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St. John Joseph of the Cross: Model of Charity and Humility CATHOLIC FIRE - March 5, 2015 ... Franciscan Order of the Reform of Saint Peter of Alcantara, at Naples. St. John Joseph was a quiet man of contemplation. He practiced self-denial in the form of strict penances: he fasted constantly, never drank wine, and slept only three hours each night. In 1674, he was sent to found a friary at Afila, in Piedmont and helped to build the friary with his own hands. Afterwards, he was elevated to the priesthood and became the master of novices, becoming an excellent model and mentor to them ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/03/st-john-joseph-of-cross-model-of.html

St. Katharine Drexel: Woman of Charity, Fortitude, and Justice CATHOLIC FIRE - March 2, 2015 ... not part with luxuries. At that time, the Bishop discouraged her from entering the convent. As a young and wealthy woman, Katharine Drexel made her social debut in 1879. However, after she nursed her stepmother through a three-year terminal illness, Katharine began to realize that all the money her family had could not purchase protection from suffering or death. It was then that her life changed dramatically. As time passed, Katharine became more and more convinced that she should become a ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/03/st-katharine-drexel-woman-of-charity.html

Others With More to Say.. BETTY DUFFY - February 17, 2015 ... it's better for me to read right now than it is for me to try and write anything. Too many false starts all saying the same thing. Instead, found quotes, from all over the damn place, because one book is just too simple and clarifying. Might as well gum up your mind trying to read ten books at once. Make the deep winter even more of a fuzz. * Saul Bellow from "There is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction" "We have for hundreds of years had an idolatry of the ...http://bettyduffy.blogspot.com/2015/02/others-with-more-to-say.html

What on Earth Is Pope Francis Up to and Why? FR. Z'S BLOG - February 9, 2015 ... pastoral practice . Pope Francis' Church bypasses theological discussion and aims at going straight to the heart of the people. [I think that that distinction of "theological" versus "pastoral" is flawed, but…. In any event, this is why our sacred liturgical worship of God is pivotal in any effort we undertake in evangelization or new evangelization.] All of these new cardinals will bring their peculiar perspectives to the consistory the Pope has convened to discuss reform of the Roman ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wdtprs/DhFa/~3/OdHbp7c38R4/

Saint John Bosco: Hero of Youth CATHOLIC FIRE - January 30, 2015 ... Melchior Bosco was born in 1815 to a poor farm family in the hillside hamlet of Becchi in northern Italy. When he was born, his mother consecrated him to the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the age of two, John lost his father. He was raised by his mother, Margaret Bosco, a hard-working woman who selflessly struggled to raise John and his two older brothers on her own. Following their father's death, it became necessary for John and his brothers to complete the farm chores previously ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/saint-john-bosco-hero-of-youth.html

Top 75 Pope Francis' Quotes AGGIE CATHOLIC BLOG - January 27, 2015 Top 75 Pope Francis' Quotes "Jesus is the gate opening up to salvation, a gate open to everyone." "God's forgiveness is stronger than any sin." "To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us." "We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel!" "The perfect family doesn't exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let's not talk about the perfect ...http://www.aggiecatholicblog.org/2015/01/top-75-pope-francis-quotes/

Madonna House, the Movie II: A Trail of Light GETTING TO THE POINT - January 22, 2015 ... personality, and then you would get caught up in this vision of God and love and renewing the earth and restoring all things to Christ. And then you would see what she would see." "Catherine would call the people on the streets 'Christophers' – Christ bearers, and we have continued that tradition, because where else are you going to find Him, but in the poorest of the poor?" "She didn't set out to establish a community, but at a certain point she ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/01/madonna-house-movie-ii-trail-of-light.html

Pro-Life Quotes of Pope Francis DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 22, 2015 The following comes from UCatholic: 1. "It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother's womb." - on Twitter, May 15, 2013 2. "All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect." - Message ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/pro-life-quotes-of-pope-francis.html

Throwback Thursday: The Role of Hate IN OTHER WORDS - January 22, 2015 ... (female slavery, for example). But, he adds, "I do believe it is foolish to attempt to deny essential human nature, of which the propensity to hate those who wrong us is an invariant component, today just as much as in the Bronze Age." And he concludes, in what I think is the most relevant sentence in the discussion, A civilization that can't summon up some pretty widespread hatred for a man who lines up little girs and shoots them in their heads, after having been foiled in an attempt to ...http://hadleyblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/throwback-thursday-role-of-hate.html

St. Andre Bessette: Miracle Man of Montreal CATHOLIC FIRE - January 6, 2015 ... his intercessory prayers to St. Joseph, many received God's healing graces. Saint Andre was born on August 9, 1845, near Montreal, Canada as Alfred Bessette. The son of a woodcutter, her was the eighth of twelve children. His father died in a work-related accident and his mother died of tuberculosis. He was adopted at age 12 by a farmer who insisted that he work to pay for his keep. After working as a farmhand, he labored at various trades: shoemaker, baker, blacksmith -- all ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/st-andre-bessette-miracle-man-of.html

St. Angela of Foligno ABBEY ROADS - January 4, 2015 ... One conversion experience does not justify the feeling that one is one of the "elect". For Blessed Angela it was only the first step on a long and arduous journey as she set her sights firmly on Christ on the Crucifix. The becoming a tertiary Franciscan was only a stage in the transition. More was required. Total commitment and a life of prayer. Until she was rewarded by an act of grace, undeserved and arising out of Love. The Pope stressed the importance of: penance, humility ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2015/01/st-angela-of-foligno.html

Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen: Co-Defenders of the Trinity CATHOLIC FIRE - January 2, 2015 ... in 371, he found himself promoted to the see of Constantinople, where his eloquent preaching brought floods of converts. People were greatly encouraged by his homilies, and viewed him as the father of the poor. At the same time, Gregory was viciously attacked by the Arians. Gregory, a gentle, peace-loving, and private person, was more fitted for the life of a contemplative scholar than that of an active administrator in a hostile environment. In less than a year and a half, he ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/saints-basil-great-and-gregory.html

Advent and Intentional Healing DA MIHI ANIMAS - December 10, 2014 ... insecurity, unrealistic expectations leading to disappointment and negativity. Invite Christ to come into the messy areas of your heart to transform them. Relationships : Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to ask forgiveness from? Are you striving to love the most difficult people in your life, or do you simply avoid them? Are you in relationships that are disordered, illicit, co-dependent and not of God? Do you live in fear of what others think ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-and-intentional-healing.html

Thanks to the Word Among Us Press for Today's Package THIS THAT AND THE OTHER THING - December 8, 2014 ... reality Jesus wants to be present in our everyday encounters and experiences. In down-to-earth and often humorous ways, author Chris Padgett helps us find an immediate connection between receiving Jesus in the Eucharist and living a holy life in difficult times. The forty reflections in this book will enlarge your vision of the power of Christ through the Eucharist to change your life and those you meet. My Comments: These reflections are about three pages each and end with a prayer starter. ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/ngaR/~3/8d5NMDZJ-VU/thanks-to-word-among-us-press-for.html

"Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant." CATHOLIC LIVING TODAY - November 13, 2014 ... three servants in Sunday's Gospel, what each of us has been given is different. Some of us have received short straws. So, Fr. John J. Ludvik explains, Jesus does not expect us to "measure up" to our neighbor, per se. But we are nevertheless expected to give life a first class run with these gifts. We are not to bury our talents. How we use our abilities to enrich and help others is our fulfillment of Christ's command to love others as we love ourselves. And ...http://catholiclivingtoday.blogspot.com/2011/11/well-done-my-good-and-faithful-servant.html

A Sin That Cries Out to Heaven: Sodomy, Homosexual Acts FR. Z'S BLOG - November 7, 2014 ... Out To Heaven, namely willful murder (the blood of Abel), the sin of Sodom (the sin of Sodom), oppression of the poor, and defrauding laborers of their wages. I bring to your special attention the description of the Sin of Sodom, which concerns homosexual acts. Yes, it does. The point is made is that the Sodomites did commit other sins, but God destroyed Sodom because of sodomy, homosexual acts, which are an "abomination" deserving of punishment from God. St. Peter's List ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wdtprs/DhFa/~3/p34S-U85vCE/