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What Is Joy? How Do We Obtain It? (Sunday Homily) BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES - December 14, 2014 ... rather than a text; this is my approximation of what I said, post hoc .) The words "joy" and "rejoice" are mentioned in almost all the prayers and readings of today's Mass. That's why it's called Gaudete Sunday, which is Latin for "rejoice." So the Church wants us to pay attention to this. So let's look at it. What is joy? First, let me explain what it is not. Joy does not equal happiness. Let me offer an example. I knew a couple in Piqua, there names (changed) were Bob and ...http://frmartinfox.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-is-joy-how-do-we-obtain-it-sunday.html

Saint of the Day: Lucy the Martyr DA MIHI ANIMAS - December 13, 2014 Today we remember St. Lucy the Martyr or Santa Lucia! Little is known about this 3rd century saint. She died a martyr on this day in 305 AD. She is the patroness of those with eye difficulties. The following comes from catholic.org site. Lucy's name means "light", with the same root as "lucid" which means "clear, radiant, understandable." Unfortunately for us, Lucy's history does not match her name. Shrouded in the darkness of time, all we really know for certain is that ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/12/saint-of-day-lucy-martyr.html

St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr ATONEMENTONLINE - December 12, 2014 Lucy's name has as its root the Latin word for light, lux . This makes her commemoration all the more meaningful during this time of Advent, as we increase each week the number of candles we light on the Advent wreath, reminding us that our lives are to be more and more illumined by the light of Christ. We can be certain that there was a young Christian girl named Lucy who lived at the end of the 3rd century and into the beginning of the 4th century, ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/12/st-lucy-virgin-and-martyr.html

The Feast of Pope St Damasus I NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT - December 11, 2014 Today is the feast of Pope St Damasus I, who elected in October of 366, at roughly the age of 60, and died on this day in 384. His family was of Spanish descent, but he himself was born in Rome, and served as deacon at the church of St Lawrence Outside-the-Walls. He was elected to the papacy in the midst of controversy, since a small group of the clergy supported another candidate, Ursicinus; the followers of this schism seized control of the Liberian ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheNewLiturgicalMovement/~3/RN2qif0cktY/the-feast-of-pope-st-damasus-i-366-384.html

Feast of the Immaculate Conception FREEDOM THROUGH TRUTH - December 8, 2014 The Office of Readings for this wonderful Feast has this writing. SECOND READING From a sermon by Saint Anselm, bishop (Oratio 52: PL 158, 955-956) Virgin Mary, all nature is blessed by you Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night—everything that is subject to the power or use of man—rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it ...http://freethroughtruth.blogspot.com/2014/12/feast-of-immaculate-conception.html

You Better Watch Out—St. Nicholas Is Coming to Town INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - December 6, 2014 ... the North Pole once a year to relive the glory days. Then there is the wiry bishop who pulled Arius' beard and punched him in the face for teaching heresy. Maybe they're all the same guy. A 1,700-year-old hero can't be expected to fit into just one old Santa suit. Our images of St. Nicholas seem to evolve or deteriorate based on the values of contemporary culture in different times and places. In 1809, Washington Irving wrote Knickerbocker's History of New York, a work of ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/12/you-better-watch-outst-nicholas-is-coming-to-town.html

St Francis Xavier, a Fiery Apostle DA MIHI ANIMAS - December 3, 2014 ... Paul were: Go set all on fire! He embarked for India, then to Japan and died on the shore overlooking China. His missionary work was completed in only 11 years and he died of exhaustion at 46 years of age. Like Francis Xavier all followers of Christ are called to be prophets, evangelizers, and missionaries. Both Blessed Pope John Paul II and the present Pope Benedict XVI insist on followers of Christ encountering Christ as Friend and Lord and then sharing ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/12/st-francis-xavier-fiery-apostle.html

About St. Jerome BLOG BY-THE-SEA - December 2, 2014 ... Christian girls were able to learn, they began to learn the Bible and to memorize the entire book of Psalms. Another of the women, Paula, was a fine Greek scholar, who with her daughters learned Hebrew so that they could sing the Psalms in the original language. Pope Damasus had Jerome prepare an improved Latin translation of the Gospels, but there were many people who disliked the changes he made to the well known Old Latin text. After the death of Pope ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blog-by-the-sea/~3/uVavS1WbXRE/about_st_jerome.html

A Mom's Advent Meditations: St. Andrew ARE WE THERE YET? - December 2, 2014 ... 5,000 hungry followers in the desert. After the death and resurrection of Christ, having received the grace of Pentecost, Andrew traveled, preaching and converting thousands through Scythia and Greece, then, after many years, won the martyr's crown in 60 A.D., following his Master to the cross in Achaia. His death by crucifixion (on an "X" shaped cross) was of the more common sort, though -- long and agonizing, not shortened by the Sabbath. Brave and faithful to the end, St. Andrew lingered ...http://arewethereyet-davisfarmmom.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-moms-advent-meditations-st-andrew.html

Come, Lord Jesus CATHOLIC AMERICAN EYES IN KOREA - November 29, 2014 ... her prayer book and often pray for the dead. She cried much but she also had the hope of the resurrection, and the belief that she would meet them again which was a great consolation. She believed in the communion of saints which words she often saw in her prayers which gave her great strength. Death for a Christian, sad as it is, also brings hope to the person who is bereaving. Elisabeth Kubler Ross (1926-2004) a psychiatrist, was the one who ...http://catholicamericaneyesinkorea.blogspot.com/2014/11/come-lord-jesus.html

A Letter From St. Paul COFFEE AND CANTICLES - November 24, 2014 ... martyrdom. But did he have even an inkling that it would be treasured, read and re-read by generations and right up to the present day? Did he have any idea that his words from prison would have a more lasting impact on the Church than any of his oral preaching? Short of a secret revelation from on high, probably not. But what a letter! Full of praise for the mercy of God, Paul reassured his readers that God was his strength and solace in captivity. He spoke of how ardently he longed to be ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoffeeAndCanticles-TheDivineOfficeInYourLife/~3/Aojk-SdwGLY/a-letter-from-st-paul.html

Everyday Prayers – Act of Faith THE CATHOLIC SCHOLAR - November 23, 2014 ... believe these and all the truths the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen. 1. O my God – With these three little words, we are claiming God as our own. We are saying that we have a personal relationship with Him. We are not, of course, asserting that we can control God or that we somehow possess Him. Quite the opposite is true. When we claim God, we submit to His will and His loving control of our ...http://thecatholicscholar.blogspot.com/2014/11/everyday-prayers-act-of-faith.html

Thirty-Fourth Monday in Ordinary Time LIVING SCRIPTURE - November 23, 2014 From the Word of the Day "These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed as the first fruits of the human race for God and the Lamb. On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished." ( Revelation 14: 4-5) How should we live this Word This passage from the Book of Revelations attempts to express something ineffable and therefore difficult for us to perceive. According to the symbolism of the Old ...http://livingscripture.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/thirty-fourth-monday-in-ordinary-time/

LOL Over My LOH Story THE ONE TRUE FAITH - November 21, 2014 No, LOH is not an internet acronym. It's not Net Lingo. It used as the abbreviation for Liturgy of the Hours. What's that? It's a book of prayers to be prayed at certain hours of the day. Before the ecumenical council of Vatican II, it was only read by priests. Nowadays, anybody can pray it. Next to the Mass, it is the most effective prayer the church has. So much so, it is also called the Divine Office. Just think, if you pray the readings at the ...http://theonetruefaith-faith.blogspot.com/2014/11/lol-over-my-loh-story.html

St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr ATONEMENTONLINE - November 21, 2014 St. Cecilia is one of several martyrs in the early Church who were young girls, and very serious about their faith. Cecilia was of noble birth. At an early age, she dedicated her life to God with a vow that she wouldn't marry, but would give herself completely to Christ. However, her family wanted her to marry, and she was engaged to a young nobleman named Valerian. On her wedding day, she prayed to the Lord and asked Him to help Valerian to understand that she couldn't ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/11/st-cecilia-virgin-and-martyr.html

The Loss of a Friend... CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC CORNER - November 20, 2014 ... died on this exact date back in 1998 due to brain cancer. An already hard date for his family and friends just got that much harder. "Neighbors in Meriden watched in horror late Wednesday night as a house went up in flames with a man inside. Witnesses said they ran to help, but they couldn't get to 40-year-old Kevin Appell, who was trapped on the second floor of the home, in time to save his life." Read more: ...http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-loss-of-friend.html

DPPL 130: Reading of the Lord's Passion CATHOLIC SENSIBILITY - November 18, 2014 ... encountered: During Lent, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays, love for our Crucified Savior should move the Christian community to read the account of the Lord's Passion. Such reading, which is doctrinally significant, attracts the attention of the faithful because of its content and because of its narrative form, and inspires true devotion: repentance for sins, since the faithful see that Christ died for the sins of the entire human race, including their own; compassion and ...http://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/dppl-130-reading-of-the-lords-passion/

Please Pray for the Dead LORD, MAKE ME A SAINT - November 18, 2014 ... wanted to go to my uncle's funeral. On the way there, I had this pain in my heart, upon the realization of not seeing Jesus that day. This pain is yearning. It brought me to tears. I think that is a very small example of what Purgatory will be like. It's a love. The Love we have for our Father in Heaven. The love and desire to be perfect for Him. St Faustina Kowalska relates in her diary, her mystical experience of the complete moral self-insight that one day will be revealed to every man at ...http://makemeasaint.blogspot.com/2014/11/please-pray-for-dead.html

Some Sad News in My Dance World... LIFE OF A CATHOLIC LIBRARIAN - November 18, 2014 ... coverups* just this past spring! At 90, she remained alert and able to take care of herself and others. She died at home, with her daughters caring for her. To me, that is the way to go, yes? This is so hard on Claire, who was extremely close to her mom. I'm feeling very upset for her. I remember Claire telling us once that her mom would tease her that she thought she'd do something different with her life than be a belly dancer, like study law: "And I told ...http://lifeofacatholiclibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/11/some-sad-news-in-my-dance-world.html

Purgatory, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A FATHER DYLAN'S SERMONS - November 15, 2014 ... sense of part of what is INVOLVED in love for them, namely, praying for people who have died. One of the 'seven spiritual works of mercy' is to pray for the dead. So, let me point out the three things that the dead need our prays for. First, they need our prayers for MERCY in the JUDGEMENT. When I die I will stand before the judgement seat of God. It will be decided whether I will be sent to Hell or Heaven. Part of problem today is that we ...http://fatherdylanjames.blogspot.com/2014/11/purgatory-33rd-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

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