Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why Exercise?

Exercise is hard work. As a child, I was stubbornly idle, and as the child is the father of the man, I remain so. I was helped not to change in any way, by the gifts of a succession of … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A

A fresco from Gračanica Monastery The Joy and Its Prophet Paris, December 13, 2013 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The joy of the gift of charity The aim of Advent is to prepare the Christians for Christmas because Jesus comes … Continue reading

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The Tomb Of St John Of The Cross

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“Build a Temple” Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Mission to St. Juan Diego

Yesterday we celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. Adapted from article by Fr. Peter Carota: http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/ Mary appeared four times to St. Juan Diego.  It was on December 12th. 1531 that Mary gave … Continue reading

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Who Is Perfect?

H/T to Francis Phillips at the Catholic Herald. Read her article here.

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Advent is the Season of the Presence and Expectation of the Eternal

As the third week of Advent approaches, here is a homily  for inspiration and encouragement to live more fully the days leading up to Christmas. It was originally given by Pope Benedict at the celebration of first Vespers of Advent … Continue reading

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The Continual and Worsening Persecution of Christians

The atrocities committed against Christians (mostly at the hand of Islamist fundamentalists) continue to increase at an alarming rate, while most of the rest of world simply turns the other way. Go to Theodore Shoebat’s site here: http://tedshoebat.com/ (Warning! Many of … Continue reading

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Trust

Watch this exhilarating clip, and ponder on the trust that the parachutist’s passenger has placed in him. That is at the very least the amount of trust we must place in Jesus, especially as we near death. Father, into your … Continue reading

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Subsidiarity

From Catholic World Report Why is this basic principle of Catholic social teaching praised more than it is practiced? James Kalb Subsidiarity is a basic principle of Catholic social teaching. Like other such principles, it is praised more than practiced, … Continue reading

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Bishop Notes Something to Regret in Mandela Legacy

At this very moment the memorial service of Nelson Mandela, who died on 5th December, is taking place. [Bishop Tobin] Recalls His ‘Noble Defense of Human Dignity’ Did Not Include Unborn. From Zenit.org. The bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, is … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Repaint, Repent

Readying Ourselves for a New Heart By Dr. Edward Mulholland ATCHISON, KANSAS, December 09, 2013 (Zenit.org) – John the Baptist has made his appearance on the Advent scene with his booming command to “repent.” What does it mean to repent? … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Originally posted on All Along the Watchtower:
One of the commonest errors into which we can fall is the notion that belief in a doctrine marks the point at which men first began to believe in it; on the contrary,…

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Lectio Divina: 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A

El Greco – The Annunciation Advent as Encounter With Christ by Meeting John the Baptist and Mary Paris, December 06, 2013 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) Meeting John to encounter Jesus Thanks to the liturgy of the Roman Rite for … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas and a Meditation on the Immaculate Conception (audio)

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