Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time B & Feast of Sto. Niño (Philippines) & St. Agnes, January 21,2018
At a moment when “time was running out” for evil Nineveh, God did something extraordinary: he raised up Jonah to preach repentance to “great city.” When “Jesus came proclaiming the Gospel of God,” Christ’s first action was to call men from the sea to preach to the world. Nothing convinces us of the compassion, the love, the kindness, and the goodness of God like the witness of these humble believers who leave nets, boats, and father to follow Jesus. To us who beg, “Teach me your ways,” Jesus beckons: “Come after me.”read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Sebastian, January 20,2018
Probably a native of Milan, Sebastian is said to have been a member of the Roman Army and was martyred around the year 300 A.D. during the Diocletian persecutions. His remains were buried in a basilica on the Appian Way that bears his name. Renaissance painters portraying Sebastian focused on the story that he was found out to be a Christian and shot with arrows repeatedly by his fellow soldiers. He is said to have survived this torture, nursed back to health by Saint Irene. When he confronted Diocletian, clubbing killed him. Because Sebastian’s many wounds evoked the physiognomy of plague victims, he was invoked against that scourge. He is invoked as the patron of soldiers, policemen and those who organize neighborhood watch programs also call upon him. Later, he was called upon as a patron saint of physicians.read more
Pope Francis on January 19, 2019, reminded the crowds in Peru that Mary is not only an example but a mother. His comments came in an address during his meeting with the Population at Jorge-Basadre-Institute in Puerto Maldonado in Peru.
The Holy Father went on to explain that he had been told he was coming to a forgotten place, a “no man’s land.” He disagreed.read more
The 2018 March for Life rally marked 45 years since Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
This year’s theme, “Love Saves Lives,” alluded to the heroism of self-sacrifice.
“Choosing life is not always easy,” organizers explained, “but it is the loving, empowering and self-sacrificial option.”
“Love is universally attractive because it is directed towards others,” they added. “Love is what we all strive for because deep-down we are all drawn to give of ourselves in this way. Love saves lives in countless ways.”read more
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Belief in Holy Communion is a universal deal breaker for Protestants as it was for Jews when they heard Our Lord directly teaching them on the Eucharist.
John 6:53, 67 recounts, “The Jews on that account argued with one another, saying, ‘How can this man give us His flesh to eat?’ … From this time, many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with Him.”
Father John Hardon affirms that rejection of the Eucharist is one thing that unites all Protestants. “Of all the definitions that anyone could come up with for Protestantism, that one is the most accurate: those self-professed Christians who reject the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.”read more
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Fabian, January 19,2018
Even though Saul was “hunting David down to take his life,” David refused to take advantage of an opportunity to kill him because Saul “is the Lord’s anointed.” The appointing of the Twelve is a kind of anointing. Through the Apostles the sovereignty of Christ comes into our possession.
“Lord, fill me with gratitude and generosity for all you have done for me. Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my All.” Lord give us the grace to respond to your call to be your disciple… Lord enable me to just have to follow You as best I can, to do my best in total trust and fidelity. In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.read more
Pope Francis And President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski – Vatican Media Screenshot
Pope Francis arrived in Lima, Peru, at around 4 p.m. on January 18, 2018, the second leg of his January 15-22 apostolic journey. Peru’s President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, met the Holy Father on the tarmac, where Church and civic leaders joined in welcoming ceremonies.read more
Mary is always with us, in every moment of our daily lives, and she also is well aware of what burdens our hearts.
Pope Francis stressed this during the Mass he presided over in Iquique, Chile Jan. 18, 2018, during his Apostolic Visit to Chile and Peru, Jan. 15-22, and his last Mass in Chile before heading off to Peru.read more
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