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Saint Maurice and the Theban legion numbered more than six thousand men. The legion had been conscripted from the very Christian areas surrounding Thebes, Egypt hence the name of the legion. They marched from the East into Gaul, and proved their loyalty at once to their Emperor and to their God. They were encamped near the Lake of Geneva, under the Emperor Maximian, when they got orders to offer sacrifices to the Roman gods and turn their swords against the Christian population. This Christian legion refused to obey the order. In his fury Maximian ordered them to be “decimated”, meaning [...]

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
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1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
Psalms 56:10-14
Luke 8:4-15

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
35 But some one will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is [...]

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: UCatholic

Please comment below to leave your prayer request. As your request will be prayed for, please also pray for the petitions of others! Remember in your prayers, those in purgatory, all those suffering around the world, and for the intentions of the Pope! Lord, hear our prayer!

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Sat, Sep 22, 2018
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Saint Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition of the Church and is confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle while sitting in the tax collectors place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was a publican, i.e., a tax collector by profession. He is to be identified with the “Levi” of Mark and Luke.

His apostolic activity was at first restricted to the communities of Palestine. Nothing definite is known about his later life. There is a tradition [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: UCatholic

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalms 19:2-5
Matthew 9:9-13

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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iBenedictines

Information from Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery.
The title of this post comes from today's section of the Rule of St Benedict. It is the last tool of good works named in the chapter and one on which most of us rely all our life (RB 4.76). This morning, with the folly of Brexit again before our eyes and the Church as ... Never Despair of God's Mercy [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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The title of this post comes from today's section of the Rule of St Benedict. It is the last tool of good works named in the chapter and one on which most of us rely all our life (RB 4.76). This morning, with the folly of Brexit again before our eyes and the Church as ... Never Despair of God's Mercy [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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The feast of the Korean Martyrs is one of those liturgical celebrations that tends to make little impact on me. I don't know many Koreans, and my knowledge of Korean history, especially Korean Church history, is sketchy; but there is one fact I do recall and about which I think we would all do well ... The Korean Church: a Lay Initiative [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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The feast of the Korean Martyrs is one of those liturgical celebrations that tends to make little impact on me. I don't know many Koreans, and my knowledge of Korean history, especially Korean Church history, is sketchy; but there is one fact I do recall and about which I think we would all do well ... The Korean Church: a Lay Initiative [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Source: iBenedictines
Today is the feast of St Theodore of Tarsus who is credited with having set up the parish system we are familiar with in England and whose reputation both as a scholar and administrator persists to this day. What is less widely known is that he is a good example of European Man: born in ... An Inspiration for Older People and Others [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018
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New Advent

"Know the Faith. Live the Faith. Share the Faith."
A German newspaper today published two letters Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote last November which give a glimpse of how he views his resignation and what many see as turmoil in the Church that has followed his unexpected departure. Bild newspaper reports that Benedict XVI wrote the letters in response to a cardinal but it doesn't name him... [...]
Source: New Advent
Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working document,” for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome next month on the theme “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” The IL is a 30,000 word brick: a bloated, tedious door stop full of sociologese but woefully lacking in spiritual or theological insight... [...]
Source: New Advent
A Catholic bishop in India accused of raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years has written to the Vatican asking permission to be relieved of his duties as bishop while the case is investigated. “Bishop Franco Mulakkal wrote a letter to Holy Father Pope Francis expressing his desire to step aside temporarily and requested to be relieved from the administration of the Diocese... [...]
Source: New Advent
When you read the lede on the following USA Today report, it's pretty clear which issue the editors think is at the heart of the 30-plus year long scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, I am sorry to bring this up again, but this information is important for reporters and editors who are trying to understand the current divisions inside the world's largest Christian flock... [...]
Source: New Advent
The U.S. bishops' conference has announced new accountability measures in response to recent clerical sex-abuse scandals. The reforms include the establishment of an independent reporting mechanism to receive complaints against bishops and the development of a “Code of Conduct” for bishops. A statement released Sept. 19 by the USCCB's Administrative Committee said that the new steps being taken to combat abuse are “only the beginning” and that consultations were underway with laity... [...]
Source: New Advent

Catholic Counselor Lady

"A presentation of my experience and perception of the world as a fellow pilgrim on the journey of life." ~Natalie Lane Eden, MBA, MA, LPC.
Jesus and the Money Changers in the Temple

Jesus and the Money Changers in the Temple

This phrase frequently comes up during in the course of counseling. Many have injuries from past and even current relationships that continue to cause pain thus hindering advancement to fuller productive lives. The desire to move on is present but former feelings of being hurt, mistreated, ignored, and/or neglected keep cropping up causing re-injury. The desire to eliminate these sensations and memories is strong but for some reason there is an inability to move on. Efforts to “stuff it down” and “forget about it” just don't seem to [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux: “The Little Flower”

What does a Carmelite nun who lived during the late 1800s in France have to do with overcoming the obsession thoughts and/or compulsions that are symptomatic of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? St. Therese (1873-1897), whose writings composed the beautiful autobiography “The Story of a Soul”, died of tuberculosis as a young adult, yet her message endures to this day. She was declared a Doctor of the Catholic Church in 1997 because of her simple yet profound approach to the spiritual life. Her concepts can even be utilized by those who [...]

Sat, Jun 21, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
Calendar with dates crossed out

Another date crossed out on the calendar as I approach another year of my journey. Over a half of a century is definitely in my rear view mirror. I do know that in many ways my “inside self” still feels like that young somewhat carefree girl that once played on the fields of Western New York. It is only when I look in the mirror that I am reminded by my “outside self” that I have been travelling for quite a while.

What have you learned?

When my spouse was a young boy his mother would always have devotions before school [...]

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy

Encountering a decision whether big or small can often bring about a great amount of anxiety. At times indecision can destroy inner peace and can even have a major crippling effect on one's spiritual welfare as well as psychological progress. Procrastination is often caused by inability to make a decision for fear of failure. Perfectionists are known to be diagnostically the worst procrastinators simply because of the fear of making a mistake. These persons are experts at catastrophizing and often imagine the worst case scenarios. On the other hand, there are others who might be very [...]

Sat, Jan 25, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
A picture of a solo train leaving the station in Chicago.  (c) 2014 Natalie Eden

A picture of a solo train leaving the station in Chicago during winter. (c) 2014 Natalie Eden

This time of year always makes me think about the season. How can I ignore it? In Chicago the air is usually bitter cold. I'm not talking about it being a little bit chilly. It's downright frigid with temperatures preferring to hover in the subzero range. At times it is difficult to appreciate the present moment, when I find myself counting the number of months left until spring. Navigating the highways can be quite a challenge. [...]

Thu, Jan 16, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady

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Marriage

Marriage - Unique For a Reason

Marriage - Unique for a reason an initiative of the USCCB
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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Thu, Sep 13, 2018
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Thu, Sep 06, 2018
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After 95 years of offering adoption and foster care services, Catholic Charities in Buffalo, NY had to end their participation, since they seek to place children with married mothers and fathers.

And the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant an injunction to allow Catholic foster care and adoption agencies to continue operating in Philadelphia, PA for the same reason.

Let us pray for the freedom to serve to be restored to our charities!

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Fri, Aug 31, 2018
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Down Syndrome is a part of many Catholic families' stories. Children with Down Syndrome bring immense joy into their families, even as their intellectual disabilities and medical problems may bring crosses and hardships. Today we'll hear from Archbishop Kurtz (Louisville), a family who have children with Down Syndrome (J.D. and Kate Flynn), the UK filmmaker whose documentary “Summer in the Forest” follows Jean Vanier and his work with people with intellectual disabilities (Randal Wright), and a reporter from Aleteia (Zoe Romanowsky).

Check out the film Summer in the Forest

And here's a link to the story that Zoe talks about on [...]

Fri, Aug 31, 2018
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For Your Marriage

For Your Marriage an initiative of the USCCB

Dear Millennial Woman,

I did not think I would ever be a biological mother. This didn't bother me; I was too busy anyway and much too afraid of the sheer pain of it all. I winced to hear the word “labor” in connection with childbirth. But love won me over.

It started with my need to be loved and cherished by someone. I know you have that need, too. A woman wants nothing quite as much as arms to hold her and a heart to lay her head on. Let's be honest: this is at the root of some of our worst [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage
Day One: Marriage is a School of Life

Breaking Open the Theme
For those called to the vocation of marriage, it is a school of life. Marriage teaches us about ourselves and others, how to make and maintain good relationships, how to develop character and virtue, and how to love those God gives us as family. The unique relationship between husband and wife is a privileged place for this journey of life where a couple learns how to become the man and woman they are called to be together in a union of life-giving love. Sanctified and fortified by the matrimonial covenant, [...]

Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

What does the Catholic Church teach about married love?

Marriage is an intimate, lifelong partnership in which husbands and wives give and receive love unselfishly. The sexual relationship expresses their married love and shows what it means to become “one body” (Genesis 2:24) and “one flesh” (Mark 10:8, Matthew 19:6). The sexual union is meant to express the full meaning of a couple's love, its power to bind them together “the unitive aspect of marriage “and “its openness to new life” the procreative aspect.

What does this have to do with contraception?

The Church believes that God has established an inseparable bond between [...]

Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

Communication

What is the one indispensable ingredient for making marriages work? Family life educators usually answer: communication. This is good news, because effective communication can be learned. Skills such as active listening, using “I” statements, paying attention to my feelings and those of my spouse, and learning tips for “fighting fair” make marriage easier. Some couples use these skills intuitively because they saw them modeled in their own upbringing. Others can learn them through classes, workshops and reading.

Of course, the hardest part of communicating usually comes when there is disagreement between the two of you.

Commitment and Common Values

Some ingredients, if missing, [...]

Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

For most couples, parenting is the most distinctive feature of this stage. It may be compared to the middle years of childhood (ages 5-12), which is sometimes called the latency stage. Although the child continues to grow, this growth tends to be steady and without significant turmoil.

Some couples-the “sandwich” generation-find themselves taking care of children plus aging parents. Meanwhile, their marriage and personal needs may be pushed into the background, unless a crisis erupts. Couples in the middle stage of marriage often must renegotiate household, financial, and parenting tasks. The stress of these multiple adjustments helps explain why the marriage [...]

Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

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