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Archive for September, 2009

St. Therese of the Child Jesus: Love is Repaid by Love Alone

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Ave Maria Meditations

I WILL SPEND MY HEAVEN DOING GOOD ON EARTH!

LOVE IS REPAID BY LOVE ALONE…

…AND NOURISHED BY SACRIFICE.

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My Heaven on Earth

To bear my exile now, within this world of tears,

The holy tender glance of Christ, my Lord, I need.

That glance, surcharged with love, consoles me through the years;

His loveliness displays foretaste of heaven indeed.

On me my Jesus smiles, when toward Him I aspire-

The trial of my faith then weighs no more on me.

That love-glance of my God, that smile of holy fire,

Oh, this is heaven for me!

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‘Tis heaven to have the power, great grace from Christ to win

For Holy Mother Church, for all my Sisters dear,

For every soul on earth that He may enter in,

Enflame our sinful hearts, and grant us joy and cheer.

All things my love can gain when, heart to heart, I pray,

Alone with Jesus Christ in speechless ecstasy.

Beside His altar blest with Him I gladly stay,

Oh, this is heaven for me!

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Sep 30 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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Homily #090930m ( 10min) Play – The great doctor of the Church, St. Jerome, spent most of his life writing the Latin Vulgate. Among his many accomplishments, he also had a great veneration to virginity and the consecrated life. The crowning of his defense and honor of the role of virginity in the Church was lifted up by his defense of the Blessed Virgin..
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Sep 30 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Saint Jerome

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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Homily #090930 ( 08min) Play – “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ!” -St Jerome

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Second Vatican Council indicates three criteria for interpreting Scripture in accordance with the Spirit who inspired it.78

112 1. Be especially attentive “to the content and unity of the whole Scripture”. Different as the books which compose it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God’s plan, of which Christ Jesus is the center and heart, open since his Passover.79

113 2. Read the Scripture within “the living Tradition of the whole Church”. According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church’s heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her Tradition the living memorial of God’s Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture (“. . . according to the spiritual meaning which the Spirit grants to the Church”81).

114 3. Be attentive to the analogy of faith.82 By “analogy of faith” we mean the coherence of the truths of faith among themselves and within the whole plan of Revelation.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Great Marian Figures, part I – Dr. Miravalle: MCast 77

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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Marycast #77 ( 10min) Play – Pope John Paul II stated that “the Church is first Marian and second Petrine”, meaning that Christians must first and foremost be imitators of Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, and then look to Peter (the Pope) to keep us united in the one true Faith.  In this episode, Dr. Miravalle discusses this as he speaks on the origins of Marian tradition and devotion in the Church.

Ave Maria!

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In Defense of Purity 1

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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As promised, here is my first post on Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Purity: The Mystery of Christian Sexuality (originally published as In Defense of Purity).  It is probably longer than will be my other posts on the book.  We will see.  I thought there were some basic ideas about “shame” that I wanted to establish from the beginning.  Part of my work here will be to do a comparative study of von Hildebrand’s writing on Purity vis-à-vis John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Book I: Purity; Part I: Sex; Chapter I: Sex Distinguished from Other Bodily Appetites

There could be no greater mistake than to explain the tendency to conceal sex as exclusively, or even primarily, an endeavor to hide something disgraceful or ugly (Purity 6).

Catholic tradition describes this tendency to conceal sex as “modesty.”  It is a certain kind of shame.  We would do well to understand what it is and what it is not.

The shame of English

In his book, Purity: The Mystery of Christian Sexuality, Dietrich von Hildebrand distinguishes between different kinds of shame.  (more…)

September 29th: Feast of the Archangels

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

St. Michael the Archangel

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The name Michael signifies “Who is like to God?” and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as “one of the chief princes,” and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles. Although he is always called “the Archangel,” the Greek Fathers and many others place him over all the angels – as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness.

On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said: ‘”May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: ‘Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”‘

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Sep 29 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: MI CA EL

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
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“MI-CA-EL,” or “Who is like unto God?” was the cry of the great Archangel when he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of (more…)

Video – No Apologies #106 – Doesn’t Celibacy Bring Immorality?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
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What is to be said about St. Paul’s letter to Timothy which reads that “a bishop must be married only once?” And what about the objection that celibacy brings with it immorality?

Ave Maria!

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Video – Roving Reporter #79: Celebrating Marriage Renewal of Vows

Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Roving Reporter #79 – Scott Spear on the greatness of Marriage  ( 07min) >>> Play

 
   

Ave Maria!

At this summer’s Celebrating Marriage event conducted by the Rhode Island chapter of the the National  Organization for Marriage Scott Spear gives an address on the beauties of Marriage before the crowd of couples that gathered at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick who are ready to renew their wedding vows.

Ave Maria!

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Sep 28 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St Wenceslas

Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Homily #090928 ( 07min) Play – Mat. 10: 34 Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. 35 For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

35 “I came to set a man at variance”… Not that this was the end or design of the coming of our Savior; but that his coming and his doctrine would have this effect, by reason of the obstinate resistance that many would make, and of their persecuting all such as should adhere to him.
Ave Maria!

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Sep 28 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: St. Lawrence Ruiz, Philippino Martyr, and Companions

Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Homily #090928m ( 05min) Play – St. Lawrence, a Philippino father, and his fifteen companions were tortured and slain for the faith in Japan. To his judges he proclaimed, “I shall die for God, and for Him I would give many thousands of lives if I had them.” Let us not be afraid to witness to our faith, if not to martyrdom, then at the very least, to the testimony of our daily lives.
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Saint Lawrence was a devoted husband and father of three children in the Philippians. After being wrongfully accused of murder, he fled with Christian missionaries to Japan where he was tortured and killed for the faith. He died profession: “I shall die for God, and for Him I would give many thousands of lives if I had them.”

Sep 27 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: “Whoever is not against us is for us..”

Sunday, September 27th, 2009
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Not being afraid to witness for Christ, be ready and willing to tell someone what they truly need to hear – with love, with truth, and with understanding..
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Thoughts on Pilgrimage

Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Ave Maria Meditations
I ask your prayers as I prepare for a pilgrimage to holy places in Italy
including Siena, Assisi, and Rome.  Ave Maria! SrJMMfti
Prayers for Pilgrims

Pilgrimage is traditionally a journey to a holy place — a place where saints have walked, a place where God has met people and blessed them.

People through the ages have journeyed with God on pilgrimage — to perform a penance, to ask for healing, to pray for places where there is war or national disaster, to pray for friends.

Pilgrimage is an opportunity to travel lightly, to walk free of daily routines, to meet people, to make friends, to enjoy and celebrate God’s creation. An opportunity, too, in the traveling, in the conversations, and in the silences to reflect on the journey of our lives and on our journey homeward to God.

Prayers before setting out on a pilgrimage

God of the guiding star, the bush that blazes
SHOW US YOUR WAY
God of the stormy seas, the Bread that nourishes
TEACH US YOUR TRUTH
God of the still, small voice, the wind that blows where it chooses
FILL US WITH LIFE
God of the elements, of our inward and outward journeys
SET OUR FEET ON YOUR ROAD TODAY.
MAY GOD BLESS US WITH A SAFE JOURNEY
MAY THE ANGELS AND SAINTS TRAVEL WITH US
MAY WE LIVE THIS DAY IN JUSTICE AND JOY. AMEN.

Sep 27 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Near Occasion of Sin

Sunday, September 27th, 2009
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Homily #090927 ( 17min) Play – Starting from today’s Gospel message of avoiding the occasion of sin, Fr. Angelo explains that making a good confession is the most important spiritual act and the key to this is sincerity of heart, to truly want to repent, to turn from our past ways of sin.
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Sep 26 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: The disciples did not understand His words..

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
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Homily #090926m ( 08min) Play – In today’s Gospel, we hear how the disciples did not understand the words of Our Lord..
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