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Grow in Friendship with Christ

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Grow in friendship with Christ by listening to his Word. The Lord speaks to us in the depths of our conscience, he speaks to us through Sacred Scripture, he speaks to us in prayer. Learn to stay before him in silence, to read and meditate on the Bible, especially the Gospels, to converse with him every day in order to feel his presence of friendship and love. Here I would like to emphasize the beauty of a simple contemplative prayer, accessible to...

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Let Us Become Poets of Prayer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. The Gospel comes to meet us with a really moving and encouraging image. It is the image of Simeon and Anna, who are spoken of in the Gospel of Jesus’ childhood, composed by St. Luke. They were certainly elderly, the “old man,” Simeon, and the “prophetess,” Anna, who was 84 years old. This woman did not hide her age. The Gospel says that they awaited the coming of God every day, with great trust, for many years. They truly wanted to see Him that day,...

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Let Us Become Poets of Prayer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. The Gospel comes to meet us with a really moving and encouraging image. It is the image of Simeon and Anna, who are spoken of in the Gospel of Jesus’ childhood, composed by St. Luke. They were certainly elderly, the “old man,” Simeon, and the “prophetess,” Anna, who was 84 years old. This woman did not hide her age. The Gospel says that they awaited the coming of God every day, with great trust, for many years. They truly wanted to see Him that day,...

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Pope Francis attended Mass in St. Peter’s on Feast of St. Pius X

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This is rather interesting. According to ZENIT in Italian, the Holy Father showed up in St. Peter’s Basilica the other morning to pray at the altar and tomb of St. Pius X for his saintly predecessor’s feast. He sat down in a pew and stayed for Mass celebrated by a Monsignor in the Secretariat of State. I used to say Mass there pretty often, in my day… with the 1962 Missal, too boot. One can dream. Anyway, it seems he may even have received Communion at that Mass, as well. He had already said Mass that day. He told the priest...

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Leaving all for Chirst

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today the of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer received a new member into its ranks. The postulant kneels and is questioned by the Superior regarding his desire to enter our Congregation. The brethren chant the Veni Creator Spiritus while the postulant is covered with the Funeral Pall. He is clothed in the Religious Habit: Son, put on Our Lord Jesus Christ, always surrounding thy body with His mortification.        Kneeling he receives the crucifix: Receive, my Son, the image of the crucifix, image of thy Master and...

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Leaving all for Chirst

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today the of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer received a new member into its ranks. The postulant kneels and is questioned by the Superior regarding his desire to enter our Congregation. The brethren chant the Veni Creator Spiritus while the postulant is covered with the Funeral Pall. He is clothed in the Religious Habit: Son, put on Our Lord Jesus Christ, always surrounding thy body with His mortification.        Kneeling he receives the crucifix: Receive, my Son, the image of the crucifix, image of thy Master and...

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#ChimeTravelers: Faith Meets Fiction!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lisa Hendey, award-winning blogger and founder/editor of Catholic Mom, just published the first two books in a series called Chime Travelers—and they’re starting to make waves among young Catholic readers! Here’s a brief description of both titles. The Secret of the Shamrock When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange...

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Does Pope Francis strike you as being easily scared?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I saw this at The Telegraph: Donald Trump to the Pope: ‘Isil wants to get you’ Donald Trump says he would not allow the Pope to criticise capitalism if they were to meet face to face, and would scare him into silence by reminding him that violent jihadis of the Islamic State want to invade the Vatican. […] In an interview with CNN on Wednesday night, he was asked about the forthcoming US visit of Pope Francis, who has repeatedly said that capitalism was responsible for many of the world’s problems. Mr Trump, who...

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You are the periphery which can revitalize the Church!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some time ago, I wrote HERE: If there is a malaise in the Church today, if there is an interior decay (and there is), then [as Pope Francis says] we should look to peripheries for that which can help to revitalize our identity, get us strong and healthy again.  We need what the periphery has to offer. Traditional Catholics whose “legitimate aspirations” have been drawn to the traditional forms of our sacred liturgical worship, and who stick closely to traditional expressions of doctrine, are a periphery.   They have even been made into a...

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A Visit to Remember

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Earlier this year, our beloved friend from the US bishops’ conference, Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, passed away, a victim of cancer. Sister Mary Ann, the bishops’ media liaison, had produced commemorative books about Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II over the years. Who would create such a book for Pope Francis’ likely one-and-only visit to the United States? I wondered if our magazine and book teams might be of help. It turned out that the Vatican publishing house was wondering about the same book idea. When I called our friends at the US bishops’...

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Helping Brother Leo

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Brother Leo was one of Francis’ first followers and closest companions, especially in the last years of Francis’ life. We have several letters from Francis to groups of people. His letter to Leo is one of only two letters to individuals. Perhaps this letter was written by Francis after September 1224 when he received the stigmata, the five wounds of Christ’s passion, at the hermitage of La Verna. Leo brought him food there each day. A conversation with Leo prompted Francis to write this letter, whose key section reads: “In whatever way it...

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Helping Brother Leo

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Brother Leo was one of Francis’ first followers and closest companions, especially in the last years of Francis’ life. We have several letters from Francis to groups of people. His letter to Leo is one of only two letters to individuals. Perhaps this letter was written by Francis after September 1224 when he received the stigmata, the five wounds of Christ’s passion, at the hermitage of La Verna. Leo brought him food there each day. A conversation with Leo prompted Francis to write this letter, whose key section reads: “In whatever way it...

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Thank You, Murray Bodo

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of St. Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had boarded a Greyhound Bus in his hometown of Gallup, New Mexico, and headed east some 1,500 miles on a ribbon of highway. He arrived in Cincinnati two days later. Seminary Life I had entered the seminary the previous year. By the time we were ordained Franciscan...

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Thank You, Murray Bodo

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of St. Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had boarded a Greyhound Bus in his hometown of Gallup, New Mexico, and headed east some 1,500 miles on a ribbon of highway. He arrived in Cincinnati two days later. Seminary Life I had entered the seminary the previous year. By the time we were ordained Franciscan...

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Biological Warfare!

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

An annual problem in the Papa Stronsay greenhouse is the Red Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae). This mite is very small and reproduces rapidly. It feeds on the cell-material of all kinds of plants, killing the cells on which they feed. When gathered in their hundreds-of-thousands, you can imagine the havoc they can wreak in the greenhouse! We do not use chemical sprays in our greenhouse, so each year we have to introduce a second mite, Phytoseiulus persimilis, which is the natural arch-enemy of the Red Spider Mite.  It can be ordered...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."