Faith & Sacraments

uCatholic

Catholic Traditions In The Modern World.

Watch this episode of Made for Glory as Father Michael Nixon discusses why Catholics make the Sign of the Cross?

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Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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Archaeologists have discovered a painting depicting the face of a young Jesus Christ in the ruins of an ancient church in the Israeli desert, one of the oldest in existence.

The incredible find was discovered by archaeologists from the University of Haifa in the ancient Byzantine village of Shiva, now modern day Israel in the Negev desert. Exposed for centuries to the sun, only a few scant lines and hints of color remain of the painting on the walls of the Early Byzantine church.

The ruins of an early Byzantine church in the Negev desert of Israel where the ancient painting of [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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Saint Albert (or St. Albertus Magnus) is the patron saint of scientists and was the teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. He was the first among medieval scholars to apply Aristotle's philosophy to Christian thought. The Roman Catholic Church honors him as a Doctor of the Church. He is uniquely called “The Universal Doctor”.

He was eldest son of the Count of Bollstädt, and born at Lauingen, Swabia, in the year 1205 or 1206, though many historians give it as 1193. Nothing certain is known of his primary or [...]

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: UCatholic

Philemon 7-20
Psalms 146:7-10
Luke 17:20-25

Philemon 7-20
7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you — I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus — 10 I appeal to you for my child, Ones'imus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed [...]

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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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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Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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iBenedictines

Information from Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery.
Yesterday we re-read St Benedict's challenging chapter on the care of the sick; today he gives us just a few sentences about the very young and the very old, most of which concern food and the times of meals (RB 37). I think that demonstrates his first-hand experience of community life and his sympathy with ... [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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Today is the feast of St Dyfrig, also known as Dubricius or Devereux, who was born a few miles from here at Madley and is roughly contemporary with St Benedict (his dates are usually given as c. 465 to c. 550). Most of the information we have about him comes from the Book of Llandaff, ... [...]
Wed, Nov 14, 2018
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Today we keep the feast of All Benedictine Saints. There are, as you might expect, very many of them, not all of them canonised. They are part of that ‘great cloud of witnesses' surrounding us whom we tend to take for granted but who are sometimes vividly present to us. Most of us have our ... [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
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The hum of the washing machine and a slightly soapy smell in the air are a reminder that it is Monday again. It's a very ordinary Monday, too (St Josaphat is a ‘collect only' memoria for us). All I have to look forward to are a number of forms to be filled in for the ... [...]
Mon, Nov 12, 2018
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Today we pray for all who have died in or as a consequence of war, whether as combatants or civilians; we pray for those maimed in body or mind, those still subject to armed conflict, and those who grieve. We ask the Lord's forgiveness, a firm purpose of amendment, and the grace to seek peace ... [...]
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
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New Advent

"Know the Faith. Live the Faith. Share the Faith."
There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.” In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of demons, or of our enemies, or of whatever it is we fear... [...]
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Once upon a time the Church was wracked by tempests of doubt and division. There was widespread confusion among the faithful regarding the significance of the sacraments and, as a result, the clear path to salvation was obscured. The Eucharist and penance seemed to have lost their celestial and binding power, becoming more motions than mysteries... [...]
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Feelings are raw with regard to the sex abuse crisis, and I am in no mood to fast for it. I will anyway. This week, as the U.S. bishops gather for their annual fall meeting, many Catholics are following Pope Francis's suggestion for fasting and prayer for the bishops at their gathering. At Benedictine College, students are participating in 72 hours of Adoration and fasting... [...]
Source: New Advent
He will be subjected to isolation and indoctrination for 10-15 days. The faithful ask the Church worldwide for prayers. Bishop Shao is recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. In the diocese, official and underground communities are united. Official priests banned from visiting the tombs of underground priests and bishops... [...]
Source: New Advent
He will be subjected to isolation and indoctrination for 10-15 days. The faithful ask the Church worldwide for prayers. Bishop Shao is recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. In the diocese, official and underground communities are united. Official priests banned from visiting the tombs of underground priests and bishops... [...]
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
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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
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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
Thu, Nov 08, 2018
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Fri, Nov 02, 2018
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As the bishops of the Church discussed during last month's synod in Rome, we here at home are discussing young people, the faith, and discernment with Bishop Caggiano of Bridgeport (also a delegate to the synod), Bishop Sis of San Angelo, Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, Anna Carter of the Eden Invitation, and 3 young people: Jeanne Marie Hathway, Kelly Walsh, and Elizabeth Plaza.

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And here are a few resources about discernment (including consolation and desolation, as mentioned in the episode):

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Thu, Nov 01, 2018
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Thu, Oct 25, 2018
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Thu, Oct 18, 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
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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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