Sirach 2:1-6
My son, if you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for temptation.
Set your heart right and be steadfast, and do not be hasty in time of calamity.
Cleave to him and do not depart, that you may be honored at the end of your life.
Accept whatever is brought upon you, and in changes that humble you be patient.
For gold is tested in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
Trust in him, and he will help you; make your ways straight, and hope in him.

"I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever."

Psalm 86:12

“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.”

- St. Teresa of Calcutta

Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

2 John 7-9

"You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want. Change the focus. Get a new center. Will what God wills and your joy no man shall take from you."
-- Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

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EWTN's "The World Over" is a great source of Catholic news. Last night's edition covers the questionable ouster of Nashville's bishop and a look at the recent Youth Synod. Thorough, insightful and probably stuff you didn't know (but should):

"He who comes from God listens to God's words. You, however, are not from God, and that is why you will not listen.”

John 8:47

Who do you listen to?

This is the first blog by Msgr. Charles Pope that I have read. If you're familiar of the Msgr.'s blogs, please feel free to share your fav.

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.”

St. Pope John Paul II

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. -- St. Thomas Aquinas

Jesus is always calling. When Jesus asks you, "Do you love me more than these?", does your heart tremble when you answer, "Yes Lord, you know that I love you.”

This article is worth reading and maybe even meditating on. Remembering St. John Paul II.

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass'd.

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.

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Check-out this service of that lists bishops and their public record on issues impacting the Church:

Thanks to @rmaffeo for passing along the link.

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“Jesus longs for you. He misses you when you don’t come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy or accepted by others; even by yourself sometimes. He is the one who always accepts you. Only believe, you are precious to Him. Bring all your suffering to His feet; only open your heart to be loved by Him as you are. He will do the rest.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

“We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with one hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.” (St. Catherine of Siena)

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