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June 13, 2008   


(1Co 9:19-23) For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more. And I became to the Jews a Jew, that I might gain the Jews: To them that are under the law, as if I were under the law, (whereas myself was not under the law,) that I might gain them that were under the law. To them that were without the law, as if I were without the law, (whereas I was not without the law of God, but was in the law of Christ,) that I might gain them that were without the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all. And I do all things for the gospel's sake, that I may be made partaker thereof.

Christians mark second millennium of St Paul

Christian denominations come together to celebrate the second millenium of St. Paul, beginning June 28. Referred to as the Pauline Year, it ends on the saint's feast day on 29 June 2009. Many adherents plan to retrace his final journey to Rome as part of the celebration. Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christians have agreed to participate in the programs.

Peripatetic St. Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, was converted from Judaism on the road to Damascus. His evangelization quest before he was beheaded in 67 AD took in scores of countries in Asia Minor, Arabia and present-day Europe. St. Paul's epistles are said to show him as a profound religious thinker with an enduring formative influence in the development of Christianity.

Pope John Paul II says the writings of St. Paul are critical for understanding for all Christian traditions.

IN THE NEWS: Catholics hope Turkey opens church for St Paul Year

VIA THE VATICAN: Pope authorizes granting of indulgences for Pauline year events

VIA CNS: Nine pilgrimage sites in Rome readied for Pauline year

POPE BENEDICT XVI: "This Pauline apostolate requires a commitment to inter-religious dialogue, and I encourage you to carry forward this important work, exploring every avenue open to you. I realize that not all the territories you represent offer the same degree of religious liberty, and many of you, for example, encounter serious difficulties in promoting Christian religious instruction in schools."

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"

4. A characteristic of those who are still progressing in blessed mourning is temperance and silence of the lips; and of those who have made progress- freedom from anger and patient endurance of injuries; and of the perfect- humility, thirst for dishonours, voluntary craving for involuntary afflictions, non-condemnation of sinners, compassion even beyond one's strength. The first are acceptable, the second laudable; but blessed are those who hunger for hardship and thirst for dishonour, for they shall be filled with the food whereof there can be no satiety.

June 11, 2008  

(1Ti 4:1-3) Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

EDITORIAL: Battling for America's Soul: How Homosexual "Marriage" Threatens Our Nation and Faith

It is clear, therefore, that the battle for marriage in America is the clash of two worldviews.  On the one hand, those Americans who still defend a moral law.  On the other, the homosexual revolution and its secularist allies.

The stakes are also clear.  This is a battle for the soul of America.  The so-called Cultural War is gradually becoming a Religious War.  For one cannot modify the lex agendi (rules of morals) without thereby modifying the lex credendi (rules of belief) given the profound relationship between the two.  He who accepts as good and even exalts homosexual practice cannot adore the true and living God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of that sin.  (Gen.  18-19)

In view of the above, it is urgent to resist the imposition on our country of “morals” opposed to those of Christ.

Our resistance must be accompanied by sincere, ardent, and persevering prayer, since, as the Savior admonished us, “without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Lastly, since the legalization of homosexual “marriage” is a public sin that can draw God’s punishment upon our country, we must sacrifice and do penance, for God does not despise “a contrite and humbled heart.” (Ps.  50:19)

The hour is late.  Our Lady warned at Fatima that sin weighs heavily in the scales of God’s justice.  God will not be mocked.  (Gal.  6:7) By taking energetic and faithful action in this struggle, we can heed the Blessed Mother’s maternal warning, recognize and correct our failings, and rightly be one nation under God.  The choice is ours.

May She help us all to do our duty, in full and faithful compliance with the perennial and immutable teaching of Holy Mother Church on the intrinsic evilness of homosexual acts.

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"

3. Repentance is the cheerful deprival of every bodily comfort.

June 6, 2008



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June, the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART

Nadine: The First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

"The First Friday of each month was designated by our Savior Himself as a day to be consecrated to honoring His Sacred Heart.. As the object of this devotion is to make our Savior Jesus Christ ardently and perfectly loved, and to make reparation for the outrages offered to Him in the past, as well as for those which he daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist.Jesus Christ merits our love at all times, but alas! He is despised and outraged in the Sacrament of His love at all times, and so people should at all times make reparation to Him.
We should then adore Jesus Christ in this august Sacrament, make a fervent act of love to Jesus in the tabernacle, thank Him for having instituted this Mystery of love, express our sorrow at seeing Him so abandoned, and resolve to visit Him as soon as possible and love Him unceasingly.
Attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is assuredly the best means of honoring and loving the adorable Heart of Jesus.
The following First Friday devotions are efficacious in honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

1. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3. Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
4. Act of Reparation
5. The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
6. The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

1. "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life."
2. "I will establish peace in their homes."
3. "I will comfort them in their afflictions."
4. "I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death."
5. "I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings."
6. "Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy."
7. "Tepid souls shall grow fervent."
8. "Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection."
9. "I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored."
10. "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts."
11. "Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out."
12. "I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"

1. Mourning according to God is sadness of soul and the disposition of a sorrowing heart, which ever madly seeks that for which it thirsts; and when it fails in its quest, it painfully pursues it, and follows in its wake grievously lamenting. Or thus: mourning is a golden spur in a soul which is stripped of all attachment and of all ties, fixed by holy sorrow to watch over the heart.

June 5, 2008  

(John 17:21-22) That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them: that, they may be one, as we also are one.

POPE JOHN PAUL II: "Among the sins which require a greater commitment to repentance and conversion should certainly be counted those which have been detrimental to the unity willed by God for his People. In the course of the thousand years now drawing to a close, even more than in the first millennium, ecclesial communion has been painfully wounded, 'a fact for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame.' Such wounds openly contradict the will of Christ and are a cause of scandal to the world. These sins of the past unfortunately still burden us and remain ever present temptations. It is necessary to make amends for them and earnestly to beseech Christ's forgiveness."

Vatican official says Pope-Patriarch meeting is 'possible'

After a visit to Russia, the Vatican's top official for Christian unity has said a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Alexei II of the Russian Orthodox Church is "possible". Such an encounter would be the first-ever meeting between a Roman pontiff and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.

"All seems going in the direction of a meeting between Benedict XVI and Patriarch Alexei II. Until now there is not a concrete agenda but there are many signals," said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Kasper made his remarks in an interview published on 3 June in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. The cardinal spent 10 days in Russia at the end of May, where he met Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops, and had a meeting with Patriarch Alexei.

Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, spoke repeatedly about his dream of visiting Russia but met resistance from the Moscow Patriarchate, which had accused the Vatican of aggressively seeking converts among Russian Orthodox faithful. Another controversial issue concerned what Orthodox call "uniatism", or Catholics who follow the Orthodox Eastern Rite but come under the jurisdiction of Rome.

"In Moscow, I received a welcome that would have been unbelievable a year ago," said Kasper. He added that he had given Alexei a letter from Pope Benedict, and had brought back a message to the Pope from the Russian Patriarch.

"The Orthodox are looking for cooperation on Christian values ... on issues such as the family, ethics and human rights," said Kasper. He said, "remaining difficulties" between Rome and Moscow included the issue of papal primacy.

RELATED: Vatican preparing guidelines for religious dialogue

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 6- "On remembrance of death"

11. Anyone who wishes to retain within him continually the remembrance of death and God's judgment, and at the same time yields to material cares and distractions, is like a man who is swimming and wants to clap his hands.
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