December 2019

Reflection 345: Drowned in God

[ad_1] Do you ever soak in God?  This is a rare and even non-existent experience for most people.  Soaking, or drowning in God means that you become immersed so deeply in prayer that it’s as if you are lost in His presence.  When this happens, the Lord fully takes you over and possesses your soul for that moment.  You may not remain this way and you may soon return to… Read More »Reflection 345: Drowned in God

Sharing the Word for December 10, 2019

[ad_1] December 10, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Isaiah 40:1-11 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SW_120710_I.mp3   In this reading we see a heavenly assembly in which God is commissioning His prophets to go forth to proclaim His care for His people. “Bring comfort to My people,” He says. “Give them encouragement. Provide them straight roads to travel on. From the mountain tops proclaim good news to Jerusalem. Here is your God!” This is… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 10, 2019

The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

[ad_1] The Beatitudes rank high on the list of all-time favorite Bible passages.  But what is “beatitude,” anyway?   In the bible, a “blessed” person is someone who has received gifts of the greatest value, gifts that lead to true fulfillment and lasting happiness. If I were to ask you to name the first beatitude, you’d probably say “blessed be the poor in Spirit.”  According to St. Matthew’s gospel you’d be… Read More »The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

Supreme Court leaves temporary stop on federal executions in place

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from carrying out the first federal executions in 16 years. In an order handed down the evening of Dec. 6, the justices unanimously denied an application by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a federal court injunction blocking the federal government from carrying out four executions scheduled for December 2019… Read More »Supreme Court leaves temporary stop on federal executions in place

Making Room for God on TV

[ad_1] Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s legion of admirers can only hope his beatification, originally scheduled December 21 in his home diocese of Peoria and now postponed by the Vatican, will soon take place. The postponement was requested by what the diocese said were “a few members”  of the U.S. bishops’ conference. No reasons for the delay were given, and the diocese called Archbishop Sheen “a model of holiness and virtue.” Beatification… Read More »Making Room for God on TV

Immaculate Mary—Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “Esquilache Immaculate Conception” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons From my earliest years, the memories of my mother’s prayers to Our Blessed Mother and her praise and thanksgiving offered to Jesus, her Lord, still travel across the decades of time and touch my heart, especially on each feast day dedicated to Our Lady. My mom would tell me over the years that Our Blessed Mother’s love… Read More »Immaculate Mary—Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast — Integrated Catholic Life™

Advocates for poor expect new SNAP rule will boost hunger nationwide

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic advocates for poor people decried a new federal rule that tightens work requirements which determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is expected to force hundreds of thousands to lose food stamps. The advocates said the U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that affects able-bodied adults without dependents does not take into consideration regional differences in the economy, the lack of state job training… Read More »Advocates for poor expect new SNAP rule will boost hunger nationwide

There Is More to Jesus’ ‘Narrow Door’ Than What Some Think

[ad_1] Jesus’ teaching about the ‘narrow door’ to salvation is commonly cited in support of the view that many will be damned and against hoping that all might be saved. Except Jesus does not say as much as many think. The teaching appears in both Matthew and Luke. Below are both sections as they appear in the revised edition of the New American Bible: “Enter through the narrow gate; for… Read More »There Is More to Jesus’ ‘Narrow Door’ Than What Some Think

Reflection 343: Glorifying the Lord in All Things

[ad_1] It’s easy to be grateful only when things go well.  But when times are tough we tend to turn in on ourselves in self-pity.  But you must learn to glorify the Lord in all things.  There are countless blessings and graces that God gives you for which you must experience immense gratitude.  Family blessings, spiritual consolations, fulfillment of duties, etc., must all be occasions of gratitude.  But gratitude must… Read More »Reflection 343: Glorifying the Lord in All Things

Sharing the Word for December 9, 2019 – Second Week of Advent – Year 2

[ad_1] December 9, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SW_120810_I.mp3   Today the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day we recall that Mary, the mother of God, was never afflicted with original sin, never separated from sharing the life of God. In preparation for her part in the redemption of humankind, she was always in full communion with God. The… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 9, 2019 – Second Week of Advent – Year 2