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Catholic Ireland's Collapse Shows Dire Need for Deep Formation in Our Battle to Restore Culture (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 6, 2016 ... life of the Church, the latter, a slow death. We clergy and leaders of the Church must be about souls. We must preach the love and mercy of Our Lord. This Love isn't merely the love of a buddy: it is the love of a Man who died for our sins in the most brutal manner. He was relevant—and is relevant—precisely because He could not care less about being relevant. His love was sacrificial and complete. It is THIS love, THIS Person, that is our model. God gives us so many models of this ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/catholic-irelands-collapse-shows-dire.html
St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church CATHOLIC FIRE - September 13, 2016 ... when we must put aside our wrath, quench our envy, soften our anger, offer our prayers, and show a disposition which is reasonable, mild, kindly, and loving, how could poverty stand in our way? For we accomplish these things not by spending money but by making the correct choice. Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all." ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/09/st-john-chrysostom-doctor-of-church.html
St. Raymond Nonnatus, Patron of Expectant Mothers, Midwives, and Newborn Babies CATHOLIC FIRE - August 31, 2016 The saint of the day for August 31 is St. Raymond Nonnatus. He is the patron of expectant mothers, midwives, obstetricians, infertile couples, and newborn babies. Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain in 1204, the son of wealthy parents. He was delivered by cesarean section when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). In his childhood, he seemed to find pleasure only in his devotions and serious duties. His father, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-raymond-nonnatus-patron-of-expectant.html
The Spirituality and Miracles of St. Clare of Assisi CATHOLIC FIRE - August 11, 2016 ... great beauty. When she heard Francis of Assisi preach his Lenten homilies at the Church of San Giorgio, she was captivated by his words. At age eighteen, she heard him say: "When there is poverty with joy, there is inner peace." She became deeply determined to live out the gospel message in a radical way. On the evening of Palm Sunday, she secretly left her paternal home with her cousin Pacifica, never to return. In the dead of night lit only by torches, Clare met Francis and his friars at the ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-spirituality-and-miracles-of-st.html
St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr CATHOLIC FIRE - August 10, 2016 ... Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. Lawrence was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little. St. Lawrence said: "I offer myself as a sacrifice to God for an odor of sweetness." Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. "Turn me over. "I'm done on this side!" And just prior to his death, he said, "It's cooked enough now." Then ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-lawrence-deacon-and-martyr.html