Monthly Archives: June 2014

Feast of the First Martyrs of the See of Rome

When the city of Rome had been devastated by fire in the year 64, the Emperor Nero launched a persecution against the Christians, who were thrown to the wild beasts in the arena or soaked in tar and used as … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church will not be changing its views on sex. It cannot and it should not .

from The Daily Telegraph by Dr. Tim Stanley   The media presents us today with a typical non-story that tells us two completely unsurprising things about the Roman Catholic Church. A) The results of its family survey reveal that millions … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

  On this Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the principal patrons of Rome, we welcome with joy and gratitude the Delegation sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch, our venerable and beloved brother Bartholomaios, and led by Metropolitan Ioannis. Let us … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies: Assisted Suicide Bill Will Put Lives of Many Vulnerable People at Risk

From zenit.0rg: Legislation Proposes Licensing Doctors to Supply Lethal Drugs to Those With Less Than Six Months to Live An English bishop has warned that a bill to legalise assisted suicide may inadvertently lead to the deaths of large numbers … Continue reading

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Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, help of Christians, refuge of the human race, victorious in all the battles of God, we prostrate ourselves in supplication before thy throne, in the sure hope of obtaining mercy and of receiving grace … Continue reading

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Cardinal Tagle to brother-priests: Quit “Good morning” at start of Mass

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asked priests to do away with their habit of greeting their parishioners “good morning” during Mass, saying the expression “the Lord be with you” is already sufficient. “With all due respect, my brother-priests, I … Continue reading

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Doctrinal Foundation of Devotion to the Sacred Heart

by The Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Most of us know that Devotion to the Sacred Heart is part of our Catholic religion. We have known from childhood about the nine first Fridays. We often recite the … Continue reading

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Active Participation

Warm noon-day sunshine streams in through gothic windows, creating a glow in the nave of a church still heavy with incense from the previous Mass. The high altar, dressed in white for Corpus Christi, is ablaze with candles: in addition … Continue reading

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Transforming daily duty into a “work of art for God”.

Today’s Gospel reading at Holy Mass: Matthew 7:21-29 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many … Continue reading

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Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

from The Catholic Herald by Francis Rocca   The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, … Continue reading

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First the Bait, Then the Hook – a Sober Meditation on Temptation

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner when trying to tempt us. Rather, he is more of a master hunter carefully setting traps, or a skilled fisherman who carefully studies behavior in … Continue reading

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Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Today is the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. Only two other birthdays are celebrated in the Church Calendar: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise, saints … Continue reading

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Mariam Yahya Ibrahim reportedly freed

Deo Gratias! (but don’t stop praying) According to the official state news agency in Sudan, a court has ordered 27-year-old Meriam Yahya Ibrahim be freed after her case sparked outrage around the world.    Read about it at the Independent … Continue reading

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“Can you simply give me back the Faith of my father?”

Slightly adapted from Rorate Caeli on 20th June 2014: “This is the most beautiful Mass our parish has ever celebrated.” Only… in this week of Corpus Christi (or Corpus Domini, as it is called in Italy), the pastor (Parish priest) of a church … Continue reading

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St. Bernadette’s First Holy Communion on Feast of Blessed Sacrament

By Monsignor Jacques Perrier, bishop emeritus of Lourdes Bernadette Soubirous did not make her First Communion on Corpus Christi Sunday, 22nd June, but on 3rd June. In 1858, the year of the Apparitions at Lourdes, 3rd June fell on Thursday, Fete-Dieu … Continue reading

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