Category : Catholic


Feast of St. James the Apostle

St. James the Apostle is sometimes called James the Greater. He and his brother, St. John the Evangelist, were the sons of Zebedee, and were the second pair of brothers Jesus called from their work as fishermen to be his disciples — the first two being Peter and Andrew (Mark 1:14-20). Together with his brother John

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Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though aJewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was

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Full title: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and MartyrsArtist: Fra AngelicoDate made: about 1423-4Source: © The National Gallery, London

Why I am Catholic: The Communion of the Saints

“Why did you become Catholic?” If you google “Why I am Catholic” you will come up with a LOT of hits. It would seem to indicate that this is a pretty hot topic. You might even land at this website, which is devoted to Catholic conversion stories, or on the Patheos blog by Frank Weathers that

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Scripture Reading: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 23 Woe to the pastors, that destroy and tear the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord. 2 Therefore thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to the pastors that feed my people: You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold I will

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Scripture Reading: Suffering as a Christian

While I do think there are degrees of persecution, and as of yet no one in this country is being threatened by systematic enslavement and beheading such as Christians in the Middle East are experiencing daily at the hands of ISIS, still, there is a rapidly growing antagonism in the U.S. to Christian religious expression.

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Scripture Reading: Present Your Bodies as a Living Sacrifice

A word in due season. So much here to take to heart, to put into practice daily!! Romans 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) The New Life in Christ I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,

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Laudato Si

This has been quite a turbulent week for political and religious commentators, in the lead-up to publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. The great wind blowing from both sides of the ideological spectrum has been typically partisan, and therefore unreliable. I have steadfastly refused to read any commentary from either side before a) reading

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Homily for June 14, 2015

Doubtless you, like me, find it difficult not to be saddened by the state of western civilization, by wars, by abuse and opression of the weak, the poor, the powerless, and especially by the escalating persecution of the faithful throughout the world. Where can we go for a little good news? Whether you are a

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The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I grew up listening to my dad’s favorite musicians, the Melody Four. In his beautiful tenor voice, he sang along with every song, on every record. One that I loved in particular was Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee. Here’s their rendition from 1962. How surprised and delighted I was to discover, as a Catholic,

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Full title: The Virgin in Prayer
Artist: Sassoferrato
Date made: 1640-50

Copyright © The National Gallery, London

The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

 37. The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918. WILD air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt The fleeciest, frailest-flixed         5 Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed With, riddles, and is rife In every least thing’s life; This needful, never spent, And nursing element;

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The Winkler Wedding

I can’t even tell you how happy we were to be a part of the Winkler wedding on Saturday!!! We met Jeff about 13 or 14 years ago, when we began attending Westfork Church. He played the drums in the worship band, and I want to tell you something: I was not a fan of

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