Advent

            




Advent with Fr. Pontifex - Week 1




For the First Sunday of Advent Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey are looking at Carlo Crivelli’s 1486 painting ‘The Annunciation with Saint Emidius’. - Podcast






Advent with Fr. Pontifex - Week 2


For the Second Sunday of Advent, Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey are looking at 'The Visitation of the Virgin to Saint Elizabeth’ crafted around 1515 from the Workshop of the Master. - Podcast



For the Third Sunday of Advent Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey are looking at 'The Birth of Saint John the Baptist Predella Panel' by Giovanni di Paolo, painted in 1454. - Podcast



For the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey looked at 'The Nativity at Night' by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, painted in 1490. - Podcast







United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Advent Season

The First Christian Art and its Early Developments - Lord Richard Harries

2014 Magnificat Advent Companion [Kindle Edition]





Free Salesian Online Course for Advent





















"St. Joseph is an important figure in the Catholic Church, best known as Mary’s husband and Jesus’ earthly father. This collection provides an in-depth look at Joseph’s life, starting with his birth and studying his iconic role in the Church as the head of the Holy Family..." - Logos.com




Published: 11.30.2013
Updated: 12.08.2013; 11.30.2014; 12.11.2014

Teaching the World to Hear and See













Fr. Cyril Axelrod Legacy Foundation: Celebrating Our Common Abilities



"My interaction with deaf, mute and blind students has reinforced the message that those of us with minor physical challenges have little excuse for not using our God given talents" (YMCA Africa Alliance.  Different ability is not inability: working with the deaf, mute and blind)

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Original Post: 10.16.2013
Updated: 11.23.2014

Psalm 144: 1-2
















"When I am tired and so afraid,
your love is like a fire that will light my way..."
- Third Day - Your Love is Like a River





"Personally I have been thrilled with these CDs before while in Iraq in 2007–2008." - U.S. Navy Command Chaplain CDR Miles J. Barrett CHC

"As an ex-serviceman, I can relate to Fr. Goldmann's story. 'The Shadow of His Wings' is truly awe inspiring." - Jim - Wichita, KS




Psalm 144:1-2













Vocations



United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
National Vocation Awareness Week
November 2-8, 2014







Six compelling excuses for not becoming a nun - debunked!





Resources





Published 01.12.2013
Republished 11.01.2014

Eucharistic Adoration






EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis on his love for the Eucharist




". . .The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace." Blessed John Paul II

Apps


Current Events
Resources


"The Christian faith...is meant to be shared...around the world."
- Fr. R. Barron
Formation for Adults





We are all "[beckoned] to something beautiful...our greatest potential." - Deacon Greg Kandra


"Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and EWTN Global Catholic Network offer several scheduled activities to visitors each day." - EWTN




Church & Culture



The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "[T]he Twelve accepted with simple faith a mystery which as yet they did not understand." -  Catholic Encyclopedia



"Without the priest, there is no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. WIthout the Church, there is no Hope." - Author Unknown


Vocations
Youth



"Musically speaking, one of the most moving moments of World Youth Day was marked by a Vigil in Rio's Copacabana beach. Grammy-nominated singer Matt Maher, sang on his knees during a Eucharistic Adoration ceremony, as millions of youths and the Pope prayed before the Blessed Sacrament." - August 3, 2013 - Romereports.com


Published: 06.10.2012
Updated: 10.26.2014

Faithful Citizenship




Christianity did not come by force of arms, nor could it. Christianity will never come by Act of Parliament. The wisest of earth’s scholars, and the most astute of her politicians, can lift no finger to help the Kingdom of God save by coming in to the school of Jesus, and learning of Him by the inshining of the Holy Spirit.

- Morgan, G. C. (1897). Discipleship (pp. 30–31). New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company (Retrieved from Logos Bible Software - http://bit.ly/1z9PWVp).




Resources
"Catholicism...It's your story." (Fr. Barron)




Sin and Forgiveness






Pope in General Audience: Every two weeks I go to Confession
- RomeReports.com - Published on Nov 20, 2013


The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:

- reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
- reconciliation with the Church
 - remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
- remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
- peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
- an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle
Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1496




Resources


"When we seek forgiveness in a human relationship, the resolution of guilt can strengthen the love in that relationship,” Lynch said. “Likewise, when we ask for forgiveness of sins in confession, we have an opportunity to restore our relationship with the Father as a child of God.” - Archdioces of Denver

Organizations
  • The Fetzer Institute - Engaging with people around the world to foster awareness of power love and forgiveness in our global community.
  • Oregon Catholic Press - For more than 80 years, OCP has responded to the diverse and changing needs of churches and worshipers around the world.



Story Behind the Song: Forgiveness



To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you." - Lewis B. Smedes







Being with the Energy of Love and Forgiveness




"Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in mercy." - Psalm 103:8








Published: 07.31.2013
Updated: 11.20.2013; 02.28.2014; 10.27.2014

Religious Persecution: 100 Million Brothers and Sisters Suffer for Their Faith in Christ






"When the Saints go marching in, I want to be one of them..." - Sara Groves
















"God is alive... He is with us forever..." (Daughter of Asia Bibi).
Death Penalty Upheld; Battle Not Over - 10.21.2014




Hate is a learned behavior and so is the act of disengagement. - Barbara Coloroso





Did you know over 100,000,000 brothers and sisters in Christ suffer persecution for their faith?  That is to say, people who believe in our Lord, and live out their lives faithful Christ's teachings "suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith" - Open Doors USA



"Lord, I have a heavy burden...
But your Word is shut up like a fire burning in my bones...
calling for freedom..." - Sara Groves



Persecution




"There are more martyrs today than in the first early centuries of the church." - Pope Francis





Did you know in 2010 then Pope Benedict XVI had something to say about religious persecution? - FoxNews.com

According to Vatican News, "Holy Father Benedict XVI...stressed that in many Countries Christians are deprived of fundamental rights and sidelined from public life; in other countries they endure violent attacks against churches and their homes. At times they are forced to leave the countries they have helped to build because of persistent tensions and policies which frequently relegate them to being second-class spectators of national life." Vatican News 

Did you know as a faithful follower of Jesus, you can do something to help?
  1. Stay informed.  See Catholic News Agency for more information.
  2. Get involved.  See Aid to the Church in Need or Where God Weeps for some suggestions.
  3. Let others in your parish know, and begin to dialogue and allow the Holy Spirit to move each of you to employ your collective skills, talents and prayer to aid others in need.





"Every man and every woman should be free to confess their religion of choice..." - Pope Francis

A persecuted Church ‘The 21st century has already seen in its first 13 years 1 million people killed around the world because of their belief in Jesus Christ.’ - Editorial Board OSV Newsweekly

"The Catholic Church embraces with hope the commitment to ecumenism as a duty of the Christian conscience enlightened by faith and guided by love, Jesus himself..." Quotes From Church Teaching On Ecumenism And Interfaith Dialogue

"It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good.  This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 913



Persecution of Christians (Catholic TV)

Resources

Advocacy




The Fight for Faith - Fox News

Articles / Reports






Lethal Attacks on Those Who Live for Christ

Podcasts


Stories
Videos


A New Defender Of Religious Freedom In Europe


Websites
  • Church in Need - As an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need’s mission is to help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide.
  • Hudson Institute: Center for Religious Freedom - The Center for Religious Freedom promotes religious freedom as a component of U.S. foreign policy by working with a worldwide network of religious freedom experts to provide defenses against religious persecution and oppression.
  • Movement for the Abolition of War
  • Odyssey Network - "Stories of Faith in Action.  Stories Changing the World.  Odyssey Networks, founded in 1987, is the nation's largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that fosters understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives and that enriches spiritual life."
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Persecution.org - International Christian Concern: ICC acts as a bridge between believers in free countries and believers in persecuted countries. This bridge carries encouragement, prayers and aid in while news, requests, and love flow back over the bridge. 
  • The Woolf Institute - The Woolf Institute is a global leader in addressing one of the most pressing and rewarding challenges of our time: the current and historical relationships that exist between the faith-traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, with special reference to Europe and the Middle East.
  • Vatican Radio - The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the world!
  • United States Commission International Religious Freedom
  • Where God Weeps - Where God Weeps is a weekly TV & Radio show produced by Catholic Radio & Television Network with the support of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
  • World Watch List - The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst.




This is your Catholic moment... CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization


Published 03.02.2013
Updated 10.22.2014

Student Rights












     


YOUCAT - Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church





As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise. - Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2229






Maryland Student Says Faith Drives Morals,
Denied Admission Twice -

"During his [Dustin Buxton] admission interview, Buxton told the interviewer that his faith drives his morals, in response to a specific question about what he views as his guiding life principles. His answer was deemed unacceptable..." - ACLJ, 09.28.2104





Liberty Counsel

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Catholic Education Newsletter







No Greater Love





Pursuing the Language of Conversion and Truth: The Good News of Christ - Synod fathers on updating church language

The Urging of Christ's Love: The Saints and the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

"[T]he author of a delightful book that introduces us to the principles of Catholic social teaching through the lives of the saints... His emphasis is not so much on the exposition of doctrines or texts, but on telling the stories of saints who have exemplified the principles contained in the Church’s teaching." - CatholicVote.org