Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart.
Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy sacred Heart.
He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
This is a really well done Swiss Guard promo video. Very interesting. Seen on Fr. Z's blog:
#GospelToday (Mk 9:42)
"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe [in me] to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
Infanticide is not the only culture of death initiative. Not valuing life means euthanasia is also just fine, and in fact to be promoted. It is supposedly a "choice", but in reality not so much.
Edward Pentin interviews Cardinal Brandmüller on the failed summit for EWTN's National Catholic Register:
Being Catholic gives God's people truth and the sacraments to reflect it in our lives. On the flip side, we are still fallen for now.
While some rise to the heroic virtue of saints to which we are all called, most of us including popes, bishops, priests, and lay folks including myself have some distance to go.
In light of the failed sexual abuse summit in Rome, Jonathan Coe offers some good insight for Crisis Magazine:
#GospelToday (Mk 9:38-40)
John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.
#GospelToday (Mk 9:37)
"Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me."
A bill proposed in the Senate to stop infanticide (the killing of a baby after birth). Seems obvious right?
There is an interesting survey led by Fr. Donald Kloster on fidelity to Catholic beliefs of those who attend the OF (Novus Ordo) and EF (Traditional Latin Mass) forms of Mass.
Key findings were:
>>> 2% of TLM Catholics approved of contraception vs. 89% of NOM.
>>> 1% of TLM Catholics approved of abortion compared to 51% of NOM.
>>> 99% of TLM Catholics attend Mass weekly vs. 22% of NOM.
>>> 2% of TLM Catholics approve of “gay marriage” vs. 67% of NOM.
>>> TLM Catholics gave 6% of their income while NOM gave 1.2%.
>>> Fertility rates also were different, with TLM at 3.6 and NOM at 2.3.
You may remember Fr. Thomas Rosica, still a member of the Vatican inner-circle, who brought an unprecedented lawsuit against David Domet (a Catholic blogger) for drawing attention to Fr. Rosica's own words. (Suffice to say, Fr. Rosica is the source of many -- let's call them unorthodox -- words.)
Fr. Rosica has been in the news again, this time for a long history of plagiarism.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker writes about the situation here:
Sex abuse summit verdict: it failed.
Pope Francis published 21 "reflection points", none of which mention the root cause of predatory homosexual priests. Consequently, the summit appears to have been more about protecting these priests and bishops vs. taking the most constructive steps. This will not end well.
Here is EWTN's reliable, honest National Catholic Register's take:
#GospelToday (Mk 9:21-24)
Then he questioned his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He replied, "Since childhood. It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."
Jesus said to him, "'If you can!' Everything is possible to one who has faith." Then the boy's father cried out, "I do believe, help my unbelief!"
#GospelToday ( Lk 6:32-36)
For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit [is] that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful.
Finally(!), a pro-life president. Not words, actions:
#GospelToday (Mk 9:7-8)
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.
#GospelToday (Mt 16:15-19)
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
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