Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Second Week in Advent & St. Damasus I, December 11,2017
Jesus heals the paralytic because he saw the faith of those who lowered him through the roof. In their own hearts they have seen “the glory of the Lord,” and that is why they are so eager to make firm knees that are weak and to say to their frightened friend, “Be strong, fear not! Here is your God.” Advent calls us to be such a friend “for those with a journey to make.”
VATICAN CITY, DECEMBER 10, 2017 (Zenit.org).- Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
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Before the Angelus
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
Last Sunday we began Advent with the invitation to watch. Today, the second Sunday of this time of preparation for Christmas, the Liturgy points out the proper contents: it’s the time to recognize the voids to fill in our life, to smooth the asperities of pride and make room for Jesus who is coming.read more
The rash of sexual harassment scandals is sweeping the nation to the point that it seems almost no male is exempt from its terrible fury. Anyone can be denounced by the media. Liberals point to “toxic masculinity” and social structures that must be overthrown. Feminists blame the remnants of patriarchy that manage to survive in today’s politically correct world. And powerful men who have abused their positions of authority are now having to give a reckoning.read more
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Second Sunday of Advent B & Blessed Adolph Kolping, December 10,2017
“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” is not a book, but a presence: the presence of the Son of God in human flesh. The beginning of the Gospel promises a new beginning for those aching to hear someone “speak tenderly.” Comfort will come; truth that is meaning which never decays will “spring out of the earth” – out of what we see and touch every day. We hasten that day by awaiting this presence eagerly. “Repentance” means changing to please the one who loves us into happiness.read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the First Week of Advent & St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, December 9,2017
Christ’s pity translates into a personal presence. Those who wait for the Lord are blessed through an encounter with the Apostles. In them “no longer will your Teacher hide himself.” The mark of every Gospel missionary is the proposal: “This is the way; walk in it.”
“Lord, you have chosen me to be your disciple. Take and use what I can offer, however meager it may seem, for the greater glory of your Name.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.read more
VATICAN CITY, DECEMBER 8, 2017 (Zenit.org).- Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
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Before the Angelus
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and happy feast!
Today we contemplate the beauty of Mary Immaculate. The Gospel, which narrates the Annunciation, helps us to understand what we are celebrating, especially through the greeting of the Angel. He addresses Mary with a word that is not easy to translate, which means “filled with grace,” “created by grace,” “full of grace” (Luke 1:28). Before calling her Mary, he calls her full of grace, and he thus reveals the new name that God has given her, which fits her more than the name given to her by her parents. We also call her thus, with every Hail Mary.read more
DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – Scientists are debunking the legitimacy of a new study suggesting gay men are “born that way.”
An article published on December 7 in Nature titled “Genome-Wide Association Study of Male Sexual Orientation” is suggesting a recent study of about 2,300 European men has found genetic markers indicating homosexual men may have a possible genetic predisposition to homosexuality.read more
NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) – The archdiocese of New York is announcing it has issued $40 million to nearly 200 victims of sex abuse.
Thursday, Communications Director Joseph Zwilling issued a press release regarding the final resultsof the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), a victims compensation fund begun in October 2016 and closed in November of this year.
“As of November 30, 2017, 189 victim-survivors had resolved their claims through the archdiocese’s IRCP, with compensation totaling $40,050,000,” he stated, adding that several more claims are still being processed.read more
Father James Martin is lying to the Catholic world. Not only is he lying about Church teaching and supported in his lies by various powerful Churchmen, he is also lying about the whole gay scene. He lies in presenting it as just “different” from the normal life of heterosexuality and marriage and so forth. He goes to great pains to try and make the whole gay life seem so natural and normal, and in this he is lying through his teeth. And on top of this, he betrays every single Catholic who struggles with same-sex attraction and tries to live according to the teaching of Christ in His Church. He also advances the rotten lie that someone who struggles with this Cross has no hope that it will ever end — that they were born that way, and they just have to embrace it and live a holy gay life. What a filthy liar! And the filthiness of his lies is increased greatly by the fact that he is a priest.read more
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