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Archive for July, 2009

Mystics, Martyrs and Rhetoricians

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Soap BoxOr the Theology of the Soapbox

What follows in another one of my long expositions on the Theology of the Body.  I have to give a loud content warning at the outset.  There is some frank talk here about sexuality, or rather, my complaints that there is too much frank talk about such matters.  I would have asked Dawn Eden to publish this one, but she has very courageously retired from blogging.  I have to commend her on her decision; however, it is not without regret on my part.

I again want to let those I disagree with know that my intentions are honorable and I do not question their integrity or commitment to the faith.  I can take my lumps if I deserve them. (more…)

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Friday, July 31st, 2009

One Minute Meditation

St Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits

(1491-1556) Feast Day is July 31st

Some Prayers Attributed to Him:

A favorite prayer for after Holy Communion, the Anima Christi:

(“The Soul of Christ” composed by St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the malignant enemy, defend me.

In the hour of my death, call me.

And bid me come to Thee.

That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.

For all eternity. Amen.

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July 31 – St. Pio Daily – Fury of Satan

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Ave Maria!July’s Theme: Temptation

“The fury of satan, from whom you sometimes hear so many threats, must not at all amaze you or frighten you. He, as you know, persecutes to the death the souls who do not want to listen to his pessimistic insinuations, and his hatred grows all the more when he sees his hopes vanish of possessing them and making them his. You, meanwhile, continue to not pay attention to him; strengthen yourself with prayer, with humility, and with unlimited trust in the Divine help.”

Jul 31 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Soldier of God

Friday, July 31st, 2009
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Homily #090731 ( 08min) Play – St. Ignatius was a worldly soldier when he was wounded and then by reflecting on his past life realized that the true battle was a spiritual one that began with conquering oneself. He then refired Europe and beyond for God with his spiritual army, the Jesuits.
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Video – Apostles Creed: Art 8 – The Holy Ghost

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
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Immaculate Music #22 – 8th Article of the Apostle’s Creed ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Continuing our series of music videos of the Apostles Creed from the Roman Catechism set to beautiful polyphonic music from the Franciscans of the Immaculate and classic religious art, we now proceed to the eighth article of the Creed: “I believe in the Holy Ghost.”

The musical piece is “Sicut Cervus” by composer Giovanni Palestrina.

Ave Maria!

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July 30 – St. Pio Daily – Take to Flight

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Ave Maria!July’s Theme: Temptation

“Flee with all your might the perturbations and anxieties of the heart, otherwise, your every work will bear little or no fruit at all. Let us be sure that if our spirit is disturbed, are more and more frequent and direct are the assaults of the devil, who profits by this natural weakness of ours to be able to succeed in his intentions. Let us be on our guard about this point, which is not of little importance for us: as soon as we have realized that we have fallen into discouragement, let us renew our faith and abandon ourselves in the arms of the Divine Father, Who is always ready to welcome us, always to those who sincerely run to Him.”

Jul 29 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Hospitality

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
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Homily #090729m ( 08min) Play – Father gives some very helpful counsels on hospitality, explaining that the most important part of hospitality is the dialogue with the person visiting.  

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Jul 30 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Parable of the Net

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
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Homily #090730 ( 07min) Play – The Kingdom of God is like a net that catches fish both good and bad. Let us be sure to be the good fish.
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Summer Encampment, August 7-9, 2009

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Click on the image to view the Summer Encampment page. There you will find links to the advertising poster and to the registration and release form. Most of your questions should be answered there. The image in the side bar has also been updated to bring to the current Encampment page.
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Posted in Catholicism, Chivalry, Encampment, Fatherhood, Guy things, Knights, Knights of Lepanto, Manliness, Men

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A Franciscan Saint of the Confessional

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Leopoldo Mandic is known as an Apostle of the Confessional and also as an Apostle of Unity. Feast Day is July 30th.

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SAINT OF THE CONFESSIONAL

To be a good confessor one must first of all gain the confidence of the penitent. In this Fr. Leopoldo succeeded wonderfully. His very person, so small as to be scarcely visible in the semi-darkness of cell, his features calm and radiating kindness, his eyes full of serenity, his measured and paternal gestures, all combined to awake confidence from all who approached. Often he would get up and go to meet the penitent as if he were greeting an old and expected friend.

Nothing he did or said could in any way humiliate the visitor and cause him to close his heart. He paid attention to everything, knowing that confidence is built on a variety of imponderables which may often appear insignificant. So much skill and so much virtue naturally disposed the penitent to listen with a receptive mind to the instruction and exhortations which followed. What he said was not just a routine affair, the same for everyone; he said what was needed by each individual soul in a manner easily understood by the person in question, using dialect and popular phrases if they would help. This was a point he considered very important.

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Vortex Cannon!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Too awesome for commentary.

Posted in Guy things, Jocular, Men, Youth Tagged: BBC, Vortex Cannon

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July 28, 29 – St. Pio Daily – Never Grow Tired

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Ave Maria!July’s Theme: Temptation

28- “God does not want to lose a soul that has fallen and gets back up. If He wanted to lose it, as the soul would justly merit, He would not give it the grace to get back up. Therefore, take heart and muster up a little more courage and faith, and do not doubt that all the rest will serve for giving confusion to satan, who was relying on you; for giving glory to God; for your own benefit, and for the edification of others.”

29- “Never grow tired […] of asking the Divine Spouse, with the spouse in the sacred Canticles, the kiss of peace, which is a true paradise of joys: with it you will defy the vain fears of the world, the suggestions of the devil, the allurements of the flesh and, without losing a drop of your calm, you will ground them and be victorious over them.”

Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Busy Martha

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Homily #090729 ( 09min) Play – Although being overly busy lead Martha to be distracted from listening to the Lord on one occasion, in today’s Gospel Martha’s action in going out to meet our Lord was an act of faith which brought her closer to Him and shows that we must be both active and prayerful.
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Video – The Family Rosary, part II – Dr Miravalle: MCast 66

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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Marycast #66 ( 09min) Play – Continuing his talk on the Family Rosary, Dr. Miravalle talks about aids to praying the Holy Rosary at home, including setting a proper time & place, what to do when distractions or restlessness come into play, and also how to get your children to begin to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary.  This is a great instruction from a man with a lot of experience under his belt – i.e., eight children in the home. (Praise God!)

Ave Maria!

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Jul 28 – Homily – Fr Angelo: The Enemy has Done This

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
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Homily #090728 ( 08min) Play – Our Lord planted good seed in His kingdom, but why are there so many sinners?
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