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St. Colette: Abbess, Mystic, Reformer JEAN M. HEIMANN - March 6, 2017 ... well-known for her piety, wisdom, ecstasies, and visions of the Passion. She was also known for her appreciation and care for animals. Colette helped Saint Vincent Ferrer heal the papal schism and she founded seventeen convents. Colette died in 1447, at Ghent. Her relics came to rest at Poligny in northern France. St. Colette was beatified in 1740, and canonized in 1807. The Colettine Sisters are found today, outside of France, in Belgium, Germany, Spain, England, and the United States. Saint ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/03/st-colette-abbess-mystic-reformer-2/

"Repent and Believe" – In Lent, "A Time to Breathe Again" WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - March 1, 2017 ... centuries-old practice continued tonight on the Aventine Hill, as the Pope led the penitential procession from the Benedictine mother-house at Sant'Anselmo to the Dominican-run Santa Sabina for Mass ( readings ). Here, the official translation of Francis' homily: "R eturn to me with all your heart… return to the Lord " (Jl 2:12, 13). The prophet Joel makes this plea to the people in the Lord's name. No one should feel excluded: "Assemble the aged, gather the children, ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2017/03/repent-and-believe-in-lent-time-to.html

Friday Potpourri: A Step (down the Aisle) in the Right Direction ADAM'S ALE - February 17, 2017 http://clevelandpriest.blogspot.com/2017/02/friday-potpourri-step-down-aisle-in.html

Pope Francis at Mass: Be Open, Receptive to God's Gifts CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 6, 2017 Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta this morning. In remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the theme of Christian freedom, saying that the follower of Christ is a "slave" – but of love, not of duty, and urging the faithful not to hide in the "rigidity" of the Commandments. The Pope took the Responsorial Psalm, 103 (104) as his starting point: a "song of praise" to God for His wonders. "The ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/pope-francis-at-mass-be-open-receptive.html

Fifth Sunday Year a Collect NEW HORIZONS - February 4, 2017 ... hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended by your protection". In making this prayer tangible for during the week, the following reflection questions emerged: Why do I need to ask God for my safety? What does God's unfailing care mean to me this week? Why do I need to rely soley on the hope of heavenly grace? What does the hope of heavenly grace mean to me? What does it mean to be defended by God's protection? What reasons might I give to someone who asked why does the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/pGvP/~3/7BVpbnQW9XI/fifth-sunday-year-collect.html

Salford Diocese: 22 Churches to Close Under Reorganisation Plan CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 20, 2017 ... to welcome one another." The Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford covers much of Greater Manchester north of the Mersey and Lancashire round Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley and Longridge and the parish of Dunsop Bridge. Press Q&A 1. How many parishes will amalgamate or churches close? Just over 100 of our current 150 parishes will be involved in amalgamations. Of these, 31 are already working with the parish(es) that it is proposed they amalgamate with. The plan only identifies the closure of ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/salford-diocese-22-churches-to-close.html

Sts. Fabian and Sebastian, Early Martyrs for the Faith BIG C CATHOLICS - January 19, 2017 ... solemn process, but to prepare the hearts and minds of the participants to act in accordance with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. At the conclave of 236 AD, a dove landed on the head of a layperson Fabian, who had traveled to Rome to see who would be selected. Fabian was unanimously chosen pope because everyone present saw the actions of the dove as a sign from God. St. Fabian served 14 years as the Vicar of Christ, the majority of which were peaceful. Admired for his ability and virtue, he ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/01/sts-fabian-and-sebastian-early-martyrs.html

Week of Guided Prayer Can Foster Ecumenism CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 18, 2017 In the run-up to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an Irish sister has underlined how 'Guided Prayer' weeks are ecumenical events. Sr Eibhlis Ni Uaithuas from the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism has been organising Weeks of Guided Prayer for parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin since 2012. About 20 parishes avail of this service each year. Typically, Sr Eibhlis and a group of trained Prayer Guides will spend ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/week-of-guided-prayer-can-foster.html

Does Catholic Praise for Mary Magdalene Show Progress Towards Women Priests? CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 16, 2017 ... that news around - I think that's a very, very positive step." In 1994 Pope John Paul II declared "that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful." Jesus had "called only men as his Apostles", The constant practice of the Church, he stressed, "has imitated Christ in choosing only men." In November, while returning from a visit to Sweden where he worshipped with the country's ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/does-catholic-praise-for-mary-magdalene.html

I Remember When ... DO NOT BE ANXIOUS - January 1, 2017 ... refusing to eat. "The surgery for his broken hip went well, but I was told that upwards of 60% of the elderly give up living afterwards, successful surgery or not." I told R. I would pray for his dad and him when I visited the chapel later that night. I had only driven a block away, however, when thoughts came to me of my own mom's battle for life, and I quickly made a U-turn back to the store. I told R. how my mom had also fallen, but broke NOTHING, yet the pain and discomfort and fear of ...http://do-not-be-anxious.blogspot.com/2017/01/i-remember-when.html

Merry Christmas, Everyone! BACK BAY VIEW - December 29, 2016 ... was full of hope and good spirits. It has been a lovely week. With no cross-country travel plans this year, the holiday preparations didn't seem quite so stressful. Cards were mostly sent by Christmas day. I caved this year on Christmas cards and ordered photo cards. But I had a special gift to go with them! Linoleum block prints of the Madonna and child made by my son! I didn't have to do any last minute shopping on Christmas Eve - by the 23rd I was done with buying odds and ends and even had ...http://backbayview.blogspot.com/2016/12/merry-christmas-everyone.html

Pro-Life New Year DTF DEFEND/PROCLAIM THE FAITH - December 26, 2016 Latest, good Pro-Life news from the President-elect and his cabinet Dec 28 Wed 8:30am Feast of the Holy Innocents, Meet for 8:30am Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church Pleasant St. Worcester. After Mass we will walk down to pray across from Planned Parenthood. January is Respect Life month; please consider a donation to Visitation House Inc, a non-profit organization that houses pregnant women in crisis in Worcester, MA. They are privately funded and solely ...http://dtf-jayg.blogspot.com/2016/12/pro-life-new-year.html

The Power to Become Children of God. THE CITY AND THE WORLD - December 25, 2016 The following is the text, more or less, of a homily that I gave this morning at the Mass of Christmas Day at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester, Massachusetts. The Gospel reading appointed for this Mass comes from the Prologue of John's Gospel (Jn 1:1-18), which forms the core of my reflection. --- Christmas is a time for stories. If your experience is anything like mine, your memories of Christmas involve the sharing of stories. For many of us, this ...http://jesuitjoe.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-power-to-become-children-of-god.html

Catholic Motor Chapels A CATHOLIC LIFE - December 15, 2016 ... of Catholic motor chapels. These chapels were beautifully set up and designed to allow priests to offer Mass in remote mission regions. Notice the great reverence and holiness in these photos (which is unfortunately lacking in most Novus Ordo churches today!) You will notice that even Solemn High Masses were said using these motor chapels. Let's take a few minutes to pray for our missionaries: O glorious virgin St. Theresa, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth hath chosen ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/kjNjcjEES5w/catholic-motor-chapels.html

How College Students Can Thrive During Christmas Break AGGIE CATHOLIC BLOG - December 12, 2016 ... academic/work commitments. Christmas break is usually a period when you have free time on your hands. It is ideal to read some good spiritual books that can inspire you and nourish your faith. You will find a great treasure in the lives of Saints, their writings, and in books about specific topics in which you are interested (e.g., spiritual discernment, virtues, faith and reason, Church history, apologetics, morality, etc.). If you don't know where to start, you can ask a staff member at St. ...http://www.aggiecatholicblog.org/2016/12/how-college-students-can-thrive-during-christmas-break/

POLAND - Meeting of Missionary Formation and Prayer Vigil at the Shrine of Jasna Gora CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 10, 2016 ... 400 people gathered on 3 and 4 December, for the feast of St. Francis Xavier, at the Sanctuary of Jasna Gora for the missionary study meeting and prayer vigil promoted as usual by the Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU) of Poland, according to information sent to Agenzia Fides by Mgr. Tomasz Atlas, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. This year's meeting wanted to celebrate the centenary of the PMU in a special way. His Exc. Mgr. Stanislaw Gadecki, President of ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/poland-meeting-of-missionary-formation.html

Anticipating Joy: 1st Week of Advent LIFE OF A CATHOLIC LIBRARIAN - November 30, 2016 ... little prompt for us to use in these posts. That's a yay! So I'm going to use those for this 4 week series. Let's get started with our first one! Paul tells us to put aside godless ways and live in God's light. What attitude or action should I reject this Advent? Don'cha love it?! I really like this little journal. There is also room to write down names to pray for that week, and there's a reflection to read. I live for this stuff. But back on track... For this prompt, I wrote ...http://www.lifeofacatholiclibrarian.com/2016/11/anticipating-joy-1st-week-of-advent.html