What is the Solution to our Stressful and Anxious Lives? Go to the Center. | Archdiocese of Washington

In yesterday’s Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, the Lord described a kind of self-destructive cycle that assails us and then proposed a solution. In this post there is an attempt to focus in a bit more on the solution proposed by the Lord.

But to review the problem, the self destructive cycle recall this text from yesterday’s Gospel:

Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. (Luke 21:34-35)

To describe the cycle of the problem in more modern terms:

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How ignoring two little words has devastated evangelization. | Archdiocese of Washington

Just two little words in a carefully written text of the Second Vatican Council carry tremendous significance in terms of the emphasis that text was meant to convey. Two little words, so easily overlooked, add urgency to the task for evangelization, and usher in a reminder of why the task of the Church in announcing Jesus Christ is so critical.

What are these words? Simply these:

“But often….”

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Is He your King? Really? A Meditation on the Gospel of Christ the King

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On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is, in fact our King. It is one thing to say that he is our King because the song in Church we sang said that, or the preacher said that, or the Bible says that. Yes, faith does come by hearing. But there also comes a moment when WE must say that Jesus is our King. When we must personally affirm what the Church has always announced: “Jesus is Lord, and he is King, he is my king. He has authority in my life.”And this must become more than lip service. It must become a daily, increasing reality in our life.

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The “Spirit of the Council” nightmare that never ends: Teilhard de Chardin is what passes for “New Evangelization” in top Roman university

The “Spirit of the Council” nightmare that never ends: Teilhard de Chardin is what passes for “New Evangelization” in top Roman university

#Please see additional note at the bottom of this article#

Certain events are by themselves highly symbolic… The “cosmic nightmare” of one of the most bizarre pseudo-theologians of the 20th century, and its most dated religious thinker, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was celebrated with a major conference, on November 9-10, in the Society of Jesus’s own Pontifical Gregorian University, dedicated to finding a role for him and his ideas in the “new evangelization”.

Italian journalist and commentator Francesco Agnoli could not believe his eyes either, and so he wrote the following in opinion daily Il Foglio on November 8.

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A New Dawn For Catholics In America

By REY FLORES

It’s hard to put into words what many of us may feel after election night. I am as stunned as many of you are, but I guess all of this shouldn’t surprise us. Ultimately, it was never Mitt Romney, nor Paul Ryan, who was going to save us. Of course, the only one that can save our nation isour Lord Jesus Christ. He and our Blessed Mother Mary are the ones that can carry us through the coming persecution of our faith.

We must get used to the idea that this nation, like many fallen empires before it, is collapsing before our very eyes. The idyllic America that we onceknew is no more. The election and now re-election of President Barack Obama was something that God foresaw long ago.

Barack Obama and the rest of the politicians that subscribe to his humanist philosophies were all put here to test our mettle. They were brought to us so we could show where we truly stand.

We now wake up to a new America where the people in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state have voted to approve the redefinition of marriage. Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. We face an even steeper hill now to defend all that is good, all that is right, and all that is God’s will.

“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

It has been reported that these are the words of Obama’s righthand woman, Valerie Jarrett. It is alleged that she said all this during an impromptu speech to three senior staffers running Obama’s re-election campaign in Chicago. There are reliable sources who have confirmed that these are in fact Jarrett’s words; we now know in no uncertain terms where this administration stands.

If it is payback time, as Jarrett says, all I can say is: Bring it on. We will not be intimidated by this woman, or her boss Barack Obama, who two days before the election told supporters at a rally to vote for revenge.

We know how the story ends and with that confidence we will persevere. Jesus our Lord did not shed His Most Precious Blood for us to wilt and back down. Our Lord expects us to stand for His truth and through the Holy Sacrifice of the Masses said throughout the world every day, we will continue to receive the graces and strength to defeat whatever the enemy throws our way.

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The Admirable’s First Mass

RORATE CÆLI.

His mother being deceased, [Blessed Ruysbroeck] kept each day in his heart his filial recollection, and he recommended her soul, by way of frequent prayers, to the sight of divine goodness.

 
From her side, she begged for suffrage, and presented herself often to her son, … and asked him to intercede for her, by saying: “O my dearest son, how much time will it pass before you become a priest!” …
 
Which is why, just as he often told afterwards to his brethren, on the very day on which he celebrated the holy sacrifice of his first Mass, he merited to receive from God a great consolation about the purgatory of his mother. Because she appeared personally to him after the holy sacrifice, thanking God with a calm face, and assuring him with all certainty that, by the Host offered to God, he had completely delivered her from the pain she had endured in purgatory up to that moment.
Hendrik Utenbogaerde (Henricus Pomerius)
Life and Miracles of John of Ruysbroeck,
the First Prior of Groenendael

Pennsylvania bishops discuss religious liberty in election statement : News Headlines – Catholic Culture

Pennsylvania bishops discuss religious liberty in election statement : News Headlines – Catholic Culture.

Catholic New World – The Cardinal’s Column – The wrong side of history

God sustains the world, in good times and in bad. Catholics, along with many others, believe that only one person has overcome and rescued history: Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, savior of the world and head of his body, the church. Those who gather at his cross and by his empty tomb, no matter their nationality, are on the right side of history. Those who lie about him and persecute or harass his followers in any age might imagine they are bringing something new to history, but they inevitably end up ringing the changes on the old human story of sin and oppression.

There is nothing “progressive” about sin, even when it is promoted as “enlightened.” The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. It’s on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters. The Synod on the New Evangelization is taking place in Rome this month because entire societies, especially in the West, have placed themselves on the wrong side of history. This October, let’s pray the rosary so that the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen the bishops and others at the synod as they deliberate about the challenges to preaching and living the Gospel at this moment in human history.

via Catholic New World – The Cardinal’s Column – The wrong side of history.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo: Gregorian Chant

SONGS FOR THE SPIRIT: SUNDAY SYMPHONY

Glória in excélsis Deo
et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.
Laudámus te,
benedícimus te,
adorámus te,
glorificámus te,
grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam,
Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,
Deus Pater omnípotens.
Dómine Fili Unigénite, Iesu Christe,
Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris,
qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis;
qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram.
Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis.
Quóniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dóminus, tu solus Altíssimus,
Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spíritu: in glória Dei Patris. Amen.
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

What Do We Mean By the Real Presence?: From Standing on My Head- Dwight Longenecker

What Do We Mean By the Real Presence?.

Let’s get back to speaking about the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ or by using the theological term transubstantiation so that there is no ambiguity when speaking to those of other faiths about what is meant by the term Real Presence; for we do not mean this term in the same way that an Anglican, a Methodist or an Evangelical might.