Nineveh 90: Lets do this!

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Beginning on February 13 – 90 days.

100th Anniversary of Fatima is May 13 – Time to Do the “Nineveh Thing”

Click here to proceed to the Nineveh 90 website.

For those participating in Nineveh 90, we are all utilizing these 90 days to get a solid basic Catholic prayer life up and running. St. Alphonsus said, “Prayer is, beyond

 

24/7 Live Eucharistic Adoration Stream

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time.

Amen.

An Excellent Tour of The Catechism of The Catholic Church

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New page on the site.

This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.

Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.

If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!

For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.

http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html#prologue

BK

Get Ready For Lent…

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I wrote and recorded this about 16 years ago. I was inspired by two friends of mine. Each of them had spent decades addicted to drugs, alcohol and and all that goes with that addiction. One lived on the streets most of that time. The other was in the rock music world. Both of them hit bottom and cried out to God. God heard and answered their cries. Both of them became close friends of mine…One is now a priest – he was the pastor of my parish at the time. The other had become our Music Director in the parish. He has since gone home. To where God led him…

BK

The Miracles of Lourdes and The Song Of Bernadette

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I have loved this movie since I was a small child. I thought it would be appropriate today, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Here is the movie “The Song of Bernadette” (1943) about the apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous. The film won four Academy Awards and was nominated for another eight. – From Regina Magazine

Not To Put A Damper On Your Day…

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But…

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.
“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”

– Bicentennial talk given in the United States by the future St. John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków, Poland

Pope St John Paul predicted this in 1976: when are we going to wake up?

The same elements of communism which is definitely a tool of the devil are present in secular humanism that is embraced readily in our American culture: lack of respect for God and religious freedom, lack of respect of the dignity of the human person, substituting government for family life, attacks on the family in many forms…

Pope St John Paul 2 warned us, and so did Our Lady of Fatima (who incidentally saved his life).

When are we going to wake up??? – Toni Aceto

“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members.”

“It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution – when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain

But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.

And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already with Gobel, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.” –Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

Time to gird up…

 

 

 

 

 

Is This How We Choose To Go To Hell?

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There are a lot of people who neglect God for their own convenience saying that God will forgive them “because He loves everyone and wants them to be with Him in Heaven. A loving god would never send anyone to Hell. Besides, I’m a nice person – I’m nice to people. He’ll let me in.”

I don’t think it works that way.

True, God does love everyone and He does want everyone to be with Him in heaven. The problem is that we choose to not love Him. I think it’s also true that God will never send anyone to Hell.

So there you have it – nobody goes to Hell, right?

Nope, not right. I didn’t say that nobody goes to Hell. I said that God doesn’t send anybody to Hell.

So how does someone get there? Well maybe it’s something like this…

It’s we who disregard His teachings. It’s we who blame Him for our suffering. It’s we who can’t be bothered to go to Mass. It’s we who can’t seem to find the time to pray or spend with Him. It’s we who decide what He wants for us in our lives. It’s we who make our moral decisions based on what we decide He wants us to do.

It’s we who don’t embrace Him.

We spend our lives avoiding Him, avoiding truth, because it doesn’t fit into what we want God to be. 

I think that, maybe, the same thing kind of happens when we die – we have lived our lives pushing God away from us and/or trying to conform Him to what we think He should be, and when we finally get to meet him face to face, we are either completely blinded and overwhelmed by His love and cannot absorb it or we simply continue our life long habit of rejecting Him one last time.

Forever.

God doesn’t send us to Hell, we repel ourselves away from Him, and there’s only one other place to go.

We have spent our lives rejecting Him and His love and now that rejection carries over into eternity…

Is that what happens? I don’t know.

But it seems logical to me…

 

 

 

 

 

Our Cross -Archbishop Sheen

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“Unless there is a Cross in our lives there will never be a resurrection.  The Christian law of life is we have to die in order to live. Now I do not mean and He did not mean physically dying.  He meant mortification, self-denial, the application of the Cross in our lives.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen