Readings & Reflections: Seventh Sunday of Easter A & Venerable Pierre Toussaint, May 28,2017
It is after the Ascension. The remaining Apostles “have kept the Father’s word”; “they have believed that the Father sent Jesus.” They witness to the Father’s glory by enacting their own sort of “triumphant” entry into Jerusalem, redolent of Christ’s on Palm Sunday. It was triumphant “when they entered the city” because the Eleven were deeply united in faith and charity, resolved to do the will of the Father. It is not a coincidence the way that their actions mimic those of the Savior: they go to the Upper Room and there devote themselves to prayer with one accord. As a result of this conviction, persecution is soon to follow, but they will rejoice to the extent that they share in the sufferings of Christ.
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Augustine of Canterbury, May 27,2017
Augustine was a native of Rome, where he served as prior of the monastery of Saint Andrew. Saint Gregory the Great sent him with thirty companions from Rome to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom centered in Kent. The mission faltered at first, and Augustine returned to Rome. But Gregory, confident in Augustine’s leadership, consecrated him abbot of the fledging community and sent him back on the road to England. Reaching Kent, Augustine and his companions were successful in converting the king, Ethelbert. Thousands of his subjects followed him into the Church. Gregory appointed Augustine archbishop of Canterbury. He died around the year 604 A.D. and is considered the apostle of England.
Some one hundred extremists of the “Maute” Islamist group affiliated to ISIS, occupied Marawi City, in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), chief town of the Province of Lanao del Sur on Tuesday, May 23, and attacked the local Catholic Cathedral.
Not only did the militiamen destroy the Cathedral and the Bishop’s residence, but they also kidnapped some 15 faithful, among them a priest, some women religious and some lay people who were praying in the Cathedral, on the last day of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians, whose feast is celebrated today.
THE VORTEX: THE TAIL OF THE DEVIL – There is only a little time left
May 26, 2017
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If you survey the last, roughly, 130 years or so of the Church, you will find a recurring theme from the various popes. If we go back to Pope Leo XIII in 1884, if we use that as a kind of historical marker, we have his vision of the conversation between God and Satan where Satan claimed he could destroy the Catholic Church. He said all he needed was more power and a hundred years. God responded that he would be given the time and the power. It was owing to this vision that the pope immediately composed the St. Michael Prayer and ordered it prayed after every Mass.
ROME, May 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — People who disregard Hell as a place “invented” by the Church to scare people into acting a certain way need to listen to the message from Our Lady of Fatima, said Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria. She showed three shepherd children that Hell exists, and is not empty, he added.
“There are people who don’t want us to talk of Hell. But Hell is not something that was invented in the Vatican,” he said in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews on May 14 in his apartment in Rome.
Félix Joseph Barrias (1822-1907), “The Temptation of Christ by the Devil”
19 Points of Advice for Fighting the Devil
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil…
By Patti Armstrong, May 26,2017
The exorcists I consult occasionally for articles have personally seen a lot of the devil’s theatrics: levitation, room temperature suddenly and drastically dropping, people knowing foreign languages they never studied, foul odors, objects flying and other antics intended to intimidate the exorcist. Yet, we are told not to fear evil. The exorcists do, however, strongly warn us to stay away from it and use the protection God gives us.
I put together advice on how to guard against evil taken from two recent interviews with Msgr. John Esseff, a priest in the diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania for 64 years and an exorcist for over 40 years, and also Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.
It’s a reason all of us can understand when we look at our families.
“Where there is the presence of Jesus, there is the presence of His Mother.” – Fulton J. Sheen
The Catholic devotion to Mary has never come easily to me. I know Mary is, for some people, the way they discovered and really developed a relationship with Jesus. But for me, it was the opposite. Jesus is the one who introduced his Mother to me.
I knew Jesus for several years before I developed or even saw a reason to develop a relationship with his Mother. My devotion to Jesus informed my relationship with Mary. In fact, it becomes clearer to me every day that love for the Word who revealed himself to us as a newborn babe is absolutely inseparable from love for Mary.
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Philip Neri, May 26,2017
Philip has been called the “Second Apostle of Rome,” after the great Saint Paul. Born in Florence, he lived for a time in his youth near Monte Cassino and drank deeply of the Benedictine life of prayer. He was ordained a priest at the age of thirty-five. By degrees, he took Rome by storm. He healed thousands in the confessional. He comforted and directed countless others. He gathered his followers for the Oratory – meetings that combined prayer and music, ending with almsgiving or pilgrimage to Rome’s basilicas. He received many mystical graces, the most telling of which was a mystical “enlargement” of his heart, which he described as being ignited with God’s own Spirit. He founded a Congregation of priests to support the work of the Oratory. Philip died in 1595 A.D. and was immediately proclaimed a saint by the Romans.
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