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  • America Prayer Vigil - July 22, 2018 [Prayer]

    07/21/2018 11:09:57 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    DarthVader to SisterK


    We are in intense spiritual warfare right now!!

    Psalm 94

    1 O Lord, you God of vengeance,
    you God of vengeance, shine forth!
    2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
    give to the proud what they deserve!
    3 O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
    how long shall the wicked exult?

    4 They pour out their arrogant words;
    all the evildoers boast.
    5 They crush your people, O Lord,
    and afflict your heritage.
    6 They kill the widow and the stranger,
    they murder the orphan,
    7 and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
    the God of Jacob does not perceive.’

    8 Understand, O dullest of the people;
    fools, when will you be wise?
    9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
    He who formed the eye, does he not see?
    10 He who disciplines the nations,
    he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
    does he not chastise?
    11 The Lord knows our thoughts,*
    that they are but an empty breath.

    12 Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
    and whom you teach out of your law,
    13 giving them respite from days of trouble,
    until a pit is dug for the wicked.
    14 For the Lord will not forsake his people;
    he will not abandon his heritage;
    15 for justice will return to the righteous,
    and all the upright in heart will follow it.

    16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
    Who stands up for me against evildoers?
    17 If the Lord had not been my help,
    my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
    18 When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
    your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
    19 When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul.
    20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
    those who contrive mischief by statute?
    21 They band together against the life of the righteous,
    and condemn the innocent to death.
    22 But the Lord has become my stronghold,
    and my God the rock of my refuge.
    23 He will repay them for their iniquity
    and wipe them out for their wickedness;
    the Lord our God will wipe them out.

  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 10:15:01 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    from occupied ga to Salvation

    Not all. It’s a shame that 95% give the other 5% a bad name.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 10:07:10 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    Salvation to All

    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.


    "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: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 10:06:41 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    Salvation to All
    'The soul should not dwell on the gifts, but on the Giver.'

    St. Paul of the Cross

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 10:05:12 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    Salvation to All
    Sunday Gospel Reflections

    16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Reading I: Jeremiah 23:1-6 II: Ephesians 2:13-18

    Mark 6:30-34

    30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
    31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
    32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
    33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them.
    34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

    Interesting Details
    • Between the passage we read last week about Jesus sending the disciples out (Mk 6:7-13) and the passage of this week about the returning disciples, is a passage on the death of John the Baptist. Such "sandwiching" is a device by Mark to say that the disciples would be persecuted.
    • This passage also sets the stage for the feeding of the five thousand, which we will read from the Gospel of John on the next five Sundays. "To a lonely place" shows that not much food was available, and the feeding was miraculous.
    • People there eat leisurely and socially. If the disciples stay in town, people would continue to come to them. If the disciples eat in town, other people would come and share. In order that the disciples can eat leisurely and bond among themselves after being apart on mission, Jesus takes them away from other people.
    • A shepherd nurtures and protects the sheep. Jesus as shepherd contrasts with Herod killing John the Baptist in the preceding passage. Before feeding the people, Jesus provides what is even more important: teaching them. [Hamm]

    One Main Point

    The disciples of Jesus would be persecuted, but Jesus would lead and feed his people with the help of the disciples.

    1. Do I take time to rest and to bond with other disciples of Jesus, and with Jesus himself?
    2. Who is my shepherd, and do I follow the teaching of my shepherd?
    3. Have I experienced persecution? How does Jesus take care of me?
  • America Prayer Vigil - July 22, 2018 [Prayer]

    07/21/2018 10:00:19 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    laplata to SisterK


    Thank you for the beautiful prayer, SisterK.

  • America Prayer Vigil - July 22, 2018 [Prayer]

    07/21/2018 9:58:17 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    SisterK to 2nd Amendment; 4Godsoloved..Hegave; 1217Chic; af_vet_1981; Albion Wilde; albie; alicewonders; ...


    To be added or dropped from this ping list, post or freepmail stars & stripes forever.

    Micah 6:8
    And what does the Lord require of you
    But to do justly, to love mercy
    And to walk humbly with your God
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:58:06 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    Salvation to Salvation
  • America Prayer Vigil - July 22, 2018 [Prayer]

    07/21/2018 9:57:04 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    Oh Father God, we humbly come before You, purchased by the blood of the Lamb
    In His name we do pray
    Father God, we thank You for the mercy and the love which You have poured upon this land. We thank You for President Trump, Vice President Pence, and their families. We thank You for those who work to restore the rule of law. Lord, we ask for their blessings, their protection, and that they have a double portion of wisdom, faith and patience.

    Father God, we also ask for help at the local level. Lord teach us to be good stewards. Give us wisdom and opportunity to extend your light and your love. Send strong angels to help us slay the darkness and the corruption. Father God, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

    And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 9:55:22 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Robwin to Parmy

    The Catholic Bishops are a collection of bozos and the USCCB even worse. And that comes from a fellow who was once a devout Catholic and seriously considered becoming a priest.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:51:18 PM PDT · 21 of 25
    Salvation to All
    Archdiocese of Washington

    Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    July 21, 2018

    The Gospel this Sunday speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. In last week’s Gospel, Jesus sent the apostles out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report their progress and the graces they encountered.

    As Jesus listens, He urges them (perhaps because they are so overjoyed) to come away and rest awhile, for they have labored long. In so doing, Jesus also teaches us about prayer. Let’s consider four teachings on prayer that are evident in today’s Gospel.

    I. The Practice of Praise-Filled Prayer – As the text opens, the apostles are with Jesus, joyfully recounting all they experienced on their missionary journey. In a similar text in Luke (10:17), the apostles return rejoicing, saying that even demons are subject to them (through Jesus’ name). Thus, their first instinct is joyful gratitude before the Lord.

    Is your prayer filled with praise and thanksgiving? Are you grateful to God for all He has done? Do you tell God what is happening in your life and give Him thanks for all He has enabled you to do?

    Too many people think of prayer only in relation to petition, but praise is also an essential component. When Jesus began His instruction on prayer, He said, When you pray, say, ‘Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name’ (Mat 6:9). In other words, “Father, your name is holy. You are a great God, a wonderful God. You can do all things and I praise you! Thank you, Father; your name is holy, and you are holy.”

    Praise the Lord. Thank Him for what He is doing and tell Him everything that you are experiencing. Scripture says that we were made for the praise of his glory (Eph. 1:16). So, praise the Lord in your prayer. How? Take a psalm of praise. Pray or sing the Gloria from Mass. Sing or recite a hymn. No matter how you do it, praise Him!

    II. The Peace of Personal Prayer – Jesus invites the apostles to come away by themselves to a quiet place and rest for a while. Most people don’t think of their personal prayer as a privileged invitation from the Lord, nor do they think of it as rest.

    Yet, consider that the Lord invites us to come aside and spend personal and private time with Him. Most people would relish personal attention from a famous person. Why not from the Lord? An old song says, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”

    Note the description of this time as “rest.” Most people think of prayer more as a task than as a time of rest. Yet to pray is to rest, to withdraw from this world for a brief time and enjoy the Lord’s presence. Scripture says, For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength” (Is 30:15).

    An old hymn says,

    Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
    That calls me from a world of care,
    And bids me at my Father’s throne
    Make all my wants and wishes known.
    In seasons of distress and grief,
    My soul has often found relief,
    And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
    By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

    Learn to think of prayer as quiet time, as rest with the Lord, when He soothes, strengthens, refreshes, and blesses us.

    III. The Primacy of Prioritized Prayer – The text says that people were coming in great numbers seeking the attention of the Lord and the apostles; they could not even get a moment to eat!

    There is no doubt that the people had critical needs. They needed to be taught, healed, fed, and cared for in many ways. Yet despite this Jesus said, in effect, “We have to get away from all this for a while.” He directed the apostles to go off in the boat to a deserted place.

    Indeed, one of the few places they could “get away” was out on the water. There, the crowds could not follow them, and they could be alone and quiet for a short time.

    Jesus made prayer a priority. Scripture says of Him, But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16). Scripture also speaks of Him rising early to pray (Mark 1:35), praying late into the night (Matt 14:23), praying all night long (Luke 6:12), and praying in the mountains (Matt 14:23) and other deserted places.

    Understanding prayer as rest helps us to understand why prayer must be a priority in our lives. If we are going to engage in the work to which God has called us, we need to be replenished and refreshed daily by spending time with Him.

    If we were to engage in physical work without ever stopping to rest, we would collapse. The spiritual life has a similar law. Resting with God in prayer fills us with His presence, grace, and strength so that we can be equipped, empowered, and enabled unto the tasks that He has given us.

    No one can give or share what he does not have, so if we aren’t praying and experiencing God’s presence, how can we share it? To share grace, we must first receive it. To speak the Word, we must first receive it. To witness to the Lord, we must first know Him.

    Jesus often had to hide in order to pray. Sometimes the only quiet place He could find was out on the lake, but He did make time for prayer. He invites the apostles and us to do the same, not only despite the busyness of life, but because of it.

    A Brief Story –

    A priest friend of mine told me that back in the 1970s he once gave spiritual direction to a religious sister. At that time, it was common for people to say, “My work is my prayer.” When this priest inquired about the good sister’s prayer life she answered, “Oh, I’m too busy to pray, but that’s OK because my work is my prayer; that’s my spirituality.” He replied, “Sister, if you’re not praying, you don’t have a spirituality.” He got her to start praying for one hour a day. Some years later, he ran into her at the airport. By now, she had moved on to become a major superior in her order. “How are you doing, Mother?” he asked. “Oh,” she replied, “I am very busy!” He cringed, but then she added, “I’m so busy these days that I have to spend two hours a day praying!”

    Now there’s a smart woman! When we’re being foolish we say, “I’m too busy to pray.” When we’re smart we say, “I’m so busy that I need to pray more.”

    Jesus made prayer a priority. Prayer is the rest that strengthens us for the task; it is the refreshment that gives us new vigor and zeal.

    IV. The Power of Pious Prayer – The text says that after Jesus spent this time alone with the apostles on the boat, they reached the other shore. Sure enough, the crowd was there waiting for them, but Jesus and the apostles had been refreshed and were now well-rested. Jesus, renewed and refreshed, saw the vast crowd and began to teach them at great length.

    Prayer has that effect. In drawing close to God, who is love, we are better equipped to love others. Jesus, though He never lacked love for them, models this renewal for us. The text says that upon seeing the crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them. The Greek word translated as “pity” is σπλαγχνίζομαι (splagchnizomai), which means “to be moved with compassion.” The word “pity” often carries with it a condescending tone, but what happens here is that Jesus sees them, loves them, and has compassion for their state. The religious leaders in Jerusalem have largely abandoned them, considering them “the great unwashed,” but Jesus loves them and teaches them at great length.

    It often takes many years and a lot of prayer to equip our hearts in this way. One of the signs that grace and prayer are having their effect is that our love for others, even for the multitudes, grows deeper, more compassionate, more patient, and more merciful. This takes great prayer and long hours of sitting at the Lord’s feet learning from Him.

    Here is the power that prayer bestows: we are more fully equipped for our mission, more zealous, and more loving. The rest afforded by prayer rejuvenates our better nature and helps it to grow.

    So, here are four teachings on prayer. Jesus found time to pray; He made it a priority. How about you?

  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 9:49:38 PM PDT · 19 of 21
    Parmy to ebb tide


  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:41:50 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    Salvation to All

    Year B - 16th Sunday in ordinary time

    He had compassion and began to teach them many things.
    Mark 6:30-34
    30 And the apostles coming together unto Jesus, related to him all things that they had done and taught.
    31 And he said to them: Come apart into a desert place, and rest a little. For there were many coming and going: and they had not so much as time to eat.
    32 And going up into a ship, they went into a desert place apart.
    33 And they saw them going away, and many knew: and they ran flocking there on foot from all the cities, and were there before them.
    34 And Jesus going out saw a great multitude: and he had compassion on them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.

    Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    How beautiful it is for me to listen to the soul that comes humbly to disclose his life to me, even though I already know it, there is certain attraction in that littleness that sweetens my ear, it is the simplicity of heart that attracts me and fills me with joy. Just as a child comes to his mother to tell her stories to her delight, so I delight by listening happily to the complaints, the achievements and the hopes of every soul.

    Let the children come to me, because the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs, I say it again, oh, if they all came to me like little children, if they could change their hearts of stone for the infantile tenderness, the whole world would change. As a child listens attentively to the instruction of his parents, so I listen to the soul that comes to me with humility. I am the Great Master of the Soul; he who desires my teaching must share his life with me, must put all his trust in me and listen attentively in order to learn.

    It is notorious to see how young people come to a state of mental maturity when they reject the teachings of their parents and go against the healthy moral principals they accepted in their previous innocence. It is very sad to see how this change from child to adult, brings to a false security against the good teachings of infancy.

    In the same way, the soul of a child learns to know God innocently and with a faith without barriers, thereafter comes intellectualism and the examples of the world to destroy those strong foundations of the spiritual life. For this reason, the soul has to be shaken in order to understand that it has come out of the way, then my Spirit claims incessantly until some understand my call and decide to change.

    The advice I gave to my disciples was to search for moments of silence to be in prayer. I practiced this and gave them example, I taught them that the Kingdom of heaven is within; it is there in the interior dwelling, the altar of the soul, where my Spirit speaks and listens, where the transformation of the human being occurs, where you can know me.

    My voice surges in the temple of silence, in the darkness of the soul I reveal my light to those who follow my Word, “be still and know, that I am the Lord”.

    In order to quieten the soul, it is necessary to stay away from so many mundane events that take away time, saturate the mind and infect the heart. Moderate entertainment is good, but hunger for entertainment is gluttony that destroys the soul with insatiable passion for the world. I repeat, don’t you have at least an hour to spend with me? I am the Lord the Lord of the Sunday, the day to honor God, I claim this day to attend the Holy Mass, to dedicate it to the family and to spiritual growth. But what has it become? The same as my feasts of Holy Week and Nativity, Sundays are days dedicated to the gods of the world and to offend me with indifference.

    This is the reason why so many souls cannot quieten down and enjoy the privileges of the saints, this is why my word is dispersed like seeds that fall on the rocks, they cannot thrive.

    However, I have nothing against anyone, I wait eagerly the return of each soul, I happily give my teachings to those who want to listen to me, I am the Good Shepherd, the Teacher who waits punctually for his pupils, all are invited, come, learn from me, be humble as I am humble, do not despise the gift that I am offering.

    Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:37:21 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    Salvation to All
    Arlington Catholic Herald

    Our Shepherd of the Field

    Gospel Commentary MK 6:30-34

    In this battle, our enemy knows our weaknesses and is much more powerful than each of us are. Yet we are never alone in the battle for our soul, for Jesus Christ is always with us, strengthening us against temptation and cleansing us in confession when we fall.

    In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus looks with pity on the crowd that follows him to a deserted place and compares them to sheep without a shepherd. Our Lord is popularly described as the Good Shepherd. He guides his flock to green pastures and leads them to the places where they will be safe. We are consoled by this image of Jesus as shepherd.

    In the Old Testament, however, the people of God described as “sheep without a shepherd” is not always a peaceful metaphor. Instead, it takes on a military connotation. For instance, the prophet Micaiah received a word from God portraying “all Israel scattered upon the hills, like sheep that have no shepherd” (1 Kgs 22:17). True to the vision, when King Ahab was struck down leading the Israelite army in battle, his men scattered, each to his own city and land (1 Kgs 22:36).

    An earlier example of this metaphor is found in the Book of Numbers. Moses, who is near death, prays for the Israelites as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. There will be battles ahead with the tribes that already inhabit that land, so Moses asks the Lord for a leader who can lead them to victory, “lest the people of the Lord be as sheep without a shepherd” (Num 27:18).

    The Lord instructs Moses to appoint Joshua as their leader. Joshua’s name means “God is with us,” and in faith we recognize that it is by God’s hand that the battle is won. He is our shepherd who protects and saves us.

    For some, this image of warfare is not a comfortable one. We prefer the comfort of the Good Shepherd over the violence of a leader of armies. Yet, we might recall the words of Jesus, who tells his disciples, “I did not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Mt 10:34). The sword is the result of the world, the flesh, and the devil, all of which reject Jesus. When we embrace Our Lord, we, too, find ourselves in this battle. This is why our Catholic tradition calls us the “Church Militant”: the people of God in this world, battling against evil for our salvation and the salvation of all.

    Our battle is a spiritual one, which unfortunately allows most people to overlook, neglect or ignore it. This is how the evil one works, for it allows him to prowl about the world more easily seeking the ruin of souls. For our part, we participate in this spiritual war in two ways. The first is the battle for our own sanctity. The second is to fight for the sanctity of others, by praying and sacrificing for our loved ones and those who need protection from the evil one, such as our church and secular leaders.

    In this battle, our enemy knows our weaknesses and is much more powerful than each of us are. Yet we are never alone in the battle for our soul, for Jesus Christ is always with us, strengthening us against temptation and cleansing us in confession when we fall. He is the victor, and when we cling to him in faith and seek his grace, we have no need for fear or despair, no matter how difficult our struggles are.

    Because Jesus is our shepherd in this great battle, we can boldly say, “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me” (Ps 23:4). In this way, we can see that the comforting image of the Good Shepherd is in harmony with the military image of Our Lord.

    While it may be unsettling to contemplate the reality of the spiritual battle for our souls, it is only through awareness of it that we can seek to prepare and protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors through our faithfulness, our worship, and sacrifices.

    As the Church Militant, we are part of the mystical body of Christ. We are the church that Jesus founded on the Rock of St. Peter, the church Our Lord promises will prevail against the gates of our enemy in this battle. Nothing will withstand us when we are united with our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the victor. He is the shepherd. He is our hope.

    Fr. Wagner is parochial vicar at St. Veronica Church in Chantilly.

  • Former Muslim: Dreams of Jesus, Miracle Healings Leading Millions to Christ Despite Persecution

    07/21/2018 9:32:06 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    dadfly to SeekAndFind


    now that’s how a man of God speaks.

  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 9:22:25 PM PDT · 18 of 21
    sitetest to Salvation

    Well, it is well past time to send them a large shipment of paving material, via FedEx Next Day Air.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:21:01 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    Salvation to All

    July, 2018

    The Holy Father's Prayer Intention

    Evangelization – Priests and their Pastoral Ministry, That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:19:58 PM PDT · 17 of 25
    Salvation to All
    Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ


    July Devotion: The Precious Blood 
    Like the Sacred Wounds of Jesus, His Precious Blood deserves special honor because of its close relation to the Sacred Passion. That honor was given to it from the beginning by the Apostles who praised its redeeming power. (Rom. 5:9 "we are justified by His blood"; Heb. 13:12 "and so Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His blood, suffered outside the gate"; 1 John 1:7 "and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.") 
    The Church has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem. We continue to recognize and publicly acknowledge the profound indebtedness of the whole human race to Christ, Priest and Victim. 
    Standing at the foot of the cross, we see Jesus' head, hands, feet, and side pouring out streams of precious blood. It is precious because it: 
    •      Redeems us and atones for our sins. Through His precious blood we are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Death ceases to be death and heaven's gates are opened to us.  
    •      Cleanses us from all sin.  
    •      Preserves us and keeps us safe from the grasp of evil.  When the Father sees us washed in the Blood of the Lamb we are spared.  
    •      Comforts us. It is the constant reminder that Jesus - true God and true man suffered and died to save us and to open heaven to us because He loves us.  
    •      Sanctifies us.  The same blood that justifies by taking away sin, continues to work within us.  Its action gives us the grace to continue on the path toward the Kingdom of God.  It assists us in achieving our new nature, leading us onward in subduing sin and in following the commands of God.  
    Jesus shed His precious blood seven times during His life on earth.  They events were: 
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the Circumcision  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood whilst praying in the Garden of Olives  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the scourging  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the crowning with thorns  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood while carrying His cross  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the crucifixion  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood and water when His side was pierced 
    The Power of the Precious Blood 
    "I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God." (St. Albert the Great)

    At their recent meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had continuous Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for "healing and peace."   They encouraged parishes and communities to have ongoing Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  In these dark months of woundedness, pain and violence we need to turn to the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, for healing, peace, and light.  
    "What power we have in the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!  He is there to protect us, to be our refuge and our redemption.  (In Exodus 12, God told Moses to have His chosen people mark their door posts with the blood of an unblemished lamb, during the first Passover. Those who did this were spared when the Angel of the death passed by). This is why Archbishop Sheen said that we must call down the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  For, he warned, when we stop calling down the Blood of the Lamb, we start calling down the blood of each other."  (From our book Bread of Life)      
    "And the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water" (Rev 7:17). 
    "In the tumultuous events of our time, it is important to look to the Eucharist: it must be at the heart of the life of priests and consecrated people; the light and strength of spouses in putting into practice their commitment to fidelity, chastity and the apostolate; the ideal in education and in training children, adolescents and young people; the comfort and support of those who are troubled, of the sick and all who are weeping in the Gethsemane of life."  (Pope John Paul II)  
    Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! 
    "The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night when He went into His agony.  But as often in the history of the church since that time, evil was awake, but the disciples were asleep.  That is why there came out of His anguished and lonely Heart a sigh: 'Could you not watch one hour with Me?'" (Mt 26:40).  Not for an hour of activity did he plead, but for an hour of friendship (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen).  
    St. Maria Goretti,  Patroness of Youth & Children of Mary, Feast-July 6 St. Maria of Italy (1890-1902), couldn't wait to make her First Communion.  She wanted to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist so that she could become more beautiful and pure like Him; she wanted Him to live in her, close to her heart.  After she received Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for the first time, she stayed in Church for a long time after Mass to talk to Him. Maria's family lived with and worked for a farmer. His son Alessandro kept trying to make Maria sin against purity.  One day, when everyone else was working, Alessandro grabbed Maria and tried to make her sin.  Maria kept crying out for him to stop, and each time she did, he stabbed her. Courageously,   Maria resisted him and was stabbed fourteen times. St. Maria died the next day.  
    "Look at Maria Goretti....  Like her, be capable of defending your purity of heart and body.  Be committed to the struggle against evil and sin.  Always esteem and love, purity and virginity." (Pope John Paul II, 1990)      
    A Prayer for Priests 
    O my God, help those priests who are faithful to remain faithful; to those who are falling, stretch forth Your Divine Hand that they may grasp it as their support.  In the great ocean of Your mercy, lift those poor unfortunate ones who have fallen, that being engulfed therein they may receive the grace to return to Your Great Loving Heart.  Amen.  Precious Blood of Jesus, protect them!
    The Eucharist is the fruit of our Lords Passion. Jesus gave up His Body on the cross so that He may give you His Body in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus poured out His very last drop of Blood on the cross so that He may fill you with His Divine Love each time that you receive Him in Holy Communion and visit Him in Eucharistic Adoration! 
    "The Eucharist, in the Mass and outside of the Mass, is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and is therefore deserving of the worship that is given to the living God, and to Him alone" (Pope John Paul II, September 29, 1979, Phoenix Park, Ireland) 
    "The bread and wine, fruit of human hands, transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit into the body and blood of Christ, become a pledge of the 'new heaven and new earth,' announced by the Church in her daily mission." "In Christ, whom we adore present in the mystery of the Eucharist, the father uttered his final word with regard to humanity and human history." "To live the Eucharist, it is necessary, as well, to spend much time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, something which I myself experience every day drawing from it strength, consolation and assistance."  "How could the Church fulfill her vocation without cultivating a constant relationship with the Eucharist, without nourishing herself with this food which sanctifies, without founding her missionary activity on this indispensable support?" "To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are 'experts' in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the Eucharist" (Pope John Paul II, World Mission Message 2004).
    The Power of the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist  
    "The Precious Blood belongs in an especial manner to men. Much more, therefore, does God invite them to come to its heavenly baths, and receive therein, not only the cleansing of their souls, but the power of a new and amazing life. Every doctrine in theology is a call to the Precious Blood.  Every ceremony in the Church tells of it . . . .  Every supernatural act is a growth of it. Everything that is holy on earth is either a leaf, bud, blossom or fruit of the Blood of Jesus. To its fountains God calls the sinner, that he may be lightened of his burdens. There is no remission of him in anything else.  Only there is his lost sonship to be found. The saints are no less called by God to these invigorating streams. It is out of the Precious Blood that men draw martyrdoms, vocations, celebacies, austerities, heroic charities, and all the magnificent graces of high sanctity.  The secret nourishment of prayer is from those fountains" (Father Faber, The Precious Blood).  

    The Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    July is traditionally associated with the Precious Blood of Our Lord. It may be customary to celebrate the votive Mass of the Precious Blood on July 1.

    The extraordinary importance of the saving Blood of Christ has ensured a central place for its memorial in the celebration of this cultic mystery: at the centre of the Eucharistic assembly, in which the Church raises up to God in thanksgiving "the cup of blessing" (1 Cor 10, 16; cf Ps 115-116, 13) and offers it to the faithful as a "real communion with the Blood of Christ" (1 Cor 10, 16); and throughout the Liturgical Year. The Church celebrates the saving Blood of Christ not only on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, but also on many other occasions, such that the cultic remembrance of the Blood of our redemption (cf 1 Pt 1, 18) pervades the entire Liturgical Year. Hence, at Vespers during Christmastide, the Church, addressing Christ, sings: "Nos quoque, qui sancto tuo redempti sumus sanguine, ob diem natalis tui hymnum novum concinimus." In the Paschal Triduum, the redemptive significance and efficacy of the Blood of Christ is continuously recalled in adoration. During the adoration of the Cross on Good Friday the Church sings the hymn: "Mite corpus perforatur, sanguis unde profluit; terra, pontus, astra, mundus quo lavanturflumine", and again on Easter Sunday, "Cuius corpus sanctissimum in ara crucis torridum, sed et cruorem roesum gustando, Deo vivimus (194).

    Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, 09-25-12
    ST. GASPAR: Founder of the Society of the Precious Blood
    Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (London, 9/18)

    Devotion to the Drops of Blood Lost by our Lord Jesus Christ on His Way to Calvary (Prayer/Devotion)
    Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood
    Catholic Word of the Day: PRECIOUS BLOOD, 12-03-11
    The Traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Catholic Caucus)
    Devotion to the Precious Blood
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    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

    "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you"  (Jn 6:53).  
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    Salvation to All

    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.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 9:18:21 PM PDT · 15 of 25
    Salvation to All
    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 Glorious Mysteries
    (Wednesdays and Sundays)
    1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
    2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
    3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
    4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
    5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]