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  • Temperance

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 17, 2018 Temperance Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Temperance Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to mortify my flesh, in order that I may live fully the life of the spirit. MEDITATION We may fail in our duty either because of the hardships and sacrifices we encounter...

  • Why You Should Start Thinking Like Thomas Aquainas

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 18, 2018 Why You Should Start Thinking Like Thomas Aquinas Dr. Kevin Vost The human soul is the highest and noblest of forms. Wherefore it excels corporeal matter in its power by the fact that it has an operation and a power in which corporeal matter has no share whatsoever. ...

  • Ten Tips to Conquer the Sin of Envy

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 18, 2018 Ten Tips to Conquer the Sin of Envy Fr. Ed Broom, OMV The Capital Sin of envy that we all carry within is us due to the effects of Original Sin. It can literally destroy us as well as countless others if it is not recognized, resisted, rejected and conquered through the gra...

  • Free Speech in schools

    Posted 2 hours ago by holly gorman

    PROF RETURNS AFTER BEATING UNIVERSITY IN FREE-SPEECH FIGHT Warns if students can't hear different sides, education becomes 'indoctrination' A university professor who beat his school in a fight over free speech says it’s essential that students hear more than one side of an issue. If they c...

  • What St. John Chrysostom Would Really Say obout the Crisis

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 18, 2018 What St. John Chrysostom Would Really Say About the Current Crises Matthew B. Rose The recent scandals in the Church involving priests and bishops have dominated Catholic conversations on social media sites.  Always eager to base their sentiments in the Church’s ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Joseph of Cupertino St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663) was the son of a poor Italian carpenter. His father died before he was born, leaving his mother destitute. As a result Joseph was underfed and often sick. He was an intellectu...

  • Free Speech in schools

    Posted 2 hours ago by holly gorman

    PROF RETURNS AFTER BEATING UNIVERSITY IN FREE-SPEECH FIGHT Warns if students can't hear different sides, education becomes 'indoctrination' A university professor who beat his school in a fight over free speech says it’s essential that students hear more than one side of an issue. If they c...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jeru...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 24th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 7,11-17): Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him —a great number of people. As He reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted 2 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 18, 2018   « September 17  |  September 19 »   Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 444 Reading 1 1 Cor 12...

  • America's new youth

    Posted Mon at 6:02 PM by holly gorman

    This is what not having a good education results in. IMHO. America’s new youth: They rob a convenience store after realizing clerk is suffering a heart attack  By Vicki Batts A shocking video from a convenience store in Washington state has revealed that three young men robbed a co...

  • St. Robert Bellarmine

    Posted Mon at 10:21 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 17, 2018 St. Robert Bellarmine, Patron Saint of Catechists Br. Joachim Kenney, O.P. The reading at Mass from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy enumerates the virtues required of a bishop. Among these we find that he should be “temperate, self-controlled, decent...

  • When Scandal Silences the Church's Voice

    Posted Mon at 10:15 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 17, 2018 When Scandal Silences the Church’s Voice Russell Shaw The speaker was a highly sophisticated layman, possessor of a doctorate and professor of theology at a major Catholic university. We had been discussing the  metastasizing scandals plaguing the Church—sc...

  • Imitate the Love of Christ Stretched out on the Cross

    Posted Mon at 9:58 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 17, 2018 Imitate the Love of Christ Stretched out on the Cross Catholic Exchange In 1951, the great Spanish artist Salvador Dali set out to depict the crucifixion of Christ in a way no other person had. In the image, Christ is affixed to the cross, yet there are no nails. His body ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Mon at 9:18 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Hildegard von Bingen St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) was born to a large and noble German family. She began to have mystical visions at the age of three which continued throughout her life. Her parents, promising her to ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mon at 9:15 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 24th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 7,1-10): When Jesus had finished teaching to the people, He went to Capernaum. There was a captain whose servant was very sick and near to death, a man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sen...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mon at 9:13 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 17, 2018   « September 16  |  September 18 »   Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 443 Reading 1 1 Cor 11:...

  • Charter School

    Posted Mon at 8:44 AM by holly gorman

    What is a Charter School? A charter school is a public school that is independently run. It receives greater flexibility over operations in exchange for increased performance accountability. The school is established by a “charter,” which is a performance contract describing key element...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Cornelius Pope St. Cornelius (d. 253 A.D.) was a Roman citizen and a holy priest who became the twenty-first successor to the chair of St. Peter, following a fourteen-month vacancy when Pope St. Fabian was martyred by Rom...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 24th (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 8,27-35): 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 Sep 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 16, 2018   « September 15  |  September 17 »   Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 131 Reading 1 Is 50:5-9a The Lord ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Let us recognize with lively faith and with the help of the Holy Ghost the great evil of sin, which robs us of grace. Then we shall immediately detest it with all the power of our soul and banish it from our heart. We shall detest it because, in ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Guideposts Daily Scripture & Reflection Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Don't pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. –Corrie ten Boom...

  • answer to dino puglia

    Posted Sep 15 by holly gorman

    dino, i have listened to your utube video but in the whole thing the narrator talks about praying for all these things but never once says you have to work towards them. As with the complaint of drug addiction in the neighborhood and crime, you must help law enforcement and get involved. praying&nbs...

  • The Miraculous Story Behind The True Discovery of the Cross of

    Posted Sep 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Miraculous Story Behind the Discovery of the True Cross of Jesus Articles Christian Living History by Gretchen Filz - September 14, 2018   Giotto di Bondone, Wikimedia commons, Public Domain September 14th is the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Catherine of Genoa St. Catherine (1447–1510) was born into an aristocratic family in Genoa, Italy. She was a quiet, obedient, physically beautiful, and holy child who devoted herself to prayer and penance. At the age ...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Sep 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Our Lady of Sorrows Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows became widespread in the Church around the 14th century. It was revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) that devotion to Our Lady's Seven Sorrows would bring great graces. ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: September 15th: Our Lady of Sorrows View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 2,33-35): The father of Jesus and his mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, «See him; He will be for the rise or fall of the multit...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 15, 2018   « September 14  |  September 16 »   Memorial of Our Lady of SorrowsLectionary: 442/639 Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My belo...

  • Meditations

    Posted Sep 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "In this valley of tears, every man is born to weep, and all must suffer, by enduring the evils that take place every day. But how much greater would be the misery of life, if we also knew the future evils that await us! 'Unfortunate, indeed,...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionBut I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14 A Time to ThinkHave a sincere desire to serve God and mankind, and stop doubting, stop thinking negatively. Simply start living by faith, pray earnestly and humbly, and get into the habit of looki...

  • Ordinary People Driven By Great Love

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 13, 2018 Saints: Ordinary People Driven By Great Love Mother Angelica The concept of the perfect, faultless saint is unrealistic. We have only to look at the gospels to see how imperfect the Apostles and first Christians were. There was a point in their lives when they changed. We c...

  • Haooiness With Who and Where you are Now.

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 13, 2018 Happiness With Who and Where You Are Now Alan Scott Spend, spend, spend. Compare, compare, compare. More, more, more. Fun, fun, fun. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what would life be like if we didn’t think that we needed all that? Could we still be happy? ...

  • You are the Christ

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 14, 2018 Scripture Speaks: “You are the Christ.” Gayle Somers The disciples tell Jesus that people don’t know His true identity, but Peter, who did, was told not to tell them. Why? Gospel (Read Mk 8:27-35) St. Mark describes a conversation Jesus had with the disc...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Albert of Jerusalem St. Albert of Jerusalem (d. 1215) was born to a noble family in Italy, and was well educated in theology and law. He went on to become a priest and bishop and served in important posts as a peacemaker; he served a...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Exaltation of the Cross September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (also known as the Triumph of the Cross). Early in the 4th century St. Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in searc...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: September 14th: The Exaltation of the Cross View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 3,13-17): Jesus said to Nicodemus, «No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 14, 2018   « September 13  |  September 15 »   Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy CrossLectionary: 638 Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With...

  • God's Opinion of Marriages

    Posted Sep 13 by Joseph Esquivel

    Same Sex Marriage God’s Word:             Let is understand that God has the final say on the legitimacy of same sex marriages performed in churches. Knowing this as truth in our knowledge of God, we must understand that any minister perfor...

  • Saints

    Posted Sep 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 13, 2018 Saints: Ordinary People Driven By Great Love Mother Angelica The concept of the perfect, faultless saint is unrealistic. We have only to look at the gospels to see how imperfect the Apostles and first Christians were. There was a point in their lives when they changed. We c...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom (347-407 A.D.) was born to noble parents in Antioch, an important center of Christianity in his day. After the death of his father, his mother sent him to the best schools for his education. As a...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 23rd in Ordinary Time Saints September 13th: St. John Chrysostom View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 6,27-38): Jesus said to his disciples, «But I say to you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 13, 2018   « September 12  |  September 14 »   Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 440 Reading 1 1 Cor 8:...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 A Time to ThinkGod shields us from most of the things we fear, but when He chooses not to shield us, He unfailingly allots grace in the measure needed. —Elisabe...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Sep 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Good StubbornnessWednesday, September 12, 2018 In the Book of Ruth, Naomi tries to convince her Gentile daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth not to follow her as she returns to Israel. Orpah finally agrees, but Ruth refuses to go. When Naomi realizes that Ruth is steadfast, she lets Ruth come along....

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to never be found lacking integrity. I pray that You would work in my life to draw me to You, that I would live rightly and holy unto You. Please help me to always be a person full of integrity. Help me to have an undivided devotion to You. Help me to firmly adher...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord,Thank You for Your mercies and compassion, Your faithfulness, which are new every morning...Through the LORD’s mercies, we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning;Great is Your faithfulness.Lamentations 3:22-23Thank You for opening Your arms and ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Guy of Anderlecht St. Guy (950–1012), also known as the "Poor Man of Anderlecht," was born to pious parents of humble means in the country village of Anderlecht near Brussels. Having no money for school, from his childhood he s...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Sep 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Name of Mary On September 12th the Church venerates the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary because of her unique privilege as the holiest of creatures, the Mother of God, and the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her name is there...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 23rd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 6,20-26): Lifting up his eyes to his disciples, Jesus said, «Fortunate are you who are poor, the kingdom of God is yours. Fortunate are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Fortunate are...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 12, 2018   « September 11  |  September 13 »   Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 439 Reading 1 1 Cor 7...

  • Tashlikh Ritual

    Posted Sep 11 by holly gorman

    Tashlikh Ritual By Lynn Chapman Below is a special worksheet for tashlikh that our Renewal congregation uses. We record on this worksheet things we want to cast off, keep, or bring into the New Year in many different aspects of our lives such as thoughts, beliefs, re...

  • Don't be Seduced by the power of Evil

    Posted Sep 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 11, 2018 Don’t Be Seduced by the “Glamour of Evil” Dr. Gregory Popcak Many Catholics will be familiar with the question, “Do you reject the glamour of evil?”  that was part of the older form of the renewal of baptismal promises. It’s a phrase...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre (1802-1840) was one of eight children born to a farming family in France. He was a pious child and served as a model of virtue for his childhood companions. He discerned a call to the p...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgivi...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 23rd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 6,12-19): Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, He called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom He called apostles: Simon, whom He ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 11, 2018   « September 10  |  September 12 »   Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 438 Reading 1 1 Cor 6:1...

  • Meditations

    Posted Sep 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Some people who think themselves naturally gifted don’t want to touch either philosophy or logic. They don’t even want to learn natural science. They demand bare faith alone—as if they wanted to harvest grapes right away without...

  • Fruits of Redemption

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 10, 2018 Fruits of Redemption Br. Dominic Koester, O.P. “I’m starved…cheeseburgers…. …What was that idea I had for my ethics paper?… …Man, my knees really hurt right now…” During the final minutes of a Holy Hour, it&rsqu...

  • St. Bl. Pierre Bonhomme

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 10, 2018 Bl. Pierre Bonhomme: Preaching With His Life Richard Becker “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing” (Is 35.5-6). “Preach the Gospel at all...

  • St. Paul's Radical Promise

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 10, 2018 St. Paul’s Radical Promise: The Fullness of God Will Fill Us Stephen Beale In his epistles, St. Paul employs a simple yet profound metaphor to describe Christ’s divinity. For in Him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily (Colossians 2:9). For in Him a...

  • Nuns riding an Elephant

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thought a little fun would lighten up your day.   The Joy of These Two Religious Sisters Riding an Elephant Will Absolutely Make Your Day Christian Living Cool People by ChurchPOP Editor - September 9, 2018   Sisters of St. Mary, Oregon / Flickr/ ChurchPOP ...

  • Children or Animals?

    Posted Sep 10 by Frank Villari

    "At-risk" populations are those who cannot fend for themselves or protect themselves. They are the lesser of society in danger of being abused; the elderly, the sick or dying, prisoners, children, and animals are on this list. Children and animals probably top this list simply because they are total...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saint of the Day St. Ambrose Edward Barlow St. Ambrose Edward Barlow (1585-1641) was born near Manchester, England, to a noble family. He was baptized Catholic at his birth, but was raised Protestant when Catholicism was outlawed by the reigning monarchy. His grandf...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 23rd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 6,6-11): On another Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and began teaching. There was a man with a paralyzed right hand and the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees watched him: Would Jesus heal the man on...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 10, 2018   « September 9  |  September 11 »   Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 437 Reading 1 1 Cor 5:1-8...

  • Rosh Hashanan

    Posted Sep 9 by holly gorman

    The Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashana in Hebrew – begins at sundown Sunday, marking the start of the year 5779. And even if you’re not Jewish, this holiday has a message for you. If you know a little about Rosh Hashana you probably associate it with traditions like eating apples dipp...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection   Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24   A Time to Think True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. -He...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Kieran the Younger St. Kieran the Younger (512-546 A.D.), also known as St. Ciaran, was born in Connacht, Ireland, the son of a carpenter. He demonstrated a great aptitude in his studies, being educated by a holy deacon who had him...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 23rd (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 7,31-37): Again Jesus set out; from the country of Tyre He passed through Sidon and skirting the sea of Galilee He came to the territory of Decapolis. There was a deaf man who also had difficulty in spe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 9, 2018   « September 8  |  September 10 »   Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 128 Reading 1 Is 35:4-7a Thus says th...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 8 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Adrian of Nicomedia St. Adrian of Nicomedia (d. 306 A.D.) lived under the Christian persecutions of the Roman Emperor Galerius Maximian. Thirty-three Christians were seized in Nicomedia, brought before a judge, and ordered to be sa...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Sep 8 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Nativity of the Virgin Mary The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8th, nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Virgin’s parents, St. Ann and Joachim, we...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 8 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: September 8th: Birth of Mary View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 1,1-16.18-23): This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been given to Joseph in marriage but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 8 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 8, 2018   « September 7  |  September 9 »   Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin MaryLectionary: 636 Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a Th...

  • The Deaf Will Hear and the Mute Will Speak

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 7, 2018 Scripture Speaks: The Deaf Will Hear, the Mute Will Speak Gayle Somers When Jesus heals a deaf, mute man, He fulfills an old prophecy in a startling, unexpected way. How? Gospel (Read Mk 7:31-37) St. Mark describes for us an episode that took place while Jesus was min...

  • Pray for the Church and Her Priests

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 7, 2018 Pray for the Church and Her Priests Caitlin Marchand This week marks the fifteenth anniversary of the death of the priest who baptized and confirmed me, Monsignor Donald Neumann. We were so blessed to have a priest who was a true Father to his people. I remember him in two w...

  • St. Clodoald A Light for the World Trapped in Darkness

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 7, 2018 Saint Clodoald: A Light for a World Trapped in Darkness Matthew B. Rose What do we do when we face the evil of our past?  Not what we have done, but rather the evils done to us in our innocence.  How should we respond to evil done against us? The lives of two men ...

  • Conspire to Greatness

    Posted Sep 7 by Frank Villari

    For all of you who might think "unfalsifiable" isn't a word, it basically means something is untestable.  God, for instance, is untestable, though my faith tells me I wouldn't want to.   Conspiracy is all around us.  It is, for most attempts and purposes, an attempt to control.&n...

  • At the Cusp of Forever: The Alpha/Omega Conspiracy

    Posted Sep 7 by Frank Villari

    The night before officiating a wedding up in Hattiesburg, I once again found myself contemplating, on the edge of the abyss, at the Cusp of Forever.  My impetus for my contemplation was the "Alpha/Omega" stole I'd ordered from the monastery and just received.  It is white with gold tr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting fo...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Regina Saint Regina (d. 286 A.D.) was born to pagan parents in France. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father gave her to the care of a Christian nurse who secretly baptized her and raised her in the Christian fait...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 22nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 5,33-39): Some people asked Jesus, «The disciples of John fast often and say long prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why is it that your disciples eat and drink?». Then Jesus sai...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 7, 2018   « September 6  |  September 8 »   Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 435 Reading 1 1 Cor 4:1-5 ...

  • Origins of theHoly Rosary

    Posted Sep 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    * My grandmother was a Lutheran. She took up the Rosary and Prayed it Several times a day. So it is not just a Catholic way of life.   September 6, 2018 Origins of the Holy Rosary Fr. William Saunders The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Archbishop Fu...

  • The Real Truth About Our Defiled Hearts

    Posted Sep 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 6, 2018 The Real Truth About Our Defiled Hearts Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV I was shocked and disgusted at the airport a few weeks ago when I noticed two men giggling like children as they watched pornographic movies in the middle of a crowded airport lounge. To have the guts to do such ...

  • The Evil One and Today's Society

    Posted Sep 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 6, 2018 The Evil One and Today’s Society Fr. Paolo Carlin In his first letter, St. John writes: “The whole world is in the power of the Evil One” (1 John 5:19). The presence of the Evil One strives little by little to have man and society distance themselves from G...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Eleutherius the Abbot St. Eleutherius (d. 585 A.D.) was a monk living in Spoleto, Italy. Little is known of his early life. He became the Abbot of St. Mark's Abbey and was well-known as a man of simplicity and penance. He also demons...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 22nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 5,1-11): One day, as Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, with a crowd gathered around him listening to the word of God, He caught sight of two boats left at the water's edge by the fishermen now washin...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 6, 2018   « September 5  |  September 7 »   Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 434 Reading 1 1 Cor 3:18...

  • 2 kings

    Posted Sep 5 by holly gorman

    I would like to chime in here. altho i dont profess to know the bible that well i do know that there are several versions of the "little children - young men" . some say little children, some say young men that were tantamount to a street gang.  as you know, small children can be utterly viciou...

  • The Church is Calling:

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 30, 2018 The Church is Calling: Be a Mystic! Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction The Church is Calling: Be A Mystic! Often, we hear the word mystic, and think of such words as rapture, ecstasy, visionary, and so on. On one hand, rightfully so, the likes of Saint Padre...

  • Don't Get Trapped By Nagativity

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 5, 2018 Don’t Get Trapped By Negativity Br. Joseph Graziano, O.P. How sad, how lack-luster a life he leads Who delights to describe the death he sees. How rotten be the heart of a brother Who snivels ‘bout the rot in another! One thing we can know for certain about ...

  • The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 5, 2018 The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa David Scott After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries ...

  • From Crisis to Conversion from Warefare to Victory

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 5, 2018 From Crisis to Conversion: From Warfare to Victory Kathleen Beckman We are experiencing anew the revelation of terrible clergy crimes, the violation of a sacred trust from some whom we considered shepherds and fathers. The weight of sorrow for the abuse victims is unspeakabl...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997), known simply as Mother Teresa, was born to a family of Albanian descent in what is now Macedonia. As a young girl Mother Teresa was fascinated by stories sh...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 22nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 4,38-44): Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon. His mother-in-law was suffering from high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Bending over her, He rebuked the fever, and ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 5, 2018   « September 4  |  September 6 »   Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 433 Reading 1 1 Cor 3:1...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Sep 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Devotion of the Month Month of Our Lady of Sorrows The Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows. This devotion recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in virtue of her perfect union with the Passion of Christ. T...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Sep 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Rosalia St. Rosalia (1130–1166 A.D.) was born to a wealthy and noble Norman family, descendants of Charlemagne who had migrated to Sicily. From a young age Rosalia was strongly drawn to Christ, which caused her to leave her l...