Skip to comments.Catholic Caucus: Joys and Inspiration
Posted on 04/02/2002 4:35:58 PM PST by father_elijah
I have received the joyful news that two of our Freeper family entered the Church at Vigil this last weekend. ventana and roachie received the sacraments, and this is an occasion for great rejoicing by all of the faithful.
I thought it would be good for us to congratulate those who have just entered the Church by posting a welcome, a favorite Catholic quote, a favorite Catholic link, a favorite Scripture, or even a favorite holy card image. Please join me in welcoming ventana and roachie. If there are any others, please let us know so we may all rejoice.
My favorite quote from Mother Teresa:
And please flag other Catholic FReepers to this thread. My ping list is not complete. God bless and thanks!
St. Teresa of Avila
father, I am not RC, but I rejoice with you whenever a brother or sister finds forgiveness and redemption in Christ our saviour. Blessings
My favorite Catholic devotion is called the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. You can go to this LINK to learn about the Divine Mercy devotion and about St. Faustina.
Also, there is a Catholic television network that is wonderful. It is called Eternal Word Television Network.
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of Your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit,
and they shall be created;
And You will renew the face of the earth.
This is a short version of a longer prayer but I really think it is so beautiful and so full of meaning.
While you can find all sorts of good Catholic references tucked away at St. Patrick's, I'll leave you with some Catholic words to live by instilled in me by my folks: Offer it up!
Congradulations ventana and roachie.
May the Peace of Christ remain forever in your soul, and the Love of the Blessed Trinity reign supreme in your minds and hearts!
Here are some of my favorite links:
"Catholic Information Center on the Internet" (LOTS of Catholic magazines/newspapers available online here!)
PetersNet Site List (lists and rates for fidelity to the Church almost 800 Catholic internet sites--Click the "View All Active Reviews" button on the left hand column)
The Diocese Report (run by a good friend of mine, but he occasionally links to schismatic traditionalist stuff)
The Catholic Educators Resource Guide (Excellent resource)
By the way, Petersnet is a search engine for all those Catholic web sites. Type any subject in the top left corner search box and you'll find something about it. It is an excellent resource both for apologetics and Catholic research in general.
Also, the Document Library Search engine at EWTN online is a good place to search for any Catholic subject or issue. Use the "keyword" search.
Finally, one I forgot... New Advent has the ENTIRE Catholic Encyclopedia online, as well these great links:
An Irish Prayer
May those who love us, love us;
and those who don't love us,
may God turn their hearts;
and if He doesn't turn their hearts,
may he turn their ankles
so we'll know them by their limping.
Welcome home. Yes indeed, welcome home, dear ejo.
(Bumping. Let me know if you want on or off the list. Click my screen name for a description.)
Sorry for any redundancy with patent's list, or if you've already have present and accounted for. And, as usual, if you would like on or off my little bump list, let me know.
--St. Augustine of Hippo
I can't express why these particular words from St. Augustine to Christ are so moving to me, I only know that they were...I wouldn't be surprised if they bored anyone else, nor would I be offended...hope you like them....You are so blessed...this is a wonderfully spiritually acute time for you...I pray you walk always in His Light and Love.
ventana and roachie, I have all these great quotes stored away, then when the time comes to use them I can't find them! If at some point in the future you find yourself in difficult times, perhaps these Scripture quotes may be of help to you. They are a couple of my favorites.
My son, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed in times of adversity. Cling to him, forsake him not; thus will your future be great. Accept whatever befalls you, in crushing misfortune be patient; For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation. Trust God and he will help you; make straight your ways and hope in him. (Sirach 2:1-6)
Wisdom instructs her children and admonishes those who seek her. He who loves her loves life; those who seek her out win her favor. He who holds her fast inherits glory; wherever he dwells the Lord bestows blessings. Those who serve her serve the Holy One; those who love her the Lord loves. He who obeys her judges nations; he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers. If one trusts her, he will possess her; his descendants too will inherit her. She walks with him as a stranger, and at first she puts him to the test; Fear and dread she brings upon him and tries him with her discipline; With her precepts she puts him to the proof, until his heart is fully with her. Then she comes back to bring him happiness and reveal her secrets to him. (Sirach 4:11-18)
The path is not always easy, but the benefits are many (and eternal!) Congratulations!
Greetings in Christ. Warm and sincerest congratulations!
May His many blessings continue to bring faith, love, and
joy in your lives.
P for pride
A for avarice
L for lust
E for envy
G for gluttony
A for anger,and
S for sloth.
I'm so glad you found us,its a wonderful place to be as we journey Home to our Father,who waits for us.
Too late have I loved you,
O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new,
too late have I loved you!
You were within me but I was outside myself,
and there I sought you!
In my weakness
I ran after the beauty
of the things you have made.
You were with me,
and I was not with you.
The things you have made kept me from you -
the things which would have no being
unless they existed in you!
You have called,
you have cried out,
and you have pierced my deafness.
You have radiated forth,
you have shined out brightly,You have sent fort your fragrance,
and I haved breathed it in,
and I long for you.
I have tasted you,
and I hunger and thirst for you.
You have touched me,
and I ardently desire your peace.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Bishop, Writer, Doctor
Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine
There's always laughter and good red wine;
At least I've always found it so
I highly recommend 'Triumph; The Power and Glory of the Catholic Church', by H.W. Crocker III.
The difficulty of explaining "why I am a Catholic" is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. G. K. Chesterton, Twelve Modern Apostles and Their Creeds (1926)
Welcome to all new FReeper Catholics. May God continue to bless you and your families.
I can think of only a couple of links at this time that y'all might enjoy. If I can think of others, I'll post them here.
The Word Among Us - Web site for a monthly that has daily Mass readings and meditations. I start every morning with this.
Dads.org - Online resource site for St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers (founded by Steve Wood) ... basically a Catholic version of Promise Keepers.
Now start remembering me in your prayers, because the prayer of a righteous man availeth much, and I need some availin'!
The Catholic Truth Society
1:1. In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God.
1:2. The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.
1:4. In him was life: and the life was the light of men.
1:5. And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it.
1:6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.
1:8. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.
1:9. That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.
1:10. He was in the world: and the world was made by him: and the world knew him not.
1:11. He came unto his own: and his own received him not.
1:12. But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
1:13. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1:14. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.
1:15. John beareth witness of him and crieth out, saying: This was he of whom I spoke: He that shall come after me is preferred before me: because he was before me.
1:16. And of his fulness we all have received: and grace for grace.
1:17. For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
1:18. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the Bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
1:19. And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou?
1:20. And he confessed and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.
1:21. And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No.
1:22. They said therefore unto him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?
1:23. He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.
1:24. And they that were sent were of the Pharisees.
1:25. And they asked him and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
1:26. John answered them, saying: I baptize with water: but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.
1:27. The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.
1:28. These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
1:29. The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him; and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.
1:30. This is he of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me.
1:31. And I knew him not: but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
1:32. And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down, as a dove from heaven; and he remained upon him.
1:33. And I knew him not: but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me: He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
1:34. And I saw: and I gave testimony that this is the Son of God.
1:35. The next day again John stood and two of his disciples.
1:36. And beholding Jesus walking, he saith: Behold the Lamb of God.
1:37. And the two disciples heard him speak: and they followed Jesus.
8:31. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed.
8:32. And you shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free.
14:1. Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God: believe also in me.
14:2. In my Father's house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself: that where I am, you also may be.
14:4. And whither I go you know: and the way you know.
14:5. Thomas saith to him: Lord, we know not whither thou goest. And how can we know the way?
14:6. Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.
I love the Early Fathers of the Church. St. Augustine being one of my favorites.
"Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, O Beauty ever new, Late have I loved Thee."
I highly recommend reading the writings of the early Fathers. A good place to start is with William A. Jurgens, "Faith of the Early Fathers". This is a three volume set that contains excerpts from the writings of all the Fathers. It has a great cross reference index for apologetics and scripture quotes. One cannot help but see how Catholic the early Church was.
My favorite site is:
There are links to other great Catholic sites from this site too!
and Father Ray's Corner has a lot of excellent homilies.
God Bless you all!!
patent, thanks for the ping, as always.
-your non-Catholic FRiend :)