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Candlemas PONDERED IN MY HEART - February 2, 2015 ... desire to carry them in their hands in Thy honour, and to praise Thee with hymns; and that Thou wouldst be propitious to all that call upon Thee, whom Thou hast redeemed with the precious Blood of Thy Son; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. -from the blessing of candles on Candlemas Day Today is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day we commemorate when Our Blessed Lady along with St. Joseph traveled ...http://ponderedinmyheart.typepad.com/pondered_in_my_heart/2015/02/candlemas-.html

The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) CATHOLIC FIRE - February 2, 2015 ... hearts may be revealed." Simeon thus foreshadowed the crucifixion and the sorrows of Mary at seeing the death of her Son. The name Candlemas comes from the activities associated with the feast. It came to be known as the Candle Mass. In the Western Church, a procession with lighted candles is the distinctive rite. According to post Vatican-II discipline, (if possible) the beeswax candles are to be blessed somewhere other than where the Mass is held. Often your local parish will hand out ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-presentation-of-lord-candlemas.html

Jesuit Father Lawrence Brennan Served in Northern Ontario THE JOURNEY OF A BISHOP - January 18, 2015 http://archbishopterry.blogspot.com/2015/01/jesuit-father-lawrence-brennan-served.html

Rebuilding the Country Means Rebuilding the Person: The Pope at the Conference on Haiti VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - January 12, 2015 ... activity. We have just celebrated Christmas, and it is precisely the Incarnation which tells us how important man is to God, who wished to assume our human nature. Our first concern must thus be that of helping everyone, each man and woman, to live fully as persons. There can be no true rebuilding of a country without also rebuilding each person in his or her totality. This means ensuring that the material needs of every person in Haiti be met, and that they be able to be ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/01/rebuilding-country-means-rebuilding.html

Christus Mansionem Benedicat! MAN WITH BLACK HAT - January 6, 2015 ... God, * and your righteousness to the King's son; That he may rule your people righteously * and the poor with justice. That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, * and the little hills bring righteousness. He shall defend the needy among the people; * he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor. He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, * from one generation to another. He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, * like showers that water the earth. In his time ...http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2015/01/christus-mansionem-benedicat.html

A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS TO ALL WHO USE THE JULIAN CALENDAR & ... MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - January 6, 2015 A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS TO ALL WHO USE THE JULIAN CALENDAR & MAY GOD MANIFEST HIS DIVINE PRESENCE AMONG ALL OF US IN THESE DAYS. Epiphany The feast of the Epiphany is one of my favourite feasts; but, paradoxically, if I want to express what the feast means to me as a Catholic, I tend to use Orthodox texts as the least inadequate means of doing so, especially when I want to wish a "happy feast" to both Catholics and Orthodox. That explains my choice of texts for ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-happy-holy-christmas-to-all-who-use.html

Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF LITTLE FALLS: LIFE AT THE CONVENT - January 5, 2015 Happy New Year. From 6 p.m. on December 30th until the prayer service, Year-end Prayer for World Peace, on December 31st , there were Sisters praying for peace every hour. At the Prayer Service, we had time for reflection on quotations from Pope John XXIII, Oscar Romero, Pope John Paul II, St. Francis and others on how to build peace in our war-torn, troubled world. The closing prayer: "God ...http://smarylou.blogspot.com/2015/01/learn-from-yesterday-live-for-today.html

This 'Week' in Madonna House - December 25-January 3 GETTING TO THE POINT - January 4, 2015 ... slipping away peacefully in his bed at Our Lady of the Visitation wing of St. Mary's that his caregiver didn't even notice. It made me think of the carol verse "How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given. How God imparts to human hearts the glory of his heaven." It was decided for a wide range of practical reasons to defer the funeral until after New Years. MH is pretty much a do-it-yourself community – we don't hire caterers or rent other facilities for our events, so these ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/01/this-week-in-madonna-house-december-25.html

Evangelic Catholicism LEON J. PODLES :: DIALOGUE - January 4, 2015 http://www.podles.org/dialogue/evangelic-catholicism-671.htm

Sunday Word, 04 Jan 15 TO FIND FRUIT - January 4, 2015 ... the secrecy-honor disconnect when summoned by Herod. A heavenly light, available to any with vision, had set them on their journey to honor the newborn king of Judea . Nothing was more public than a light of heaven. Herod's secrecy had no aroma of honor, let alone homage . On their journey they weighed Herod's power-hungry request to return to him. Their dream not to return to him confirmed their choice to return home another way . The Wise Men encourage us to consider the ways we notice Jesus ...http://findfruit.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunday-word-04-jan-15.html

New Year's Resolution, Pope Francis and the Illusion of Immortality and a Dislocated Shoulder THE ALTERNATE PATH - January 1, 2015 ... educational) would do well to undertake such a thorough examination. Something tells me not to hold my breath on this possibility though. To those media and secular institutions chuckling about the Pope's remarks, I would remind them that Jesus said something about focusing on the speck in your neighbor's eye while ignoring the plank in your own. Here is what the Holy Father said about the first malady. The first is "the sickness of considering oneself 'immortal', 'immune' or 'indispensable', ...http://thealternatepath.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-years-resolution-pope-francis-and.html

A New Hieratikon From St. Tikhon's Monastery Press BYZANTINE, TEXAS - December 31, 2014 ... Hours. A complete hieratikon also includes the three Divine Liturgies, but there wasn't as urgent a need at present to include those, and we wanted to keep the volume compact. We hope to publish a second volume for the Liturgies that will match this volume. The volume also contains a detailed order of censing patterns, Magnifications and Matins Prokimena for feast days, Dismissals, and a monthly calendar for use at the Dismissal, complete with the signs from the Slavonic Typikon that indicate ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-new-hieratikon-from-st-tikhons.html

Navarre Bible Commentary:Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas JOE CATHOLIC - December 30, 2014 ... fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. [1] Catholic Exegesis: The Second Vatican Council teaches that if we are to derive the true ...http://www.thejoecatholic.org/2014/12/navarre-bible-commentary-sixth-day-in.html

"Catholics of the Year" NANCY CARABIO BELANGER - December 30, 2014 ... he was swamped with his new pastor duties in an impoverished parish, because he didn't want her to think he forgot them at Christmas. The divorced father who did without for himself so he could give his children presents under the tree and dress-up clothes to wear to Christmas Eve Mass. I could go on and on with stories. So could you. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that you know people like this...or you are people like this. And you'd probably think that an ...http://nancybelanger.blogspot.com/2014/12/catholics-of-year.html

The Gift of Christian Integrity Is Coherence: Think, Feel and Live As Christians VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - December 29, 2014 ... and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. Before the Marian prayer, the Pontiff gave a brief address to those present, on the subject of coherence with faith. "The Gospel of this feast day shows a part of Jesus' discourse to his disciples in the moment in which He sends them on their mission. Among other things, He says, 'You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved'. These words of the Lord do not disrupt the celebration of ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-gift-of-christian-integrity-is.html

3 Favorite Resources for First Reconciliation (and One Noteworthy Celebration!) TRAINING HAPPY HEARTS - December 29, 2014 ... excitement over having received both sacrament and gifts . Then, in true Nina fashion, she promptly opened the box of treats when we got into the car and began sharing cookies with her brothers, Daddy and me. The cookies lasted but two days in Nina's hands, but the grace of receiving sacraments will last a lifetime, we know! And, the impact of Clare's Costly Cookie is lasting, too. The kids and I have been reading chapters of it daily and are finding it absolutely fabulous! Image Credit: Holy ...http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2014/12/3-favorite-resources-for-first.html

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph HAPPY CATHOLIC* - December 28, 2014 El Greco, The Holy Family via Wikipedia Between Joseph and Mary there existed a holy affection, a spirit of service, and a mutual desire for each others' happiness. This is Jesus' family: sacred, holy, exemplary, a model of human virtues, ready to carry out God's will exactly. A Christian home must be an imitation of the house of Nazareth; a place where there is plenty of room for God so that He can be right at the centre of the love that members of the family have for ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2014/12/feast-of-holy-family-of-jesus-mary-and.html

Holy Family HOMILETIC DIAKONIA - December 27, 2014 ... particularly true in a culture like ours, which seems to prize youth so highly and to relegate the elderly to the margins, seeing them as economically unproductive and perhaps a discomfiting reminder of our own mortality. Some even speak of those who are old and sick as having "a duty to die" so as not to drain resources that could be used by the young or burden them with their care. And some elderly people internalize this way of thinking: suffering from social isolation imposed not only by ...http://homileticdiakonia.blogspot.com/2014/12/holy-family.html

Homily: I Am Here BUKAS PALAD - December 24, 2014 Year B / Christmas Day Readings: Isaiah 52.7-10 / Responsorial Psalm 98.1-6 (R/v 3c) / Hebrews 1.1-6 / John 1.1-18 I can see her face still, after all these years. It is Sunday morning. We are on the 17th floor, in the psychiatric ward where I am training as a hospital chaplain. Outside, the downtown skyscrapers of New York City glistened in the sunlight. Inside, the Catholic patients are gathering for a Communion service I'm about to conduct. She is ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2014/12/homily-i-am-here.html

New Post Has Been Published on Healthy Catholics HEALTHY CATHOLICS - December 23, 2014 New Post has been published on http://healthycatholics.com/?p=5741 Putting Christmas in Perspective Our oldest son is experiencing for the first time how stressed out people can get this time of year. He is completing an internship at a financial institution in customer service, investments. He says people are crowding in to cash out and/or settle estates while extended family is "in for the holidays." He describes the scene as sometimes bordering on panic ...http://depressedandcatholic.com/post/105974068773

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