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Browsing Archive: October, 2013

The Jesus Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 21, 2013,

     Prayer is the basis of our Christian life, the source of our experience of Jesus as the Risen Lord. Yet how few Christians know how to pray with any depth! For most of us, prayer means little more than standing in the pews for an hour or so on Sunday morning or perhaps reciting, in a mechanical fashion, prayers once learned by rote during childhood. Our prayer life - and thus our life as Christians - remains, for the m...

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Orthodox and Catholic Breakthrough? Pope Francis Embraces 'My Brother Andrew'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - First, I want to share my heart with my readers.  I long for the full communion of the Orthodox and Catholic Church.  I pray daily for the full communion of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. I do so because I believe it is the will of God that "All May be One" (John 17: 21). 

I am also persuaded that the healing of the division between the two sister churches would unleash a profound renewal of the entire Church at the dawn of this new missionary ag...

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Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Mary the Theotokos is very close to my heart, and, I am certain, close to the hearts of all who love her Son, Jesus. I can hardly think of her name without tears. When God, in the fullness of time, because of His great love for His creation, sent His Only-Begotten Son to save us sinners, He chose to do so in a way that is at once simple and tender, and profound, beyond our comprehension. He came to find a bride.

And God the Father, who is above all and in all and over all, chose to unit...

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The Jesus Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The Jesus Prayer brings concentration to the mind and helps detach it from its attraction to and domination by all the surrounding objects of the physical world gained through the senses. It brings us back to a unity with God that existed at the time of our creation when we were created in “Gods image.” It is about liberating the soul from the passions of the body so the mind can act out of God’s will to carry out His commandments of love.

We must recognize, howeve...

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Prayers for Suggested Prayer Rule

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Prayers for Suggested Prayer Rule
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In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory to You our God, Glory to You.

Prayer to Holy Spirit
Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, Treasury of Goodness and Giver of life: come and abide in us. Cleanse us from every stain of sin and save our souls, O Graci...

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October, the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 12, 2013, In : Our Lady's Promise 
The most holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a
new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that
there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal
or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of
our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious
communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot
be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter
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The Importance of the Family Rosary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 6, 2013, In : Our Lady's Promise 
This article is taken from the booklet "Our Glorious Faith and How To Lose It" written by Fr. Hugh Thwaites, S.J. It contains different stories of how we can lose our faith but this paper will deal only with the Holy Rosary. Fr. Thwaites' words on this subject are as follows:

Without delay now, I want to talk about my theme. It seems to me that a principal cause of the loss of faith is the dropping off in the practice of the family rosary.

In Austria, after World War II, there was a complete co...
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