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  • What is at the Core of Original Sin?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/04/2015 8:59:22 AM PDT · 27 of 27
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    St. Rose of Viterbo


    Feast Day: September 4
    Born: 1235 :: Died: 1252

    Rose was born in Viterbo, in Italy. During that time Emperor Frederick had conquered land that belonged to the Church. Rose's special mission as a teenager was to make the people of her own city and nearby cities remain faithful to the Holy Father the Pope. And this she did very well.

    In fact, when she was eight years old, Rose was quite sick and our Blessed Mother appeared to her and told her that she should wear the habit (uniform) of St. Francis.

    Our Lady also told Rose to set a good example by her words and actions. Slowly Rose became strong and healthy again. She began to think more and more about how much Jesus suffered for us and how much we had hurt him because of our sins. She prayed and made sacrifices to show Jesus how much she loved him.

    Later on, this brave girl began to preach in the streets of the city. She told people not to agree the emperor who had taken land from the Church.

    So many people listened to her advice that Rose's father became frightened. He told her he would beat her if she did not stop preaching. She was only thirteen years old, but she answered gently, "If Jesus was willing to be beaten for me, I can be beaten for him. I must do what Jesus has told me to do, and I will not disobey him."

    For two more years Rose preached with such success that the enemies of the pope wanted to kill her. In the end, the emperor sent Rose and her parents out of the city. But Rose said that the emperor was going to die soon and that is exactly what happened.

    When they returned to Viterbo, Rose was not allowed to become a nun, so she returned to her own home. There she died in 1252, when she was only seventeen. Even today, her body is preserved and venerated in Viterbo.

  • Does Catholicism Keep Nations Poor?

    09/04/2015 8:56:19 AM PDT · 17 of 50
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    No, it’s not Catholicism, it’s the corrupt governments of those countries. Keep studying.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/04/2015 8:52:45 AM PDT · 26 of 27
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    Information: St. Boniface I

    Feast Day: September 4

    Died: September 4, 422

  • What is at the Core of Original Sin?

    09/04/2015 8:41:16 AM PDT · 3 of 7
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    Monsignor Pope Ping!

  • What is at the Core of Original Sin?

    09/04/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · 1 of 7
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  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

    09/04/2015 7:17:14 AM PDT · 15 of 17
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    Yes, it was in the article.

    **Martens then baptizes the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”**

  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

    09/04/2015 7:15:12 AM PDT · 14 of 17
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    But no words of Baptism? Maybe I need to read the whole article.

  • Couple Suing Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Over Marriage License Plan to Wed Friday

    09/03/2015 10:09:02 PM PDT · 12 of 53
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    Ugly and old.

    They need prayers to abide by God’s laws.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 10:03:44 PM PDT · 22 of 27
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    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
    our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 


    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

    Amen. 


    "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

     "Blessed are you among women,
     and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
    (Lk 1:42). 

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 10:01:54 PM PDT · 21 of 27
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    The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.

    – Saint Gregory the Great

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:58:08 PM PDT · 20 of 27
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    Parishes Worldwide Prepare for Eucharistic Adoration Hour (June 2 at 11 am ET)
    Adoration begins in Eternal City for US elections

    Perpetual Eucharistic adoration begins at the Olympics
    With Eyes Wide Open -- Encountering the Lord in Adoration [Catholic Caucus]
    Reasons for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration(Catholic Caucus)
    'We Are a Church On Fire': Eucharistic Adoration Transforms Acushnet Parish
    Eucharistic Adoration [for college students nationwide]
    Pray Unceasingly: Perpetual Adoration as a Necessary Antidote to Abortion

    [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] There is water here (Eucharistic Adoration)
    Eucharistic Adoration is Life Changing
    Here is Christ! (Daily Holy Hour) [Catholic Caucus]
    Letter to a Brother Priest [on Eucharistic adoration]
    ND’s McBrien: Eucharistic Adoration “is a...spiritual step backward” (Catholic Caucus)
    Adoration with no end: 24-hour Eucharistic ritual returns to Boston [Catholic Caucus]
    Kansas parish opens adoration chapel
    Perpetual adoration returns to Boston after 40 year absence [Catholic Caucus]
    I Fall To My Knees (A Reflection on Eucharistic Adoration)
    A Chinese Girl-True Story That Inspired Bishop Fulton Sheen- Eucharist Adoration (Catholic Caucus)

    Eucharistic Adoration increases prayer, vocations in Uganda(Catholic Caucus)
    Faithful Invited to Follow Pope, Adore Eucharist [Catholic Caucus]
    Catholic Caucus: The Hour That Makes My Day | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    A Shepherd Speaks (Eucharistic Adoration) -- Bishop Edward J. Slattery [Catholic Caucus]
    Why Eucharistic Adoration?(Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
    The Core of Monasticism Is Adoration [Catholic Caucus](Homily of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday
    Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: a Parish's Fuel
    The History of Eucharistic Adoration Development of Doctrine in the Catholic Church
    The Cease-Fire of Prayer and Fasting
    Eucharistic Adoration: The Early Years

    Catholic Meditation and Devotion: The Holy Hour
    Spend Some Time With Jesus Tonight...
    The Eucharistic Mystery Calls For Our Response
    Pope Backs Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
    Eucharistic adoration is key, but also has drawbacks, bishops say
    Eucharistic adoration: Intimacy with Christ
    The Gaze [Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament]
    St. Francis of Assisi and Eucharistic Adoration
    Ancient Roman Catholic ritual making a comeback in Minnesota
    Adoration for Vocations to be Promoted Worldwide

    POPE GRANTS PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST
    New Plenary Indulgence to Mark Year of the Eucharist
    The Adoration of the Name of Jesus (El Greco)
    Adoration Tally Presented to Pope by Vocation.com
    In The Presence Of The Lord
    2.2 Million hours of prayer, and counting
    Eucharistic Adoration or Abortion?
    Bishop Calls for Perpetual Adoration of Eucharist
    What I learned about Eucharistic Adoration
    PERPETUAL ADORATION

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:52:17 PM PDT · 19 of 27
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    The best, the surest , and the most effective way of establishing everlasting peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." -- Pope John Paul II

     

    "Could you not watch one hour?" -- Mark 14:37

    I am happy to testify that many young people are discovering the beauty of adoration, whether personal or in community. I invite priests to encourage youth groups in this, but also to accompany them to ensure that the forms of adoration are appropriate and dignified, with sufficient times for silence and listening to the word of God. In life today, which is often noisy and scattered, it is more important than ever to recover the capacity for interior silence and recollection: Eucharistic adoration permits one to do this not only within one's "I" but rather in the company of that "You" full of love who is Jesus Christ, "the God who is near us."

     

    ~Pop e Benedict XVI


    “ ;The Pope has a great spiritual sense of worship and [importance of] reaching out to every human being,” says Msgr. Fazio. “In Buenos Aires in recent years, he has spontaneously promoted the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in parishes, and it is bearing spiritual fruit.” Furthermore, Msgr. Fazio is sure the Pope will “pay particular attention to Eucharistic adoration and the preaching of the word.”

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:42:26 PM PDT · 18 of 27
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    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Friday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
    Commentary of the day
    Saint Paschasius Radbertus (?-c.849), Benedictine monk
    Commentary on Matthew’s Gospel, 10,22

    “The two shall be made into one. This is a great foreshadowing; I mean that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:31)

    A strange and extraordinary union occurred when “the Word became flesh” in the Virgin’s womb and thus “made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14). Just as all the elect were raised in Christ when he rose, so was this wedding celebrated in him, and the Church was united with the Spouse through the bonds of marriage when the man-God received the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and when the divinity came to dwell in his body… Christ became man through the Holy Spirit, and in his quality as Spouse he came out of the womb of the Virgin, who was his nuptial chamber. But when the Church is born again of water in that same Spirit, she becomes one body in Christ, so much so that the two “become as one,” (Mt 19:5), which in reference to Christ and the Church “is a great foreshadowing.” (Eph 5:31).

    This marriage continues from the beginning of the Incarnation of Christ until the moment when Christ will come again and all the rites of nuptial union will be fulfilled. Then those who are ready and who, as is necessary, will have fulfilled the conditions for such a great union, will be filled with respect and will enter with him into the eternal wedding hall(Mt 25:10). While she is waiting, Christ's promised Spouse advances and every day keeps her covenant with him in faith and affection until he returns again.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:40:22 PM PDT · 17 of 27
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    September, 2015

    Pope’s Intentions

    Universal: That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.

    Evangelization: That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:39:43 PM PDT · 16 of 27
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    Our Blessed Lady's Sorrows

    Sea of Sorrow

    Oh! on what a sea of sorrow
    Was the Virgin-Mother cast,
    When her eyes with tears o'erflowing
    Gazed upon her Son aghast,
    From the bloodstained gibbet taken,
    Dying in her arms at last.

    In her bitter desolation,
    His sweet mouth, His bosom too,
    Then His riven side beloved,
    Then each hand, both wounded through,
    Then His feet, with blood encrimsoned,
    Her maternal tears bedew.

    She, a hundred times and over,
    Strains Him closely to her breast
    Heart to Heart, arms arms enfolding,
    Are His wounds on her impressed:
    Thus, in sorrow's very kisses,
    Melts her anguished soul to rest.

    Oh, dear Mother! we beseech thee,
    By the tears thine eyes have shed,
    By the cruel death of Jesus
    And His wounds' right royal red,
    Make our hearts o'erflow with sorrow
    From thy heart's deep fountainhead.

    To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
    Now we bend on equal knee:
    Glory, sempiternal glory,
    To the Most High Trinity;
    Yea! perpetual praise and honor
    Now and through all ages be.

    Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother

    Most Blessed and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother's pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,
    For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears? Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Hail Mary
    Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us
    (Seven times each)

    Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy Heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please Our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that: every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son, Jesus; keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in Heaven and sing thy glories.

    Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy Divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never ending joy at His triumph, obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the Sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Litany of the Seven Sorrows

    For private use only.

    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.

    God the Father of Heaven,
    Have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    Have mercy on us.
    God the Holy Spirit,
    Have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    Have mercy on us.

    Holy Mary,
    Pray for us.
    Holy Mother of God,
    Pray for us.
    Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
    Mother crucified,
    Mother sorrowful,
    Mother tearful,
    Mother afflicted,
    Mother forsaken,
    Mother desolate,
    Mother bereft of thy Child,
    Mother transfixed with the sword,
    Mother consumed with grief,
    Mother filled with anguish,
    Mother crucified in heart,
    Mother most sad,
    Fountain of tears,
    Abyss of suffering,
    Mirror of patience,
    Rock of constancy,
    Anchor of confidence,
    Refuge of the forsaken,
    Shield of the oppressed,
    Subduer of the unbelieving,
    Comfort of the afflicted,
    Medicine of the sick,
    Strength of the weak,
    Harbor of the wrecked,
    Allayer of tempests,
    Resource of mourners,
    Terror of the treacherous,
    Treasure of the faithful,
    Eye of the Prophets,
    Staff of the Apostles,
    Crown of Martyrs,
    Light of confessors,
    Pearl of virgins,
    Consolation of widows,
    Joy of all Saints,

    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Spare us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us.

    Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble,
    in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Let Us Pray.
    Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love
    --- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.

    Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,
    in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary.

    Stabat Mater Dolorosa

    Stabat mater dolorosa
    iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
    dum pendebat Filius.

    Cuius animam gementem,
    contristatam et dolentem
    pertransivit gladius.

    O quam tristis et afflicta
    fuit illa benedicta,
    mater Unigeniti!

    Quae maerebat et dolebat,
    pia Mater, dum videbat
    nati poenas inclyti.

    Quis est homo qui non fleret,
    matrem Christi si videret
    in tanto supplicio?

    Quis non posset contristari
    Christi Matrem contemplari
    dolentem cum Filio?

    Pro peccatis suae gentis
    vidit Iesum in tormentis,
    et flagellis subditum.

    Vidit suum dulcem Natum
    moriendo desolatum,
    dum emisit spiritum.

    Eia, Mater, fons amoris
    me sentire vim doloris
    fac, ut tecum lugeam.

    Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
    in amando Christum Deum
    ut sibi complaceam.

    Sancta Mater, istud agas,
    crucifixi fige plagas
    cordi meo valide.

    Tui Nati vulnerati,
    tam dignati pro me pati,
    poenas mecum divide.

    Fac me tecum pie flere,
    crucifixo condolere,
    donec ego vixero.

    Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
    et me tibi sociare
    in planctu desidero.

    Virgo virginum praeclara,
    mihi iam non sis amara,
    fac me tecum plangere.

    Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
    passionis fac consortem,
    et plagas recolere.

    Fac me plagis vulnerari,
    fac me Cruce inebriari,
    et cruore Filii.

    Flammis ne urar succensus,
    per te, Virgo, sim defensus
    in die iudicii.

    Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
    da per Matrem me venire
    ad palmam victoriae.

    Quando corpus morietur,
    fac, ut animae donetur
    paradisi gloria. Amen.

    Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget

    O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. Amen.

    Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

    Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows

    O, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell.
    Amen.


     

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    Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus Devotional]
    Feast of Our Lady/Mother of Sorrows
    Homilies on Our Lady of Sorrows
    Starkenburg:Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine
    Our Mother of Sorrows
    ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, OF THE DOLOURS OF MARY, The Glories [Sorrows] of Mary
    Our Lady of Sorrows - Sep 15

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:38:56 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    Salvation to All
    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:
    "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8"

    PLEASE JOIN US - Evening Prayer
    Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
    Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?

    There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward this to your praying friends.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:38:15 PM PDT · 14 of 27
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    St. Michael the Archangel

    ~ PRAYER ~

    St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
    Be our protection against the wickedness
    and snares of the devil;
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
    and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
    who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:37:28 PM PDT · 13 of 27
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    Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

    1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

    3. The Lord's Prayer: OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

    5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    6. Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

    Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.

    End with the Hail Holy Queen:
    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

    The Mysteries of the Rosary By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary. The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.

    The Sorrowful Mysteries

    (Tuesdays and Fridays)

    1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46) [Spiritual fruit - God's will be done]
    2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1) [Spiritual fruit - Mortification of the senses]
    3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:2) [Spiritual fruit - Reign of Christ in our heart]
    4. The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:17) [Spiritual fruit - Patient bearing of trials]
    5. The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:17-37) [Spiritual fruit - Pardoning of Injuries]

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

  • Prayer thread - for the Church, the saving of souls, revival, and for the persecuted

    09/03/2015 9:34:44 PM PDT · 6 of 8
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    7 Powerful Ways to Pray for Christians Suffering in the Middle East

    At this time I believe it is most important to be praying for all Christians in the Middle East.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:32:40 PM PDT · 11 of 27
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    Jesus, High Priest
     

    We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

    Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

    Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

    Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

    Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

    O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

    Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

    This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

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    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman &Todd

    Readings at Mass


    First reading
    Colossians 1:15-20 ©
    Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God
    and the first-born of all creation,
    for in him were created
    all things in heaven and on earth:
    everything visible and everything invisible,
    Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers –
    all things were created through him and for him.
    Before anything was created, he existed,
    and he holds all things in unity.
    Now the Church is his body,
    he is its head.
    As he is the Beginning,
    he was first to be born from the dead,
    so that he should be first in every way;
    because God wanted all perfection
    to be found in him
    and all things to be reconciled through him and for him,
    everything in heaven and everything on earth,
    when he made peace
    by his death on the cross.

    Psalm Psalm 99:2-5 ©
    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.
      Serve the Lord with gladness.
      Come before him, singing for joy.
    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.
    Know that he, the Lord, is God.
      He made us, we belong to him,
      we are his people, the sheep of his flock.
    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.
    Go within his gates, giving thanks.
      Enter his courts with songs of praise.
      Give thanks to him and bless his name.
    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.
    Indeed, how good is the Lord,
      eternal his merciful love.
      He is faithful from age to age.
    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.

    Gospel Acclamation cf.Ps18:9
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Your words gladden the heart, O Lord,
    they give light to the eyes.
    Alleluia!
    Or Jn8:12
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Luke 5:33-39 ©
    The Pharisees and scribes said to Jesus, ‘John’s disciples are always fasting and saying prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees too, but yours go on eating and drinking.’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely you cannot make the bridegroom’s attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come, the time for the bridegroom to be taken away from them; that will be the time when they will fast.’
      He also told them this parable, ‘No one tears a piece from a new cloak to put it on an old cloak; if he does, not only will he have torn the new one, but the piece taken from the new will not match the old.
      ‘And nobody puts new wine into old skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and then run out, and the skins will be lost. No; new wine must be put into fresh skins. And nobody who has been drinking old wine wants new. “The old is good” he says.’
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    From: Luke 5:33-39

    A Discussion on Fasting


    [33] And they (the scribes and the Pharisees) said to Him (Jesus), “The disciples
    of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but
    yours eat and drink.” [34] And Jesus said to them, “Can you make the wedding
    guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? [35] The days will come, when
    the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”
    [36] He told them a parable also: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and
    puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from
    the new will not match the old. [37] And no one puts new wine into old wineskins;
    if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins
    will be destroyed. [38] But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. [39] And
    no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, ‘The old is good.’”

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    Commentary:

    33-35. In the Old Testament God established certain days as days of fasting —
    the main one being the “day of atonement” (Numbers 29:7; Acts 27:9). Fasting
    implied total or partial abstinence from food or drink. Moses and Elijah fasted
    (Exodus 34:28; 1 Kings 19:8) and our Lord Himself fasted in the desert for forty
    days before beginning His public ministry. In the present passage Jesus gives
    a deeper meaning to the word “fasting”—the deprivation of His physical presence
    which His Apostles would experience after His death. All through His public life
    Jesus is trying to prepare His disciples for the final parting. At first the Apostles
    were not very robust and Christ’s physical presence did them more good than
    the practice of fasting.

    Christians should sometimes abstain from food. “Fast and abstain from flesh
    meat when Holy Mother Church so ordains” (”St. Pius X Catechism”, 495). That
    is the purpose of the fourth commandment of the Church, but it has a deeper
    meaning, as St. Leo the Great tells us: “The merit of our fasts does not consist
    only in abstinence from food; there is no use depriving the body of nourishment
    if the soul does not cut itself off from iniquity and if the tongue does not cease
    to speak evil” (”Sermo IV in Quadragesima”).

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    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

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    From: Colossians 1:15-20

    Hymn in Praise of Christ as Head of All Creation


    [15] He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;
    [16] for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisi-
    ble, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were
    created through him and for him. [17] He is before all things, and in him all things
    hold together. [18] He is the head of the body, the church, he is the beginning;
    the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For
    in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to re-
    concile to himself all things.

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    Commentary:

    15-20. Now we come to a very beautiful hymn in praise of Christ’s sublime dignity
    as God and as man. This was a truth deserving emphasis in view of the danger to
    the faith which the false apostles’ teaching represented (cf. note on vv. 7-8). How-
    ever, quite apart from the particular situation in Colossae, the sublime teaching
    contained in this canticle holds good for all times; it is one of the most important
    Christological texts in St Paul’s writings.

    The real protagonist of this passage is the Son of God made man, whose two na-
    tures, divine and human, are always linked in the divine person of the Word. How-
    ever, at some points St Paul stresses his divinity (vv. 16, 17, 18b and 19) and at
    others his humanity (vv. 15, 18a, 18c and 20). The underlying theme of the hymn
    is Christ’s total pre-eminence over all creation.

    We can distinguish two stanzas in the hymn. In the first (vv. 15-17) Christ’s do-
    minion is stated to embrace the entire cosmos, stemming as it does from his
    action as Creator: “in him all things were created” (v. 16). This same statement
    is made in the prologue to the fourth Gospel (cf. Jn 1:3), and it is implied in the
    Book of Genesis, which tells us that creation was effected by God’s word (cf.
    Gen 1:3, 6, 9, etc.). Since Christ is the Word of God, he is above all things, and
    therefore St Paul stresses that all angels—irrespective of their hierarchy or order
    — come under his sway.

    Christ’s pre-eminence over natural creation is followed by his primacy in the eco-
    nomy of supernatural salvation, a second creation worked by God through grace.
    The second stanza (vv. 18-20) refers to this further primacy of Christ: by his death
    on the cross, Christ has restored peace and has reconciled all things—the world
    and mankind—to God. Jews and Gentiles both are called to form part of one body,
    the Church, of which Christ is the head; and all the celestial powers are subject
    to his authority.

    This passage is, then, a sublime canticle celebrating Christ, the head by virtue
    of his surpassing excellence and his salvific action. “The Son of God and of the
    Blessed Virgin”, Pius XII teaches, “must be called the head of the Church for the
    special reason of his preeminence. For the head holds the highest place. But
    none holds a higher place than Christ as God for he is the Word of the Eternal
    Father and is therefore justly called ‘the first-born of all creation’. None holds a
    higher place than Christ as man, for he, born of the immaculate Virgin, is the
    true and natural Son of God, and by reason of his miraculous and glorious resur-
    rection by which he triumphed over death he is ‘the first-born from the dead’. And
    none stands higher than he who, being the ‘one mediator between God and man’
    (1 Tim 2:5), admirably unites earth with heaven; who, exalted on the Cross as
    on his throne of mercy, has drawn all things to himself” (”Mystici Corporis”, 15).

    15. By the unaided use of reason man can work out that God exists, but he
    could never, on his own, have grasped the essence of God: in this sense God is
    said to be invisible (cf. St Thomas, “Commentary on Col, ad loc.”). This is why it
    is said in St John’s Gospel that “no one has ever seen God” (Jn 1:18).

    In Sacred Scripture we are told that man was created “in the image of God” (Gen
    1:26). However, only the second person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son, is the per-
    fect image and likeness of the Father. “The image [likeness] of a thing may be
    found in something else in two ways; in one way it is found in something of the
    same specific nature—as the image of the king is found in his son; in another way
    it is found in something of a different nature, as the king’s image on the coin. In
    the first sense the Son is the image of the Father; in the second sense man is
    called the image of God; and therefore in order to express the imperfect character
    of the divine image in man, man is not simply called ‘the image’ but is referred to
    as being ‘according to the image’, whereby is expressed a certain movement or
    tendency to perfection. But it cannot be said that the Son of God is ‘according to
    the image’, because he is the perfect image of the Father” (”Summa Theologiae”,
    I, q. 35, a. 2 ad 3). And so, “for something to be truly an image, it has to proceed
    from another as similar to it in species, or at least in some aspect of the species”
    (”Summa Theologiae”, I, q. 35, a. 1, c.) To say that the Son is “image of the invi-
    sible God” means that the Father and the Son are one-in-substance — that is,
    both possess the same divine nature — with the nuance that the Son proceeds
    from the Father. It also conveys the fact that they are two distinct persons, for
    no one is the image of himself.

    The supreme revelation of God is that effected by the Son of God through his In-
    carnation. He is the only one who can say, “He who has seen me has seen the
    Father” (Jn 14:9). His sacred humanity, therefore, reflects the perfections of God,
    which he possesses by virtue of the hypostatic union—the union of divine nature
    and human nature which occurs in his person, which is divine. The second Per-
    son of the Trinity restored man to his original dignity. The image of God, imper-
    fect though it be, which there is in every man and woman, was blurred by Adam’s
    sin; but it was restored in Christ: God’s true self-image takes on a nature the
    same as ours, and thanks to the redemption wrought by his death, we obtain
    forgiveness of sins (v. 14).

    Jesus Christ is the “first-born of all creation” by virtue of the hypostatic union.
    He is, of course, prior to all creation, for he proceeds eternally from the Father
    by generation. This the Church has always believed, and it proclaims it in the
    Creed: “born of the Father before time began ..., begotten, not made, of one
    being [consubstantial] with the Father” (”Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed”).

    In Jewish culture, the first-born was first in honor and in law. When the Apostle
    calls Jesus “the first-born of all creation”, he is referring to the fact that Christ
    has pre-eminence and headship over all created things, because not only does
    he pre-date them but they were all created “through him” and “for him” (v. 16).

    16-17. Jesus Christ is God; this is why he has pre-eminence over all created
    things. The relationships between Christ and creation are spelled out by three
    prepositions. “In him all things were created”: in Christ: he is their source, their
    center and their model or exemplary cause. “All things were created through him
    and for him”: through him, in other words, God the Father, through God the Son,
    creates all things; and for him, because he is the last end, the purpose or goal
    of everything.

    St Paul goes on to say that “in him all things hold together”; “the Son of God
    has not only created everything: he conserves everything in being; thus, if his
    sovereign will were to cease to operate for even an instant, everything would re-
    turn into the nothingness from which he drew everything that exists” (Chrysos-
    tom, “Hom. on Col, ad loc.”).

    All created things, then, continue in existence because they share, albeit in a
    limited way, in Christ’s infinite fullness of existence or perfection. His dominion
    extends not only over celestial things but also over all material things, however
    insignificant they may seem: it embraces everything in heaven and in the physi-
    cal universe.

    The sacred text also points to Christ’s supremacy over invisible creation, that is,
    over the angels and celestial hierarchies (cf. Heb 1:5). If St Paul stresses this
    fact, it is to expose the errors of those who were depicting Jesus as a creature
    intermediary between corporeal beings and spiritual created beings, and, there-
    fore, lower than the angels.

    18. “He is the head of the body, the church”: this image shows the relationship
    of Christ with the Church, to which he sends his grace in abundance, bearing life
    to all its members. ‘The head,” St Augustine says, “is our very Savior, who suf-
    fered under Pontius Pilate and now, after rising from the dead, is seated at the
    right hand of the Father. And his body is the Church [...] For the whole Church,
    made up of the assembly of the faithful—for all the faithful are Christ’s members
    — has Christ, as its head, who rules his body from on high” (”Enarrationes in
    Psalmos”, 56, 1).

    St Paul unequivocally teaches that the Church is a body. “Now if the Church is a
    body it must be something one and undivided, according to the statement of St
    Paul: ‘We, though many, are one body in Christ’ (Rom 12:5). And not only must
    it be one and undivided, it must also be something concrete and visible, as our
    Predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII, says in his Encyclical “Satis Cognitum”:
    ‘By the very fact of being a body the Church is visible.’ It is therefore an aberra-
    tion from divine truth to represent the Church as something intangible and invisi-
    ble, as a mere ‘pneumatic’ entity joining together by an invisible link a number
    of communities of Christians in spite of their difference in faith.

    “But a body requires a number of members so connected that they help one ano-
    ther. And, in fact, as in our mortal organism when one member suffers the others
    suffer with it, and the healthy members come to the assistance of those who are
    ailing, so in the Church individual members do not live only for themselves but
    also help one another, alleviating their suffering and helping to build up the entire
    body” (Pius XII, “Mystici Corporis”, 7).

    “He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead”: this can be said because he
    was the first man to rise from the dead, never again to die (cf. 1 Cor 15:20; Rev
    1:5), and also because thanks to him it enabled men to experience resurrection
    in glory (cf. 1 Cor 15:22; Rom 8:11), because they are justified through him (cf.
    Rom 4:25).

    So, just as the previous verses looked to Christ’s pre-eminent role in creations
    the hymn now focuses on his primacy in a new creation—the rebirth of mankind,
    and all creation in its train, in the supernatural order of grace and glory. Christ
    rose from the dead to enable us also to walk in newness of life (cf. Rom 6:4).
    Therefore, in every way Jesus Christ is “pre-eminent.”

    19. The word “pleroma” translated here as “fullness”, has two meanings in Greek:
    one, an active meaning, describes something that “fills” or “completes”; for exam-
    ple, a ship’s full load can be referred to as its pleroma. The other meaning is pas-
    sive, “that which is filled” or “that which is complete”, so that a ship can be said
    to be “pleroma” when it is fully loaded. In this passage St Paul is using the word
    in both senses: Christ is the fullness (passive sense) of the Godhead (cf. Col 2:9),
    because he is full of all the perfections of the divine essence; and he is the full-
    ness (active sense), because he fills the Church and all creation.

    St John Chrysostom suggests that “the word ‘fullness’ is to be taken to mean
    the divinity of Jesus Christ [...]. This term has been chosen the better to show
    that the very essence of the godhead resides in Jesus Christ” (”Hom. on Col,
    ad loc.”).

    Since Christ possesses the divine nature, he also possesses the fullness of the
    supernatural gifts, for himself and for all mankind. Hence St Thomas’ comment
    that pleroma “reveals the dignity of the head in so far as it has the fullness of all
    grace” (Commentary on Col, ad loc.). In this sense, Christ is the fullness of the
    Church, for as its head he vivifies his body with all kinds of unmerited gifts. Final-
    ly, the entire created universe can be termed the “fullness” (”pleroma”) of Christ,
    because everything that exists in heaven and on earth has been created and is
    maintained in existence by him (cf. vv. 16-17); they are ever-present to him and
    are ruled by him (cf. Is 6:3; Ps 139:8; Wis 1:7; etc.). Thus, the world, which was
    created good (cf. Gen 1:31) tends towards its fulfillment insofar as it clearly re-
    flects the imprint God gave it at the start of creation.

    20. Since Christ is pre-eminent over all creation, the Father chose to reconcile
    all things to himself through him. Sin had cut man off from God, rupturing the per-
    fect order which originally reigned in the created world. By shedding his blood on
    the cross, Christ obtained peace for us; nothing in the universe falls outside the
    scope of his peace-giving influence. He who in the beginning created all things in
    heaven and on earth has reestablished peace throughout creation.

    This reconciliation of all things, ushered in by Christ, is fostered by the Holy
    Spirit who enables the Church to continue the process of reconciliation. However,
    we will not attain the fullness of this reconciliation until we reach heaven, when
    the entire created universe, along with mankind, will be perfectly renewed in
    Christ (cf. “Lumen Gentium”, 48).

    “The history of salvation — the salvation of the whole of humanity, as well as of
    every human being of whatever period—is the wonderful history of a reconciliation;
    the reconciliation whereby God, as Father, in the Blood and the Cross of his Son
    made man, reconciles the world to himself and thus brings into being a new fa-
    mily of those who have been reconciled.

    “Reconciliation becomes necessary because there has been the break of sin
    from which derive all the other forms of break within man and about him. Recon-
    ciliation therefore, in order to be complete, necessarily requires liberation from
    sin, which is to be rejected in its deepest roots. Thus a close internal link unites
    “conversion” and “reconciliation”. It is impossible to split these two realities or to
    speak of one and say nothing of the other (Bl. John Paul II, “Reconciliatio Et Pae-
    nitentia”, 13).

    Jesus Christ also counts on the cooperation of every individual Christian to apply
    his work of redemption and peace to all creation. The founder of Opus Dei says,
    in this connection: “We must love the world and work and all human things. For
    the world is good. Adam’s sin destroyed the divine balance of creation; but God
    the Father sent his only Son to reestablish peace, so that we his children by
    adoption, might free creation from disorder and reconcile all things to God”
    (”Christ Is Passing By”, 112).

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    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

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    Colossians 1:9-14
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    Psalm 98:2-6 Luke 5:1-11
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    EVERYTHING

     
    "They...left everything, and became His followers." —Luke 5:11
     

    Once St. Peter saw that Jesus, the Carpenter, knew far more about fishing than he did, he realized he didn't need a boat or nets to have a great catch. All he needed was Jesus. Peter knew how to fish in the Sea of Galilee, but in an instant, he realized that in comparison to Jesus, he knew nothing. In that moment, Peter then knew that nothing brought fruitfulness like following Jesus in everything. The accomplishments of a lifetime of fishing didn't begin to compare with what could be accomplished through obedience to every command Jesus gave.

    So Peter left everything. He abandoned his nets, his boat, and his business. He left his money, his house, and his land. He counted it all as loss compared to the gain of knowing and following Jesus (see Phil 3:8). With nothing weighing him down, Peter could squeeze "through the narrow gate" (Mt 7:13). By giving up everything, nothing held Peter back from of "a life of obedience to Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 1:2).

    It costs everything to purchase the pearl of great price (Mt 13:46). Yet even when we give up all for Jesus, we might still be attached in some way to what we left behind. Jesus said that if anyone tries to serve Him while looking back fondly at what they left behind, that person is "unfit for the reign of God" (Lk 9:62). Therefore, pray for an increase in obedient faith in the Lord Jesus. Then leave everything and "put out into the deep" with Him (see Lk 5:4).

     
    Prayer: Father, may Jesus increase while I decrease (Jn 3:30). May I count it all joy to give everything for Your beloved Son.
    Promise: "He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son." —Col 1:13
    Praise: Pope St. Gregory the Great had a zeal for the missions to bring the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxons, which he did after being elected pope.
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    Luke 5:1-11


    While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch." Simon said in reply, "Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets." When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

    Introductory Prayer: Lord, as we begin this meditation, I feel you have stepped into my boat. I put out a short distance from shore, away from all my daily concerns, to listen to you alone. It is just you and I, and I sense that you are going to ask something of me. I am truly humbled and grateful that you would spend so much personal time with me.

    Petition: Christ, help me to understand and embrace your call to holiness for me.


    1. Teacher: Jesus taught by the lake. We know that he taught in many other places too: in the Temple, in synagogues, on mountains, among children. Today he had a great crowd around him by the lake. For these people, the lake was everything: water, food, transportation, an object of beauty and contemplation. Yet beneath its usually still and deep blue surface, there was a whole other world unknown to them. How appropriate that next to it, Christ, who could probe its depths, uncovered for them the many mysteries of faith and the divine plan! He can help us understand so many things that are a part of our daily lives, yet in many ways remain unfamiliar or unintelligible to us.


    1. Leader: It is one thing to get the curious crowds to give you a moment of their attention, but quite another to motivate people to give you their dedication and their life. Christ knew that to get someone to commit, directing an interesting story to the general public would not be enough. Personal attention was in order. Christ stepped into Peter’s boat and asked him for a favor, a simple task: “Put out a short distance from the shore.” Christ’s first tasks are usually not that hard for us to execute: simply material compliance and a little generosity. But if we let him ride with us long enough, he will eventually ask us for something that demands faith and may go against our reason or personal comfort. We want Christ to win us over for good, but how can he do so if we don’t let him take us for a ride “out into the deep?”


    1. Motivator: Do I get surprised when Christ does something marvelous in my life? Does astonishment seize me? Maybe I’m not surprised. Maybe I am thinking what is good or successful in me originates from myself. Proud is the person who thinks so. Proud, too, is the person who recognizes the hand of God and nevertheless responds, “Leave me Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Christ just performed a miracle through the obedience of a sinful man; why can’t he do it again? Why do I respond, “Leave me, Lord,” unless I’m not ready to obey? When I call my partners to come over and check it out, do I do so to allow this experience of Christ to touch others? Or do I do so to help them see how greatly endowed I am? If I am to become a fisher of men like Peter, I, too, must purify myself from these all-too-human reactions. Don’t worry, my pettiness doesn’t faze Christ. Listen to him: “Do not be afraid. You will become…”


    Conversation with Christ: So many souls are hustling through this world without knowing where they are going and without enjoying your friendship as I do. I do not know if you want to reach many or few of them through me, but I think they are many. My heart is ready, O Lord. Fill me with apostolic zeal.

    Resolution: I will work on being a good and positive motivator today.

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    Marriage = One Man amd One Woman Until Death Do Us Part

    Daily Marriage Tip for September 3, 2015:

    How do you feel about parties? Some people love to host them while others prefer going to them. Still others would rather stay home and cocoon. If you don’t have the same socializing style, what compromises have you worked out?

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    The Word Among Us

    Meditation: Luke 5:1-11

    Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)

    Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men. (Luke 5:10)

    There’s a story about the British evangelist Smith Wigglesworth (1859–1947). He was riding a train to Wales one day. As the train neared his station, he got up to wash his hands in the restroom. While there, he prayed for just a few moments. When he returned to his seat, someone noticed that his face seemed to be shining with an extraordinary glow. “Sir,” he said, “you’ve convinced me of my need to repent!” Soon after, others in the carriage were exclaiming, “Who are you? You’ve convinced us all to repent!”

    The reaction of these travelers to Wigglesworth sounds a little like Peter’s words to Jesus: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). It wasn’t that Peter wanted Jesus to go away. It was that he was overwhelmed by Jesus’ power and goodness.

    It’s natural for us to react like this when we encounter the Lord. Perhaps the encounter has shown us our sin, and we are moved to repentance. Perhaps we are not accustomed to experiencing such an abundance of unconditional love. Or maybe we sense that God has a new calling for us, and we are afraid to take it up. As the Letter to the Hebrews says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

    But look at Peter. He allowed himself to fall into Jesus’ hands, and it changed his life forever. No longer just a fisherman, he became a fisher of men and women as he grew into his role of leading the Church and encouraging his fellow apostles. It was a rocky road at first, but over time, Peter became a heroic, humble servant reverenced by millions of believers down through the ages.

    God has an adventure set aside for you as well. It may not entail world travel or a place in the limelight, but it does involve a life lived for more than just yourself. He wants you to take up the call to catch people for his kingdom. And as you do—whether through evangelization or a life of intercession—you’ll find your horizons broadening, your heart growing warmer, and your life more purposeful. Who knows? Maybe your face will even shine as brightly as Smith Wigglesworth’s!

    “Here I am, Lord. I don’t want to live just for myself. Make me into your servant.”

    Colossians 1:9-14
    Psalm 98:2-6

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    Doctors of the Catholic Church

    Pope Saint Gregory the Great

    detail of 'The Ecstasy of Saint Gregory the Great', Pieter Pauwel Rubens, 1608, oil on canvas, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, FranceAlso known as

    • Gregory I
    • Gregory Dialogos
    • Gregory the Dialogist
    • Father of the Fathers
    • Gregorius I Magnus

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    Son of Gordianus, a Roman regionarius, and Saint Silvia of Rome. Nephew of Saint Emiliana and Saint Tarsilla. Great-grandson of Pope Saint Felix III. Educated by the finest teachers in Rome, Italy. Prefect of Rome for a year, then he sold his possessions, turned his home into a Benedictine monastery, and used his money to build six monasteries in Sicily and one in Rome. Benedictine monk. Upon seeing English children being sold in the Roman Forum, he became a missionary to England.

    Elected 64th Pope by unanimous acclamation on 3 September 590, the first monk to be chosen. Sent Saint Augustine of Canterbury and a company of monks to evangelize England, and other missionaries to France, Spain, and Africa. Collected the melodies and plain chant so associated with him that they are now known as Gregorian Chants. One of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. Wrote seminal works on the Mass and Divine Office, several of them dictated to his secretary, Saint Peter the Deacon.

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    The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist. Saint Gregory the Great

    If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. This very day is a day of truce, a day for conversion. And yet we refuse to cry over the evil we have done! Not only do we not weep for the sins we have committed, we even add to them…. If we are, in fact, now occupied in good deeds, we should not attribute the strength with which we are doing them to ourselves. We must not count on ourselves, because even if we know what kind of person we are today, we do not know what we will be tomorrow. Nobody must rejoice in the security of their own good deeds. As long as we are still experiencing the uncertainties of this life, we do not know what end may follow…we must not trust in our own virtues. Saint Gregory the Great, from Be Friends of God

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    Ordinary Time: September 3rd

    Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor

    Daily Readings for: September 03, 2015
    (Readings on USCCB website)

    Collect: O God, who care for your people with gentleness and rule them in love, through the intercession of Pope Saint Gregory, endow, we pray, with a spirit of wisdom those to whom you have given authority to govern, that the flourishing of a holy flock may become the eternal joy of the shepherds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    Old Calendar: St. Pius X, Pope ; Other Titles: Gregory I; Gregory Dialogos; Father of the Fathers

    St. Gregory, senator and prefect of Rome, then in succession monk, cardinal and pope, governed the Church from 590 to 604. England owes her conversion to him. At a period when the invasion of the barbarians created a new situation in Europe, he played a considerable part in the transitional stage, during which a great number of them were won for Christ. At the same time he watched over the holiness of the clergy and preserved ecclesiastical discipline, as well as attending to the temporal interests of his people of Rome and the spiritual interests of the whole of Christendom. To him the liturgy owes several of its finest prayers, and the name "Gregorian chant" recalls this great Pope's work in the development of the Church's chant. His commentaries on Holy Scripture exercised a considerable influence on Christian thought, particularly in the Middle Ages. Together with St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and St. Jerome, he is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.

    According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is feast of St. Pius X; his feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is August 21. The feast of St. Gregory the Great in the Extraordinary Rite is March 12.


    St. Gregory the Great
    St. Gregory was born at Rome in 540. He was successively senator and prefect of Rome before the age of 30. After five years he resigned and became a monk, transforming his own house into a Benedictine monastery, and founding six others. At the age of 50 he was elected pope, serving from 590 to 604. In 14 years he accomplished much for the Mystical Body of Christ.

    After seeing English children being sold as slaves in Rome, he sent 40 monks, including St. Augustine of Canterbury, from his own monastery to make "the Angles angels." England owes her conversion to him. At a period when the invasion of the barbarian Lombards created a new situation in Europe, he played a great part in winning them for Christ. When Rome itself was under attack, he personally went to interview the Lombard King.

    At the same time he watched equally over the holiness of the clergy and the maintenance of Church discipline, the temporal interests of his people of Rome and the spiritual interests of all Christendom. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, and emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for persecuted Jews and victims of plague and famine. These deeds and others made him, in the words of an antiphon in his office, "the Father of the City, the joy of the World."

    Gregory reformed the liturgy, and it still contains several of his most beautiful prayers. The name "Gregorian chant" recalls this great Pope's work in the development of the Church's music. His commentaries on Holy Scripture exercised a considerable influence on Christian thought in the Middle Ages. St. Gregory died on March 12, 604. His body lies at St. Peter's in Rome.

    Patron: choir boys; educators; gout; masons; music; musicians; choirs; singers; stonecutters; teachers; popes; students; scholars; against plague; against gout; against fever; England; West Indies;

    Symbols: dove (the Holy Spirit perched upon St. Gregory's shoulder while he wrote); bishop's staff; book and a pen; papal tiara; a church; a sheet of music written in Gregorian style (4 lines, with square notes); scroll with the words, "Ora pro nobis Deum"; desk and book; altar; double or triple cross; eagle; lectern; tall cross and book.

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  • BREAKING: [Clerk Kim] Davis held in contempt taken by U.S. Marshals.

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    Paul Harvey audio from 1965

    If I were the devil

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  • Pope Francis on Reconciliation for Abortion (Catholic Caucus)

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  • Pope Francis on Reconciliation for Abortion (Catholic Caucus)

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    I think you are joking. Have you no idea what The Sacrament of Penance is like?

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    Day 246 - Jesus and the Woman of Samaria (Part II)

    Today’s Reading: John 4:7-20
    7 There came a woman of Samar ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar ia?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, I have no husband’;
    18 for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”

    Today’s Commentary:
    five husbands: According to 2 Kings 17:24-31, the five foreign tribes who intermarried with the northern Israelites (Samaritans) introduced five male deities into their religion. These idols were individually addressed as Baal, a Hebrew word meaning “lord” or “husband”. The prophets denounced Israel for serving these gods, calling such worship infidelity to its true covenant spouse, Yahweh. Hope was kept alive, however, that God would show mercy to these Israelites and become their everlasting husband in the bonds of a New Covenant (Hos 2:16-20). This day has dawned in the ministry of Jesus, the divine bridegroom (3:29), who has come to save the Samaritans from a lifetime of struggles with five pagan “husbands”.

  • Catholic Schools in Illinois Issue Formal Policy for Enrollment by Gay Parents

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    **It is understood that our schools exist to pass on the Catholic faith for children as well as for their parent (s)/adoptive parent (s)/legal guardian (s) to grow in holiness living as disciples of Jesus Christ. All children will be taught the Catholic faith in its fullness, regardless of the situation of their parent(s)/legal guardian(s). Parent(s)/adoptive parent(s)/legal guardian(s) not living in accord with Church teaching are expected to discuss with the pastor of their Catholic parish ways in which we hope they could. Special attention is to be given to discussion of moral issues that may be problematic for the parent(s)/adoptive parent(s)/legal guardian(s) prior to signing the Family School Agreement.**

    Addendum to the Family School Agreement:

    Genesis 1
    26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
    28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
    29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
    30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.
    31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

  • Catholic Schools in Illinois Issue Formal Policy for Enrollment by Gay Parents

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    **“There are no illegitimate children only illegitimate parents”**

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    CATHOLIC ALMANAC

    Thursday, September 3

    Liturgical Color: White

    Today is the Memorial of St. Gregory the
    Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. St.
    Gregory's later years were filled with physical
    suffering but they did not slow his work as
    pope. He died in 604 A.D.