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Catholic Traditions In The Modern World.

Antonio Ghislieri was born of poor parents near Alessandria on January 17, 1504. His education began with the Dominicans, and he entered the Dominican order at age 15, taking the name Michael, and became a priest in 1528.

Pope Pius V was a professor of philosophy and theology for years, and served his order and the Church in several high offices: Provincial Superior; Inquisitor at Corno and Bergamo; Bishop of Sutri and Nepi; cardinal; Grand Inquisitor, Bishop of Mondovi and elected Pope Pius V in a modest ceremony on January 17, 1566, his 62nd birthday,

In 1571 a huge Muslim [...]

Sun, Apr 30, 2017
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Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

Acts 2:14, 22-33
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know — 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed [...]

Sun, Apr 30, 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, Apr 30, 2017
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The value St. Catherine makes central in her short life and which sounds clearly and consistently through her experience is complete surrender to Christ. What is most impressive about her is that she learns to view her surrender to her Lord as a goal to be reached through time.

She was the 23rd child of Jacopo and Lapa Benincasa and grew up as an intelligent, cheerful and intensely religious person. Catherine disappointed her mother by cutting off her hair as a protest against being overly encouraged to improve her appearance in order to attract a husband. Her father ordered her to [...]

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: UCatholic

Acts 6:1-7
Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
John 6:16-21

Acts 6:1-7
1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the [...]

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: UCatholic

iBenedictines

Information from Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery.
Those of us privileged to live the monastic life are now exhausted. The liturgy of Holy Week and the Easter Octave, wonderful though it is, makes huge demands on both the individual and the community; and, of course, there are (…)

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Sun, Apr 23, 2017
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What connection can there be between today's gospel, Luke 24.13-35, and the General Election, to say nothing of the illustration, which shows a very Jewish Jesus at table with his disciples? Is this to be another of those (…)

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Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
Today's gospel, John 20.11-18, is shocking in its intensity. Early in the morning Mary Magdalene meets the Risen Christ in a garden. As always in these Resurrection narratives, there is something about his appearance that prevents immediate recognition; and in (…)

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Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
I think one could make a case for calling Easter Monday ‘Spin Monday'. The gospel of the day (Matthew 28.8-15) ends with a classic damage limitation exercise being conducted by the authorities. The spin put on the empty tomb is (…)

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Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: iBenedictines
On Good Friday we received a small package containing an old French crucifix we had bought on eBay. It was tarnished and dingy, but a little work soon revealed the beauty underneath (the photo does not do it justice). We (…)

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Sun, Apr 16, 2017
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New Advent

"Know the Faith. Live the Faith. Share the Faith."
A caveat and a bit of a personal anecdote to kick things off in what I am certain will be a robust discussion about the activity behind suburban America's favorite eponymous pants: I used to practice yoga, probably just as casually and non-spiritually as the next girl, and while I never had a punchcard or a regular spot in a studio class... [...]
Source: New Advent
How do we know that Jesus was someone and something different than the numerous religious leaders or founders of religions that have appeared on the stage of world history over the centuries? Last week, we saw one way that he is different: unlike Buddha, Mohammed, or Zarathustra, Jesus rose from the grave after his death, appearing and talking to his followers at length... [...]
Source: New Advent
The Emmaus Road reading was on Wednesday – an Eastertide favorite! It's such a gentle tale, and so human. You can feel the downcast spirits of the disillusioned disciples; you share in their enthusiasm as their mysterious companion explains the Scriptures; you marvel with them as Jesus is revealed and then whisked away at their shared meal... [...]
Source: New Advent
This week University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has led his team to Rome, an extraordinary team bonding experience and a unique opportunity for the players, many of whom had never been outside the U.S. On the Wolverines' agenda: three football practices, cultural immersion, a weekly papal audience, and an opportunity to see Pope Francis up-close and personal... [...]
Source: New Advent
President Trump promised religious groups he would reverse the Obama administration's requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. But his Justice Department indicated Monday that it's continuing to fight religious groups who are suing over the contraception mandate. The Justice Department has asked the U... [...]
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
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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Thu, Apr 20, 2017
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Today, we finish this series on Made for the Common Good with Lucia Luzondo speaking about Pope Francis' concept of “human ecology.” Just as the natural world has a proper environment and humanity needs to respect certain limits, so too the human person has a proper environment: the family. The pope wrote about this in Laudato si' [LS] (nos. 5, 148, 152, and 155), which focused on “Care for God's Creation.”

One of the aspects of human ecology we consider at MUR is the effect of gender ideology. As Pope Francis said, “An appreciation of our body [...]

Thu, Apr 20, 2017
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Wed, Apr 12, 2017
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In today's clip from Made for the Common Good, we hear from Alana Newman, who was
conceived by her mother with the contribution of a sperm donor. When Alana received information about her biological father, in the form of some “non-identifying” qualities, she immediately acted upon the information by buying a plane ticket to the country her father was originally from.

What did going to Poland do for Alana? Was it a pointless exercise?

If you're American, chances are good that your family, somewhere down the line, is from somewhere else. Have you ever gone to visit the country your family is [...]

Sat, Apr 08, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

For Your Marriage

For Your Marriage an initiative of the USCCB

“Stay with us,” they implored Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They sensed something special about him, something they needed. Married couples too need Jesus' presence. Have you asked him lately, “Stay with us. Come into our home”? If not, try it today.

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Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) In today's world, time is often our most precious commodity. It reflects your priorities. When you give time and attention to your beloved, it's like laying down your life for the other. Save time for each other today.

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Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

Our eldest son, Oscar is learning to drive. We have taught him many things over the 16 years of his life including how to talk, walk, eat, pray, go to Mass, communicate with others — pretty much everything except how to play musical instruments. But this moment in his development is giving me pause more than any of those other moments in his life.

I think it has something to do with the potentially catastrophic risks associated with driving. We are talking life and death here. Cars are big and heavy. He is just our little boy, after all!

That is how [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

Imagine you are absolutely broke. (Maybe you are.) What could you and your beloved do for a fun date? Walk? Bike? Read? Watch the stars? Play a game? Could this weekend be a time to experiment?

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Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

Is the Internet robbing you of couple time? Sure, it saves time and answers a lot of questions, but it can also be an addiction. If your spouse complains about it, it's a problem. Decide on mutually agreeable limits.

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage

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