Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization

"Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization"

Check out the revised edition of this exciting and unique prayer book, filled with prayers that are sure to nourish the soul as we undertake the New Evangelization.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pope Saint Sylvester - led the Church into first era of peace and flourishing

Pope Saint Sylvester was the first pope after the Edict of Milan by which the emperor Constantine lifted the harsh persecution of Christians. He led the early Church into an era of growth and development. Churches were acquired or built; liturgy and doctrine organically grew; Christians witnessed to their faith openly and the Catholic Faith spread throughout the world. We ought to be most grateful for his papacy. This was the first time the Church was free to be herself. We see by 325 the solidifying of the liturgical rites, the formulation of essential doctrines at Nicea and devotion to Eucharistic Adoration. Prior to 313 the Church was in hiding and under persecution so her limited activity cannot be used as a complete model for Church life. With Constantine and Sylvester we see how the Church was meant to grow and develop under the Spirit's guidance and in freedom. Then we see that immediately she displays devotion to the Eucharist, recorded as reserved and adored in convent chapels by 325. (See the work of Fr. John Hardon). Also doctrine is codified and liturgy established. From those days a process of organic development begins that continues for centuries.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Reconcile and Purify! Be Pure Sanctuaries for the Living Presence of God! Homily First Sunday of Advent 2013 Year A


Pride: A Root Sin. Consider this reflection...

"My Name is Pride” poem by Beth Moore

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.

I cheat you of your God-given destiny…

because you demand your own way.

I cheat you of contentment……

because you “deserve better than this.”

I cheat you of knowledge…..

because you already know it all.

 I cheat you of healing….

because you are too full of you to forgive.

I cheat you of holiness……….

because you refuse to admit when you are wrong.

I cheat you of vision……..

because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window.

I cheat you of genuine friendship……

because nobody’s going to know the real you.

I cheat you of love…….

because  real romance demands sacrifice.

I cheat you of greatness in heaven…………

because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.

I cheat you of God’s glory………

because I convinced you to seek your own.

My name is Pride.  I am a cheater.

You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you.


I’m looking to make a fool of you.

God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry……..

If you stick with me you’ll never know.

Who am I? Consider what God's WORD says about who we are as human persons created in His image.

This is what the Scriptures say
regarding who I am in Christ Jesus my Lord!

5:13        I am the salt of the earth
5:14        I am the light of the world

1:12        I am a child of God
15:1,5    I am part of the true vine, a channel  of Christ’s life
15:15     I am Christ’s friend
15:16     I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit

6:18        I am a slave of righteousness
6:22        I am enslaved to God
8:14,15  I am a son/daughter of God; God is spiritually my Father
8:17        I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him!
8:28        I am assured that all things work together for good
8:31ff    I am free from any condemning charges against me

3:16        I am a temple-a dwelling place of God, His Spirit and His life
                dwell in me.
6:17        I am united to the Lord and I am one spirit with Him
12:27     I am a member of Christ’s body

5:17        I am a new creation
5:18        I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation

3:26,28  I am a son of God and one in Christ
4:6,7      I am an heir of God since I am a son of God

1:1          I am a saint
5:10        I am God’s workmanship-His handiwork-born anew in
               Christ to do His work
2:19        I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family
3:1          I am a prisoner of Christ
4:24        I am righteous and holy

3:20        I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now

3:3          I am hidden with Christ in God
3:4          I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life
3:12        I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved

5:5          I am a son of light and not of darkness

3:1          I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling
3:14        I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life

2:5          I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ
                as a spiritual house
2:9,10    I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a
                holy nation, a people for God’s own possession

3:1,2      I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He
5:18        I am born of God; the evil one, the devil, cannot touch me