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Jean Vanier on St. Francis and the Leper

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

The following is a excerpt from Jean Vanier’s book, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. Francis of Assisi said that he felt repulsed by those who were suffering from leprosy. In the Middle Ages, there were some twenty thousand leprosariums in Europe. He was disgusted; he did not want to be close to them. We can understand that because of the deformed faces of such people and the smell characteristic of the disease. Francis was therefore shocked and afraid and turned away from them. Then one day...

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Jean Vanier on St. Francis and the Leper

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

The following is a excerpt from Jean Vanier’s book, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. Francis of Assisi said that he felt repulsed by those who were suffering from leprosy. In the Middle Ages, there were some twenty thousand leprosariums in Europe. He was disgusted; he did not want to be close to them. We can understand that because of the deformed faces of such people and the smell characteristic of the disease. Francis was therefore shocked and afraid and turned away from them. Then one day...

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KNIGHTS OF THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS

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

On the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, the third Sunday in July, 19th July 2015, at the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking, DD, inaugurated the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. The Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is an organization which has been formed by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Its object is to provide a solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar. It has been created in response to the need to train boys and...

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KNIGHTS OF THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS

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

On the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, the third Sunday in July, 19th July 2015, at the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking, DD, inaugurated the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. The Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is an organization which has been formed by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Its object is to provide a solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar. It has been created in response to the need to train boys and...

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Making Good Choices

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

Fearing that he might not resist the temptations commonly experienced by lawyers, Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1578–1622) became a Capuchin priest, a noted preacher, and a martyr. Each of us will die eventually. “What kind of conscience will I bring to that moment?” should be our main concern. “By faith, the martyrs gave their lives, bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel that had transformed them and made them capable of attaining to the greatest gift of love: the forgiveness of their persecutors,” writes Pope Benedict XVI in Door of Faith,...

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ASK FATHER: Father says Mass in alb and stole

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

From a reader: A new pastor to our church celebrated the Sacrifice of the Mass dressed only in a white alb with a green stole this Sunday. It is my understanding a priest is always to wear proper liturgical vestments when carrying out his priestly function. The heat and humidity may have prevented him and I would like to give him the benefit of a doubt but he seems to be a maverick, if you get my drift, refusing even to purify the sacred vessels after communion or after Mass. Can the bishop give special dispensations for priests who may have...

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Our Belief in God

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

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who writes A Friar’s E-spirations. In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public life to show how much God loved everyone—including those rejected by the religious leaders who were convinced God couldn’t love people who broke the law. Now we have to translate those truths into our own lives. Many are confused by fears and...

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Our Belief in God

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

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who writes A Friar’s E-spirations. In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public life to show how much God loved everyone—including those rejected by the religious leaders who were convinced God couldn’t love people who broke the law. Now we have to translate those truths into our own lives. Many are confused by fears and...

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Guiding Teens Into Christian Maturity

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from the book What Teens Want You to Know But Won’t Tell You by Roy Petitfils. Teens want and need adults to be grounded in being adults. When your goal is to be liked by young people you risk losing sight of the bigger goal, which is to journey with them into Christian maturity. Secondly, you’ll lose the respect of teens, which is worth a lot more than being liked. The key to effectively reaching them and deepening our relationships with them is not by trying to be their friend, but by being friendly, authentic,...

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Guiding Teens Into Christian Maturity

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from the book What Teens Want You to Know But Won’t Tell You by Roy Petitfils. Teens want and need adults to be grounded in being adults. When your goal is to be liked by young people you risk losing sight of the bigger goal, which is to journey with them into Christian maturity. Secondly, you’ll lose the respect of teens, which is worth a lot more than being liked. The key to effectively reaching them and deepening our relationships with them is not by trying to be their friend, but by being friendly, authentic,...

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The Face of Innocence

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

“What’s Wrong?” I asked my best friend as she called me crying one day. “Jade is being abused by her boyfriend,” she cried. My best friend Sandie and I have been friends practically all of our lives. We are godmothers to each other’s children, even witnessing their births. We babysat for each other. We attend each other’s family functions, and even run marathons together. We are the next best thing to family. Sandie’s 17-year-old daughter, Jade, is her oldest child. I could hear the agony over...

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The Face of Innocence

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

“What’s Wrong?” I asked my best friend as she called me crying one day. “Jade is being abused by her boyfriend,” she cried. My best friend Sandie and I have been friends practically all of our lives. We are godmothers to each other’s children, even witnessing their births. We babysat for each other. We attend each other’s family functions, and even run marathons together. We are the next best thing to family. Sandie’s 17-year-old daughter, Jade, is her oldest child. I could hear the agony over...

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Love Your Enemies

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This blog is taken from the book The Gospels According to Saint Francis, by Hilarion Kistner, OFM. “Love your enemies (Mt 5:44).” That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine, who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends; that’s hard enough.” That saying reminds me that we should start where we have our first problem; maybe it’s even loving ourselves. If we really could come in touch with ourselves—not independent of God but because of the good that God is doing in...

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Love Your Enemies

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This blog is taken from the book The Gospels According to Saint Francis, by Hilarion Kistner, OFM. “Love your enemies (Mt 5:44).” That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine, who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends; that’s hard enough.” That saying reminds me that we should start where we have our first problem; maybe it’s even loving ourselves. If we really could come in touch with ourselves—not independent of God but because of the good that God is doing in...

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3 views of Pope Francis after the South America trip

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I bring to your attention three interesting analysis pieces about Pope Francis following his trip to South America. First, check out George Weigel at National Review. My impression is that Mr. Weigel has drawn a line through the pontificate (at least one aspect of the pontificate), but probably only in pencil rather than in ink. Excerpt: Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II? […] John Paul was wily enough to let Casaroli continue his diplomacy behind the Iron Curtain, so that the Communist powers couldn’t...

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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."