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Evangelize THE ONE TRUE FAITH - December 14, 2016 ... come…" The holy scriptures make frequent references to a coming prophet, Mal 3:1, Deut 18:15. It is understood by John and his disciples that the prophetic office would find its completion in a Messiah. And when John's disciples come upon Jesus healing the sick, they quickly think of Isa 29: 18-19; 35: 5-6. They hopefully ask Jesus, "Are you the One…?" They are told to report back to John "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard…" And when Jesus quotes ...http://theonetruefaith-faith.blogspot.com/2016/12/evangelize.html

St. John of the Cross and St. John Paul II JEAN M. HEIMANN - December 14, 2016 ... age of 25, and while in Medina to sing his first Mass, he met Teresa of Avila, who had begun a reform within the order. She was 52 at the time; he was 25. "When I spoke with this friar he pleased me very much. I learned from him how he also wanted to go to the Carthusians. Telling him what I was attempting to do, I begged him to wait until the Lord would give us a monastery and pointed out the great good that would be accomplished if in his desire to improve he were to remain in his own order ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2016/12/st-john-cross-st-john-paul-ii/

St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - December 7, 2016 ... the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress. There is a stream which flows down on God's saints like a torrent. There is also a rushing river giving joy to the heart that is at peace and makes for peace." Contemplating the wounds of Christ, by which we have been saved, St. Ambrose said, "I can revel in none of my deeds, I have nothing to boast about; therefore, I will ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2016/12/st-ambrose-doctor-of-the-church/

A Few Book Reviews BACK BAY VIEW - December 6, 2016 ... the hope of heaven, but, by each doing our bit, we bring in to pass." My spiritual book this month was A Right to Be Merry by Mother Mary Francis, which I read again for book club. (2010 was the last time: http://backbayview.blogspot.com/2010/07/postcard-from-road.html )I love this little joyful description of cloistered life and the remarks on simplicity, which reminded me yet again of the importance of making do with less and the freedom of having fewer choices and a regular ...http://backbayview.blogspot.com/2016/12/a-few-book-reviews.html

Save Yourself? FATHER JIM CHERN'S BLOG - November 20, 2016 ... a punishment for being a criminal that on some level you could argue "the guy is getting what he deserved" (not that anyone deserves that type of cruel punishment) With this repeating of the phrase "Save yourself" , we see the depths of evil. Because if Jesus isn't God, as so many of them argued He wasn't – then he was just some crazy guy, a blasphemer who was starting trouble. If that was the case, then the leaders, the guards, the passers-by wouldn't need to stand there, witness this ...http://chernjam.blogspot.com/2016/11/save-yourself.html

St. Peter of Alcantra, Spanish Mystic CATHOLIC FIRE - October 26, 2016 ... Order. For two years (1542-44) he lived as a hermit with Friar Martin of Saint Mary on Arabida Mountain near Lisbon and was named superior of Palhaes community for novices when numerous friars were attracted to their way of life. During that period he had become convinced of the need for a vigorous Catholic reform, a Counter-Reformation with which to oppose the Protestant Reformation. Finally, with the approval of Pope Julius III, around 1556, he founded the Reformed Friars Minor of Spain, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/10/st-peter-of-alcantra-spanish-mystic.html

You Have the Right to Be Angry! Bishop of Liverpool Advice to LGBT Christians CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 23, 2016 ... argument. After argument there can be no room for feeling, only argument moves the world and the church family along, we were born to argue and then to submit to the better argument." Even Jesus hmself said the angry would be subject to judgement, in Matthew 5:22. Yet Jesus was not afraid to show his own anger when he cleared the Temple. The answer is that aggression should be present, but "reasonable". He quotes former Labour leader Neil Kinnock in 1992 speaking to Philip ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/you-have-right-to-be-angry-bishop-of.html

St. Paul of the Cross: Mystic, Priest, and Founder of the Passionists CATHOLIC FIRE - October 20, 2016 ... marriage as well as an inheritance left to him by an uncle who was a priest, to found the Passionists. In 1727, Paul and his brother, John, were ordained as priests by Pope Benedict XII and they founded the first Passionist monastery in the mountains above Genoa. While contemplation and prayer were at the very heart of Paul's life and the life of his new institute, Paul himself soon became a prominent preacher, spiritual guide, as well as a writer and mystic. For Paul, the Passion of Christ ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/10/st-paul-of-cross-mystic-priest-and.html

St. Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Church CATHOLIC FIRE - October 15, 2016 ... Incarnation caused her much pain because they did not approve of her aspirations. However, she soon won a few other sisters over to her side, and despite opposition from her sisters and from the townsfolk, she established the convent of St. Joseph on August 24, 1562. She endured much, including a lawsuit, but eventually the resistance subsided, and Teresa enjoyed several years of peace at her convent of St. Joseph. It was during this time that she wrote her Way of Perfection. It became clear ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/10/st-teresa-of-avila-doctor-of-church.html

'I Belong Entirely to the Heart of Jesus' - Albanian President Offers Beautiful Gift to Honor Mother Teresa in the U.S. CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 6, 2016 ... India, Kepi explained. The Albanian Roots said several community members from different faiths united to donate services to help install the effigy. Behind the statue, a donated banner of St. Teresa's image carried with it one of her most famous quotes on unity: "By blood, I am an Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. "As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus." According to the Catholic ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/i-belong-entirely-to-heart-of-jesus.html

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi CATHOLIC FIRE - October 4, 2016 ... father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his love for France. The son of a wealthy merchant, Francis had time and money to host lavish banquets for young nobles who proclaimed him "King of Feasts." Parties and selling cloth left Francis little time for God. A handsome, charming and educated young man, he spent his early life leading young nobles to parties. He dreamed of knighthood and longed for the adventurous life of chivalry. In pursuit of that dream, he joined in the war ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/10/feast-of-st-francis-of-assisi.html

Why God? FATHER JIM CHERN'S BLOG - October 2, 2016 ... child and weren't able to. That's why they ask Jesus to "Increase our Faith" - in a sense they're saying "Make us more powerful Lord" and what does he say? "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree 'be uprooted and planed in the sea' and it would obey you." After this really awful encounter that the apostles had, an experience where they had to have felt ineffective, were disappointed in themselves, probably sad – Jesus basically says to them "you ...http://chernjam.blogspot.com/2016/10/why-god.html