The Mystery of Faith 15

There’s faith, there’s supernatural faith, and then there is the Mysterium Fidei — the Mystery of Faith.

They shall all be taught by God — Isaiah 54:13

The Gospel reading for tomorrow’s liturgy is about the demands of our faith in the Mystery of mysteries, the Mystery of our Faith, the Eucharist. What does it mean to believe with supernatural faith? More…

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My favorite scene from the Passion of the Christ

As usual, I arrived at Mass this morning my normal groggy self, still not even sure what day it was. The opening hymn, “Immaculate Mary,” stirred me from my slumber. It was not until I saw the priest’s vestments that I realized I did it again. More…

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And of course, we can’t go with out honoring our Lord’s mother today – Chaire! Kecharitomene! Highly favored for her being chosen for this unmerited grace and for her humble response and submission to God’s call.

St Jerome translated the Angel’s works to Mary from Greek to Latin as “Ave! Gratia plena,” i.e., “She who has been filled with divine grace,” whence the prayer in English derives it’s opening line, “Hail Mary! Full of grace!” It remains understood, that God’s grace is an unmerited gift and a gift that merits a response on the part of the receiver. Mary’s response was the response to motherhood, giving herself fully as our Savior’s mother.

By reflecting and meditating on this passage from chapter 1 of the Gospel according to Luke, we can recognize that motherhood is a gift and blessed vocation of self-giving and love.

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Eight mothers in the Bible played key roles in the coming of Jesus Christ. None of them was perfect, yet each showed strong faith in God. God, in turn, rewarded them for their confidence in him.

These mothers lived in an age when women were often treated as second class citizens, yet God appreciated their true worth, just as he does today. Motherhood is one of life’s highest callings. Learn how these eight mothers in the Bible put their hope in the God of the Impossible, and how he proved that such hope is always well-placed.

Eight mothers in the Bible played key roles in the coming of Jesus Christ. None of them was perfect, yet each showed strong faith in God. God, in turn, rewarded them for their confidence in him.

These mothers lived in an age when women were often treated as second class citizens, yet…

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Bearing Fruit for Christ’s Kingdom 1

Well stated, as always, Fr John!

Also, from Fr John Bartunek:
Straight Talk about Contraception

Catholicism Pure & Simple

“Others may have their wealth, may drink out of jeweled cups, be clad in silks, enjoy popular applause, find it impossible to exhaust their wealth by dissipating it in pleasures of all kinds, but our delight is to meditate on the Law of the Lord day and night…”  – St. Jerome

By Father Bartunek
From Catholic Spiritual Direction

John 15:1-8: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more. You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the…

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily Reply

New Catholic Apologetics Webpage:

I checked it out. Looks pretty Catholic to me: e.g., features article on 10 biblical reasons for Papal Infallibility, and even an article shared from BiltrixBoard, so it must be good! You’ll find many good apologetics resources here:

The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network is a website founded and edited by Greg West, a passionate defender of Christianity committed to the cause of Christian apologetics, evangelism, and equipping others to always be ready to…

See on paper.li or See on Scoop.it – BiltrixBoard

Lent Is Over, So Why Fish on Friday? 6

Fishers of Men

Fish have always been a sign of Evangelization, so the same holds true for the New Evangelization — but why?

I’ve heard many reasons for this; recently came across one that really moved me. I’ll save that one for last. For now, I will say that I learned it from this guy: More…

In the Footsteps of Christ: Stations of the Cross in New York City Reply

Living Stations of the Cross

Fresh photos from Missions in New York City

Here are a few pictures from the Mission Youth Good Friday Mission in Manhattan. Coming soon, the mission video you don’t want to miss!

Living Stations of the Cross in Soho More…