Feast of the Archangels

Feast of the Archangels

Feast of the Archangels But what is an angel? Sacred Scripture and the Church’s tradition enable us to discern two aspects. On the one hand, the Angel is a creature who stands before God, oriented to God with his whole being. All three names of the Archangels end with the word “El”, which means “God”. God is inscribed in their names, in their nature. Their true nature is existing in his sight and for him. In this very way the second aspect that characterizes Angels is also explained: they are God’s messengers. They bring God to men, they open heaven and thus open earth. Precisely because they are with God, they can also be very close to man. —-Homily of His Holiness Benedict XVI From the Roman Missal: Michael ( Who is...

What Does it Mean to Put Your Hand to the Plough?

What Does it Mean to Put Your Hand to the Plough?

  He Set His Face Toward Jeruselem     As they traveled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me,’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good — bye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of...

Compelled By a Longing

Compelled By a Longing

St Vincent de Paul in Heaven Presents His Works to Mary Lord, who am I that you call me?  I am not wise or from any noble birth. By human reckoning I am a fool, on my own I am weak. I have nothing to boast about to God, but what You have made me ~ A member of your family through Your Son, Jesus Christ. He is my virtue, He is my wisdom, He is my Holiness and freedom. One day, when I was sick and in despair, You came to my town. I heard the Good News of the kingdom, because someone saw that I was harassed and full of sorrow. In the name of Christ they took pity on me that I may no longer live in spiritual poverty. You sent a laborer to the harvest and I was spared. —— Now, I feel sorrow as I see the rich harvest of people today dying of spiritual...

Text Message Lecture: ‘It’s Not About You’

Text Message Lecture: ‘It’s Not About You’

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. —Galatians 2:20 I got a lecture last night…by text message. Not from my husband, or from my mom either. It was my youngest. Here’s how it went down: What’s with your blog lately? he asks. Why, what’s wrong with it? You’re not talking about yourself enough. I like posting about the saints. Nope..go back to writing..or at least do both. I don’t want to. It’s too draining to write about me. It’s not about you. It’s about what God has done for you. I took a five minute finger break to tell my husband, (who was...

Sister Wendy in Venice

Sister Wendy in Venice

Virgin in a Meadow Bellini 1505 God the Father imparted to Mary His fruitfulness as far as a mere creature was capable of receiving it, to enable her to bring forth His Son and all the members of His mystical body. —True Devotion, St Louis de Montfort As I mentioned last week, I’ve been smitten by Sister Wendy. Can you indulge me this new passion?  I’ve decided for now, to use Sunday’s posts to honor the Lord in art.  I hope you enjoy it....

‘The Best Thing Christians Can Do is to Show Others That Jesus is the Living God’

September 23, 2011. (Romereports.com) Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue have been key during the pope’s trip to Germany. The most symbolic moment was perhaps, his visit to the convent where Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reform, lived from 1505 to 1511. — Upon arriving, the pope met with the leaders of the Lutheran Church. During his speech, he said one of the main priorities of ecumenism is to prevent the pressures of secularization to eliminate the common ground they already share. — Afterward, the pope prayed for the unity of all Christians. During that same ceremony, the president of Germany’s Lutheran Synod, referred to the pope as “our brother Benedict.” — The pope went on to say that all people need God. As a...

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry, Anxiety Doesn’t Help at All. Our Merciful Lord Will Listen to Your Prayer… —- St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) Priest, Mystic, and Stigmatist Not long after I’d come home to Holy Mother Church, I did nursing home visitation. Room after room, I would see the rosary and holy cards pinned to walls with images I had long forgotten, but were still recognizable to me; St Anthony, St Therese, The Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Sorrows of Mary, St Michael the Archangel, The Infant of Prague, …But there was one face that was totally new to me and it was in every Catholic resident’s room.  Padre Pio. I had no idea who he was or what his story was. Slowly, I pieced together bits of his life from the...

The Generosity of an Absent Minded Professor

The Generosity of an Absent Minded Professor

St Thomas of Villanova 1488- 1555 St. Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there. —- After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca he was ordained and resumed his teaching–despite a continuing absentmindedness and poor memory. He became prior and then provincial of the friars, sending the first Augustinians to the New World. He was nominated by the emperor to the archbishopric of Granada, but refused. When the see again became vacant he was pressured to accept. The money his cathedral chapter gave him to furnish his house was given to a hospital instead. His explanation to them was that...

No One Ought to Despair of Salvation

No One Ought to Despair of Salvation

St Matthew 1st Century One day, Matthew, a Galilean Jew, worked for the Romans as a tax collector or publican; the next day when Jesus stops by his office, Matthew says yes to an invitation; Follow me. Maybe I see everything through the eyes of a mom, but since that’s what I am, that’s my filter. Another radical conversion to give us hope for our children…even the adults who seem to have settled their lives in another direction. There really is no explanation for the immediacy of his response, though we can suppose Matthew knew of Jesus since he worked in Capernaum, where Jesus lived for a while. I have always thought Jesus opened Matthew’s spiritual eyes to the Divinity that radiated from out of His humanity. So one day, he’s...

‘We Do Not Expect Any Sensations’

‘We Do Not Expect Any Sensations’

Pope Benedict to Pray With German Protestants but Sees No Breakthrough Pope Benedicthas said he would pray with German Protestants during a visit this week to the cradle of the European Reformation, but played down expectations of a breakthrough in ecumenical ties. The pope’s September 22-25 visit to Germany, his native country, has prompted some Protestants to call for more ecumenical measures like joint communions and Catholic recognition of Protestant churches. Liberal Catholics were also hoping to hear talk of reforms such as more tolerance of divorced Catholics. “In the Augustinian monastery and church where Luther began his path, I will have the opportunity to meet representatives of Germany’s Protestant Church,” Benedict said in a message televised by...

The Korean Martyrs

The Korean Martyrs

Korean Martyrs, Sts. Andrew, Paul and companions This is one of the greatest missionary stories of all time, because the faith was planted not by foreign missionaires, but as the result of one layman. From the Roman Missal: From the very beginning these Christian suffered terrible persecutions that over the course of the 19th century gave the church many martyrs. Outstanding among these were the first Korean priest and devoted pastor Andrew Kim of Taegu, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong of Hasang. Among the Korean martyrs who struggled valiantly for Christ were bishops and priests, but for the most part they were laity, men and women, married and single, young and old. ————- The 103 Korean Martyrs were canonized in 1984 by Pope John Paul...