore, arming yourselves with gent...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

SEEKING RECOGNITION

"I confess I did not recognize Him." –John 1:31

While in the womb, John the Baptizer was baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus, Who was in the womb of Mary (Lk 1:41, 15). John was a relative of Jesus. He was leading a great prophetic ministry and calling people to be baptized in repentance (Lk 3:3). John was the greatest person who had ever lived up to that time (Mt 11:11).

Nevertheless, John did not recognize Jesus, although Jesus was "the very reason" John was bapti...


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Saint of the Day for January 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Basil the Great (329-379)
Basil is known as the founder of eastern monasticism. As a bishop, he reformed both clergy and laity, and was a fearlessness defender of the Church. He is a Greek Doctor and Father of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

The bread which you use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many ...

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

The sacrifice of the Cross is so decisive for the future of man that Christ did not carry it out and did not return to the Father until he had left us the means to take part in it as if we had been present. Christ's offering on the Cross–which is the real Bread of Life broken–is the first value that must be communicated and shared. The Mass and the Cross are but one and the same sacrifice. Nevertheless the eucharistic breaking of bread has an essential function, that of putting at our ...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

QUESTION BOX

"Who, then?" –John 1:21

We begin this new year with the question: "Who are you?" (Jn 1:19). This is a good question. How can we be what the Lord wants us to be this year unless we know who we are? However, the question of our identity is most difficult. One voice says we are God's children (see Mt 3:17; Jn 1:12; 1 Jn 3:2). We are called "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own" (1 Pt 2:9). But we don't feel like God's children or look ...


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Saint of the Day for January 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Joseph Mary Tomasi (1649-1713)
The son of a Sicilian duke, Joseph lived as a hermit. He was the confessor to Pope Clement XI. He wrote extensively on theology, Scripture, and patristics, and was known for his knowledge, humility, charity, and reforming work.

Reflections from the Saints

It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.
– St. Louis de Montfort

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for January 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

Cana is a delightful story of loving concern. Mary's maternal solicitude moved her to intercede with her Son even though his hour had not yet come. The loving heart of Jesus could not turn a deaf ear to his Mother's intercession.

Jesus used this occasion to reveal to us the power of his Mother's intercession; also, to teach us Mary's role as Mother of the Church and intercessor for her children. Changing water into wine is a symbolic sign and a remote preparation for the Eucharist.

At th...


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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PEACEMAKING

"The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!" –Numbers 6:24-26

For almost fifty years, the popes have been calling us to devote this first day of the year to praying for peace and justice. Few Catholics have listened to the popes, and we have reaped the wages of our disobedience in war and death (see Rm 6:23).

May this New Year's Day be new. May we obey and be peacemakers (se...


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Saint of the Day for December 31, 2001

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
Pope St. Sylvester I (4th century)
During Sylvester's pontificate, the great churches of Rome were built by Emperor Constantine, such as the Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Peter. He contributed to the development of the liturgy of the Church, and compiled the first history of Roman martyrs.

Reflections from the Saints

You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love, and only love. Love can do all things.
– St. Therese of Lisieux

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for December 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : The Eucharist 

 

After Holy Mass, we are called upon to live in the Spirit and to continue the struggle against the limitations of the body. In this struggle for life there are both victories and defeats; sins are committed and wounds are received. But, love and the healing of the wounds are active and effective. So, we go to the Mass that Jesus celebrates for us and leave it renewed and ready to go out into the world.

Hence, we can say that at the first step the Church takes, at the moment when Jesus cel...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

DESIGNATED DRIVERS AND DESIGNATED DRUNKS

"My reason for having written you is not that you do not know the truth but that you do, and that no lie has anything in common with the truth." –1 John 2:21

On this last day of the year, many people try to escape from reality by drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or staring at TV. Some feel so miserable they don't even think of not drinking. They resign themselves to despair and only hope they won't drive when they drink. They even promote "designate...


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