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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

Worth Revisiting - Have We Forgotten the Guilty One? HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - September 20, 2016 ... Monsignor Hugh F. Blunt let us ask and answer - and find the guilty one: 'Who plaited the crown of thorns for His brow? Some Roman soldier, nameless now. Who hewed the Cross from the grim pine-tree? Some Jew - a carpenter - as was He. Who forged the nails He was fastened with? He knew no better - poor nameless smith. Nameless all! - for the sin and the shame were done by one who bears my name!' While Mary still stands at the foot of the cross and Jesus hangs upon it, it is ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2016/09/worth-revisiting-have-we-forgotten.html

St. Teresa of Calcutta: Model of Mercy and Charity CATHOLIC FIRE - September 5, 2016 oday marks the feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a beautiful servant of God who is one of our most celebrated mothers and a universal symbol of God's merciful and preferential love for the poor and forgotten. She has been widely known as both a model of mercy and of charity. There is no one more renowned for practicing the heroic virtue of charity than Blessed Teresa of Calcutta! A diminutive figure, just under five feet tall, she gave ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/09/st-teresa-of-calcutta-model-of-mercy.html

Top 10 Mercy Quotes of Pope Francis EDITOR's NOTE: Only two months ... MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - September 4, 2016 Top 10 Mercy Quotes of Pope Francis EDITOR's NOTE: Only two months into his papacy, Pope Francis has been eminently quotable. We've culled a few of our favorite quotes. If you have any you'd like to share, please do so in the comments section below. Enjoy! I think we too are the people who, on the one hand, want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, at times, like to find a stick to beat others with, to condemn others. And Jesus has this message for ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/09/top-10-mercy-quotes-of-pope-francis.html

Commemorating the Canonization of Mother Teresa {and "Works of Love Are Works of Peace" Giveaway!} SHOWER OF ROSES - September 3, 2016 ... born in 1910 into a regular family, like you or me, in modern day Macedonia in Southeast Europe. Her name was Anjezë, which is Agnus in English. When she was 18 years old, she felt called to be a nun, so she left home for Ireland and joined a religious order called the Sisters of Loreto. A nun will often choose a new name when she becomes a sister, and she took the name Sister Teresa, after St. Therese of Lisieux. She was sent to Calcutta, India, where she served as a teacher for many ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/eojD/~3/Ma33xyvT-m0/mother-teresa.html

Rediscover Jesus - Matthew Kelly BOOK REVIEWS AND MORE - September 2, 2016 ... will you?" And that is what I am striving to do and what this book can challenge us all to do. This book has a prayer of transformation, I have started praying it regularly as a reminder: "Loving Father, Here I am. I trust that you have an incredible plan for me. Transform me. Transform my life. Everything is on the table. Take what you want to take and give what you want to give. Transform me into the person you created me to be, so I can live the life you you envision for me. I hold nothing ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BookReviewsAndMore/~3/hF6WRDJZ_00/rediscover-jesus-an-invitation-matthew.html

St. Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor CATHOLIC FIRE - August 29, 2016 ... (1792 – 1879), also known as Sister Mary of the Cross. During the 19th century, she founded the Little Sisters of the Poor with the goal of imitating Christ's humility through service to elderly people in need. Born on Oct. 25, 1792 in a port city of the French region of Brittany, Jeanne Jugan grew up during the political and religious upheavals of the French Revolution. Four years after she was born, her father was lost at sea. Her mother struggled to provide for Jeanne ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-jeanne-jugan-foundress-of-little.html

St. Louis IX, King of France CATHOLIC FIRE - August 25, 2016 ... instruction from him in the Christian life. Louis brought justice to France. When, for example, a baron hanged three students for poaching rabbits, the King's response was firm. He forced the Baron to surrender his forest, imprisoned him for a time, fined him heavily, made him build a chapel in memory of each student, and ordered him to crusade for three years in Palestine. On one occasion, Louis learned of a count who had hanged three children for hunting rabbits in his woods. Louis had the ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-louis-ix-king-of-france.html

Saint Rose of Lima CATHOLIC FIRE - August 23, 2016 August 23 is the feast of St. Rose of Lima, virgin, who became known for both her piety and her care of the poor. She is the patron saint of embroiderers, florists, gardeners, people ridiculed for their piety, and those who suffer from family problems. Isabella Flores de Oliva was born April 20, 1586 to a family of educated, but impoverished Spanish immigrants in Lima, Peru. At her confirmation, she took the name of Rose, because as an infant, her face had been seen ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/saint-rose-of-lima.html