Monthly Archives: October 2013

“A Mhuire na nGrás / O Mary of Graces” – Celtic Hymn Prayer

The last day of October, month of the Holy Rosary. As a farewell prayer to Our Blessed Mother, let’s sing this lovely Irish hymn: A Mhuire na ngrás, a Mháthair Mhic Dé,                 … Continue reading

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Helping the Holy Souls

The Church teaches that the Holy Souls cannot help themselves, but that we can gain indulgences, have Masses said, offer our sacrifices, prayers, works of mercy and almsgiving for their release from Purgatory. We can, and indeed should, help the Holy Souls … Continue reading

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A Poem From Tasmania

Incarnate Word, in Whom all nature lives, Cast flame upon the Earth, raise up contemplatives Among us, men* who walk within the fire Of ceaseless prayer, impetuous desire, Set pools of silence in this thirsty land: Distracted men who sow … Continue reading

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Celebrating ‘All Hallows Eve’/ ‘Feast of All Saints’ in a Pre-Christian West

Death is a fact of life. When St. Francis of Assisi lay dying he said, “Welcome, Sister Death”. Tomorrow is Halloween – when we recognise that death is another creaturely thing in a world that will one day pass away. “I believe…in … Continue reading

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The Supernatural Life

Originally posted on ragazzagallese:
To rectify. – A little each day. – This must be your constant task if you really want to become a saint Beautiful vestments, Fr. — You have an obligation to sanctify yourself – Yes, you…

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Black Madonna Pro-Life Pilgrimage Across North America

After traveling from Vladivostok, Russia across Europe to Portugal, the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna, is now traveling across North America. The peregrination of the Czestochowa Icon “From Ocean to Ocean” through the world in … Continue reading

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Interview with Cardinal Pell

In this interview published on October 28 by Vatican Insider, the cardinal comments on the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Francis, the reform of the Roman Curia, and Lefebvrist leader Bishop Fellay’s attack on the Pope. GERARD … Continue reading

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Help of the Hopeless

The Litany of St Jude Thaddeus (For private use) Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. … Continue reading

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Go out and Preach

There is one important feast day in October that I forgot to mention in my recent article, “Festive October”: World Mission Sunday, that was celebrated this month on 20th with the theme, “…that the precious gift of the Gospel may … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XI on Christ the King

Today the old calendar of the Church marks the Solemnity of Christ the King. Below is an extract (with CP&S emphasis) from Quas Primas, an encyclical Pope Pius XI wrote in 1925 about this Feast: 14. Let Us explain briefly the … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Millais: the Pharisee and the Tax Collector Without Humility Prayer Degenerates Into Arrogance Paris, October 25, 2013 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) Prayer must be humble Last Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word has taught us that prayer to be true … Continue reading

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Beware of Pride

Homily for the 30th Sunday of the year by Msgr Charles Pope: There’s an old saying on pride that goes: “Faults in others I can see, but praise the Lord, they’re none in me!” It’s a steel trap statement because … Continue reading

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Damien Hirst’s latest work praised by pro-life workers

photo credit: Dawn Gibson From Independent Catholic News: Pro-life campaigners have welcomed a new work in the Qatari capital Doha, by the controversial artist Damien Hirst, entitled: ‘The Miraculous Journey’ , which depict the development of a human being from the fertilisation … Continue reading

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Mother Antonia Brenner, RIP

From the telegraph.co.uk, 23 Oct 2013: Mother Antonia Brenner, who has died aged 86, was a twice-divorced former Hollywood socialite and mother of seven who, in 1977, gave away most of her possessions, put on a homemade nun’s habit and … Continue reading

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Is my prayer good enough?

Sister Carmen Laudis at RC Spiritual Direction tackles a reader’s question which has troubled many a faithful Catholic through the ages: Q.  Dear Sister, my prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you … Continue reading

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