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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

With New Cremation Norms, CDF Aims to Bury (Questions Over) Ashes WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - October 25, 2016 ... pastoral import as cremation (long a forbidden option) becomes an increasingly common practice in Catholic funerals – below is the English text of the CDF instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo ("To Rise With Christ"), released at Roman Noon this Tuesday on burial rites involving the ashes/cremains of the deceased. As with any binding Curial document governing the life of the church, the following was explicitly approved by the Pope and published on his orders.... Yet as ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/10/in-new-doc-cdf-aims-to-bury-ashes.html

Saint Jose Sanchez Del Rio, Mexican Martyr MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - October 18, 2016 ... Cathedral Mexico - AP On reading this article, I remember the men, women and children put to death for their faith, Catholics, Orthodox and Oriental Christians in the Middle East, especially the little boy of twelve who was tortured, had his fingers cut off and was then beheaded because he would not renounce Christ. - All you holy martyrs, pray for us Postulator Recalls St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Saying 'My ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/10/saint-jose-sanchez-del-rio-mexican.html

Bishop of Meath Pays Tribute to Columban Martyrs CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 13, 2016 Bishop Michael Smith has paid tribute to the courage and witness to the faith of the many Irish Columban martyrs who died over the past one hundred years. Speaking to CatholicIreland.net, Bishop Smith welcomed efforts by the Korean Catholic Church to promote the beatification of seven Irish priests of the Society of St Columban (popularly known as 'the Columbans') who are included in a list ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/bishop-of-meath-pays-tribute-to.html

St. Denis and Companions, Martyrs ATONEMENTONLINE - October 8, 2016 ... someplace in Italy, sometime during the 3rd century. In fact, for years he was confused with another Dionysius, the Aereopagite who was converted when St. Paul visited Athens. As little as we know about the St. Denis commemorated on October 9th, it's evident that he had become known for living a virtuous and faithful life, because he was chosen by Pope Fabian (236-250) to be one of the missionary bishops to Gaul (modern-day France). It was a difficult mission. The Church of ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2016/10/st-denis-and-companions-martyrs.html

'No War of Religions'? Fr Hamel's Canonisation Would Contradict the Pope's Narrative (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 3, 2016 ... has intervened in the case of Fr Hamel and waived the five-year waiting period that must follow the death of a potential saint and the opening of their cause. This is highly significant. It has been done before, but only in the most exceptional cases, namely those of St John Paul II and St Teresa of Calcutta. That it should be done for the Normandy priest murdered by jihadis earlier this summer places Fr Hamel on the same level of importance as Saints John Paul and Teresa. I ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/no-war-of-religions-fr-hamels.html

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs BIG C CATHOLICS - September 27, 2016 ... their mouth, nose and ears. Bamboo needles were inserted under their fingernails and pounded into the quick. Most of the martyrs succumbed to these torments. Those who remained, including Ruiz, were put to death by being hung upside down over a pit. This was extremely painful: though the victim could recant and gain release. Ruiz refused to do so, and died from blood loss and suffocation. His remains were ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/09/saint-lorenzo-ruiz-and-companions.html

St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions ATONEMENTONLINE - September 27, 2016 The mixed-race child of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, Lawrence Ruiz grew up in Manila and married a local Catholic girl. They had three children, and lived a simple life on his modest salary as a clerk working for the local parish. What they lacked in material things they more than made up for in their deep Catholic faith. Living something of an anonymous life, known only to their immediate circle ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2016/09/st-lawrence-ruiz-and-companions.html

Sep 20 - Homily for Today FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - September 20, 2016 + We celebrate today the feast of two major Korean saints and 103 of their companions who were put to death in the persecutions against the faith in Korea in the 19th century . Andrew Kim was born of Korean nobility, his parents were converts and his father himself a martyr. Andrew was baptized at age 15, and then travelled 1300 miles to the nearest seminary in Macao, China. He became the first native-born Korean priest, and the first priest ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2016/09/sep-20-homily-for-today.html

Francis and the Vatican's Assembly Line of Saints CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 11, 2016 ... Paul II died, there was a very strong feeling that there had simply been too many saints made, that the process was being cheapened," said Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. "I think there's a feeling that Benedict deliberately slowed the whole thing down," Ivereigh said. "He canonized fewer. I suppose what's happening with Francis is that the pace we saw before Benedict is being resumed." In the Roman ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/francis-and-vaticans-assembly-line-of.html

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