Today would normally be a reflection on a verse from James, but I got nothin’ today.
My oldest just left with her dad to head off to college and I can’t really think about anything else. My heart hurts, Catholic Pilgrims.
I could use your prayers and I’d love prayers for my daughter as she flys off to make her way in the world. She’s a great young woman and I’m excited for her, but 18 years came faster than I was prepared for.
When I was a little girl, I used to walk around campus with my dad when he was a student. I loved being with him on campus and would wish I could be “big” and go to college. I followed in my dad’s footsteps and attended his Alma mater. When my oldest was a baby, she and I used to visit her dad on the same campus. Now, she’s following in our footsteps and heading off to our Alma mater.
Life is a big, beautiful circle.
So today I head up to Rhode Island for the annual big sales meeting with my company. We’ll talk numbers and celebrate another great year. All good, right? .
Well here’s the thing. I call myself the confident Catholic here on IG not because I feel as though I’m the beacon of example of what it is to be Catholic but more because it’s the type of Catholic I want and am trying to be. While up at this sales meeting I want to be an example to my colleagues. I want to show them that by my Faith I have found healing and a peace slowly growing in my soul. I want to evangelize as I’m called to do, but I want to do it with charity. And this scares me. I’ve gotten better at praying in public, like saying grace before meals. But I still rush it. As though I’m afraid they’ll actually notice. I want to be more confident, more sincere, more deliberate in every action I take that’s for God. I want to be a good example. Not someone ashamed of the treasure I’ve found. .
So say a prayer for me! Pray that I have the confidence to let my Faith shine through to those around me, while we’re out celebrating and drinking. This is where it counts! .
Keep the Faith and God love you!
P.S. While on my road trip I just stopped in at the beautiful Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Connecticut!
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@revealing.jesus Inspiration Below 🔽❤️🔽
Hey Revealers! One difficulty that all Christians face is when someone they are friends with or love does not have faith in Christ. .
Some will say push them away, treat them as a temptation and fear them, because "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Cor. 15:33
However, this is impossible if that person is a family member, so how can we as Christians deal with this situation? .
The number one thing you must do is realize the potential threats when hanging out with this person. There is no excuse to sin no matter what your company is. So, know the temptations you will face when hanging out with this person. Now, this is can be advice for all people we hang out with not just non-Christians. .
The second thing you must do is pray and pray often for this person. Offer them a Rosary or fast for their conversion. There are things we can offer (prayers, fasting, Mass, denying of temptations, etc.) to God so that He may bring a change of heart.
Finally, you must realize that only God's Grace can bring this change of heart, and God decides where this Grace comes from. I found that when we begin to obsess over converting this person, we begin pressuring them too much with attempts to convert and actually draw them away from the faith rather than bring them closer to the faith.
Act as a model of Christ, Christ attracted crowds of the thousands, if we do the best we can to act as Christ would, we will be exposing our friends and family to a goodness that may be difficult, but people are naturally drawn to due to God creating us for goodness. So, be the best Christian you can be without diluting His teaching in attempts to make His teaching attractive. Trust that His Way is what everyone longs for.
One must finally trust in God's timing and methods. Offer your prayer and know that God has heard it, do not become anxious, trust that the person you pray for is on a journey to Christ as well. Have hope, God is calling all people.
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Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.♡
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@revealing.jesus Inspiration Below 🔽❤️🔽
Hey Revealers! There is much more ways to petition something to God other than asking for it in prayer.
One thing we can do is fast and offer our fasting to God for forgiveness, thanks or a petition. We of course must do this in moderation so we stay healthy and strong, so we are fully prepared to face any type of temptation. If we starve ourselves, we will be distracted by hunger and be unnecessarily vulnerable against temptation.
Another thing we can to offer to the Lord is a Mass, when we go to Mass, we can begin that Mass by offering it to the Lord for some petition. Offer our prayers in that Mass for this cause. .
We can also offer our virtue against temptation. If we know we will be faced by temptation of impatience due to having to go to a job that we easily get impatient with, seek to be patient during the job and offer this virtue as a petition or thanks for God. .
These are just a few ways of offering things up to God rather than just a formal prayer. When we begin to get into the mentality where Christ is the center of our life so much so, that we think of Him even when we are simply practicing virtue, then we will be able to do things prayerfully. .
Now, we must also be weary about this method as well. We can not turn these offerings to God as our primary reasons for doing things all the time. We can't just be charitable to be only because we want God to answer our prayers. This could create a surface level of charitableness where we don't actually love our neighbor, but love being charitable to our neighbor so we can offer that charitableness to God. We must avoid this surface charitableness, and the best way to do it, it it acknowledging the possibility of it. .
Para realizar la reconciliación de los hombres, Dios preparó a una mujer, llenándola de gracias especiales para que fuera la Madre de Dios. La libró del pecado original y de todo pecado, desde el primer momento de su existencia y siempre fue santísima. Esa Mujer, María, sería la Madre de Dios y por ello, auténtica Madre nuestra.
La Santísima Virgen María ocupa en la redención el lugar de Cooperadora de la Redención, porque colaboró con su fe y su obediencia libres a la reconciliación de los hombres. Por deseo explícito del Señor Jesús, que nos la señaló como Madre (ver Jn. 19,27), María es verdaderamente Madre de todos los cristianos, quienes realizan su peregrinación terrena bajo los tiernos cuidados maternales y la compañía de María.
"Isus, najbolji muškarac u povijesti čovječanstva, zaplakao je kad je čuo da je Lazar umro! Zaplakao je a znao je da će ga poslije toga oživjeti i podići iz mrtvih. 'Plakao je i nad Jeruzalemom.' A šta Zlo danas želi? Zlo želi da uvjeri muškarce da su kukavice i mlakonje kad puste suzu. Zlo želi da muškarci imaju srce od kamena. Ali srce od kamena ne može biti ponizno i otvoreno za Ljubav. Da bi muškarac bio muškarac treba mu srce od mesa. Samo takvo srce je spremno voljeti, radovati se, biti milosrdno, hrabro; a u isto vrijeme i biti puno sućuti, nježnosti, blagosti i poniznosti. Srce koje zna zaplakati je srce koje zna patiti i koje zna razumjeti patnju drugoga! Srce koje se zna radovati je srce koje ljubi sebe i bližnjega, zahvalno je i iskreno, nije zavidno! Takvo srce je spremno živjeti i umrijeti za Ljubav - za Boga, za istinu, za Crkvu, za svoju ženu i obitelj te za domovinu! Muškarac mora biti preslika Isusa a ne hladni, kameni stroj koji nema osjećaja. Tko muškarca koji zna pustiti suzu naziva kukavicom, naziva Isusa kukavicom. Hrabrost nije biti hladan, hrabrost je biti ono što jesi. Biti Božji - dijete Ljubavi, milosrđa, sućuti i mira! Jedna cura mi je rekla: Plakanje je najbolja molitva! Kroz iskrene suze koje izviru iz patnje, Bog čovjeka čisti, liječi, ozdravlja i priprema za nešto veliko! Zato čovječe; ne boj se zaplakati, boj se ne zaplakati!" (J. J.)
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Exposition of Sacred Relics
Presented by Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross
DIA 21 – QUARTA-FEIRA
SÃO PIO 10º, PAPA (branco – ofício da memória)
O Senhor o escolheu para a plenitude do sacerdócio e, abrindo seus tesouros, o cumulou de bens.
José Sarto nasceu na Itália em 1835 e lá faleceu em 1914. Bispo de Mântua e patriarca de Veneza, subiu à cátedra de Pedro com o nome de Pio 10º. Seu lema – restaurar todas as coisas em Cristo – traduziu-se num programa de renovação e reformas, uma espécie de preliminar ao Vaticano 2º. Celebrando a memória deste sumo pontífice, rezemos pela Igreja e, de modo especial, pelo papa Francisco.
Evangelho: Mateus 20,1-16
Aleluia, aleluia, aleluia.
A Palavra do Senhor é viva e eficaz: / ela julga os pensamentos e as intenções do coração (Hb 4,12). – R.
Proclamação do evangelho de Jesus Cristo segundo Mateus – Naquele tempo, disse Jesus aos seus discípulos esta parábola: 1“O reino dos céus é como a história do patrão que saiu de madrugada para contratar trabalhadores para a sua vinha. 2Combinou com os trabalhadores uma moeda de prata por dia e os mandou para a vinha. 3Às nove horas da manhã, o patrão saiu de novo, viu outros que estavam na praça, desocupados, 4e lhes disse: ‘Ide também vós para a minha vinha! E eu vos pagarei o que for justo’. 5E eles foram. O patrão saiu de novo ao meio-dia e às três horas da tarde e fez a mesma coisa. 6Saindo outra vez pelas cinco horas da tarde, encontrou outros que estavam na praça e lhes disse: ‘Por que estais aí o dia inteiro desocupados?’ 7Eles responderam: ‘Porque ninguém nos contratou’. O patrão lhes disse: ‘Ide vós também para a minha vinha’. 8Quando chegou a tarde, o patrão disse ao administrador: ‘Chama os trabalhadores e paga-lhes uma diária a todos, começando pelos últimos até os primeiros!’ 9Vieram os que tinham sido contratados às cinco da tarde e cada um recebeu uma moeda de prata. 10Em seguida, vieram os que foram contratados primeiro e pensavam que iam receber mais. Porém cada um deles também recebeu uma moeda de prata.
8220 hours ago
What an uplifting evening spent with the Life Teen family of Cape Town sharing our joys and triumphs and reflecting on our Blessed Mother.
August 21 Pope St Pius X Pope Confessor (1835-1914)⠀ #SaintOftheday#Saints#Catholic#Catholicchurch#Catholics#Catholicism#churches#Spirituality#spiritualreads#Inspiration#Inspirationalreads#Motivation#Motivationalreads#goodreads#Wednesdayreads#Wednesdaymorning ⠀
“To restore all things to Christ, in order that Christ may be ⠀
all in all” was the motto of this 258th successor of Peter. And succeed in his endeavor he certainly did! For there was no aspect of the Church in which he did not enter, to discern, direct, determine, relaunch — the Liturgy, the Sacraments, catechesis, homiletics, Biblical study, Canon Law, sacred art and music, the social apostolate, priestly formation, matters ecclesiastical - whatever!⠀
Born Giuseppe Melchiore Sarto in the diocese of Treviso, Italy, Pius X was the epitome of simplicity and humility, yet firm and decisive. His extraordinary intellectual endowments, high moral character, and solid piety evidenced from early youth won him laurels during his seminary training at Padua—“in discipline second to none, of greatest ability, endowed with very good memory and most promising”. ⠀
Ordained priest in 1858, he was consecrated Bishop of Mantua in 1884, created Cardinal in 1893 and made Patriarch of Venice three days later. Noted for his charity, he took the keenest interest in the fate of the working classes and was thus instrumental in drawing away many workers from the atheistic Socialist Trade Union.⠀
Elected Pope 1903, his very first encyclical, E Supreme Apostolatus Cathedra, together with his allocution to the Sacred College of Cardinals set the tone for his pontificate. ⠀
The hostilities of World War I having saddened him to death in 1914, he was beatified in1951 and canonized in 1954.⠀
Reflection: “Experience teaches that the man who exercises frequent and rigid censorship over his thoughts, words, and actions, is better capable of hating and avoiding evil and of cultivating earnestly what is good” (Pope St Pius X).
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Archbishop Fulton Sheen Miracle Baby Remembered
In order for saints to be formally recognized by the church, they need to have at least two miracles attributed to them. Once the miracle is claimed it is usually filed with the local bishop who then submits it to the Vatican for investigation.
The Vatican recently accepted a miracle attributed to the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, claimed by an Illinois woman almost ten years ago, bringing the story back into the headlines.
The Birth of James Fulton Engstrom
In September of 2010, James Fulton Engstrom was born in... Read More Here: https://www.christiancatholicmedia.com/blogs/catholic-news/archbishop-fulton-sheen-miracle-baby-remembered
“The bible says, "Not everyone who says Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but rather he who does the will of my Father" (Matthew 7:21) Therefore, it must be assumed that works are indeed a necessary component of one's faith. Too many people think that faith means giving God lip service only ("This generation honors me with their lips, while their heart is far from me", Matthew 15:18), rather than actually doing good deeds for others. The only time you actually do see the words faith and alone together in a sentence is in James 2:24, where James says, "See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone”. (James 2:24)” https://www.catholicbible101.com/faithandworks.htm
If you’ve ever been around us, you will see quickly that we are people who don’t take ourselves too seriously, who laugh more than cry, who smile more than scowl. Our goal is to be a constant source of Christ’s love and joy to the people we serve. Thus, kindling a desire in ourselves and a desire in them to yearn to see Christ’s face in the sacraments. These are the moments we live for in our mission: Exposing Christ Incarnate to those who might not have ever know to search for Him. 📷: @adore_mostholytrinity .
My son Bernie is working on a school project about his name. He was named after my great uncle Bernie who got his name because he was born on today's feast.
Here are the two Bernards meeting each other a week before great uncle Bernie passed.
“Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” - Psalm 117
In the 1920s, an American novelist named Anne Parrish was browsing through a bookstore in Paris when she came across one of her favorite books as a child. She picked it up, and opened the front cover to find her name scribbled inside; it was HER copy and it somehow met her halfway across the world at the exact right moment. So many people could have intercepted it first, and yet she found it. She was in the EXACT right place at the EXACT right time.
Do you ever feel like that? Or do you feel confused and anxious about where you are right now? Our world is so connected by technology and social media that we tend to look more at others and what they are doing, and then we get anxious that we are not there too. We are constantly thinking about where we should be or could be instead of where we ARE. The reality is that God has placed you, at this time in history, EXACTLY where you are with a single mission: to share the Gospel with the people around you. You were a planned addition to your family. You have the friends you do right now for a reason. You go to the school you do or have the job you have because that is where God wants you to live as a joyful witness.
We tend to think of missionaries as radical people who drop everything and travel to third-world countries to build orphanages and feed the poor. Yes, those people are incredible. But, not all of us can do that. However, we are ALL to be missionaries EXACTLY where we are because God placed us where we are for a purpose.
So, who in your family needs to know the love of the Lord? Which of your friends do not know Jesus? Who in your school or workplace needs encouragement and genuine community? You may be the only person they ever have in their life who could invite them - what if you don’t? This week, don’t take that risk, but ask the question: “what if I DO?” and reach out in love to those around you to share the love of Christ. Find opportunities to share what you love about your faith and what Jesus has done in your life. People’s hearts are hungry for it. We are praying for you this week!
Pope Pius X. died at twenty minutes past one on Thursday morning. In a moment of lucidity, just before his death, his Holiness is reported to have said: “Now I begin to think the end is approaching. The Almighty in His in- exhaustible goodness wishes to spare me the horrors which Europe is undergoing.” It is stated that since the outbreak of the war the Pope showed very deep feeling, and again and again repeated “Poor children !”—alluding to the soldiers killed in action.
The Pope was a man of great personal charm of character as well as of great goodness of heart, but no one but a flatterer could suggest that he had the intellectual qualities requisite for his great office. His theological ideas were those of an old-fashioned country vicar, and when he was called upon to deal with the Modernist movement he was, of course, quite incapable of handling it wisely. It is greatly to be hoped that the Conclave when it meets will choose a successor to Pope Pius X. who will be able to cope with modern conditions.