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A Survival Manual

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As we lean into Advent our Mass readings have us ponder the Book of Revelation and the Last Things. In the little book, "The Apocalypse: Warning, Hope and Consolation",  Michael O'Brien sums up our true predicament in this dark age.

" The victory of Christ is the first and final theme of the book of Revelation, and too it must be the first and final word of our own lives. We are not alone, not abandoned to the malice of dark powers and the evil energies of their human agents. Jesus Christ is the Lord of history, and he is the one to whom we must hold fast as we make our way through a dark age. We must do so as little children, with the spirit of the child clinging to his father's hand..."Unless you become as little hildren, you will not enter the Kingdom of God".

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NOV
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A Friday Reflection from St. Elizabeth Hesselblad

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A powerful Friday reflection fitting for the Feast of All Souls from St. Elizabeth Hesselblad.

As she reflected on her baptism, she wrote: "In an instant the love of God was poured over me. I understood that I could respond to that love only through sacrifice and a love prepared to suffer for His glory and for the Church. Without hesitation I offered Him my life, and my will to follow Him on the Way of the Cross". Two days later, she would receive her First Holy Communion and would depart back for Europe.

Discover this modern Swedish saint and why she was recognized as 'A Righteous Among The Gentiles'.
http://db.yadvashem.org/righteous/family.html?language=en&itemId=5203980

Five Facts You Did Not Know About St. Elizabeth Hesselblad.
https://heavy.com/news/2016/06/elizabeth-hesselblad-sweden-canonization-saint-pope-francis/

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OCT
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Can You Help Save Civilization?

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Saint John Paul II thinks you can.

In his 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus, on the hundredth anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's, Rerum novarum, Saint John Paul II wrote:

"For an adequate formation of a culture, the involvement of the whole man is required, whereby he exercises his creativity, intelligence, and knowledge of the world and of people.  Furthermore, he displays his capacity for self-control, personal sacrifice, solidarity and readiness to promote the common good."

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OCT
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Confession, Eucharist, and Freedom

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Constance T. Hull writes: "In the Encyclical Letter, Redemptor Hominis, Saint John Paul II discusses the connection between these two great Sacraments of the Church. Both the Holy Eucharist and Penance are linked to the mystery of Jesus Christ. Saint Paul said, “Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” The link between theses Sacraments is apparent. In approaching the Lord’s Supper at each Mass, we must be aware of our failings and whether or not we are in a worthy state for reception of Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist is not a right. It is a gift reserved for those in a state of grace who are members of the Church." Read more...

Make a fresh start today. Allow humility to guide you to a freedom from sin that will transform you, your family, and all whom you encounter this day. Go to confession.

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OCT
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A Demon That Targets The Family

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As we approach the end of October and turn our thoughts to the rememberence of All Saints and All Souls it is good to be reminded of the reality of evil.

Last year Fr. Cesar Truqui of the diocese of Rome warned that everything that is harming the family, including divorce, pleases the devil, and is caused by the demon "Asmodeus", cited in the story of Tobias.

Read on...
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/exorcist-says-theres-a-demon-that-targets-the-family-34067


Related:
What Happens When A Whole Country Is Infested With Demons?
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/what-happens-when-an-entire-country-becomes-infested-with-demons-47505

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OCT
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St. Isaac Jogues' Love for Silence and The Sacred

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On this the rememberence of the North American Martyrs I'm reminded of St. Isaac Jogues' love for silence and the sacred:

"Let us love silence till the world is made to die in our hearts. Let us always remember death, and in this thought draw near to God in our heart - and the pleasures of this world will have our scorn."

Read more of this incredible story:

Jesuit Relations:
http://moses.creighton.edu/kripke/jesuitrelations/relations_28.html | http://moses.creighton.edu/kripke/jesuitrelations/relations_31.html

Other Sources:

http://jesuits.ca/news-detail?TN=NEWS-20161019124334CANADA

http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/The_Canadian_Martyrs.pdf

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-isaac-jogues-jean-de-br-eacute-beuf-and-companions/

The Excavations of Old Fort St. Marie | http://www.cchahistory.ca/journal/CCHA1941-42/Lally.html

 

 

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OCT
15
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The Short To Holiness

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We often make things overly complicated. The "Apostle of Rome", St. Philip Neri can help bring us back to essentials with his short maxims.  To combat the devil St. Philip urges --  “at communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined.”

A couple additional morsels of his simple way:

“Excessive sadness seldom springs from any other source than pride.”

"A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one."

"Men are generally the carpenters of their own crosses.”

"There is nothing the devil fears so much, or so much tries to hinder, as prayer."

“Well, my brothers, and when shall we begin to do good?”

Today.

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OCT
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Holy Priests Holy Families

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Mother Teresa was invited to Rome to attend the October 1980 Synod of Bishops. Writing to her spiritual director, Father van der Peet, she says, "I had to speak -- and I asked the Holy Father to give us holy priests if he wants families to be holy. Many of the bishops said "Thank you".

She goes on to encourage Father van der Peet to say with her this little prayer, which we today can make our own. "In union with all the Masses being offered throughout the world I offer Thee my heart. Make it meek and humble like yours."

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OCT
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Eucharist and Sacrifice

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Sam Guzman in his talk entitled, "The Weapon of Thanksgiving: Living Eucharistically in Everyday Life",  reminds us of the practical ways a Eucharistic life co-joined with sacrifice instills in us joy and the desire to praise God in thanksgiving. I'm reminded here of my ethics professor, Don Demarco, who once said in his Philosophy of Discontent class in the 1980's -- that the little deaths (struggles and sacrifices) prepare us, streghten us and give us life. Conversely, avoidance of "little deaths" and turning towards convenience and ease -- leads to death. So we should remain in a posture of gratitude trusting in the Lord.

Eucharistic love is love that desires the good of another and is willing to be crucified for that love. AMDG!

Read on... https://www.catholicgentleman.net/2018/10/the-weapon-of-thanksgiving-living-eucharistically-in-everyday-life/

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OCT
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The Four Ends of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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The four ends of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass — adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition — provide us with a wonderful schema for an encounter with God in the Divine Liturgy and a blueprint for successful relationships between us all.

Through adoration we give glory to God. In thanksgiving we develop a sensitivity as we see more clearly through the lens of humility all God has bestowed upon us. In reparation we make amends for ourselves and for other's faults. Finally, petition draws us to beseech the Almighty for our needs in the order of grace and in the order of nature.

Together adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition are aspects of an intimate exchange of persons that bind us deeper into the mystery of love. Today allow the Holy Mass to become the nuclear core of your relationships.

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Rediscover Ember Days

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Here is a great reminder of the humble practice of prayer and fasting in what was once called the Ember Days.

"Fasting, according to St Thomas Aquinas, has three purposes: to rein in carnal desires, to elucidate contemplation and to “satisfy for sins”. It’s the third purpose that, in this context, has struck some people as offensive. Certain bishops and priests are responsible for this scandal, they argue. The notion that we – the laity – should be asked to suffer for their sins seems unjust."

Read on... http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2018/09/29/the-revival-of-ember-days/

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MAY
25
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Updating SJC

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We're well underway to a complete revamp with full social media integration and streamlined user workflows.

Now you will be able to connect with the Canons in a more effective way online, and offline.

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