Sunday, December 9, 2018

5 Steps To End Your Day Before Going to Bed

At night, quiet your self and rest in God's presence for a few moments..

Image result for praying hands   Thank God for the gifts of the day ...

Image result for holy spirit    Ask for the light from the Holy Spirit to remember the day well...

Image result for thinking  Review the events of the your day ..

Image result for thank you Thank God again for the good memories and ask for forgiveness for the bad choices you made..

Image result for resting  Rest in God's presence...


Why Do Catholics -cross their forehead, lips, and heart at the Gospel?

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We cross our forehead so that the Word of God may be in our thoughts & purify our minds.

We cross our lips so that our speech may be holy and incline us to share the Gospel with others.

We cross our hearts to invite God to strengthen our love for Him and others.  

This is so we may know, proclaim and love Jesus more.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sundays of Advent

Light the candle of HOPE in your heart and in the world!!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

All about Advent ... ( videos)

This two minute of Advent season will give children basic meanings of the season to prepare for the coming of the Messiah.    It is quite interesting also for adults to remind the season in the mist of our busy-ness of life before Christmas.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Communion of Saints

In November, we honor the saints and also remember the souls in Purgatory.  The Catholic Church reminds us to unite with all members through our prayers & sacrifices.   All for the love of Jesus.  We are to pray for our brothers & sisters in Purgatory who are waiting to be purified to reunite with Christ and one another here on earth.     

This Diagram is found online and should help us understand the oneness of the Church.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Who Are the Saints?

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November starts with the Feast of All Saints.   The feast of the Saints reminds us that God is holy and He constantly calls us to holiness.   But, who are the Saint?

-  They are special friends of God.
-  They are very close to God.
-  They were human like us.
-  They may not be perfect like God, but they trusted in the mercy of God, loved Him dearly  and constantly repent.

 Some of the saints may received special gifts from God while still alive, such as:

 ·     Raising people from the dead
·     Delivering letters to others in special ways
·     Miraculous cures
·     Total fast from food for  years - living off the Eucharist alone
·     Incorrupt bodily remains after death for years
·     Speaking in Tongues -The gift of being heard and understood by those of other languages.
·     Receiving the Crown of Thorns of the Crucified Christ
·     Miracles with dogs, birds & other animals. They listen & do what the saint commanded them.
·     Levitation – flying/floating while praying
·     Gift of understanding ancient biblical and foreign languages
·     Prophecies of the future
·     Mystical knowledge -The gift of reading into hearts
·     A Voice from heaven -The miraculous voice of St. Cecilia still heard today
·     Bilocation – being able to be in different places at the same time.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Science and the Rosary

More than a century ago a proud university student boarded a train in France and sat nextto an older man who seemed to be a peasant of comfortable means. The brash student noticed that the older gentleman was slipping beads through his fingers. He was praying the rosary.

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     "Sir, do you still believe in such outdated things?" the student inquired. 

     "Yes, I do. Don't you?" the man responded. The student laughed and admitted, "I do not believe in such silly things. Take my advice. Throw the rosary out the window and learn what science has to say about it."     "Science? I do not understand this science. Perhaps you can explain it to me," the man said humbly, tears welling in his eyes.     The university student noticed that the man was deeply moved. To avoid hurting the older person's feelings, he said, "Please give me your address and I will send you some literature to explain the matter to you."     The man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and pulled out his business card. On reading the card, the student lowered his head in shame and was speechless. The card read: "Louis Pasteur, Director of the Institute of Scientific Research, Paris." The deluded student had encountered his country's leading chemist and the man who would give the world the scientific process that would bear his name--pasturization.

photo & Story: internet

Friday, October 19, 2018

What exactly do we do when we pray?

"Speak Lord, I am listening."

Praying is both LISTENING and TALKING to God.    
Praying is not talking to ourselves.  It's a two-way communication.   

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Why Are We Praying the Rosary?

October & May are the two months the Church dedicates to Mary by praying the Rosary, and here are some reasons:

1) It's biblical (based on the Bible)
-  The Rosary contemplates the great mysteries of the Christian Faith; each mystery has its source in the Holy Scriptures and associates to Jesus' life.

2) It helps us to be holier
-  This prayer has been a great help to many in their path to holiness when pray with devotion (means with heart and mind)

3) Mary has asked us to
- In several Marian apparitions (as Fatima), our Mother has asked us to pray the Rosary for the world's salvation.

4) It weakens the devil
-  The Rosary is a powerful weapon in fighting temptation, (by the help of Mary and the calling on Jesus and Mary's names), has the effect of weakening the action of the devil in the world and in our lives.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What is a Saintly relic?

1) What is a saintly relic?

- A relic is an item associated with Jesus, Mary or the Saint.
- Relics a usually displayed in containers called reliquaries so that Catholic may venerate them.
- Church altars also sometimes have a relic embedded on the side of the altar or a designated place in the church.

photo: A Dominican Sister is showing the relics in the chapel at St. Catherine Convent.

2) There are three classes of relics

-  FIRST CLASS:  A part of a saint's body such as a bone fragment, piece of skin, or hair.
- SECOND CLASS: A piece of a saint's clothing or something used by a saint.
-  THIRD CLASS: An object which has been touched to a first or second class relic, including the tomb of a saint.

3) Why do we need relics?

- Relics are tangible reminders to us of the incarnational nature of our faith.   Remember, the Word of God became flesh, and through the centuries countless saints have embodied what is means to live our faith.
- Relics also remind us that the saints are close to God and can intercede for us when we pray to them.

pope John Paul II with St. Maria Goretti's relic.  Photo: internet