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Life, Death, and Life Again TEN THOUSAND PLACES - August 27, 2014 ... end—this, all things considered, can only be monotonous and ultimately unbearable. This is precisely the point made, for example, by Saint Ambrose, one of the Church Fathers, in the funeral discourse for his deceased brother Satyrus: "Death was not part of nature; it became part of nature. God did not decree death from the beginning; he prescribed it as a remedy. Human life, because of sin ... began to experience the burden of wretchedness in unremitting ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2014/08/life-death-and-life-again.html

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A LORD, IF YOU WILL (SUNDAYS AND SOLEMNITIES) - August 26, 2014 ... time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused." And, while explaining how that prayer and the prayers of others helped him and kept him strong, he ends the letter with these words: "If nothing else, prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom, an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us. It didn't make sense, but faith ...http://lordifyouwill.blogspot.com/2014/08/21st-sunday-in-ordinary-time-cycle-a.html

"For All of You Who Were Baptized Into Christ Have Clothed Yourselves With Christ." ABBEY ROADS - August 23, 2014 ... Jesus. " - Galatians 3: 27-28 The last few days, things have changed - so much. Many matters that once concerned me seem not to matter any longer. Since James Foley's execution, issues have melted away ... The arguments no longer matter. The only scandal now is the scandal of the cross. It seems to me we are now all called to participate in it. When the Christians came back from the cemeteries after bearing the bodies of the holy martyrs to their burial and ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2014/08/for-all-of-you-who-were-baptized-into.html

HOMILY ON PERSEVERANCE IN STABILITY by Abbot Paul of Belmont (UK) MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - August 23, 2014 ... in him with your whole heart, mind and soul. He loves you and has called you to experience that divine love fully as a Benedictine monk, a man whose heart is fixed on God alone. So perhaps it would be appropriate to say a few words about stability, which is, after all, one of the three monastic vows and the one that really binds together obedience and conversatio morum and makes it possible to live them out on a daily basis at Belmont as in every other monastic community that ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2014/08/homily-on-perseverance-in-stability-by.html

St. John Paul II and Friendship DA MIHI ANIMAS - August 21, 2014 ... his friend was elected Pope, he was made a cardinal though he wasn't yet a bishop. The cardinal appointment was John Paul II's recognition of his old ski companion's contributions to ecclesiology studies. Cardinal Nagy was not in St. Peter's Square this month on the day of his friend Karol's beatification, but in Zakopane, where they skied together so many times. And he celebrated a liturgy of thanksgiving at the Shrine of the Virgin of Fatima -- almost at the same time that Benedict XVI was ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/08/st-john-paul-ii-and-friendship.html

James Foley: "Prayer Was the Glue That Enabled My Freedom, an Inner Freedom" THE WILD REED - August 21, 2014 "Prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom, an inner freedom . . ." Photojournalist James Foley wrote these words in 2011, when reflecting on the 44 days he and two others were held captive in Libya . He went on to say that prayer, in this instance, also enabled "the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us." He acknowledged that such a turn-of-events made no sense, but that faith ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2014/08/james-foley-prayer-was-glue-that.html

Using Social Media, Family of Slain Journalist Asks Public Not to Watch Beheading Video CNS BLOG - August 20, 2014 His family has taken to social media, using Facebook and Twitter to express their sorrow, accept his death, ask for privacy and ask others to refrain from sharing or watching the graphic images of their loved one's beheading. "We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," said Diane Foley, mother of U.S. freelance journalist James Foley, believed to have been beheaded by captors from the ...http://cnsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/using-social-media-family-of-slain-journalist-asks-public-not-to-watch-beheading-video/

St. Louis Archbishop Urges Prayer in Face of Ferguson Violence EWTN NEWS - US CATHOLIC NEWS - August 19, 2014 St. Louis, Mo., Aug 19, 2014 / 06:12 pm ( EWTN News/CNA ).- Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is asking Catholics to offer special prayers for peace in the coming days.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EwtnNews-US/~3/yPlaINFrl04/new.php

Saint Helena of Constantinople: Finder of the True Cross of Jesus Christ CATHOLIC FIRE - August 18, 2014 ... mother empress. Constantine had converted to Christianity, and with his encouragement, Helena also became a Christian. As empress, Helena spent her days in acts of charity, and built magnificent churches on the holy sites of the faith, frequently tearing down pagan temples that had been built on those sites. She worked tirelessly for the poor, released prisoners, and humbly mingled with ordinary worshipers in modest attire. Throughout her life, she spread the Gospel of Christ, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/08/saint-helena-of-constantinople-finder.html

Scores of Yazidi Men Shot to Death in Iraq ... ABBEY ROADS - August 17, 2014 US Bishops are calling for a day of prayer for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17th. The latest massacre: Islamic State fighters had surrounded the nearby village 12 days ago and demanded that its Yazidi residents convert or die. On Friday afternoon, they moved in. The militants told people to gather in a school, promising they would be allowed to leave Kocho after their details were recorded, said the eyewitness and the brother of the ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2014/08/scores-of-yazidi-men-shot-to-death-in.html

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time HOMILETIC DIAKONIA - August 16, 2014 ... are blind to the possibility of great faith in those who are other, those who are different. In the midst of this violence, we, as individuals and as a community, have been entrusted by Christ with the ministry of reconciliation. But what can we do in the midst of such conflict and division? How do we begin to exercise our ministry of reconciliation— we who, ourselves, so often think in terms of "us" and "them," we who, ourselves, often need so desperately to be reconciled? Perhaps at ...http://homileticdiakonia.blogspot.com/2014/08/twentieth-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

The Feast of Mary's Assumption: A Time to REFOCUS FATHER RAY'S 'OTHER' CORNER - August 15, 2014 ... and on those things that are most important in life. Let me give you a few examples. The feast of the Assumption, first of all, reminds us of our mortality. It reminds us that we're not here forever; that, as the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, we do not have on this earth "a lasting city ." We can sometimes forget that—even in the winter. The Assumption marked the terminal point of our Blessed Mother's earthly life; although the Church leaves open the question of whether Mary physically ...http://fatherrays.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-feast-of-marys-assumption-time-to.html

The Golden Hail Mary ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - August 14, 2014 I once had a prayer card with a beautiful poem entitled "The Golden Hail Mary." After many years and several moves, I can no longer locate it, but I always remember reading it over and over some days. I have searched high and low for that poem online and have not been able to find it again. The gist of the message was though, that a simple Hail Mary said in haste is worth more than many other prayers repeated at length. source The Hail Mary ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-golden-hail-mary.html

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Priest, Saint and Hero DA MIHI ANIMAS - August 14, 2014 ... of his Christian holiness. He breathed heaven into the darkest hell on earth, psalmody into the wailing dungeon, joy into the pit of despair, and love into the epitome of hate. As his Master on the Cross had done, he reminded all Christians, and all humanity, that it is precisely in the darkest moments that mercy must shine most brightly. Indeed, I am convinced that it is on this hinge that the 'success' of the new evangelization hangs — we are disciples of Christ Crucified in the face ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/08/st-maximilian-kolbe-priest-saint-and.html

Bishops Silva and Paprocki: Priests May Use the Mass for Persecuted Christians This Sunday SERVANT AND STEWARD - August 14, 2014 The Roman Missal contains texts for the offering of the Holy Mass for a great many intentions, from a prayer in thanksgiving for the gift of human life to a petition for a happy death (and nearly every occasion in between in the life of the Church and of the world). These texts for ritual Masses, as they are named, are not used very often because, on the one hand, many days in the liturgical calendar already contain the memorials of the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/hjBMuP29ifQ/bishops-silva-and-paprocki-priests-may.html

Of Martyrdoms, Migraines and Moods THE CLOISTERED HEART - August 14, 2014 ... cell, wasting away for the sake of Christ. I have been thinking of others, too; of martyrs down through the ages. I've thought about people still standing for Christ today, refusing to renounce Him now. And I've thought about me. All day I have battled a headache, a "common" migraine. The kind that makes a person feel as if a bruised brain is rattling around inside a battered skull. Which sounds rather dramatic, I know, especially since I've been able to function. I was even able to get to ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2014/08/of-martyrdoms-migraines-and-moods.html

Like a Gentle Rain to Soften Every Heart VULTUS CHRISTI - August 14, 2014 ... litany is a fine example of the forms of prayer peculiar to the early Irish Church, and a strong proof of the veneration in which our forefathers held the Holy Mother of God. Dating from at least the middle of the 8th century, the litany consists of sixty invocations. The prayer at the conclusion of the litany is a consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God. O GREAT MARY , pray for Ireland. Mary, greatest of Marys, pray for Ireland. ...http://vultus.stblogs.org/index.php/2014/08/like-a-gentle-rain-to-soften-every-heart/

Bishop of Honolulu's Letter to the Faithful on the Persecution of the Iraqi Christians A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - August 13, 2014 Christians flee torture and death. Churches and sacred sites being destroyed. To the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Honolulu Dear Friends: Peace be with you! We are all aware of the grave crisis in Iraq, in which Christians and other religious minorities who have lived there for centuries, are being tortured, killed, and forced to flee their homes by the terrorism of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Churches and other sacred sites that have been revered ...http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2014/08/bishop-of-honolulus-letter-to-faithful.html

A Use and Throw God? SIGN OF CONTRADICTION - August 13, 2014 I was suddenly reminded of my childhood days. After joining school, one of the first achievements that we look forward to is the day when we can stop using our pencils and start using pens. It's a proud moment, but it came along with the clumsiness of using an ink pen. Thankfully, soon we moved on to the ballpoint pen and then later to the use-and-throw pens. A no frills, no tension, no maintenance, no pain pen available at dirt cheap price – what ...http://sign-of-contradiction.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-use-and-throw-god.html

Of Life, Death and Painful Things... LIFE OF A CATHOLIC LIBRARIAN - August 12, 2014 Not exactly an uplifting post title, dear reader, but some days are just like that. And I'm once again delving into the news, it's been a painful stretch for that it seems. This will be just a short post, but it's something that is on my mind, as I'm sure it is on yours. Last night, I picked up my phone during a quiet moment and opened up my Facebook app. The first post in my timeline related the news of Robin Williams' death. My sadness antennae ...http://lifeofacatholiclibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/08/of-life-death-and-painful-things.html

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