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Reading 1 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Brothers and sisters:
Someone may say, "How are the dead raised?
With what kind of body will they come back?"

You fool!
What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to be
but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind.

So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.
It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.
It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a [...]
Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB

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
Source: UCatholic

Today's Gospel: Luke 8:4-15

Today's gospel is probably very familiar. It is the parable of the sower that is included in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). I recently read an interesting explanation of this tale. It asserted that it is the sower's fault that the seed falls on infertile ground. The sower did not take the time to properly prepare the ground for the seed.

This made sense to me even with the limited gardening experience I have. I wouldn't just throw seed on the ground and hope it would yield fruit. No, I [...]

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Thomas of Villanova, a great saint of the Spanish Renaissance and a good friend of Emperor Charles V. He was a man of infinite charity in word and deed and lived as frugally as the poor who benefited by his unstinted almsgiving. While provincial of his order in Castile, he sent the first group of Augustinians to the Americas. Establishing themselves in Mexico, they were integral in the growth of Christianity in the New World. [...]
Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year

Dallas, Texas, Sep 21, 2018 / 09:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most, if not every, diocese in the United States has some sort of prison ministry. Most do not have a detention center ministry to tend to the spiritual needs of minors detained by the the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Diocese of Brownsville, located in southern Texas along the U.S./Mexico border, isn't like most dioceses.

While the diocese had been providing services to the detention centers for a long time, Bishop Daniel Flores told CNA that things started to change about four years ago when the number of unaccompanied [...]

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report
The Sept. 20-23 event is a gathering of more than 3,200 Hispanic Catholic leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, leads the opening prayer Sept. 20 during the Fifth National Encuentro, or V Encuentro, in Grapevine, Texas. The Sept. 20-23 event is a gathering of more than 3,200 Hispanic Catholic leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn

A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

With hearts full of excitement and joy, about 3,000 Hispanic ministry leaders cheered as they [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: The Catholic Spirit
By Catholic News Agency | NEW YORK — The Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the Church's ongoing sexual abuse crisis, he has... [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register

In response to my extended commentary “In denial about not ordaining homosexuals?”, a reader (bkmajer3729) insisted on an interesting point in Sound Off: “I don't usually do this but—you're wrong. The problem is not clerical homosexuals…. Secrecy is the problem.”

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture
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
Source: iBenedictines

Happy last day of Summer!

Does anybody else approach Fall with the bittersweet feeling of what is to come — a long, dark winter?

As the days get shorter, I always find myself contending with what doctors refer to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, abbreviated SAD. Um guys, could you have possibly come up with a worse name?!

So, not only do I experience a lack of energy, general melancholy and difficulty in focusing at this time of year — I now have to be reminded I'm SAD? Heck no!

From now on I will refer to it as HAPPY, Having A Pity [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Modern Catholic Mom
Fundraising, FT Employee
Archdiocese of Portland (Portland, OR)

Position Summary:
The Project Coordinator of Stewardship & Development, in collaboration with the Director of Stewardship & Development, creates, implements, and supports programs and projects designed to strategically engage and cultivate the faithful.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. Manages project workflow within Stewardship & Development to ensure optimized delivery
2. Coordinates and publishes quarterly calendar of important events within and across the Archdiocese digitally
3. Collaborates with key constituents to execute Stewardship & Development events highlighting the goals of the Archdiocese and recognizing donor generosity
4. Creates content and manages [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Source: Catholic Jobs
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
Managing Your Child's ‘Lizard Brain': Tips from a two-decade elementary school principal

A kindergarten student with strawberry blonde ringlets covering his head was steered into the elementary school office by one of the teachers' aides. The principal walked out of his office to greet the child before they could reach the door.

“Hello! It is your lucky day today,” the principal, Brad Wirht, said to the child with a smile. “You have the opportunity to talk to me and learn how to be an even better student!” His voice boomed with enthusiasm. To my surprise, the child didn't look nervous or scared; [...]

Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom

For the husband is the head of the wife, even

As Christ is the head of the church:

And he is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject

Unto Christ, so let wives be

To their own husbands

in everything.

(Ephesians 5: 23-24, KJV)

During this time of Christ's crucifixion, resurrection and ascension we have been focusing on what Jesus did during His short time on earth. He was sent as a symbol of the new covenant God wanted with all his people. As married couples, we also are symbols of God's [...]

Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Source: New Evangelizers
Tips for Gas Relief for Baby

Question: Hi Dr. Sears and Martha! I have a question about gas relief! I have a 9-week-old boy who is happy but often cries inconsolably from gas. He is exclusively breastfeeding (EBF) and I have tried limiting my diet and using gripe water but at this point, I'm just waiting this out. My first son was a MAJOR high needs baby, so I'm used to extended periods of crying, but I just feel like he is hurting badly and I want him to get some relief! Nighttime is the worst. Any help would be greatly [...]

Mon, Sep 17, 2018
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
At the close of a long session of walking and musing through the National Gallery of Art, I was drawn by an empty and comfortable-looking couch situated at the end of one of the galleries. Plopping down to rest, I looked up at the picture right in front of me, which was Tintoretto's depiction of Christ at the Sea of Galilee. The drama at the center of the composition is the Apostles' boat, buffeted by choppy waves, and St. Peter taking a gingerly, tentative step onto the bounding main at the invitation of the Lord who beckons to him. My [...]
Thu, Sep 13, 2018
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries

I am not a millennial but I work with several. On Fridays we typically chit-chat about our weekend plans. One said he bought a Groupon to go tandem skydiving. Another was taking a fast boat to Bimini. A third said she was driving to Orlando to go zip lining over alligators. None of them were going antiquing or looking to expand their stamp or memorabilia collections.

That's the funny thing about millennials. Unlike my generation that was more into collecting THINGS (Beanie Babies, comic books and baseball cards), they would rather collect EXPERIENCES—the more thrilling and unusual the better. Kite-boarding, dining [...]

Wed, Sep 12, 2018
Source: Mass Explained

It's my hobbit coming-of-age birthday. So my fellow Tolkien nerds know I'm 33 today!


And I get to share a birthday with Mama Mary which is pretty special (don't forget to call your mom pray a Rosary).

Daniel and the kids made me some homemade candles with wax from Daniel and Benjamin's beehives! And then a friend came over to watch the big kids so Daniel and I (and Baby Hildie) could have a birthday lunch date: chicken and waffles at the local fancy brunch place and then cold brew at my favorite coffee pub. A serious treat.

I'm not in [...]

Sat, Sep 08, 2018
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Today, Catholics are celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when at the end of her life she was assumed body and soul into Heaven.

Which makes it the perfect time to share this fun discussion I had with Julian Ahlquist, founding faculty member of Chesterton Academy, about Mary Poppins and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Julian makes a strong case that Mary Poppins represents the Mother of God, and one of his reasons is because both Marys experience an assumption (see the end of the Mary Poppins film.)

Julian and I walked through the entire Mary Poppins narrative, noting other [...]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Brandon Vogt

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
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Source: USCCB Media Blog

If you're looking for ways to observe Lent with your kids this year, you've come to the right place! Browse all my Lenten resources for families by subject below. Click on the link for full directions or printables. Be sure to save this link- I update this post every time I come out with new Lenten resources for kids.

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Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

Lenten Planning Pages– an 18 page pack to help you lay out your Lenten and Easter plans for a smooth journey [...]

Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Source: Catholic Icing
Fri, Feb 03, 2017
Source: Catholic Retreats

Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Paul Thigpen
Tan Books
ISBN 9781618906533

Like it or not, you are at war.

This book is excellent. To be honest I had no idea where to begin with writing a review. So I went back to the book and copied my highlighted texts from the introduction and first chapter to give you a taste. To begin with we have: “First, belief in Satan's existence and activity is today widely dismissed as an outdated superstition. As a result, most Catholics hear very little about him, leaving them unprepared to understand and defeat him. They need to [...]

Tue, Feb 24, 2015
Source: Catholic Dads
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
Mon, Dec 26, 2011
Source: That Catholic Show

Welcome to New Evangelizers Network. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

The post Hello world! appeared first on Total Consecration.

Thu, Nov 10, 2011
Source: Total Consecration

Rosary Army the apostolate is still going strong, but after 244 great shows, this is the last episode of the official Rosary Army podcast. Join Greg and Jennifer as they say goodbye, talk about the future of Rosary Army, and embark down the next path God has set before them.

Links and songs from this episode:

The Catholic Channel on Sirius 159/XM 117 Continue Following Greg and Jennifer at their New Family Website

Subscribe to the feed | Subscribe with iTunes

The post RA #244 [...]

Wed, Nov 19, 2008
Source: Rosary Army
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