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Lord, to whom shall we go? You alone are the perfection of love and life!

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The person who rejects God (explicitly or in lifestyle)
is really saying:

” I am choosing finite reality”.

This never satifies, can never fully satisfy the human heart by nature.
– Father Thomas Dubay,SM
Prayer Quest
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St. Colette, pray for us!

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2008/03/st-colette-virgin-abbess-mystic.html

Thursday, March 06, 2008

St. Colette: Virgin, Abbess, Mystic, Reformer
Today is the feast of St. Colette, founder of the Poor Clare Colettines.
Born in 1380, Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. Her parents, who were both in their 60’s when she was born, nicknamed her Colette. Quiet and hard-working, Colette was a pious child who demonstrated a sensitive and loving nature.
When Colette was 17, both of her parents died and was left her in the care of a Benedictine abbot. She initially tried to join the Beguine and Benedictine orders, but neither one worked out for her. Instead, she became a third order Franciscan. At age 21, she renounced the world in order to spend her life alone in penance and prayer as an anchoress – walled into a cell whose only opening was a grilled window into a church. She left her cell in 1406 in response to a dream directing her to reform the Poor Clares.
She entered the order of Poor Clares, was appointed superior general, and began a successful reform of the Poor Clare convent at Beaume, Switzerland, which spread rapidly through France, Savoy, Germany, and Flanders. She revived the primitive rule and spirit of St. Francis. Her rule prescribed that the nuns go barefooted, observe perpetual fast and abstinence, and practice extreme poverty. She was well-known for her wisdom, sanctity, ecstasies, and visions of the Passion.
St. Colette is the patron saint of those who have lost parents.
“If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.”
~ St. Collette
Vocation Information/Stories :
A Poor Clare Colettine’s Path
Poor Clare Nuns of Minooka, Illinois
Poor Clare Colettines in Palos Park, Illinois
Poor Clare Nuns of Rockford, Illinois
Poor Clares of Kokomo, Indiana
Poor Clare Colettines of New Mexico
Poor Clare Colettine Nuns – Ohio
Poor Clare Colettine Community – Wales
Please Note: This list is not all – inclusive.

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Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), founder of religious communities

An address on Holy Indifference, 16th May, 1659

“Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”
Where is the loving heart? In whatever it loves – in other words, wherever our love resides, there our heart is held captive. It cannot leave it, cannot rise above it, cannot move either to right or left; see how it is brought to a standstill! Wherever a miser has his treasure, there his heart is; and wherever our heart is, there is our treasure.Think of it! A mere nothing, a fancy, some hard word said to us, the absence of a friendly welcome, some small refusal, just the thought that we are not thought much of – all these things wound and upset us to such an extent that we cannot get over them!

It is self-love that fixates us on these imaginary injuries, we don’t know how to throw them off, we are always dwelling on them within, and why?

Because we are held prisoner by this passion. Who is it who imprisons us? Are we «in the freedom of the children of God»? (Rom 8,21). Or are we held fast to possessions, pleasures, honors?
O Saviour, you have opened up for us the door of freedom, teach us to find it.
Make us understand the importance of this freeing,
make us turn to you that we may come to it.
Enlighten us, O my Saviour,
o see what it is we are attached to,
and please set us in the freedom of the children of God.

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I just have to borrow this!

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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ACN- Are we sufficiently united with our persecuted brethren by suffering?

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is an international Catholic charity under papal jurisdiction, which yearly offers financial support to more than 10,000 projects worldwide. ACN supports the poor and persecuted churches with prayer, pastoral relief and material assistance. Help is given to refugees of all denominations.

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Father Werenfried van Straaten – the “Bacon Priest”

http://www.kirche-in-not.org/founder.html

Examine your conscience
Are we sufficiently united with our persecuted brethren by suffering? Don’t we forget their misery all too easily after we have paid our monetary contribution, which probably soothes our conscience to sleep, in a fit of sentimentality, into the account of ACN? What do we do with our own trials and difficulties? Do we sometimes remember that they are not useless and that they may “add what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ”? Do we believe in the redeeming value of our own sorrow? Do we endure it in union with the suffering of the persecuted? Do we believe in the power of our prayers? When praying the Our Father, do we think of our brethren whose keepers we are according to the will of the Father? Are we grateful to them for their example and are we ready for the lessons they give us? Do we enfold them as brothers in our hearts? Or do we only throw them an alms from a distance? Is our help in accordance with their needs?Does it consist of suffering, hardships and sacrifices proportional to the sacrifices with which they are burdened? Do we endeavour honestly to share the weight of their cross, so that we are prepared to bear the same burdens as they? Or are we satisfied with humiliating pity and cheap gratuity?

“We do not expect you to pity us nor do we ask it of you, but that you help us to discover our vocation and to be faithful to it” writes a father of a family in eastern Europe.

“Promise that you will not let a single day pass without praying for me and my poor brothers,” asks a persecuted priest.

“They have deprived us of everything of which we can be deprived. We have nothing more to lose. But strength is necessary to remain upright in this total destitution: pray for us!” begs a bishop.

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My Life for Christ – Brother Richard Sutter,L.C.- Vocation Video

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Sacerdos Institute – Dedicated to build up Priests and the Priestly spirit in the heart of the Church

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Sacerdos Institute is an international apostolic initiative of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement. It is dedicated to build up priests and the priestly spirit in the heart of the Church. Its network of services offers on-going integral formation, pastorally effective resources, and fraternity, within a spirit of communion with the local and universal Church.

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Cardinal Hummes on Priestly Celibacy

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“Christ’s Precious Gift to His Church”

Here is an article written by Cardinal Cláudio Hummes,
prefect of the Congregation for Clergy,

on “The Importance of Priestly Celibacy.”

It was published in the Italian edition of L’Osservatore Romano.
http://www.zenit.org/article-19233?l=english

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Holy Mass celebrated by His Eminence Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Holy Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress
celebrated by His Eminence Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, U.S.A.

http://www.cei2008.ca/doc/eucharistierigali_fr.pdf

O! How I wish I could have been there in person yesterday. Thank you EWTN!

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Penitential Liturgy and Sacrament of Reconciliation led by His Eminence CLÁUDIO CARDINAL HUMMES

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“The Sacrament of PENANCE,”
June 19th 2008, 11:00 ,
Penitential Liturgy and Sacrament of Reconciliation led by His Eminence CLÁUDIO CARDINAL HUMMES, ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY.
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see also

Cardinal Hummes: The priesthood can only be lived radically-

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