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Catholic Traditions In The Modern World.

The Holy See naturally has an air of mystery and intrigue to it. It's no secret that some may speculate on the Church's most private affairs. Among the Church's most closely guarded possessions is the Vatican Secret Archives. People have long speculated that the Vatican Archives contains evidence of extraterrestrial life, or evidence disproving the historical existence of Jesus Christ and His resurrection.

But what really lies hidden in the Vatican Secret Archives?

The misconception about the true contents contained in the Vatican Secret Archives stems from a mistranslation of its Latin name to English. The true name of the Vatican archives [...]

Fri, May 26, 2017
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Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595) is known as the Apostle of Rome. With his distinctly joyous and personal manner, he was one of the influential figures of the Catholic Reformation. His special contribution was the creation of the Congregation of the Oratory.

Philip Neri was born in Florence on July 21, 1515, the son of a lawyer. As a boy, Philip befriended the Dominicans at the convent of S. Marco. In 1532 or 1533 he went to San Germano (Cassino) to learn business under the tutelage of an uncle, but, repelled by commercial affairs and feeling a pronounced desire for a life [...]

Fri, May 26, 2017
Source: UCatholic

Acts 18:9-18
Psalms 47:2-7
John 16:20-23

Acts 18:9-18
9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; 10 for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Acha'ia, the Jews made a united attack upon Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading men to worship God contrary to [...]

Fri, May 26, 2017
Source: UCatholic

Please feel free to leave your Prayer petitions and know that members of this online Catholic community will pray for your intentions. Also, please remember to pray for the intentions of others, the forgotten holy souls in purgatory, and for the Holy Father's Intentions! LORD, hear our Prayers!

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Fri, May 26, 2017
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In the political world, there has been a lot of talk about “building a wall” on the border between Mexico and the United States. But not every wall being built near the Mexico-USA border is political in nature. In fact, some wall building projects are ones that everyone, regardless of political leanings, can support.

In the border town of Nuevo Laredo, just across the Rio Grande from Lardeo, TX, one priest is building a wall… and he needs you to help pay for it.

The Salesians in the border town of Nuevo Laredo have built the Don Bosco Salesian Youth Center and [...]

Thu, May 25, 2017
Source: UCatholic

iBenedictines

Information from Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery.
News of the terrible events in Manchester broke last night, and immediately both the internet and the airwaves were filled with clamour and speculation. Nineteen confirmed dead; at least 59 hospitalised; many children still being searched for by their parents. (…)

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Tue, May 23, 2017
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Politicians promise us the earth when they stand for election, but afterwards? Afterwards, reality kicks in. Sums have to be done; books have to be balanced, and choices made. The ideal world portrayed in the party manifestos, where we either (…)

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Sun, May 14, 2017
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One of my personal bugbears is the way people order one another around without so much as a ‘please' or ‘thank you'. I know it is a minor matter compared with world peace or climate change, but that doesn't mean (…)

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Fri, May 12, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
You may have registered that BBC Radio 4's ‘Today' programme came in part from Twitter's U.K. headquarters this morning. It reminded me that we need to pray for Social Media users — not just ourselves, the end consumers, so to (…)

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Tue, May 09, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
Today* many will be celebrating Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 – c. 1416), but I wonder which Julian they will be celebrating: the theologian and mystic, firmly grounded in the reality of late medieval England, or the construct of more (…)

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Mon, May 08, 2017
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New Advent

"Know the Faith. Live the Faith. Share the Faith."
Wednesday morning was the first time I woke up, turned on the television, saw Donald Trump, and was at complete peace. (Truth be told I've taken to watching cable news as infrequently as possible in recently months.) This morning was his visit to the Holy See to visit with Pope Francis. And it was a supremely civilized one. Such a visit is an official one of heads of state... [...]
Source: New Advent
The Pontifical Council for Culture turned 35 years old on May 20. It is perhaps the only among Vatican dicasteries not to be involved in projects of reform. Yes, it was thought that it was going to be merged in a single department with the Secretariat for Communications, but that plan until now came undone. The truth is that 35 years later... [...]
Source: New Advent
I have purchased and listen often to many recordings of liturgical music: Gregorian chant, English Recusant polyphony, the great Counter-Reformation polyphonic works of Victoria, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Lassus, and Josquin de Prez; Mass settings by Mozart, Beethoven, Cherubini, Bruckner, and others; motets, sequences, the propers of the Mass for various feast days... [...]
Source: New Advent
After more than 30 years as a football official, Butch Hannah has seen it all, but the normally proper Peyton Manning getting a little salty really stands out. "Peyton's next-to-last year, the Broncos were facing the Dolphins in Denver and the whole game was a struggle for them," Hannah told the Chattanooga Times Free Press... [...]
Source: New Advent
At daily Mass, we are reading the story of St. Paul's arrest, beating, and imprisonment at Philippi. It serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling to a world that literally and figuratively “banks on” sin... [...]
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
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (published 1877)

Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, while clearly diagnosing the problems of lust and adultery through the main protagonist, also offers a more sanguine view of love, marriage and family through the relationship of Levin and Kitty.

Five elements for consideration:

Emotional maturity is important in love.

Levin persists in caring for Kitty even after she rejects him—she, like Anna, was infatuated with the dashing Vronsky at the time that Levin proposed. Levin does not nurse his feelings of rejection, reproach her, or demand some sort of apology for her not choosing him first. Instead, [...]

Fri, May 19, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
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That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (published in 1945)

The last of his “Space Trilogy,” C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength explores Christian marriage as a force for good in the world. The book opens this way: “‘Matrimony was ordained, thirdly,' said Jane Stubbock to herself, ‘for the mutual society, help, and comfort that the one ought to have of the other.' She had not been to church since her schooldays until she went there six months ago to be married, and the words of the service had stuck in her mind”(p. 11). The novel begins with [...]

Fri, May 12, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
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We have compiled the posted blog reflections on our MUR videos into PDF form for your use. Please use and share!

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Mon, May 08, 2017
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The Scarlet Letter by (published in 1850)

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's most well-known work, The Scarlet Letter, we get a glimpse of a Puritan community and particularly their sexual ethic and harsh judgment of those who do not comply.

Hester Prynne is not an innocent woman; she has committed adultery and given birth to a child outside of wedlock. Everyone in the community knows that the baby is “illegitimate” since Hester's husband is visibly absent, having not arrived in America yet. Hester neither proclaims innocence nor gives excuses for her behavior, even though, when her husband is revealed, it is [...]

Fri, May 05, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
Marriage_in_Literature_BlogSeries_2

A series on Marriage in Literature, written by staff at the USCCB, is meant to bring out just a few of the lessons about marriage that are supplied by works of literature. It will not go into great depth on any one given work, but will simply draw out three or four aspects about marriage and family life that the work suggests. Previous knowledge of the plots of each novel will be presumed!

Here are the books that will be discussed:

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Read series here) That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (Read series [...]
Thu, May 04, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

For Your Marriage

For Your Marriage an initiative of the USCCB

“To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.” (#3, Family Pledge of Nonviolence) Could your family say “Yes” to this? World peace begins at home.

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Fri, May 26, 2017
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What lifts up your spirit? A funny story, a good meal, a hug, a compliment? Lift up each other today.

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Thu, May 25, 2017
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Rita Boeke tells of how she played a practical joke on her husband, Bob, by filling his car with balloons when he was a teacher. (Forever And A Day) Can you think of a practical joke that would bring a smile to your beloved – and not get you in trouble?

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Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

“Marriage is a public good, not just a private relationship. We have a public stake in healthy marriages….Our society suffers with the collapse of the relationship of the couple who brings a child into the world.” (Bill Doherty) Support others' marriages too.

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Tue, May 23, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

Most of us have probably heard John Michael Montgomery's catchy tune, “Life's A Dance.” To quote: “Life's a dance, you learn as you go; sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.” As a former dancer, I concur. Yes, life can be comparable to a dance; but more specifically, marriage can be likened to a dance.

We have all been to a wedding or other social event where we have witnessed couples dancing. It is interesting to note the difference in how the more experienced couples dance compared to the inexperienced couples. Often, the more mature couples dance beautifully, as they glide around [...]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

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