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In Memory of Father James Flanagan, SOLT - One Year Later FATHER JASON WORTHLEY - March 24, 2017 I remember it like it was yesterday. I was attending a really nice event of music and prayer with LIFT Ministries in March 2016. Many priests were hearing confessions. Fr. Matt Williams was leading the people in prayer. Jon Niven and his band were playing some really nice music, leading the young people in praising God. And then my cell phone rang. Actually, I had my phone with me because I was on-call for the local hospital. Otherwise I would not have had ...http://fatherworthley.blogspot.com/2017/03/i-remember-it-like-it-was-yesterday.html

St. Seraphina: Patron of the Poor and the Physically Challenged JEAN M. HEIMANN - March 13, 2017 Today's saint, St. Seraphina, also known as Fina, is a great inspiration for those who suffer from poverty and illness, especially young people. She is the patron of the disabled and those who are physically challenged. Seraphina was born to a poor family in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy in 1238. Her father died when she was very young and her widowed mother went to work, leaving her alone at home. She was an attractive girl with a ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/03/st-seraphina-patron-poor-physically-challenged/

Saint Frances of Rome, Wife, Mother & Benedictine Oblate BIG C CATHOLICS - March 8, 2017 ... these holy people have been almost exclusively those who were ordained or were vowed members of a religious community. Indeed, many were, but that doesn't mean that the path to sanctity lies only in this direction. One need only look at the life of St. Frances of Rome to see a powerful example of how Jesus can be "carried to the world" by anyone who follows His will in whatever life circumstances God has set before them. Frances was born into ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/03/saint-frances-of-rome-wife-mother.html

Una's Requiem Mass MARY AND JOSEPH'S GEM - March 7, 2017 As readers of this blog and parishioners will know Una KRoll died on 6th January 2017. In accordance with her wishes her funeral service took place at East Lancashire Crematorium on 3rd February. Again, in accordance with Una's wishes I offered a Requiem Mass for her on 10th February. This was attended by a small number of parishioners and a good number of her friends whom she had worked alongside over the years. Below is the homily I preached at the Requiem Mass Whenever I ...http://mariesgem.blogspot.com/2017/03/unas-requiem-mass.html

Thailand : Fr. Pelosin, a PIME Missionary Among Children and Abandoned Elderly of the Slums CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 3, 2017 ... his 71 years (March 1) was re-elected by the Thai missionary Society as superior for another 6 years. In his Easter Letter Father Pelosin said that "this year we have 17 member priests, two associated priests and 10 candidates in the Major Seminary. On March 6, I will go to Taiwan to agree with the bishop of Hunshu to open a new mission in the diocese. Also we will increase the mission in Laos and Cambodia. Here in the parish of Saint Mark in Pathumthani we opened two small centers amid the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/thailand-fr-pelosin-pime-missionary.html

Late Bishop's Little Black Book Provides Many With Lenten Inspiration CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 3, 2017 Every year, Catholics look for ways to observe the 40 days of Lent. Finding inspiration for prayer — one of the three Lenten faith traditions, along with fasting and almsgiving — is a top priority and one favorite source for many is the Little Black Book. Now in its 17th year of publication, the Little Black Book has its origins in the Diocese of Saginaw and was the idea of Saginaw's bishop, the late Bishop Kenneth E. Untener. A gifted homilist ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/late-bishops-little-black-book-provides.html

Saint Katharine Drexel, Missionary and Foundress BIG C CATHOLICS - March 2, 2017 ... States celebrate the optional memorial of Saint Katharine Drexel (1858–1955), the 20th century sister, missionary and educator who ministered to the marginalized in the United States, especially the Native American and African American communities. In 1891, she, and a small cadre of her fellow nuns established the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. The Order operated mission schools in the West and the South. Katharine Drexel was born in ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/03/saint-katharine-drexel-missionary-and.html

Mar 1 - Ash Wednesday FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - March 1, 2017 ... relaxing quietly within ourselves – being with our God – our Teacher – our Redeemer – our Friend – to see what we can see, to hear what we can hear – about how much God loves us, how much God wants to meet our every need, how much God wants to heal us, soothe us, and calm our every fear, how our sins can be forgiven, and how heaven can be our goal. Fasting : can be summed up as the activity of reflective giving space to God in our hearts ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2017/03/mar-1-ash-wednesday.html

The Story of Ash Wednesday DA MIHI ANIMAS - March 1, 2017 The following comes from The Catholic Exchange: Q: A Protestant friend asked me why Catholics use ashes on Ash Wednesday. What are the origins of Ash Wednesday and the use of ashes? The liturgical use of ashes originates in Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. For instance, in the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus (or Xerxes, 485-464BC) of Persia to kill all of the Jewish people ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-story-of-ash-wednesday.html

"We Come to Bid Our Farewell in This Earthly Life to Cardinal Desmond Connell" CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 25, 2017 ... this Chair or Cathedra which is the symbol of the teaching role of the bishop." Describing Cardinal Connell as an "untiring preacher", he noted that he had written over 20 pastoral letters, all focused on what is most central in the life of a Christian and the Christian community. Cardinal Connell, he said, was a man of prayer, that deep prayer which sought to understand the profundity of the mystery of God's love which is revealed in Jesus Christ. Addressing ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/we-come-to-bid-our-farewell-in-this.html

A Sample of Venerable Matt Talbot's Notes to Himself ┬áVENERABLE MATT TALBOT RESOURCE CENTER - February 24, 2017 ... when he was a drunk, and was known for his quiet strength. His example made him stand out to both his co-workers and friends. He even switched jobs when the morning mass was moved back. Rather than give up his time at mass, he switched his job. Clearly, his priorities were in order. Matt went from being a devoted alcoholic to a devoted Catholic. Instead of spending his time drinking, he spent his time with his divine Friend in the Blessed Sacrament and at mass wherever and ...http://venerablematttalbotresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-sample-of-venerable-matt-talbots.html

How Can I Change? DO NOT BE ANXIOUS - February 16, 2017 Each morning my opening prayer is one to St. Paul (see the sidebar). I admire St. Paul for all he did, and pray I can do some small measure of his great work. Paul worked very hard to follow the Lord, but in one way he had it much easier than the rest of us: when it came time for him to change, God threw him from his horse and blinded him ---- he HAD to notice that something was up, and that his life was about to change, whether he wanted it to or not. I've meditated on ...http://do-not-be-anxious.blogspot.com/2017/02/how-can-i-change.html

St. Claude De La Colombiere: Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus JEAN M. HEIMANN - February 15, 2017 The saint of the day for February 15 is St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Jesuit missionary, who was the brilliant and pious spiritual director of St. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. While he is best known for his association with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the devotion of the Sacred Heart, his life has its own drama. He was born near Lyons, France in 1641 to a very devout family and at the age of 17 entered the Society of Jesus at Avignon, where he made ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/02/st-claude-de-la-colombiere-apostle-sacred-heart-jesus/

My Own Meeting With Fr Joe, the Man Who Saved Tony Hendra's Soul NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT - January 24, 2017 ... spent an afternoon with Fr Joe, who was made famous after his death in 1998 by the book written about him by Tony Hendra. Hendra is a British comedy producer and actor known on both sides of the Atlantic for his work on, for example, the British program Spitting Image , the American program Saturday Night Live , and for the part that I knew him for, playing rock-band manager Ian Faith in one of my favorite movies of all time, This is Spinal Tap . With Quarr on my mind, I ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheNewLiturgicalMovement/~3/GRMsWRwwWe4/my-own-meeting-with-fr-joe-man-who.html

Sts. Fabian and Sebastian, Early Martyrs for the Faith BIG C CATHOLICS - January 19, 2017 ... He is credited with returning to Rome the bodies of Pope Pontian and antipope Hippolytus, both of whom died while exiled in Sardinian. In so doing, he ended the de facto schism between the congregations they represented. Fabian also directed attention on preserving the catacombs, where the earliest Christians were buried. His contemporary and friend St. Cyprian, wrote of his tireless zeal. Under Fabian, the Church flourished. However, this period of cordiality ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/01/sts-fabian-and-sebastian-early-martyrs.html

Homily the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 22, 2017, Year A BIG C CATHOLICS - January 17, 2017 ... by day." That means knowing him, loving him, following him, not wondering or worrying if others are knowing, loving or following in exactly the same way. Combining this with our opening quotation, let our prayer to the Lord this day be, "Wherever you go, I will go, ... day by day by day by day by ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/01/homily-3rd-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

To Save Life YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - January 17, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time It is even more obvious if another priest is raised up after the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become so, not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. For it is testified: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:15-17 "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2017/01/to-save-life.html

The Other Half of Your Soul DOMINE, DA MIHI HANC AQUAM! - January 15, 2017 ... leaped for joy in the presence of Jesus – who was still in Mary's womb. John spent most of his adult life wandering the wilderness as a prophet for the Christ, occasionally venturing into civilization to preach repentance and baptize sinners. We know from Luke's gospel that John was reluctant to baptize Jesus b/c John knew who Jesus was. However, tonight we read that the Baptist doesn't know him. . . until the Holy Spirit reveals who he ...http://hancaquam.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-other-half-of-your-soul.html

William Peter Blatty, Exorcist Author, Dead at 89. RIP CREATIVE MINORITY REPORT - January 13, 2017 If you have a moment, please say a prayer for author William Peter Blatty and his family. William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film The Exorcist as well as the director of two films, The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III, has died. He was 89. Exorcist director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: "William Peter Blatty, dear friend ...http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2017/01/william-peter-blatty-exorcist-author.html

Thoughts on Story of a Soul: Chapter III NARU HODO - January 12, 2017 ... Pauline's entrance into Carmel. The help and healing comes from the Blessed Virgin Mary when she has exhausted all of the love from her family, realizing that even though it never failed her, it is not enough and she needs divine help to satisfy her soul. And yet, she doesn't know how to handle that grace either. She wants to, or at least she does, share it with Marie and the Carmelites, (whether she really wanted to or not) but neither comprehend it exactly as she ...http://lift-up-your-hearts.blogspot.com/2017/01/thoughts-on-story-of-soul-chapter-iii.html

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