September 30, 2009
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"9. God resisteth the proud (James 4:6). Who then can have mercy on them? Every proud-hearted man is unclean before God (Prov. 16:5). Who then can cleanse such a person?
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"8. An arrogant man yearns after authority; for otherwise, as it were, he cannot, or rather, does not wish to perish utterly.
September 28, 2009
10:3-6) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the
flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to God,
unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels, And every
height that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God: and bringing
into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ: And
having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience
shall be fulfilled.
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VIA Frank Rega: Letter of Bishop of Mostar (Mgr. Peric) to actual priests in Medjugorje (Petar Vlasic…)
On his website (www.cbismo.com) Mgr. Peric has published on Sept. 26 2009 3 long articles with (Italian) title “Il Contesto del Fenomeno Medjugorje”
All translated from Croatian language.
Part 1 deals with the role and manipulations of ex-Fr. Tomislav Vlasic and deceased Fr. Slavko Barbaric
Part 2 deals with the phantasies of T.Vlasic and the manipulations of S.Barbaric around the ‘Youthfestival’
Part 3 first deals with the homily of bishop Peric on June 6 2009 in Medjugorje, in which he thanks the Vatican for the support to his negative standpoint on the ‘apparitions’ in Medjugorje
3 then publishes the letter d.d. June 12 2009 of the responsible bishop
of Mostar to the now responsible priest of the Medjugorje-parish, Fr.
- NO more retreats, spiritual exercises, conferences, foreign priests… without permission of the bishop
- NO own or foreign priests may propagate NON-recognized ‘messages’ or ‘apparitions’
- EVERY priest must show his ‘celebret’ before H.Mass
- NO more H.Sacrament or adoration in ‘Oasis of Peace’; even NO permission to reside in whole diocese
- NO services in private church in Bijakovice; is now closed.
- NO mentioning of ‘seers’, apparitions, messages’ in parish chronicle
- NO mentioning of the word ‘sanctuary’ in Medjugorje
- NO mentioning or comment of ‘messages’ or ‘apparitions’ on the 25° of the month via Marija Pavlovic
- NO private ‘apparitions’ of Mirjana Dragicevic in ‘Cenacolo’ of Sr. Elvira
- NO permission for ‘Kraljica Mira’(founder : Tomislav Vlasic) in Medjugorje or in whole diocese
- NO ‘seers’ or others in the church to pray prayers from the ‘apparitions’
- NO intentions during the rosary concerning ‘apparitions’ or ‘messages’
- NO ‘seers’ in or around the church on anniversaries of ‘apparitions’ or ‘messages’
Part 3 ends with a letter d.d. June 12 2009 from bishop Peric to Fr. Danko Perutina forbidding all comments on the 25° ‘messages’
HEADLINE: Pope denounces consumerism in Czech place of pilgrimage
the beginning of his speech addressing young Christians, Benedict XVI
thanked them for their presence, from which he could feel their
generosity and enthusiasm.
With you, even the Pope feels young," he said.
"At your age, the first major choices are made, choices that can set your lives on a particular course, for better or worse. Unfortunately, many of your contemporaries allow themselves to be led astray by illusory visions of spurious happiness, and then they find themselves sad and alone. Yet there are also many young men and women who seek to transform doctrine into action, as your representative said, so as to give the fullness of meaning to their lives. I invite you all to consider the experience of Saint Augustine, who said that the heart of every person is restless until it finds what it truly seeks. And he discovered that Jesus Christ alone is the answer that can satisfy his and every person's desire for a life of happiness, filled with meaning and value," the pontiff said.
"Jesus constantly renews his invitation to you to be his disciples and his witnesses. Many of you he calls to marriage, and the preparation for this Sacrament constitutes a real vocational journey. Consider seriously the divine call to raise a Christian family, and let your youth be the time in which to build your future with a sense of responsibility. Society needs Christian families, saintly families!" he added.
POPE BENEDICT XVI (CZECH REPUBLIC): "We ask ourselves: In our day, is holiness still relevant? Or is it now considered unattractive and unimportant? Do we not place more value today on worldly success and glory? Yet how long does earthly success last, and what value does it have?"
VIA CHELSIA ON YOM KIPPUR: The Pope and His Jewish Friends. So Near, and Yet So Far
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"7. The cypress does not bend to walk on earth; nor does a lofty-hearted monk bend to acquire obedience.
THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
6:53-54) Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you:
except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you
shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh
my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.
INTERMOUNTAIN CATHOLIC: SCAP (Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest) shows the importance of the Eucharist
EXCERPT VIA SPERO NEWS: Reform of the Liturgy
If the Liturgy is to be reformed, then it must have been formed in the first place. I will treat here of the Divine Liturgy, which is so called because it has been given to us as a gift from God. If we do something different than what God has revealed to us, we have not received the gift. In the very first place, Our Lord has given us the Liturgy as food.
In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus compares this food to the manna given to the Israelites in the desert, "I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven." Jesus adds, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst," and "the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world" (Jn 6:32,35,51).
The Eucharist is divine food; it is the bread of life, and even more, it is God giving himself to us. Pope John Paul II wrote, "The church has received the Eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift – however precious – among so many others, but as the gift "par excellance," for it is the gift of himself, of his person in his sacred humanity, as well as the gift of his saving work" ("Ecclesia de Eucharistia," 11).
FLORIDA CATHOLIC: Tulsa bishop returns to celebrating Mass facing altar
EXCERPT: AD ORIENTEM by The Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa
Facing the same direction: From ancient times, the position of the priest and the people reflected this understanding of the Mass, since the people prayed, standing or kneeling, in the place that visibly corresponded to Our Lord's Body, while the priest at the altar stood at the head as the Head. We formed the whole Christ - Head and members - both sacramentally by Baptism and visibly by our position and posture. Just as importantly, everyone - celebrant and congregation - faced the same direction, since they were united with Christ in offering to the Father Christ's unique, unrepeatable and acceptable sacrifice. When we study the most ancient liturgical practices of the Church, we find that the priest and the people faced in the same direction, usually toward the east, in the expectation that when Christ returns, He will return “from the east.” At Mass, the Church keeps vigil, waiting for that return. This single position is called ad orientem, which simply means “toward the east.”
Multiple advantages: Having the priest and people celebrate Mass ad orientem was the liturgical norm for nearly 18 centuries. There must have been solid reasons for the Church to have held on to this posture for so long. And there were! First of all, the Catholic liturgy has always maintained a marvelous adherence to the Apostolic Tradition. We see the Mass, indeed the whole liturgical expression of the Church's life, as something which we have received from the Apostles and which we, in turn, are expected to hand on intact. (1 Corinthians 11:23) Secondly, the Church held on to this single eastward position because of the sublime way it reveals the nature of the Mass. Even someone unfamiliar with the Mass who reflected upon the celebrant and the faithful being oriented in the same direction would recognize that the priest stands at the head of the people, sharing in one and the same action, which was - he would note with a moment's longer reflection - an act of worship.
VIA INSIDE THE VATICAN NEWSFLASH: A storm is about to be unleashed on the Pope, the Vatican, and, by extension, the Catholic Church.
The first drops of rain have just fallen, with public accusations that the Pope lied this winter in connection with the "Williamson affair." (see link)
What is it about?
Whether this storm will "blow over," or intensify into a "perfect storm," only time will tell.
But whatever happens, there is this to keep in mind: many, inside and outside of the Church, would like the Church's traditional liturgy, known as the Latin Mass -- the old liturgy celebrated up until 1970, and two years ago designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the "extraordinary rite" of the Mass -- to disappear.
And they are irritated that Benedict -- against many and vociferous objections -- "restored" the old liturgy, which many thought had been buried definitively.
As strange as it may seem, this battle is in part about that -- about the survival of the Church's old liturgy -- about her way of worshipping God.
But when I say this, I do not mean to downplay other, quite obvious concerns, for example, the tense situation in the Middle East, or in the world economy.
I mean to say that, on a fundamental level, it is not simply a political or economic battle, as important as political and economic factors are, but a spiritual battle.
IN THE NEWS: Catholics confront conservative shift
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"6. A haughty monk contradicts violently, but a humble one cannot even look another in the face.
September 24, 2009
1:7-9) For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not
proud, not subject to anger, nor given to wine, no striker, not greedy
of filthy lucre: But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy,
continent: Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine,
that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to convince the
POPE BENEDICT XVI: "We know how things in society, and not infrequently in the Church too, suffer because of the fact that many of those to whom a responsibility has been entrusted, work for themselves and not the community – the common good."
EDITORIAL: Charity, Civility, and Speaking the Truth by Deal W. Hudson
IN THE NEWS: DeFede: A New Black Eye For Miami Catholic Church
the story of a priest fathering a stripper's baby broke this weekend,
the tale of Father David Dueppen has generated interest across the
country and focused unwanted attention on the Archdiocese of Miami.
After weathering the storm around Father Alberto Cutie, the latest scandal threatens to be far more sordid and embarrassing to the church since it knew Father Dueppen had been involved with the woman, Beatrice Hernandez, as early as 2005.
It has long been a frequent criticism of the Catholic Church that it is slow to clean up their messes. For years the church was criticized for failing to recognize a problem with its priests molesting children. And while the case of Father Dueppen and Beatrice Hernandez involves two consenting adults, the church's response is the same: pay off the victim and move the priest to a new parish.
In this case, Hernandez said she began her affair with Father Dueppen nearly seven years ago after the priest came into the strip club Porky's. They began dating and eventually lived together before breaking up in 2005.
After she left Father Dueppen, Hernandez notified the church about the affair and claimed her religious faith had been exploited by Father Dueppen.
In 2006, Hernandez said the church paid $100,000 to quietly settle the case before its details became public. The church confirms that it paid Hernandez for an inappropriate affair between Father Dueppen and Hernandez, but they would not confirm the amount.
After the payment was made, Father Dueppen was relocated from St. Francis de Sales on Miami Beach to a new parish in Broward County.
The Archdiocese issued a statement Monday defending their handling of father Dueppen. After the initial affair with Beatrice Hernandez became known three years ago, Father Dueppen was placed on a 13 month leave where "received professional and spiritual assistance, including his obligation to live faithfully the celibate life and all other aspects of the moral life."
The Archdiocese said Father Dueppen was only assigned to a new church after they received "a favorable professional report and a renewed assurance by Father Dueppen that he was capable and willing to live the celibate life."
Unfortunately, Father Dueppen's assurances of celibacy fell short and he renewed the affair with the woman in 2008 culminating with the birth of their child – Marilyn Epiphany Hernandez – on January 27.
VIA THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI WEBSITE: Since 1966, the Archdiocese of Miami Insurance Programs have paid $26.1 million in settlement, legal and counseling costs associated with sexual misconduct allegations made by minors involving priests, laity and religious brothers and sisters.
RENEWAMERICA.COM: The case against Archbishop John Favalora of Miami: why he must resign
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"5. A venerable man said to me: 'Suppose that there are twelve shameful passions. If we deliberately love one of them (I mean, pride), it will fill the place of the remaining eleven'.
September 23, 2009
12:1-2) And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over
our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us
run by patience to the fight proposed to us: Looking on Jesus, the
author and finisher of faith, who, having joy set before him, endured
the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of
the throne of God.
SAINT PIO OF PIETRELCINA
FEATURED: The Flying Monk
CATHOLIC SENTINEL: The Poor Friar Who Prayed
CNA: Church prepares for St. Pio's feast day
EXCERPT: Let God Be God
everything, St. Pio constantly counseled people, by word and example,
to "pray, hope and don't worry." Could there be a more fitting message
for our time of stress and uncertainty — or a more effective means to
spiritual growth? Father Apostoli thinks not.
"Once you make known your needs, fears, hopes, concerns, doubts and struggles to God in prayer, and have asked for his help," explains the Franciscan priest, "you have to now trust the Lord to listen because of his great compassion."
Padre Pio asked his spiritual charges to show the sincerity of their trust by working hard at not worrying. As Father Apostoli explains, "It's a big order. We tend to push the panic button, to look at the things that can go wrong. We worry like mad."
And worry may signal that we're trying to take control of matters that belong to God. "If I really believe God does love me and will truly take care of me, I should not worry," concludes Father Apostoli.
As St. Pio himself put it: "The Lord is a father, the most tender and best of fathers. He cannot fail to be moved when his children appeal to him."
PADRE PIO'S PRAYER AFTER HOLY COMMUNION
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and alway be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strenth, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"4. Where a fall has overtaken us, there pride has already pitched its tent; because a fall is an indication of pride.
September 22, 2009
9:36-37) And taking a child, he set him in the midst of them. Whom when
he had embraced, he saith to them: Whosoever shall receive one
such child as this in my name receiveth me. And whosoever shall receive
me receiveth not me but him that sent me.
CAMPAIGN: 40 DAYS FOR LIFE
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FROM THE MAILBAG
VIA Tina: A new movie has been produced about the the abortion industry. It is highlighting the big business and financial aspect of the industry, the devastating effects on womens' lives and the fact that babies are being murdered. The producers felt a film was neede because although people often use the word "abortion" in political discussions, most people think they are talking about unwanted babies or women in a problem pregnancy. There's so much more that needs to be discussed and exposed. The issue is not thoroughly discussed in public forums like other political issues.
film needs a distributor. You can help make that happen by viewing the
trailer on you tube. Link is at the bottom of this article. And
remember to pray about it! Thank you!
VIA Father Alex:
Fr. Dwight, OMI - one of our Vocation Directors - got himself
into the history books by walking earlier this year across the USA for
Click here: An Oblate walks across America - for life
Fr. Dwight is no stranger to us here at St. Stephens since he began his journey with the OMI by spending a few days with us Oblates while he was still a layman, back in the 1980's! He is a licensed 'pilot' and 'an 'RN'... he left it all behind to follow Jesus, no turning back! He also spent a whole summer with us back in 1991 when he was a seminarian studying in Oblate College in Washington DC. That summer, he saved the life of one of our parishioners that suffered the beginnings of a heart attack while in Church... that parishioner (Felix Munoz, lead for one of our best choirs in the Parish) is the father to our first OMI vocation from St. Stephen, David Munoz, OMI now working as a transitory deacon in San Antonio, TX and soon to be ordained in 2010 - our first Puerto Rican OMI!
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"3. Let all of us who wish to avoid this pit listen: this passion often finds food in gratitude, for at first it does not shamelessly advise us to deny God. I have seen people who thank God with their mouth, but mentally magnify themselves. And this is confirmed by that Pharisee who said ironically: O God, I thank Thee.
THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
(2Th 2:13-15) But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth: Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.
NEW RON SMITH REPORTS
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VIA COSTA RICA:
Church Will Not Be Silent About Anti-Catholic Movements
In response to attempts by lawmakers to eliminate a clause from the country's constitution that states the official religion of Costa Rica is the Catholic faith, Bishop José Francisco Ulloa of Cartago said the Church "will not be silent" and will not abandon her mission to defend human life and the family.
In a recent homily at the cathedral, the bishop remarked, "Certain groups and ideologies exist that pretend to weaken and even eliminate the mission that Jesus Christ entrusted to his Church, as if the Church of Jesus were dependent upon human whims or on some part of a political constitution. The Church is divine and nobody can destroy her," he said.
Referring to the Costa Rican constitution, which declares that the country's official religion is the Catholic faith, but that the state shall not interfere with the free exercise of any religion that does not contradict "universal morality or good morals," Bishop Ulloa said there are some who mistakenly believe that "the Catholic Church is going to be silent" about the proposed changes or that it will "compromise the principles that God has entrusted her to proclaim throughout history for the good of the human person and of humanity."
"The Church will always respect life from conception to natural death," he said. "The Church will continue to proclaim God's truth about marriage between one man and one woman without fear. The Church will continue to defend the rights of the family at all costs," the bishop added.
He went on to note that some lawmakers believe that with these changes "they will kill God. They are totally wrong. God does not die. He is the God of life, He is eternal, unchangeable. All creation depends on Him and only in Him does human life find meaning."
"When the human being denies God, he becomes dehumanized and loses his dignity," the bishop continued. "When a state becomes atheist, it is capable of committing the worst injustices and the gravest aberrations. History is witness to this."
Bishop Ulloa went on to encourage Costa Ricans to choose wisely those who will occupy political office and to cast their votes for candidates that defend life, marriage and the family. "Let us protest loudly and without fear against these anti-human, anti-Christian and atheistic policies that some wish to impose upon us," he said.
VIA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Called To Be CatholicCalled to be Catholic, from the Eucharist we go, the Body of Christ.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"2. The consummation of vainglory is the beginning of pride; the middle is the humiliation of our neighbour, the shameless parade of our labours, self-praise in the heart, hatred of exposure; and the end is denial of God's help, the extolling of one's own exertions, fiendish character.
September 17, 2009
(Rom 12:19) Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
FAITH IN ACTION:
lawyer: 'I try to see Jesus Christ in the face of everyone I defend'
lawyer John O'Gara, has stood beside people accused of the most heinous
crimes committed in the state -- a necropheliac serial killer who
targeted children, a murderer convicted of shooting a 9-week-old infant
in the face with a shotgun and most recently, a Columbia father and
husband accused of strangling his whole family.
"I try to see Jesus Christ in the face of everyone I defend," O'Gara said. "Does that mean I love all my clients or have loved all my clients? Absolutely not. I'm a person like everybody else. There are clients who have pushed every button and make me angry, then I have to draw inspiration from the people who love them."
O'Gara, 48, has a new client, Christopher Coleman, former bodyguard for television evangelist Joyce Meyer, who faces the death penalty if he's convicted of the strangulations of his wife and two young sons.
O'Gara defends clients facing the death penalty because his love of the law and his Catholic faith compels him to do it, he said.
There's a portrait of Thomas Moore, patron saint of lawyers, in the lobby of his office. O'Gara keeps a prayer written by Moore in the center drawer of his desk. O'Gara attended St. Stephen's Catholic Grade School in Caseyville, then Althoff Catholic High School, Quincy College and St. Louis University Law School.
"I'm a complete product of the Catholic school system," O'Gara said.
As a testament to his faith, O'Gara opposes the capital punishment, championing death penalty reforms by former Gov. George Ryan.
"He really believes that what people do to the least of his brothers and sisters you do to Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Clyde Grogan, O'Gara's friend. "He stands with people who have no one to stand beside them. He's a true Catholic."
In 2001, a jury recommended the death penalty for O'Gara client Lorenzo Fayne, who pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of East St. Louis children, but Ryan commuted the sentence to life in prison. In the 20 capital cases O'Gara's represented, it's the only case where one of O'Gara's clients received the death penalty.
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"1. Pride is denial of God, an invention of the devil, the despising of men, the mother of condemnation, the offspring of praise, a sign of sterility, flight from Divine assistance, the precursor of madness, the cause of falls, a foothold for satanic possession, a source of anger, a door of hypocricy, the support of demons, the guardian of sins, the patron of pitilessness, the rejection of compassion, a bitter inquisitor, an inhuman judge, an opponent of God, a root of blasphemy.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"24. Vainglory is often the cause of dishonour instead of honour, because it brings great shame to its enraged disciples.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"23. Vainglory makes those who are preferred, proud, and those who are slighted, resentful.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"20. Whenever he sees that any have acquired in some slight measure a state of peace, he immediately urges them to leave the desert for the world, saying: 'Set out in order to save the souls which are perishing.'
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"19. Do not take any notice of him when he suggests that you should accept a bishopric, abbacy or professorship; for it is difficult to drive away a dog from a butcher's counter.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"18. I have noticed the demon of vainglory suggesting thoughts to one brother, while he reveals them to another, and he incites the latter to tell the former what is in his heart, and then praises him as a thoughtful reader. And sometimes, unholy creature that he is, he even touches the bodily members and produces palpitations.
September 8, 2009(Mat 1:20-21) But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins.
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"17. It is not he who disparages himself who shows humility (for who will not put up with himself?), but he who maintains the same love for the very man who reproaches him.
September 4, 2009
THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
(John 17:20-23) And
not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word
shall believe in me. 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. I in
them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the
world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast
also loved me.
CHICAGO NEWS HEADLINE: Catholic Church: Too Few in the Pew
The Roman Catholic church wants you to come "home."
With roughly 66 percent of Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago considered "lapse" or "non-practicing" because they don't attend mass regularly, the Church will be taking to the airwaves with a television campaign blitz during the holiday season, according to a report out Wednesday on ChicagoCatholicNews.com.
The time is right for this type of evangelization effort because "we see a larger number of people inactive in their faith," a spokeswoman for the campaign, Nancy Polacek, is quoted as saying.
A similar campaign last year in Arizona and Texas yielded a 12 percent increase in Catholics "coming home," according to Ryan Hanning, the coordinator of adult evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix.
The Chicago Archdiocese hopes for similar results among its 2.3 million members.
"This is not about money or numbers, it's about souls," said Penny Wiegert of the Rockford diocese, which is pairing with the dioceses of Chicago and Joliet in the ad campaign.
The campaign -- called Catholics Come Home -- will include television commercials produced by a non-profit of the same name (http://www.catholicscomehome.org/).
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POPE BENEDICT XVI: People must become more humble, less materialistic
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"16. It is a great work to shake from the soul the praise of men, but to reject the praise of demons is greater.
September 3, 2009(1Ti 2:1-4) I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE (ALL): A PLEA TO FAITHFUL CATHOLICS
Now that the funeral Mass for Senator Edward Kennedy has taken place, including President Barack Obama's eulogy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston's Mission Hill section, ALL asks you to remember the soul of Senator Kennedy in your prayers. We further ask you to pray for Catholic Church leaders whose resolve appears to have weakened as political concerns overtake the nurturing of souls for Christ. What took place in Boston is a scandal that will result in irreparable harm as the faithful continue to be confused about what is and is not truly and authenically Catholic. The public exhibition of hubris, which is precisely what the public Mass featuring Obama, was at the very least, an egregious insult to Christ and His Church, not to mention a scandal to the faithful. Please pray for the Church, her leaders and her future in the United States, for as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger wrote more than 12 years ago:
"The words of the Bible and of the Church fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts, that let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive."
—Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 1997
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"15. When you hear that your neighbour or friend has abused you behind your back or even to your face, then show love and praise him.
September 2, 2009(Luk 12:11-12) And when they shall bring you into the synagogues and to magistrates and powers, be not solicitous how or what you shall answer, or what you shall say. For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you must say.
BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS
Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for September is: "That the word of God may be better known, welcomed and lived as the source of freedom and joy".
His mission intention is: "That Christians in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, who often meet with great difficulties, may not be discouraged from announcing the Gospel to their brothers, trusting in the strength of the Holy Spirit".
Catholic seminarians embrace strict rules
seminarians' wallets are empty, except for driver's licences and
insurance cards. To buy cigarettes or clothes or anything else, they
must ask their superiors for money — an exercise in obedience and a
reminder that material things aren't important.
They have virtually no time alone, on or off campus, and are required to travel in pairs, "two by two," like Jesus' disciples. They live in a world without cellphones or personal computers, and their evenings end promptly at 10.
No Roman Catholic seminary is a resort. But few men who study for the priesthood endure the sort of rules that govern life at the Redemptoris Mater House of Formation.
Redemptoris Mater is a new experiment in moulding Catholic priests who are faithful to church teaching and authority, and zealous in their desire to lead other Catholics down that same road.
On the one hand, the rules are a throwback to 50 years ago, when would-be priests led regimented existences apart from the rest of the world. But Redemptoris Mater men also teach the faith at parishes and spend two years on mission trips, knocking on doors looking for Catholics in Bronx housing projects or Minneapolis suburbs.
The rules "are difficult to get used to, but it's because we come from this very individualistic society, where it's just me," says seminarian Joseph Toledo. "Those things have to be torn down. But it isn't like we're living in a bubble, either."
Toledo is the 29-year-old son of a Puerto Rican cab driver, and is one of the few American-born seminarians on the rolls in 2008-2009. All told, there are 33 students from 14 countries.
In this, they reflect the changing face of the U.S. priesthood. Their greater ethnic diversity and hunger to show fidelity to the church are hallmarks of the coming generation of priests, according to a study released this month by the National Religious Vocation Conference, an organization of Catholic vocation directors.
In other ways, Redemptoris Mater seminarians stand apart from their peers.
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Episcopal nuns in Archdiocese of Baltimore to join Catholic Church
Religious orders go to Internet to find new members
Ann Arbor sisters can't build fast enough to house new members
Catholic Church sees influx of foreign-born priests
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"14. No one knoweth the things of man save the spirit of man which is in him. And so let those who try to praise us to our face be silent and ashamed.
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