October 26, 2014

All in?

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind...

You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  (Matthew 22:37, 39)

October 22, 2014

Saint John Paul II!

"The mystery of the Eucharist-sacrifice, presence, banquet-does not allow for reduction or exploitation; it must be experienced and lived in its integrity, both in its celebration and in the intimate converse with Jesus which takes place after receiving communion or in a prayerful moment of Eucharistic adoration apart from Mass. These are times when the Church is firmly built up and it becomes clear what she truly is: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic; the people, temple, and family of God; the body and bride of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit; the universal sacrament of salvation and a hierarchically structured communion."

Saint John Paul II
Ecclesia de Eucharistia

October 17, 2014

Apologetics with St. Ignatius of Antioch

By Jon Sorensen

The early Church Fathers are indispensable resources for Catholic apologetics, helping to bridge the gap between our own time and the age of the apostles. Not only do they provide extrabiblical verification of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, they also provide a great deal of insight into what the early Christians believed and how they interpreted Scripture.
This can go a long way to demonstrate that certain Catholic distinctives have been believed from the very beginning. One Church Father I find to be particularly helpful in apologetics is St. Ignatius of Antioch.
Ignatius lived from around A.D. 35 to 107. He was the third bishop of Antioch and tradition records that he was a disciple of the apostle John (cf. The Maryrdom of Ignatius). During the reign of Emperor Trajan, he was taken to Rome and suffered martyrdom there. Along the way he wrote seven letters—one to St. Polycarp of Smyrna, and six others to various churches.

October 16, 2014

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:
  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
  12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
"Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."
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October 11, 2014

October Newsletter

Why is Mary called Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted? Click here to find the answer in our October 2014 newsletter? 

October 9, 2014

The Gift Par Excellence!

"The Church has received the Eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift-however precious- among so many others, but as the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of Himself, of His Person in His sacred humanity, as well as the gift of His saving work. Nor does it remain confined to the past, since 'all that Christ is-all that He did and suffered for all men- participates in the divine eternity, and so transcends all times.' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1085)"

Saint John Paul II
Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 11