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St. Alphonsus Rodriguez: Husband, Father, Widower, Priest, Doorkeeper CATHOLIC FIRE - October 30, 2014 ... Spain, on July 12, 1531. From childhood he was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He loved her as his mother. This childlike devotion to her was the main reason for his sanctity. When he was a teenager, Alphonsus and his older brother were sent to study in a Jesuit college. On the death of his father in 1545, he was called home from his studies, by his mother, who was burdened with the care of eleven young children. Though only a boy of ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/10/st-alphonsus-rodriguez-husband-father.html

Sister Mary Blanche Smith, Osb SEEKING GOD - A BENEDICTINE BLOG - October 30, 2014 ... Mother Edith Amort. She joined the Benedictine Sisters on February 8, 1932, and made profession on August 16, 1934, taking the name, Sister Mary Blanche. That fall, she began a long and fruitful teaching career in St. Mary School in Albany. She later taught in Mt. Angel Academy, St. John School in Oregon City, St. Luke School in Woodburn, Sacred Heart in Portland and St. Edward in Lebanon, serving as principal in several cases. She was remembered and respected as a strict ...http://qambenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/10/sister-mary-blanche-smith-osb.html

Sunday Snippets -- A Catholic Carnival THE ONE TRUE FAITH - October 26, 2014 ... required to do it. I love the rosary, even though I still push myself to do it. That being said up front, I have tried all methods of praying the rosary. I am constantly trying to find a way to keep the prayer a conscious connection to God. A new way will be good until it's not new anymore. But I'll give you some examples of rosary methods. CD's -- There are a plethora of people praying the rosary. This is good when you are driving alone. I even have one of John Paul II ...http://theonetruefaith-faith.blogspot.com/2014/10/sunday-snippets-catholic-carnival_26.html

The Clothing of a Novice VULTUS CHRISTI - October 25, 2014 ... God, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee » (Confessions, Book I, Chapter 1)? You, dear André, did not give up the search. It led you, as the poet says, « down the nights and down the days, down the arches of the years, down the labyrinthine ways ». It led you over mountains, through forests, and over plains. It led you through deserts and across oceans. It led you from South Africa all the way to Ireland. You did not abandon the search, even when you had ...http://vultus.stblogs.org/index.php/2014/10/the-clothing-of-a-novice/

Pray for Families (Life Is for Living) SIMPLY INSPIRED PRAYER - October 24, 2014 Greetings Prayer Warriors, Each one of us is a masterpiece, created by the great Master. You are royalty, princes and princesses, sons and daughters of our heavenly King. You were born with inherent dignity. You are sacred. You are His. You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. Psalm 139:13-14 October is Respect Life Month. Every person was ...http://simplyinspiredprayer.blogspot.com/2014/10/pray-for-families-life-is-for-living.html

Navarre Bible Commentary:Thursday, 29th Week in Ordinary JOE CATHOLIC - October 23, 2014 ... daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." Catholic Exegesis: The Second Vatican Council teaches that if we are to derive the true meaning from the sacred texts, attention must be devoted "not only to their content but to the unity of the whole of Scripture, the living tradition of the entire Church, and the analogy of faith. […] Everything to do with the interpretation of Scripture is ultimately subject to the judgment of the Church, which exercises the divinely ...http://www.thejoecatholic.org/2014/10/navarre-bible-commentary-thursday-29th.html

The Communion of the Saints BREAD FROM HEAVEN - October 20, 2014 ... God's power through the prayers of the Saint. The Saint prays but God acts. We do not believe the Saints are closer to God than Jesus but closer than many(most) of us still here in this life. We do not worship the Queen of Heaven. That would be idolatry and heretical. We merely honor her as the Mother of Our LORD and the Queen Mother of ...http://bfhu.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/the-communion-of-the-saints/

Who Was St. Paul of the Cross? CATHOLIC FIRE - October 20, 2014 ... received his early education from a priest and was a very virtuous and pious youth, who spent much time in prayer, attended daily Mass, and visited the Blessed Sacrament, without neglecting his duties. He had a great love and devotion for Christ Crucified. As a young man, Paul enlisted in the Army, desiring to serve Christ in the Crusades; however, he abandoned soldiering to spend his life in solitary prayer. At the age of 19, Paul had a vivid experience of ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/10/who-was-st-paul-of-cross.html

October: The Holy Rosary and Life FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK - October 19, 2014 ... baby, who is about to be aborted, will try to get away from the instruments that will pull him or her apart. It's hard to believe that a society, which can have so much compassion on sick and troubled people, does not extend the same compassion on the most defenseless. Perhaps more education is needed. Certainly, more prayer is needed for the unborn and for their mothers who are in need of help. It was through the Rosary that Europe was saved from the invading Ottoman Turks in ...http://stmichaelpastorsdesk.blogspot.com/2014/10/october-holy-rosary-and-life.html

Audiens, Orans, Pariens, Offerens VULTUS CHRISTI - October 19, 2014 ... acquire the fulness of resonance intended by the Holy Ghost who inspired it at its inception , and who inspires the Church in its reception . In a certain number of points, Marialis Cultus bears the imprint of the heady times and shifting context in which it was written. The section of the document to which I have, nevertheless, returned again and again is the following: articles 17—20. Pope Paul VI presents Our Lady as the perfect and spotless icon of the Church: audiens , orans , ...http://vultus.stblogs.org/index.php/2014/10/audiens-orans-pariens-offerens/

George Weigel on Why Adults Become Catholics DA MIHI ANIMAS - October 19, 2014 ... today at Our Savior's Church on Park Avenue in New York, where convert author, wit, raconteur and amateur pugilist George William Rutler presides as pastor. In early American Catholicism, the fifth archbishop of Baltimore (and de facto primate of the United States), Samuel Eccleston, was a convert from Anglicanism, as was the first native-born American saint and the precursor of the Catholic school system, Elizabeth Anne Seton. Mother Seton's portrait in the offices of the ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/10/george-weigel-on-why-adults-become.html

He Is the LORD and There Is No Other DOMINE, DA MIHI HANC AQUAM! - October 19, 2014 ... to find the truth but to expose a hated enemy as worthy of one's hatred. Jesus calls this attempt malicious and hypocritical. Malicious because their intent is evil and hypocritical because they know that they are not asking a real question but setting a trap. Their insincerity is poisonous. But only to themselves. Who do the Pharisees need Jesus to be? Or perhaps the best question: who do they hope he turns out to be? Given their institutional investments in riches and political commitments ...http://hancaquam.blogspot.com/2014/10/he-is-lord-and-there-is-no-other.html

Homily: Belonging to God BUKAS PALAD - October 19, 2014 ... and events to cherish life. If we had paused to examine the contents of our wallets and handbags, we might have asked, "How am I using these things they contain?" But these contents can also invite us to reflect more deeply on another question my friend, Josh, jokingly phrases this way, "Who belongs to these things?" "Who belongs to these things?" or "To whom do these belong to?" is the hidden question in the trick question the Pharisees ask Jesus in today's gospel story. They aim to trap ...http://bukas-palad.blogspot.com/2014/10/homily-belonging-to-god.html

The Sacrament of the Sick CATHOLIC AMERICAN EYES IN KOREA - October 18, 2014 ... phone. He thought it was to notify him of the death and asked: "Did she die peacefully?" The unexpected answer: "Grandmother regained consciousness and is now eating. He was ready to laugh at the ludicrousness of the situation. He had prayed in all earnestness for her to die peacefully and... Even after he left the parish he heard that she lived many more years. The ways of God are not our ...http://catholicamericaneyesinkorea.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sacrament-of-sick.html

Sad News at NLM; Prayer Request SAINT LOUIS CATHOLIC - October 17, 2014 http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2014/10/sad-news-at-nlm-prayer-request.html

St. Hedwig of Silesia A CATHOLIC LIFE - October 16, 2014 ... of Silesia and Poland in 1186 at age 12. She became the mother of seven children including Saint Gertrude of Trebnitz. St. Hedwig is the aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. All in all, the life of St. Hedwig illustrates that holiness within the family is contagious and can help make our loved ones saints. Of Hedwig's children, only Gertrude survived her. St. Hedwig oversaw a number of ministries including caring for the sick both personally and by founding hospitals. Upon her ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/GTsLAH7eFOw/st-hedwig-of-silesia.html

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: Witness to the World of God's Passionate Love for Us CATHOLIC FIRE - October 16, 2014 ... to lighten the cross my mother was suffering." Margaret Mary developed a painful rheumatic condition at 12 and was bedridden until she was 15. After considering marriage for a period of time, she decided to dedicate her life to God. She entered the Order of Visitation nuns at the age of 24. The other sisters viewed her as naive, frail, and awkward, but she was humble and patient and was charitable toward everyone. She was regarded as a simple and ordinary member of the ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/10/st-margaret-mary-alacoque-witness-to.html

Family Context for the Boomer CONTEMPLATIVE HORIZON - October 16, 2014 ... there will be a brief prayer service at which Fr. Richard Smith, pastor of St. Joachim and St. John's Parish in Beacon will preside. Immediately following we will proceed to St. John's Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379) in Queens. Uncle Joe will be buried in the grave of his mother who died in 1932 at the age of 29 just three months after his birth. There is something very touching in this reunion of the two of them. My Uncle and all ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/eqyj/~3/EmaGYS_Whlw/family-context-for-boomer.html

Newspaper Column, Our Resurrection From Suffering to Hope, Part 3 PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - October 15, 2014 Last week, I mentioned prayer as a way to find hope. I want to add one thing: don't manipulate God in your prayers. Adopt the attitude of Jesus in the Garden prior to His arrest. It really doesn't matter what you pray, just pray. Don't make prayer a formula to get God to give you something. He will give you what you need. The primary function of prayer is relationship, so don't just ask for things, be present to the Presence, so to speak. ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2014/10/newspaper-column-our-resurrection-from_15.html

Saint of the Day: Teresa of Avila DA MIHI ANIMAS - October 15, 2014 Today is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila! Her spirituality and witness continues to help for the prayer life of millions! Here is one of my favorite prayers of St. Teresa: Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things pass away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing; God alone suffices. The following comes from the Irish Carmelites : Teresa was born in Avila in Spain in 1515. She entered the Carmelites and ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/10/saint-of-day-teresa-of-avila.html

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