Faith & Sacraments

uCatholic

Catholic Traditions In The Modern World.

St. Bridget (sometimes called Birgitta) was born about the year 1303 (by tradition on June 14th) in Upland, the chief province of Sweden, where her father, Birger, was governor. Her mother, Lady Ingeborg of Finsta, was a daughter of the governor of East Gothland. When only seven Bridget had a vision in which our Lady placed a crown on her head, and when ten, after a sermon on the Passion, she saw in a dream Christ wounded and bleeding. These two experiences seem to have been the formative ones of her life.

Her mother died in 1314, and she lived with [...]

Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: UCatholic

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Romans 8:26-27
Matthew 13:24-43

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
13 For neither is there any god besides thee, whose care is for all men, to whom thou shouldst prove that thou hast not judged unjustly; 16 For thy strength is the source of righteousness, and thy sovereignty over all causes thee to spare all. 17 For thou dost show thy strength when men doubt the completeness of thy power, and dost rebuke any insolence among those who know it. 18 Thou who art sovereign in strength dost judge with mildness, and with great forbearance thou dost govern us; for thou [...]

Sun, Jul 23, 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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Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: UCatholic

Saint Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was present at Our Lords' Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus' empty tomb. And, of all the “official” witnesses that might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”

St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern [...]

Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: UCatholic

Exodus 12:37-42
Psalms 136:1, 23-24, 10-15
John 20:1-2, 11-18

Exodus 12:37-42
37 And the people of Israel journeyed from Ram'eses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very many cattle, both flocks and herds. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any provisions. 40 The time that the people of Israel dwelt in Egypt was four hundred [...]

Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: UCatholic

iBenedictines

Information from Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery.
There has been a lot of sadness and distress in the most recent prayer requests sent via our email prayerline. We answer with a generalized reply if a valid email address is supplied on the form, to ensure the confidentiality (…)

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Thu, Jul 20, 2017
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A conversation yesterday with one of our oblates and reading RB 39 (On the Measure of Food) today have combined to make me think again about resentment. Resentment is a tricky subject. We tend to bridle if we are accused (…)

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Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
All over the world preachers will be diligently preaching on the Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13. 1–13). Some will be giving superb scriptural homilies; others will be making great theological leaps and connections that will leave their listeners spellbound; (…)

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Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
Even the most casual reader of this blog will have gathered that I am a bit soppy about dogs, one in particular. Today is the first anniversary of Bro Duncan PBGV's entry into Beyond. We got on very well, (…)

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Fri, Jul 14, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
For my 1500th blog post on iBenedictines, I thought I'd do something a little different and write about my readers. After all, what is the point of writing if no one reads? I don't mean that the posts that attract (…)

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Thu, Jul 13, 2017
Source: iBenedictines

New Advent

"Know the Faith. Live the Faith. Share the Faith."
On Thursday, the Jesuit-run journal La Civiltà Cattolica, which is reviewed by the Vatican's Secretariat of State prior to publication, carried an article by two close friends of Pope Francis arguing that a “Manichean vision” underlies a “a strange form of surprising ecumenism ... between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists” in the United States... [...]
Source: New Advent
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has distanced himself from the apocalyptic scenarios some Catholics have voiced over Germany's new same-sex marriage law, saying the Church should be more concerned over its historic complicity in demonizing gay people.Marx, who is head of the German bishops' conference and one of Pope Francis' chief advisors and allies... [...]
Source: New Advent
One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he's greedy, but I'm not. But honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say... [...]
Source: New Advent
Some time ago, at an academic conference on Liturgy that featured contributions from people of various different faiths, I was interested to chat to a Reformed (or Liberal) Rabbi who was frank about some similarities between the controversy within Judaism over liturgy and some of the things he had heard about the reaction to traditional Catholic liturgy... [...]
Source: New Advent
Dunkirk is the first film Christopher Nolan has made that feels bigger than the director's preoccupations and obsessions. There is something ironically liberating about this sprawling yet frequently claustrophobic war movie about soldiers trapped by the sea, crowded in long queues on a great concrete and wooden jetty waiting for ships... [...]
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

AltCatholicah - Exploring Faith & Gender

"What does Catholic womanhood entail, and what are its implications for society?"

Baptism

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Decorating the Baptismal Candle

The White Garment

Prayer Pennant

Marriage

Marriage - Unique For a Reason

Marriage - Unique for a reason an initiative of the USCCB

In this clip, Kellie Fiedorek says something common-sense that seems to be missing in today's discourse. The virtue of tolerance is precisely the virtue of “putting up with” someone or something that is not good (from your perspective). You don't “tolerate” an ice cream sundae; You don't “tolerate” your closest friend, unless at that moment they are doing that thing that drives you crazy. Tolerance is part of love, but only because we live in such an imperfect world. We will not have to “tolerate” one another in heaven.

But today, it seems we cannot even do that. The Church's beliefs [...]

Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

At the June 2017 General Assembly, the USCCB approved the continuation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty to a permanent standing committee. This demonstrates the bishops' commitment and the Church's investment in assuring religious freedom for all people in America.

As Ryan Anderson points out, Americans tend not to value rights that they do not exercise. It is probably not too much of a leap to guess that the “elites” in America (celebrities, media personnel, politicians, CEO's) are not that interested in religion, and therefore in religious freedom, especially its expression in the public square.

For this reason, it's even [...]

Fri, Jul 14, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
Thu, Jul 13, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

Scientific evidence continues to demonstrate that men and women are different in thousands of ways. Biological differences, which are never only biological, since we are composite beings of body and soul, affect men and women in myriad ways. A recent article out of Stanford Medical School enumerates a few of the neurological differences between male and female brains and the corresponding behavioral differences and susceptibilities to various disorders.

We are called to value our differences, not ignore or negate them. As Pope Francis said, “For example, I ask myself, if the so-called gender theory is not, at the same time, [...]

Thu, Jul 13, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

Why I Don't Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace
by Daniel C. Mattson
Review by Sara Perla

At the end of this book, which is part memoir, part theological and philosophical discourse, Daniel Mattson quotes Thomas Merton: “[God's] glory in me will be to receive from me something He can never receive from anyone else—because it is a gift of His to me which He has never given to anyone else & never will.” Mattson has certainly given God glory by giving the Church this book that dispels both the caricatures of “LGBT” people and simplistic thinking [...]

Wed, Jul 12, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

For Your Marriage

For Your Marriage an initiative of the USCCB

“The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness.” (Rom 8:26) When a difficult decision looms, e.g. discerning God's plan for your family, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. It can be as simple as praying, “Come, Holy Spirit!” #NFPweek

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Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

(Reader's Tip) In each challenging situation I strive to remember that this man [my husband] is God's amazing gift to me, and that God trusts me to love him with the same love God has for us.

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Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

Three of the most powerful words that can be uttered in any relationship with another human being are “I am sorry.” Saying those three words with sincerity and authentic regret is what gives meaning and weight to the words themselves. Pope Francis himself has pointed to the importance of asking forgiveness in marriage, along with saying “please” and “thank you.” We are all human and we all fail from time to time – it is the effect of original sin on our soul. When we sin, the effects of it are felt most often and most deeply with those [...]

Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

Doing things together is good, but depending on your personality some spouses can feel smothered. Do you have enough alone time or personal hobbies to refresh your spirit and bring a renewed you and new ideas to your marriage?

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Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

A recent study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder. (1) In the United States, most individuals are familiar with the disorder because of the high likelihood that they know someone with autism. The stress of any special needs diagnosis is difficult for a family, and those with autism have unique struggles. In order to identify resources available within our Catholic Church when faced with a diagnosis of autism, we can look to the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis:

When there is no human hope, there is [...]

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

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