Please Pray for Fr. Tom

03/25/2016 Comments (3)

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, a prisoner of a barbaric group with possible ties to ISIS, could be crucified today on Good Friday.

Although there are many conflicting reports, please pray for Fr. Tom.

The Franciscan Sisters of Siessen reportedly recently posted on Facebook that they were “informed that the Salesian priest, Fr. Tom, who was kidnapped by ISIS from the Missionaries of Charity Home in Yemen is being tortured and is going to be crucified on Good Friday. This calls for serious concerted prayers from all of us.”

Fr. Tom was reportedly captured by the barbaric terrorists in a raid on a retirement home in Aden in which 16 people were killed including four nuns. The only survivor of the...READ MORE

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Meditations and Video for the 'Via Crucis' at the Colosseum

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

At 9:15 p.m. Rome time this evening, Pope Francis will preside at the devotion of the "Via Crucis" at the Colosseum.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, archbishop of Perugia, has written this year's meditations for each Station of the Cross (please see below). At the end of the Via Crucis, the Holy Father will give a short address to the faithful and impart his apostolic blessing.






ROME, 25 MARCH 2016 


Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti
Archbishop of Perugia – Città della Pieve


Blessed be the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper

03/25/2016 Comments (4)

Pope Francis celebrated the Missa in coena Domini – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – on Thursday, leading the Church of Rome into the sacred Paschal Triduum that culminates in the great Easter Vigil in the night between Holy Saturday and Resurrection Sunday. This year, the Holy Father celebrated the Lord’s Supper at a temporary welcome and living facility for refugees and asylum-seekers located on the outskirts of Rome.

In imitation of Christ at the Last Supper, the Pope performed the ritual washing of the feet of a dozen people – eleven guests of the refugee centre and one woman who works at the centre. According to Vatican Radio, those invited to take part in the ritual were: 4 Nigerian...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily - Full Text

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

In the morning of Holy Thursday yesterday, the Holy Father presided at the Holy Chrism Mass in St. Peter's basilica. The Mass was concelebrated by cardinals, bishops and priests (diocesan and religious) present in Rome. During the Mass, the priests renewed the promises they made at the time of of their ordination and the Holy Father blessed the sacred oils (Chrism, the oil of catechumens, and the oil of the sick), which will be used during the Easter Vigil, and in liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

We publish below the homily the Pope pronounced after the proclamation of the Holy Gospel:After hearing Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and say: “Today this Scripture has been...READ MORE

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Letting Go of Our Children With Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross

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This recent New York Times article about how some babies are easier than others rang true for me this week, but I did not need an article to tell me that. When we had our first baby seven years ago, her different needs changed a lot of my presuppositions about parenting. For example, we never wanted to use a pacifier, but she was so oral we ended up giving her one. Our second baby had different needs, and we did things differently with her. Our third baby could fall asleep unassisted from the time she was a newborn.

Our fourth baby took all my nighttime parenting confidence and threw it out the window. With him I had to give up on all my human efforts to help/make him sleep, and prayed a...READ MORE

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Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest; What Is Catholic Social Teaching and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/25/2016 Comment

Click on Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest by K.V. Turley of The Catholic Gentleman link to read.

Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest – K.V. Turley, The Catholic Gentleman

Catholic Word Nerd Quiz! – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

What Is Catholic Social Teaching? – Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

In God We Trust and the Death of Antonin Scalia – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

The Calls for Cardinal Pell’s Resignation Show the Double Standard of the Media – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

L’Osservatore Romano: No To Priestesses, But At Least Let Her Give the Homily – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Heroes - George Weigel, Denver Catholic

An English Chant Revival? – Fr. Anthony Ruff O.S.B., Pray Tell

More Photos of Archbishop Shevchuk Divine Liturgy in...READ MORE

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9 things you need to know about Good Friday

03/24/2016 Comments (2)

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. Here are 9 things you need to know . . .

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year.

It is the day our Savior died for us.

It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man.

Here are 9 things you need to know.


1. Why is this day called "Good Friday"

It's not for the reason you might think.

Despite the fact that "good" is a common English word, tempting us to say the name is based on the fact that something very good (our redemption) happened on this day, that's not where the name comes from.

Precisely where it does come from is disputed. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains:

The origin of the term Good is not clear. Some say it is from "God's Friday" (...READ MORE

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Can Your Anxiety Be a Holy Thing?

03/24/2016 Comments (1)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), “The Agony in the Garden”

Many years ago, when our kids were little tykes, my wife Jackie shared her anxiety about the health of one our kids with a small group of us. One of our friends, a hard-core Calvinist, remarked, “Maybe you should just trust God more.”

How could anyone disagree with an admonition to trust God more fully? But as a husband, I found his comment vile, oozing with spiritual arrogance. I thought about it for months and came to realize how unbiblical his statement was.

Yes, Scripture tells us not to worry about anything, to cast our cares upon our Savior. Among the first words by Pope St. John Paul II to the Church – and repeated again and again over the decades – were “Do not be afraid”.


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