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The Transfiguration of St Seraphim Compared With the Mystical Experience of St Francis of Assisi on Mount MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - August 2, 2014 ... Christ's passion on his body. The stigmatisation of Francis is not an exceptional phenomenon among ascetics of the Roman Catholic world. Stigmatisation appears to be characteristic of Roman Catholic mysticism in general, both before it happened to Francis, as well as after. Peter Damian, as an example, tells of a monk who bore the representation of the Cross on his body. Caesar of Geisterbach mentions a novice whose forehead bore the impress of a Cross.  Also, a great deal of data exists, ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-transfiguration-of-st-seraphim_1.html
3rd Sunday of Lent - Year A SUNDAY HOMILIES AND REFLECTIONS FROM AUSTRALIA - July 20, 2014 ... meaning. I spoke recently about how it seems there are no longer any bad people who die. Everyone who dies was one of the best people who ever lived. They were happy, fun-loving, sociable, popular and, invariably, would give you 'the shirt off their back' and what's more, they would now be 'up there' – 'at peace' – drinking beer with their dead relatives or catching huge fish in their new fishing boat. The prisoners were smiling and nodding in ...http://homiliesfromaustralia.blogspot.com/2014/03/3rd-sunday-of-lent-year-a.html
St. Osanna Andreassi CATHOLIC FIRE - June 18, 2014 ... at all. Her reputation for sanctity spread because of her works of charity and her constant prayer, which sometimes caused her to fall into ecstasy at Mass. Consequently, people begin to visit her for spiritual counsel and report that she sometimes proved a true prophet about their affairs. Osanna assisted the poor and the sick, served as spiritual director to many, and spent much of her family's considerable fortune to help the unfortunate. Osanna died in 1505 and was ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/06/st-osanna-andreassi.html
The Active Choice ASK SISTER MARY MARTHA - June 5, 2014 ... taken on our burden. I suggest that if you want an active way to honor the wound on Jesus' shoulder, you take up the burden of someone else. For example, once in a while, for reasons unbeknownst to me (but probably because we haven't gotten around to it), our neighbor sweeps our driveway. I love that. Wouldn't you? Who wouldn't? I do think you should re-think the idea that other horrible things people can say are preferable to taking the Lord's name in vain. We don't have to ...http://asksistermarymartha.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-active-choice.html
Pope Francis and St. Francis DA MIHI ANIMAS - May 30, 2014 ... with a woman of that town. The saint was brought to the town and placed before the priest in front of everyone. They thought that the saint would upbraid the fallen priest. St. Francis instead fell to his knees, took the priest's hands into his own stigmatized hands, kissed them and said, "All I know and all I want to know is that these hands give me Jesus." It was said that the priest was converted. You may wish that the Pope would do something different, besides imitating a saint. You may ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/05/pope-francis-and-st-francis.html
Are We Ready? It's My Birthday ... The Third Most Important Day of the Year! HAPPY CATHOLIC* - May 25, 2014 I say this every year, but that's just because it is always true. First is Easter, then is Christmas, then is ... my birthday! Some people ignore their birthdays or don't want much fuss made. Not me. Everyone in the household knows it too. (To be fair, they all regard their birthdays to be the third most important day of the year.) You notice that only Jesus trumps this day for me ... so then imagine the place He holds to overcome a lifetime of "most important day of the ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2014/05/are-we-ready-its-my-birthday-third-most.html