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Ss. Fabian and Sebastian, Martyrs ATONEMENTONLINE - January 20, 2017 January 20th is the commemoration of two great 3rd century martyrs – one a pope, and one a soldier. St. Fabian was simple farmer but was an extraordinary person, who took his Catholic faith very seriously. One day he came into the city of Rome from the countryside, but this wasn't just any day – it happened to be the day when a new pope was being chosen. Who knows? Perhaps Fabian had come to ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/01/ss-fabian-and-sebastian-martyrs.html

Pray for Malta's Catholic Priests... THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - January 17, 2017 Let us implore for God's help and protection of all Catholic priests in Malta, who believe, quite rightly, that they are custodians of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar and implore Christ, Our Blessed Lady and the Saints that the Bishops of Malta and Gozo will reverse their terrible decision and repent of their apostasy. For there is no other word for it. It is apostasy . Neither is there justification to be found ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2017/01/pray-for-maltas-catholic-priests.html

A Template for Real Catholic Reform in 2017 (Commentary) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 17, 2017 ... to present the beauty of Christian teaching. In his address to the Roman Curia on December 22, Pope Francis once again centered his words on the need for continuous reform, and while he was speaking first and foremost of the reform of the Curia, he extended the scope of his words to the reform of the Church herself. Reform, Francis said, "is first and foremost a sign of life, of a Church that advances on her pilgrim way, of a Church that is living and for this reason semper reformanda , in ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-template-for-real-catholic-reform-in.html

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - January 11, 2017 ... to dozens of people tell their stories this winter: "I have waited, waited for the Lord." For some, the rest of the Psalm came about: "And he stooped toward me and heard my cry." To know that the Lord will come for you is enough to sustain the faith of many. The readings speak about the beginning of a new ministry as Baptism events close. John the Baptist is leaving center stage as he points the way to Jesus, the Lamb of God, from whom salvation comes. John is ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-second-sunday-of-ordinary-time.html

Movies: "Silence" HELL BURNS - January 9, 2017 The new Scorsese film, "Silence," based on the 1966 historical novel (with the same title) by Japanese Catholic, Shûsaku Endô, is a worthy and nuanced take on: missionary activity, Christianity, the priesthood, the sacraments, religious persecution, torture, suffering, the suffering of God and the God of suffering. I read the haunting novel several years ago, and I'm sure the ending is what sticks with everyone: the conundrum of an ultimatum that does not allow YOU ...http://hellburns.blogspot.com/2017/01/movies-silence.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Sylvester I, Pope BIG C CATHOLICS - December 30, 2016 Pope Sylvester I and Emperor Constantine December 31st, is the optional memorial of Saint Sylvester I (??? - 335), the 4th century pontiff, who guided the Church during a period of violent persecution and challenges to doctrine at the hands of various heretics. According to legend, he baptized Emperor Constantine. Born in Rome, the son of devout parents Rufinus and Justa, he was instructed in Christian piety by his virtuous mother. Later, under the guidance of Carinus, a ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/12/optional-memorial-of-saint-sylvester-i.html

Iraqi Priest's Calling Born in Mosul, Inspired by the Example of Christian Martyrs CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 27, 2016 ... the words, pronounced in a homily, of Mgr Rahho, archbishop of Mosul, who died at the hands of fundamentalist kidnappers. Although his youth was spent in a mostly Muslim social environment, this did not prevent him from participating in the activities of the Catholic Church, especially in pastoral outreach "because our people need individuals" to believe in and to rely upon. Speaking to AsiaNews , he said that the faithful and the Iraqi ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/iraqi-priests-calling-born-in-mosul.html

Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives and the Vatican's Silence CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 14, 2016 From December 26 to 30 next the Ninth National Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives will be held in Beijing. It is the most authoritative gathering of the official Church in China, the one recognized by the government. In its statutes such a meeting is called the "sovereign body" on the Church. The Assembly brings together dozens of official bishops recognized by Beijing - those recognized by the Vatican and those who are not recognized, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/assembly-of-chinese-catholic.html

Intellectual Life in the Post-Amoris Laetitia Church THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - December 13, 2016 Prophetically speaking of Amoris Laetitia? While as a blogger who wishes to update the 'Pope Francis Book of Insults' page I find myself before an insurmountable mountain that just keeps becoming greater in mass, His Holiness is still producing the goods that must at some point be recorded for posterity. Today were denounced the ugly evils of clericalism and the horror of intellectualism in religion. I am certain that the word 'clericalism' means something else to Pope ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2016/12/intellectual-life-in-post-amoris.html

Pope Recognises Martyrdom of American Priest Shot Dead in Guatemala CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 5, 2016 ... some of Fr Rother's deacons and parishioners were left in front of his church and soon he received numerous death threats over his opposition to the presence of the Guatemalan military in the area. Though he returned to Oklahoma for a brief period, he returned to the Guatemalan village to remain with the people he had grown to love during the more than dozen years he lived there. He was shot dead the age of 46 in the rectory of his church in Santiago Atitlan. Government officials there put the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/pope-recognises-martyrdom-of-american.html

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle BIG C CATHOLICS - November 29, 2016 ... overwhelmed by the aura and power of Christ. They had no choice but to follow Him; they knew it in the depths of their hearts and souls. Following Jesus wholeheartedly was not unique to these four apostles; you and I are called in much the same way. Leaving everything behind and following Christ unencumbered by worldly concerns is the journey of every Christian. So what specifically needs to be left behind? And what does it mean to follow Christ? Let's begin with the later ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/11/feast-of-saint-andrew-apostle.html

The First Sunday in Advent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - November 23, 2016 ... to watch "White Christmas" as you've done for the past 15 years. Go to that concert that you said you would attend so many years ago. Now is the time. If we let it pass, we miss opportunities for joy. You give the blessings of your soul to others when we spend time enjoying life. Don't let it be too late. Don't have those regrets. Choose to live, to love, today. Move beyond your places of comfort so you are enveloped by the many blessings waiting for you. By living fully, Christ enters into ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-first-sunday-in-advent.html

Underground Priest: In the Name of Fidelity to the Pope, I Reject the Patriotic Association CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 11, 2016 ... one; there is no church, not even a space that you could call public place of prayer. Our underground church only has 10 meeting points. They are all houses of the faithful, or provisional locations. Some larger ones can contain 200 or 300 people, others only a few hundred. Usually for Sunday Mass must be split into three or four points, otherwise all the faithful cannot take part in Mass. Due to the constant control of the government on the Church, we could not get the permission for a ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/underground-priest-in-name-of-fidelity.html

Commemoration of the Four Crowned Martyrs A CATHOLIC LIFE - November 8, 2016 ... Octave Day of All Saints , November 8th is the Commemoration of the Four Crowned Martyrs. According to the Golden Legend, the names of these four saints were not known at the time of their death "but were learned through the Lord's revelation after many years had passed." They were called the "Four Crowned Martyrs" because their names were unknown ("crown" referring to the crown of martyrdom). This group of saint includes ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/C33uX-Yj7F0/commemoration-of-four-crowned-martyrs.html

The Church in the Middle East Witnesses to Us in the West MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - November 6, 2016 ... possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one. "It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life," Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. "And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift." The Islamic State's beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man shocked the world in February 2015 when video of the murders on a ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-church-in-middle-east-witnesses-to.html

That They May Rest in Peace. NUNBLOG - November 2, 2016 ... conservation of ashes in the case of cremation. 2. The resurrection of Jesus is the culminating truth of the Christian faith, preached as an essential part of the Paschal Mystery from the very beginnings of Christianity: "For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared ...http://romans8v29.blogspot.com/2016/11/that-they-may-rest-in-peace.html

White in the Blood of the Lamb YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - October 31, 2016 Solemnity of All Saints By Melanie Rigney Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?" I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows." He said to me, "These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:13-14) Who can ascend ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2016/10/white-in-blood-of-lamb.html

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C LORD, IF YOU WILL (SUNDAYS AND SOLEMNITIES) - October 30, 2016 ... friends. Before I continue, I want to apologize for not preaching on Zacchaeus, the man short in stature and quite rich who converted, but I think, especially as we enter the month of November, it is important to understand certain Catholic traditions that have been usurped by commercialism and have been lost completely. In fact, while on All Hallows Eve it is customary to go trick-or-treating, the custom used to be different, the custom was to offer a Vigil ...http://lordifyouwill.blogspot.com/2016/10/30th-sunday-in-ordinary-time-cycle-c_30.html

The Feast of All Saints by Fr. Sean Connolly MEETING CHRIST IN THE LITURGY - October 28, 2016 ... martyrs- — Our Lord ' s athletes who died in the arena of the Coliseum and Circus Maximus. But these valiant warriors for the Lord were deserving of the honors of a triumph far more than the Roman centurions who had slain them. And so, after the conversion of the Empire to the Christian faith, the city of Rome ' s bishop, Pope Boniface IV, in the year 609 presented himself at the entrance to the ...http://mcitl.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-feast-of-all-saints-by-reverend.html

Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 19-2-5, Luke 6:12-16 WHOM SHALL I SEND? SEND ME LORD - October 27, 2016 ... gift of faith, the gift of baptism, the gift of being Catholic. I owe this awesome gift to the Apostles, the martyrs, the missionaries, the holy ones who took the message of the Gospel that You, the Son of God was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, became Man, for our sake was crucified and died and rose again. You are now seated in glory at the right hand of the Father and to You is given all dominion, authority ...http://whomshallisend.blogspot.com/2016/10/ephesians-219-22-psalm-19-2-5-luke-612.html

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