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Matt Talbot: An Example for Finishing Your Life Well ┬áVENERABLE MATT TALBOT RESOURCE CENTER - April 19, 2015 ... 65 this month and a lovely question has come to me: "How do I want to finish this life?" We all may have had some bad starts along the way but the Christian Gospel says we can make a great finish. While praying about this for a few months I met a friend along the way. A lovely little saint named Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925). He was an Irish man and a chronic alcoholic who found sobriety for 41 years through devotion to the Eucharist, ...http://venerablematttalbotresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2015/04/matt-talbot-example-for-finishing-your.html

Blessed César De Bus: Patron of Catechists CATHOLIC FIRE - April 15, 2015 ... César returned to his pious lifestyle, and, at the age of 38, was ordained to the priesthood. Following his ordination, he began teaching the faith to those who would receive the Gospel message from no one else: those living in deplorable conditions, those living in rural, poorly populated places, and those marginalized by society. Working with his cousin, César further focused on the catechesis of the family, teaching both parents and children together. His ultimate ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/04/blessed-cesar-de-bus-patron-of.html

Divine Mercy Is at Work FREEDOM THROUGH TRUTH - April 15, 2015 I read this morning with sadness the analysis of the denial of Father Gordon's habeas corpus writ at These Stone Walls . It seems another door has closed, or has it? This effort to free Father Gordon MacRae from the false imprisonment he has endured for over 20 years has been undertaken by a professional legal team experienced in righting wrongs and has been supported by the prayers and financial ...http://freethroughtruth.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-read-this-morning-with-sadness.html

Live Out Divine Mercy DA MIHI ANIMAS - April 12, 2015 ... become familiar with Saint Faustina and the Diary of Mercy. Following will be a brief summary of the major tenets of this doctrine. 1. God is Rich in Mercy . God's greatest attribute/virtue is His mercy. No matter how grave and numerous our sins, God is always ready and willing to forgive us if we simply say: "Jesus I am sorry and forgive me!" In a heartbeat Jesus is ready to forgive even the worst of sinners. St. Paul reminds us with these words: "Where sin abounds the mercy of God abounds ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/04/live-out-divine-mercy.html

Saint Michael De Sanctis: Patron of Cancer Patients CATHOLIC FIRE - April 10, 2015 ... an apprentice with a local merchant. During this apprenticeship, he continued his fervent devotion to the Lord, especially to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the age of 12, he joined the Trinitarian Friars at Barcelona, taking his vows at St. Lambert's monastery in Saragosa four years later. Shortly afterwards, Michael expressed a desire to join the reformed group of Trinitarians and was given permission to do so. He went to the Novitiate at Madrid and, after studies at Seville and Salamanca, he ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/04/saint-michael-de-sanctis-patron-of.html

St. Julie Billart: Woman of Serenity CATHOLIC FIRE - April 8, 2015 ... hiding place for loyal priests, which forced her to flee and hide from danger. Throughout her suffering and trials, she steadfastly trusted in God's goodness. Her motto was: "Oh, how good God is!" At the age of 53, Julie and her very good friend, Françoise Blin de Bourdon, along with two other women, made their vows as Sisters of Notre Dame in Amiens, France. The new order was dedicated to the education of the poor as well as young Christian girls and the training of ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/04/st-julie-billart-woman-of-serenity.html

God Loves You UNAM SANCTAM CATHOLICAM - April 5, 2015 ... deviate from my usual routine here, in that this post is not directed at my usual readership. Rather, this article is for those of who have stumbled upon this blog accidentally: you who are sitting around this Easter with anxious hearts wondering whether you should become a Christian - or, if you already are a Christian, why you should hang on to your tottering faith. Yes, tottering faith. There are many obstacles to faith in today's world. Modern reductive ...http://unamsanctamcatholicam.blogspot.com/2015/04/god-loves-you.html

Palm Sunday - The Passion of the Lord ABBEY ROADS - March 29, 2015 Everybody dies... I just learned of the death of a priest friend. I lost touch with him. We met in Assisi and he was my confessor while I was there. He arranged for me to make a hermit retreat in the newly restored apartments of St. Joseph Cupertino at the Sacro Convento. I feel ashamed, because I didn't keep in touch, save for a card here and there. The last time I looked him up he was fine. I Googled him Saturday evening and discovered he had died suddenly ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2015/03/palm-sunday-passion-of-lord.html

Obedient to Death YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - March 28, 2015 ... the Father that the sending of the Son is such an emphatic statement of. It is one thing to realize that the glory of Christ is from his passion and another to rejoice in the sufferings of Christ that are for me. Palm Sunday is the beginning of the process to appreciate the tree of glory that flowers in the Resurrection of Christ. It is possible to look at a stranger dying and not feel anything. The death of a good friend or a sibling is another story. The depth of the ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2015/03/obedient-to-death.html

A Special Mass for a Miracle of St Philip Neri NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT - March 17, 2015 Among the many miracles worked by St Philip Neri in his lifetime was the raising to life of Paolo Massimo, the 14-year old son of his friend Prince Fabrizio Massimo, on March 16, 1583. St Philip had tended the boy spiritually during his long illness, and was sent for when it became clear that he was about to die. He was then living fairly close by at the church of San Giorolamo della Carità, but he was celebrating Mass when the messenger arrived, and the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheNewLiturgicalMovement/~3/-DKMrse818c/a-special-mass-for-miracle-of-st-philip.html

St. Serpahina: Patron of the Physically Challenged CATHOLIC FIRE - March 12, 2015 Today's saint 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 cheerful, congenial nature and a deep ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/03/st-serpahina-patron-of-physically.html

We Want It All. EST QUOD EST - March 9, 2015 [The following apologia/meditation comes from our friend, Diane, and could have the title " Why I am not leaving the Catholic Church. " It echoes my mind precisely and I couldn't have put it better myself. Thanks, Diane.] Jesus, I Want It All! by Diane Years and years ago, I worked at an ad agency in downtown Winston-Salem. Every Advent, one of my colleagues there used to don a sparkly red graphic sweatshirt with the message: "Santa, I want it all!" I hereby claim a ...http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2015/03/we-want-it-all.html

In Thanksgiving for Cardinal Egan HANDING ON THE FAITH - March 7, 2015 ... you remember him when he first came as Bishop Egan to the Archdiocese of New York in 1985 and served as Cardinal John O'Connor's Vicar for Education. From day one, he worked collaboratively with all of us in the Catechetical Office. It was during these years that several of us — Sr. Anne Connelly, Sr. Mary Ann Daly, Francis DeFrange, Kathleen Harrington, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Kelleher, Sr. Teresita Morse, Sr. Eileen Reilly, Sr. Kevin John Shields, myself and representatives from the Office ...http://blog.archny.org/faith/?p=956

Jesus, I Trust in You --- How Much? DO NOT BE ANXIOUS - March 3, 2015 I often pray that short Divine Mercy prayer: Jesus I trust in You. A picture of Jesus with that saying is on my kitchen wall, and a plaque hangs in the upstairs hallway. Of late though, I've had to question my sincerity in saying those words. I've written here the example of the man who constantly begs for some trifling amount of money. The constancy of his begging is irritating. I wish he would "straighten out his life," but know that isn't going to ...http://do-not-be-anxious.blogspot.com/2015/03/jesus-i-trust-in-you-how-much.html

St. Katharine Drexel ATONEMENTONLINE - March 2, 2015 ... easily have married. But after much discussion with Bishop O'Connor, she wrote in 1889, "The feast of Saint Joseph brought me the grace to give the remainder of my life to the Indians and the Colored." Newspaper headlines screamed "Heiress gives Up Her Millions!" After three and a half years of training, she and her first band of nuns (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) opened a boarding school in Santa Fe. A string of foundations followed. By 1942 she had a system of African American Catholic ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2015/03/st-katharine-drexel.html

So, How YOU Doin' ? A MOM FOR LIFE-THE UNCONVENTIONAL FAMILY - February 26, 2015 ... Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer, by Father Jonathan Morris. You may have seen him on EWTN or Fox News. In the book, he takes apart the Serenity Prayer; you know: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This prayer is most associated with twelve-step programs. If you are a reader here much, you may remember I attend Nar Anon. So, I am ...http://amomforlife-theunconventionalfamily.blogspot.com/2015/02/so-how-you-doin.html

St. Paula Montal Fornés: A Saint to Emulate This Lent CATHOLIC FIRE - February 26, 2015 ... died. To help support the family, Paula went to work as a seamstress and lace-maker and helped her mother raise her younger sisters. She also taught catechism in her parish and, in doing so, discovered her gift for teaching. Denied an education herself, Paula promised God that she would devote her life to the Christian education of girls and young women. Paula believed that women needed an education to prepare them for life. Women in society at that time were treated as ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/02/st-paula-montal-fornes-saint-to-emulate.html

St. Conrad of Piacenza, Holy Hermit and Healer CATHOLIC FIRE - February 19, 2015 ... was suffering from the pain of a hernia he had developed. Seeing the pain he was in, Conrad was moved to pity and prayed for him. Stessa was immediately cured of the hernia. He also prayed for a local tailor, who suffered severely from several hernias and the man was instantly cured. The miracle for which Conrad is best known is the "Miracle of the Bread". This occured during the great famine in Sicily (1348-49). During that catastrophe, anyone who came to St. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/02/st-conrad-of-piacenza-holy-hermit-and.html

Our Identity As People of the Cross SENSE OF THE SACRED - February 18, 2015 ... JOSEPH! Last Sunday, the ISIS released a new video this time showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian men who were all Coptic Christians. In the video, these Egyptians were called "people of the Cross." In fact, as the camera took a close up shot of each of the men, some of them were seen with their lips moving in prayer to the Lord Jesus. These 21 men were definitely victorious martyrs of the Faith because they all died for being Christians. A ...http://senseofthesacred.blogspot.com/2015/02/our-identity-as-people-of-cross.html

People From the Peripheries FR RAY BLAKE'S BLOG - February 18, 2015 ... that we had reached a position in our diocese where one of our parishes, Rye, was without a priest. The Conventual Franciscan Friars who have been looking after it for almost a century have no one spare, and neither does the diocese. One of the problems is Rye is on a limb, it is on the furthest border of the diocese, beyond it is Romney Marsh. The church, St Anthony's, is a little gem but quite tiny. Say a prayer for its people In the past its parishioners ...http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/2015/02/people-from-peripheries.html

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