Fearful Yet Overjoyed


"Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed and ran to announce the news to his disciples..."
"This is beautiful, and this is the mission of...
mothers and women...to give witness to their children
and grandchildren that Christ is Risen!"





"[F]eminine genius is centered on the redemptive act of Jesus Christ...
[For] a woman's relationship to the sacred keeps the Church and society on an even keel..."
Feminine Genius


"For our children to be 'godly offspring', they must orient their lives more
and more around Jesus as their King..." (p. 336).
Applying Our Faith in Service in Catholic Education: Homeward Bound

"The essence of evangelization is to tell everybody,
'Jesus died for you'" (Audio, April 6, 1999).

"It is to women, that God has entrusted the human person.
Safe-guarding the human person is important for the culture of societies."

"[B]lessings...can be your if you call on Mary.  She is waiting
for you with love of a mother's heart to lead you to her Son."

"What I can do, you cannot.  What you can do, I cannot.
But together, we can do something beautiful for God.

"Everyone works in the service of man. We doctors work directly on man himself... We have opportunities to do good that the priest doesn't have. Our mission is not finished when medicines are no longer of use. We must bring the soul to God... Catholic doctors are so necessary!"


"I grew up atheist.  As far back as I can remember,
it seemed simply obvious to me that neither God nor any kind of spiritual realm existed...
Research led me to the shocking conclusion that God exists,
and more shocking conclusion that 
he became man in the form of Jesus of Nazareth."

Women Overjoyed to Announce The News

"The mission of the apostolate of Living His Life Abundantly International, Inc. is to mend the Christian Fabric of today's culture by proclaiming the
abundant life in Jesus Christ
through all manner of communications and media."

"Pediatrician, mother and best-selling author of six books,
Dr. Meg Meeker is the country's leading authority
on parenting, teens and children's health."

"[M]editate upoin the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary
who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious
resurrection of the Son of God."

 "[W]e celebrate all things Faith, Family
and Fun from a Catholic perspective."


"At Voice of Virtue, we're on a mission to help teens
defeat the temptations, rekindle what is good, true and
holy in their own lives, and live each day as
Jesus Christ wants them to."

"The mission of Mary's Advocates is to strengthen marriage, to eliminate forced no-fault divorce, and to support those who have been unjustly abandoned by their spouse."


(Amazon.com)



The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
Dr. Meg Meeker

From the heart of a parent, uniting with Mary in prayer and reflecting on the thoughts she may
have had beginning with her son's infancy, then empathizing with her being confronted with Christ's Passion, is an incomprehensible experience.  To imagine her as a mother witness her son after the Resurrection, is simply stunning, captivating, and points one to God's grace, comfort, power, and miracle available in the lives of us all. - Edward C.L.D., Catholic Dads HQ


Change the World Together
This Ordinary Life by Michele McGovern





Originally Posted 04.2011.  Updated 04.03.2013; 04.21.2014

Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord



"Belief in Jesus, as God [is a] myth"

Atheists are called to "Make the decisions for the rest of your lives."

"Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more."
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron


Historical Questions about the Resurrection of Jesus: Special Easter Post and Podcast - St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

They Saw and Believed: Scott Hahn reflects on Easter Sunday - Dr. Scott Hahn

There is More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye
(Vatican Radio Podcast)

Easter
"Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe,
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day."
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884 - 1889)
CatholicCulture.org



"But if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?  [I]f Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."
1 Cor. 15:12-18

"We don't realize how dangerous Jesus was.  If he is who he says he is, then we have to give our whole life to him.  If he is not who he says he is, he is not a good man, he is a dangerous, misguided, fanatic."
Fr. Robert Barron  


Franciscan University Presents: The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus





"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.


Resurrection of the Body
"The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine..."
Catholic.com

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (New Advent).

"I found the evidence of...the number of witnesses to the Resurrection compelling.
The Resurrection is established as a solid historical fact."
Robert H. Bork, American Legal Scholar and Law Professor

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
"Which theory about what really happened in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday can account for the data?
There are five possible theories: Christianity, hallucination, myth, conspiracy and swoon."
Peter Kreeft, Philosopher, professor, Christian apologist, author



Why I Am a Catholic - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Phd. Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Part I and Part II
"Something happened over 1,970 years ago that changed the course of world history...
This event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Dr. Gary R. Gromacki, Biblical Homiletics, Baptist Bible College

"I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take."
Lee Strobel, Former award-winning Legal Editor of The Chicago Tribune






Implication of the Resurrection for Christian Psychology
"The resurrection means that we presently see, touch, hear, smell,
and taste is not all there is to the story of being human.
We are not a 'closed' universe, meaning that God has always been
and remains active and immanent."
Dr. David Jenkins, University in Lynchburg

Against the Efforts of an Ever Reviving Gnosis
"It is very important, gentlemen, to stress the empirical and sensible fact of the Easter apparitions. If we do not do so, we Christians will run the great risk of changing Christianity into a form of gnosis."

Jesus of Nazareth II
"[I]n overcoming death, [Christ] transformed the expectation of the afterlife."
Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 7: The Burial of Christ
"But something else happened. The women were unable to perform their ablutions on the man they called Lord. Of all the burials and customs we’ve seen and discussed, from es-Skhul to the ossuary of Caiaphas, this one ended like no other."
Thomas L. McDonald
"[The resurrection] is a historical event that nevertheless bursts open the dimensions of history and transcends it...[I]t can be attested by witnesses as an event of an entirely new kind."
Pope Benedict XVI





Faith & Reason (Video Playlist)

"With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew.  He draws all of us after him into the new light of the resurrection and he conquers all darkness.  He is God's new day, new for all of us."
Pope Benedict XVI, 2012




Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Authority of the Catholic Church

Catholics Come Home
"Catholics Come Home, Inc....creates effective and compassionate media messages...to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others..."

Hosted by WordOnFire.org - Word On Fire "draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent. Fr. Barron posts weekly video clips, commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over 500 homilies." 


Published: 04.2011.  Updated: 04.08.2012; 04.05.2013; 04.20.2014

Holy Saturday: Passion and Death of Jesus Christ







The Character of Jesus Christ
"The surpassing eminence of the character of Jesus
has been acknowledged by men of the most varied type"
New Advent




Holy Saturday: an empty day?
(Vatican Radio)



Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday

Why I'm Catholic
Dr. Kevin Vost (Former Atheist)

The Passion Of Christ
Peter J. Riga, Attorney and Theologian




"The King is asleep..." (Apostleship of Prayer)


Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth
"When mathematicians have difficulties doing their calculations, they don't allow their difficulties to turn into doubts about the established truths of mathematics. Instead, they study harder and learn more about mathematics so they can understand how its parts fit together. So it is with the Catholic faith."
Eternal Word Television Network

Catholic Philosophers and Theologians

Catholic Poets

"[T]he sign that Pontius Pilate placed on Jesus' Cross labeled 'Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.'"

Marcus Grodi, Pastor

Published 04.19.2014.  Updated 04.11.2011; 03.30.2013; 04.24.2014

Lent: The Path to Transformation















The History of Ash Wednesday



"If you are a parent...[of two children] in America, [on average] one of your two  kids is going to walk away from God..."

Resources








A Challenge for Some during Lent: Anger Management














First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Childs Developing Brain


Resources



Provides crisis intervention and referrals to local service providers.
800-799-SAFE (7233)

Published: 02.26.2013
Updated: 03.05.2014

Vocations




What is my vocation?  The answer is in your response to and understanding of the question, Why was Jesus unnecessarily baptized?





Six compelling excuses for not becoming a nun - debunked!

Resources





Published 01.12.2013
Republished 03.04.2014

The heavens declare the glory of God

NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STSCI)














The heavens declare the glory of God: the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.  Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge.Psalms 19:1-3




Without faith in a Creator God, one who looks at His universe and declares it Good, how can you justify the belief that this universe is worth studying; indeed, that the universe even makes enough sense to be able to be studied? - Guy Consolmagno (as in Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist).

Modern scholars reject the old idea the Catholic Church was nothing but an opponent of the sciences.  You would be considered almost beyond help, if you continue to argue that to a professional historian of science.Thomas E. Woods

Significant updates in rational approaches to God have been achieved...in physics and cosmology. - Robert J. Spitzer



The Great Debate: Has Science Refuted Religion?

Authors and Speakers



Research


Videos




Christ is the centre of creation, Christ is the centre of his people and Christ is the centre of history. - Pope Francis 





Preparing children for the future.





What Contemporary Physics & Philosophy Tell Us About Nature & God - Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, Ph.D. & Prof. Bruce Gordon, Ph.D.(Discovery Institute)


Published Originally: 05.03.12
Updated: 11.29.2013; 03.01.2014; 03.16.2014

Sin and Forgiveness






Pope in General Audience: Every two weeks I go to Confession - RomeReports.com


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

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).

Resources


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

Painting: All Saints Day l by Wassily Kandinsky

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: 01.10.2014; 04.23.2014