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  • A Thomistic Litany of Humility

    Posted 9 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 22, 2019 A Thomistic Litany of Humility Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P. Cardinal Merry del Val’s classic Litany of Humility is known to many Catholics. It’s a powerfully worded prayer, one that always makes a splash. However, revisiting it as a Dominican, the litany raises ...

  • Turn The Other Cheek

    Posted 9 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 22, 2019 Turn the Other Cheek? Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. “Love your enemies and turn the other cheek.”  “Judge not, lest you be judged” (Lk 6: 27-38). It sounds admirable to some, but preposterous to others.  The 19th century philosopher Frie...

  • The Mighty Power of the Name of Jesus

    Posted 10 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 22, 2019 The Mighty Power of the Name of Jesus Venatius Oforka There is something in the name of Jesus that is awesome and fascinating. Hence, the quiver of an intercessor cannot be complete without it. The name of Jesus is the seat of authority. St. Paul highlights the power that is...

  • Be an Old Oak

    Posted 10 hours ago by Tony Villari

    When we think of our lives as older, or even as decaying, scarred, and useless, we forget to consider the life we give to those around us.  We forget how much people we know rely on our strength, just as life clings onto branches of the old oak.  Where others may fall to the wayside i...

  • Sapphries

    Posted 17 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Awakened SleepersFriday, February 22, 2019There’s a famous movie called “Awakenings” based on a true story of a group of people who succumbed to a “sleeping disease” in the 1920s. And they fell asleep. They fell asleep for days, weeks, months, years, decades. And de...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted 17 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lavish GraceMax Lucado Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Worry is falling short on faith. Impatience is falling short on kindness. The critical spirit falls short on love. So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour? For the sake of discussion, let’...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted 17 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionRejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Romans 12:12 A Time to ThinkUnwrap the hidden beauties in an ordinary day. –Gerhard E. Frost, author A Time to ActFind joy where and when it surfaces. A Time to PrayDear Lord, please hel...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    This Little Light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, Oh, This Little Light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, This Little Light of mine, I gonna let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it shine, Let it Shine.  Keep the Light Of Christ Shining in your Hearts. Never let the Light Go Out. Let the Light of Chr...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Margaret of Cortona St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297) was born in Tuscany, Italy, the only child of a working-class family. She lost her mother at age seven, and had a poor relationship with her stepmother. Margaret was spoiled, ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love." Eph...

  • Feast Day

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Feast of the Chair of St. Peter Enshrined in the beautiful Bernini reliquary in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the relic of the actual Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, venerated because it was from that very chair that the f...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: February 22: Chair of St. Peter, apostle View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 16,13-19): When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, «Who do people say the Son of man is?». They said, «For some of them you are John the Baptist, for othe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 22 2019   « February 21  |  February 23 » Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, ApostleLectionary: 535 Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exho...

  • Meditations

    Posted 18 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Thus sin renders the soul miserable, weak and torpid, inconstant in doing good, cowardly in resisting temptation, slothful in the observance of God's commandments. It deprives her of true liberty and of that sovereignty which she should never res...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Thu at 9:55 PM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Thank You for all of the children in the world. Each child is a precious gift from You. But Jesus called (the children) to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me,and do not forbid them;for of such is the kingdom of God."Luke 18:16 I pray for protection, guidance...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Thu at 4:54 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Oh, how I praise You, Lord!   You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.   You count the number of the stars and call them all by name.   Great are You, Lord, and mighty in power.   Your understanding is infinite.   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to Keep. If I should die before I wake, May the Lord take me and give me peace. Amen     Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Thu at 12:37 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Peter Damian St. Peter Damian (1007-1072 A.D.) was born in Ravenna, Italy, the youngest of a large and noble yet poor family. After his birth his mother initially refused to nurse him due to the strain he would put on the family, and...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Thu at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Thu at 12:35 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 6th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 8,27-33): Jesus set out with his disciples for the villages around Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He asked them, «Who do people say I am?». And they told him, «Some say you are John ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Thu at 12:34 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 21 2019   « February 20  |  February 22 » Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 338 Reading 1 Gn 9:1-13 God blessed N...

  • Penitence is a Lifelong Endeaver

    Posted Wed at 9:19 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 20, 2019 Penitence is a Lifelong Endeavor John A. Kane The end of sorrow, both natural and supernatural, is correction, change. Supernatural sorrow must wean the soul from sin and turn it to God; it must, in other words, work repentance, for to repent is to change. The punishment of ...

  • Let Daily Gratitude Change Your Life

    Posted Wed at 8:45 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 20, 2019 Let Daily Gratitude Change Your Life Alan Scott How often do our days feel like fast-paced, stress-filled messes? Whether it’s from a hard day at work, caring for a sick child or suffering from the worst headache or cold imaginable. How often does the mere ability to ...

  • Faith to Faith

    Posted Wed at 3:02 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Joy: A Very Real Force The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10 Joy. It's not a warm, happy feeling you're supposed to have now and then when things are going well. It's much more than that. Joy is one of the most powerful spiritual forces in the world. Look again at Nehemiah ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Wed at 2:59 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Who Says We Can’t Change?by Max Lucado Here’s some good news. You aren’t stuck with today’s personality. You aren’t condemned to “grumpydom.” You are tweak-able! So what if you were born a bigot? You don’t have to die one. Where did we get the idea w...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Wed at 2:55 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    He Led You In The WildernessWednesday, February 20, 2019We often think of being in the wilderness as a place of being stuck, like being in a holding pattern. But in Deuteronomy 8, Moses tells the Israelites “You shall remember all the ways the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness.&rdquo...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Wed at 2:51 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionWho is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:13-14 A Time to ThinkFaith expects from God what is beyond all expectation. –Andrew...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Wed at 2:48 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, I want to know You more. You are an awesome God. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to lead me so that I would take time each day to sit before You in quiet, to study Your Word in order to know You more intimately and to develop an ear to hear Your voice and to commune with You in prayer...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:45 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Sts. Francisco & Jacinta Marto St. Francisco (1908-1919) and St. Jacinta Marto (1910–1920) were siblings and the youngest of the three shepherd children, who, along with their cousin, Lúcia Santos, witnessed three appariti...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Wed at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 6th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 8,22-26): When Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, Jesus was asked to touch a blind man who was brought to him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had put sp...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Wed at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 20 2019   « February 19  |  February 21 » Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 337 Reading 1 Gn 8:6-13, 20-22 At the...

  • The Incarnation of the Word

    Posted Tue at 9:12 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 19, 2019 The Incarnation of the Word from Jesus’ Perspective Stephen Beale What was Jesus thinking at the moment of His conception? That may seem like an odd question for two reasons. First, at that moment Jesus’ human mind was not yet formed. Of course, in uniting to hu...

  • St. Conrad of Piacenza and the Imperfect Path to Holiness

    Posted Tue at 9:03 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    St. Conrad of Piacenza and the Imperfect Path to Holiness Maura Roan McKeegan One night, several years ago, I was lying in bed, closing my eyes and praying in the quiet moments before falling asleep. All I could see were the many ways I had failed to love as I should. Lord, I prayed, I just...

  • Faith to Faith

    Posted Tue at 3:41 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Put the Word First Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. – Proverbs 4:5-6 Recently, God has been raising up ever-growing numbers of people who are hungry. Hun...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Tue at 3:38 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Let Him Fix It by Max Lucado I’m sure you’ve had an appliance you may have tried to fix, but with no success. So you took it to the specialist. You explained the problem and then…offered to stay and help fix it? or hovering at the workbench asking questions about the p...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Tue at 3:34 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Good Samaritan ExperimentsTuesday, February 19, 2019An experiment: You’re driving in your car, you’re on the main road, there’s another line of cars turning into your lane, and the people ahead of you aren’t letting them in. Here’s the experiment. Let the person com...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Tue at 3:28 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionSo do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 A Time to ThinkBelieve that you can and you're halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th Presid...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Tue at 3:26 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1   Dear Lord God,   I thank you for Your beautiful creation of Earth.   With pollution, natural disasters and the countless alterations we make to our rainforests and natu...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Alvarez of Cordova Bl. Alvarez of (Córdoba) Cordova (1350-1430) was born to a noble family in Zamora, Spain. He joined the Dominican Order and preached throughout Spain, and served at the court of Queen Catherine. He went ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 6th inOrdinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 8,14-21): The disciples had forgotten to bring more bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then Jesus warned them, «Keep your eyes open and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeas...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Tue at 12:37 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 6th inOrdinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 8,14-21): The disciples had forgotten to bring more bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then Jesus warned them, «Keep your eyes open and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeas...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Tue at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 19 2019   « February 18  |  February 20 » Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 336 Reading 1 Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 When ...

  • Meditations

    Posted Tue at 12:35 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "And so the idea of peace came down to do the work of peace: The Word was made flesh and even now dwells among us. It is by faith that he dwells in our hearts, in our memory, our intellect and penetrates even into our imagination. What concept cou...

  • I Believe

    Posted Mon at 4:44 PM by Gail Dobson

    “I believe that the universe was formed around 15 billion years ago and that humans have evolved from their apelike ancestors over the past few million years. I believe we are more likely to live a good life if all humans try to work together in a world community, preserving planet earth. &nb...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mon at 3:42 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Lord Is My Shepherdby Max Lucado We, humans, want to do things our way. Forget the easy way. Forget the common way. Forget the best way. Forget God’s way. We want to do things our way! And according to Isaiah 53:6 that is exactly our problem. “We all have wandered away like sheep; e...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mon at 3:39 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Anti-Sin Secret Of Proverbs 5Monday, February 18, 2019There’s a powerful secret to overcoming sin and temptation in the Book of Proverbs. You’ll read many warnings against the adulteress. But in Proverbs 5:8, it says, “Stay far away from her door.” This is a critical and ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mon at 3:36 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMy soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from him. Psalm 62:5 A Time to ThinkOur prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come.–Watchman Nee, church leader, and Christian teacher A Time to ActBelieve you can do anything you want...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mon at 3:34 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Thank You for all of the special people You have placed in my life to surround me with support and encouragement. Thank You for creating me to live out my life in community with You and with others. I pray now for those who are struggling to find close friends and community. Ple...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:45 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:45 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Mon at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Fra Angelico Bl. Fra Angelico (1387-1455) was born Guido di Pietro in Tuscany, Italy. Little is known of his early life, but he became a famous early Italian Renaissance master painter. Fra Angelico would pray earnestly before he...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mon at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mon at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 6th inOrdinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 8,11-13): The Pharisees came and started to argue with Jesus. Hoping to embarrass him, they asked for some heavenly sign. Then his spirit was moved. He gave a deep sigh and said, «Why do the people of t...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mon at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 18 2019   « February 17  |  February 19 » Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 335 Reading 1 Gn 4:1-15, 25 The man had...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Use a Portable Prayerby Max Lucado Some people excel in prayer. They are the SEAL Team 6 of intercession. They would rather pray than sleep. Why is it I sleep when I pray? It’s not that we don’t pray at all. We all pray some. Surveys indicate one in five unbelievers prays daily. Just in...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionAll the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16 NIV A Time to ThinkFaith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.—Helen Keller A Time to ActAlways be ready to learn and grow. A Time...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father,   You have promised that Your grace is sufficient for me...   And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8  ...

  • Faith to Faith

    Posted Feb 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Welcome to the Big Leagues   Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Protect us Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and a sleep. rest in his peace, Allelula.  May your day be blessed and peace be with you.   Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid. &nb...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Manettus and the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites St. Manettus (d. 1268), also known as St. Benedict dell’Antella, was one of the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites. Between 1225 and 1227 in the city of Florence, It...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn away from your ordinances, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; ther...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 6th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 6,17.20-26): Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood on a level place. Many of his disciples were there and a large crowd of people who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem and from the coa...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 17 2019   « February 16  |  February 18 » Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 78 Reading 1 Jer 17:5-8 Thus says the LORD:Cursed is...

  • Is That All There Is?

    Posted Feb 16 by Tony Villari

    I have heard much discussion from people about an inability to get ahead in life and a concern that this is this all there is.  Talk of people that are tired of taking two steps forward and three steps back.  I was reminded of the young millennial that went to the Christian rock concert an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...