Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time & Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22,2017
Today’s feast reminds us that holiness means depending on God. The Queenship of Mary invites us to exercise our obedience to God in a way that results not in submission, but likeness. Saint Maximillian Kolbe wrote that Mary “has a right to be loved as Queen of all hearts so that through her, hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart, and so worty of union with God.” “A queen enjoys full power, even with regards to the king. Mary’s fullness of power is expressed in her intercession for us and her mediation of graces, so that we receive all personal graces from God” (von Balthasar).read more
The Holy Father said the attack August 17, 2017 in Barcelona was “blind violence” and a “very serious offense to the Creator”.
His words came in a telegram August 18, 2017 from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, his Secretary of State, to the Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona Juan José Omella y Omella after the attacks that struck Spain, including Barcelona and Cambrils, Thursday evening, August 17.read more
A brief announcement, all this week the staff here at the apostolate will be having in-service days, making plans for the next year, programming decisions, training and so forth. As a result, we will be providing you with abbreviated Vortex episodes where we hope the points will be obvious but must be said.
So for today, is anyone else sick of the hypocritical moaning of the Left about racism and hatred and so forth? Yes, the events in Charlottesville were awful. No one should ever want to see someone be killed because they oppose them politically in a street demonstration.read more
Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret (1852–1929), “The Last Supper”
BLOGS | AUG. 19, 2017
Is Jesus “Re-Sacrificed” at Every Mass?
If Jesus is our high priest forever, He is still offering Himself, out of time, because that’s what priests do.
By Dave Armstrong
The Bible plainly rules out the notion of Jesus being “re-sacrificed”:
Hebrews 7:27 (RSV) He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. (cf. 9:12)
Hebrews 9:24-26 For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.  Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own;  for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (cf. 9:27-28)read more
Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Pius X, August 21,2017
Born in 1835 A.D. in the village of Riese, Italy, to a seamstress mother and cobbler father, Giusseppe Sarto spent most of his priestly life ministering to the people in and around Venice. As pastor, he gave to the poor from his own modest household. As bishop and then Patriarch of Venice, he reformed lax seminaries, yet still found time to teach catechism to children. Elected Pope Pius X in 1903, he led the Church with forthright teachings on the importance of catechesis, Catholic Action, and the errors of Modernism. He condemned the Modernist heresy and promoted the catechesis of adults and children, priestly formation, and frequent reception of the Eucharist. He extended the age of First Communion to children as young as seven. “I was born poor, I lived poor, I die poor,” was his final testament. Many miraculous cures were attributed to this “pope of the Eucharist” during his lifetime. He died in 1914 A.D.read more
Latest in a string of accidents at major UK abortion provider
LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) – In the first two months of 2017, the U.K.’s biggest abortion mill bungled almost 400 abortions.
British healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), reported last month that 373 “failed terminations of pregnancy” occurred in January and February at facilities run by the country’s Planned Parenthood counterpart, Marie Stopes International.
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!
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28) presents to us a singular example of faith in Jesus’ meeting with a Canaanite woman, a foreigner for the Jews. The scene unfolds while He is on the way to the city of Tyre and Sidon, northwest of Galilee: it’s here that the woman implores Jesus to heal her daughter who, the Gospel says, “is severely possessed by a demon” (v. 22). Initially the Lord seems not to listen to this cry of grief, so much so as to arouse the intervention of the disciples, who intercede for her. Jesus’ apparent detachment doesn’t discourage this mother, who insists on her invocation.read more
A letter from His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will be read in all masses (August 20) after communion.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Archdiocese of Manila,
On August 12-17, 2017, I participated in the meeting of Caritas Latin America held in El Salvador, a country where many people had been killed in a civil war. Until now it still contends with armed groups. In El Salvador, I heard news of the increase of killings in our own country due to an intensified war against illegal drugs. I am inviting you to reflect, pray and act.read more
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time A & St. Bernard of Clairvaux, August 20, 2017
Pope Benedict XVI wrote that “faith makes us light, enabling us to escape our own gravity, which drags us down. The terrible trial of a chronically ill child could have wrecked the Canaanite woman’s spirit, weighing her down with despondency and defeat. But faith lifts her from the heaviness of hopelessness and carries her to the “holy mountain” who is Christ. The promise proclaimed by Saint Paul – that God desires to have mercy on all – moves the woman beyond the burden of fatalism and doubt. Before the Answer who is Christ she will not take no for an answer. Even Christ’s silence does not dissuade her. Instead, it serves to steel her belief, showing her a new tack by which to beg for what God is eager to give her. ‘My God, your silence replies better than the many fervors of my love for you’” (Marthe Robin).read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. John Eudes, August 19,2016
John was born in 1601 A.D., in Ri, France. Before his birth, his parents who had been praying for an end to their infertility, offered him to God through Mary. John took a vow of chastity at fourteen. He studied with Jesuits at Caen, France. Drawn by the Christ-centered teachings of Cardinal Berulle, he was ordained a priest of the Oratory. At this time the devastating Thirty Years War had all but destroyed the faith of the peasants. John threw himself into mission work, enthusiastically preaching over a hundred six-to-eight-week missions to the countrymen. Struck by the great need for well-educated and self-giving priests, he founded the Society of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) in 1643 for the education of seminarians. The order of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge was established for the care of women who had been drawn into prostitution. He taught others to entrust themselves to the hearts of Jesus and Mary. To his priests: “Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires, and his disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.” John died in 1680 A.D. Pope Leo XIII declared him the “father, doctor, and apostle of the liturgical cult of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.read more
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