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St. Monica, Model of Evangelization CATHOLIC FIRE - August 27, 2015 ... of St. Monica , patron saint of mothers and married women. She is a saint I admire so much for her tenacity, patience, and perseverance in prayer for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. A persistent prayer warrior, Monica never gave up on her son, Augustine, a great sinner, who later became so strongly drawn to the faith that he was eventually canonized, as one of the Church's greatest teachers and philosophers, and was designated a Doctor of the Church. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/08/st-monica-model-of-evangelization.html
These Weeks in Madonna House - August 1-15 GETTING TO THE POINT - August 16, 2015 ... by honouring our women in a particular way. The men of the community pick flowers the day before and, as each woman is coming into the chapel for the liturgy on the feast, make her a corsage to wear for the day. And so the day goes, festive as anything. For the 50 year jubilarians we had a tea in the afternoon where they were feted. Another custom of the day is that it is the time when the new applicants are announced for September 8. While my rule of 'no names on the blog' holds here, I am ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/08/these-weeks-in-madonna-house-august-1-15.html
Feast of Saint Cajetan, Patron Saint of the Unemployed A YEAR OF PRAYER: 365 ROSARIES - August 7, 2015 ... congregation. Along with Paul Caraffa, then Bishop of Theata in the kingdom of Naples (who later would become Pope Paul IV), and two other fervent Christians, he instituted the first community of Regular Clarks, known as Theatines. They devoted themselves to preaching, the administration of the Sacraments, and the careful performance of the Church's rites and ceremonies. Members of the Order lived apostolic lives, looking with disdain upon all earthly belongings, receiving no income, and ...http://365rosaries.blogspot.com/2015/08/feast-of-saint-cajetan-patron-saint-of.html
Why Is There a Dormition Fast? BYZANTINE, TEXAS - July 31, 2015 ... request. Nothing can be further from the truth. It is not our fasting that pleases God, it is the fruits of our fast (provided we fast in the proper mind set, and do not merely diet) that please Him. We fast, not to get what we want, but to prepare ourselves to receive what God wants to give us. The purpose of fasting is to bring us more in line with another Mary, the sister of Lazarus, and away from their sister Martha, who in the famous passage was "anxious and troubled about many things." ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2015/07/why-is-there-dormition-fast.html
I Have a New Job... Or Do I? GETTING TO THE POINT - July 26, 2015 ... it is our community life that is the principle formator of anyone who walks in the door to spend time with us. But they have a meeting one evening a week to discuss their experience and to read together and reflect on significant texts on the priesthood or other key spiritual matters. They have a study day on Wednesday—in the morning all the MH guests have classes first on the Fundamentals of the Spiritual Life , then on the Catechism. A time of prayer or reading ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/07/i-have-new-job-or-do-i.html
"The Holy Spirit Renews the Earth" – On Pentecost, the Church Is "Born"... And "Sent" WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - May 24, 2015 A liturgical feast on a par with Christmas – indeed, the moment which marks the commissioning of Christ's own as leaven in the world – on this Pentecost, Church, Happy Birthday to one and all. Having spoken of the Holy Spirit's critical, daily role in ecclesial life with greater frequency and intensity than his recent predecessors, at a morning Mass in St Peter's for this 50th day of Easter, the Pope delivered the following brief, yet potent homily ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-holy-spirit-renews-earth-on.html