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  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted September 9, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 8, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 8, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 8, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 8, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Tony 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 September 7, 2018 by Tony 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 7, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 6, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 6, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 6, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 6, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 6, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 6, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 5, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 4, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 September 4, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted September 4, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 22nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 4,31-37): Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and began teaching the people at the sabbath meetings. They were astonished at the way He taught them, for his word was spoken with authority. In ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted September 4, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 4, 2018   « September 3  |  September 5 »   Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 432 Reading 1 1 Cor 2:10b...

  • How a Priest Tried to Shut up a Parishioner at Mass

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Lord, have mercy on us all. She’s right. People are rightfully upset and looking for guidance. “People don’t want finessed press releases,” she writes at the end. Whatever details investigations find at this point, I think it’s safe to say that this crisis in the Chur...

  • Pastor commits suicide

    Posted September 3, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    Pastor's Wife Pens Heartbreaking Public Message After His Suicide: 'These Are the Words I Would Say to Him' Inland Hills Church in California lost its lead pastor Andrew Stoecklein Saturday after he took his own life.  His wife, Kayla, shared the devastating loss on Instagram s...

  • The Church ia caalling

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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...

  • What Mary's Fiat Shows us about Christ an ourselves

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 3, 2018 What Mary’s Fiat Shows Us about Christ — And Ourselves Stephen Beale There is one word that defines for us, more than any other, how Mary responds to God’s plan for the redemption of the world and her indispensable role in it. Fiat. This is the Latin word...

  • No Way to Die (Part 2)

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Tony Villari

    If people experience a loss of our presence, then this would evidence we have shared much of ourselves and, hopefully, changed many of these lives for the better.  We will be missed only until we are found, once again, in another lifetime.  It is always a choice, a choice only we...

  • Forever Love

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Tony Villari

    Many of us have met, at some point, a certain someone, a stranger we just know we've met before. You instantly love them or hate them, and there seems to be no obvious reason for your feelings, either way.  If your experience is one of "love at first sight," you will discover that hole you used...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 A Time to ThinkAll labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Sgt. Pepper and Biblical Prophecy Monday, September 3, 2018In 1967, the Vietnam War was in full swing. In June of that year, the Beatles released their album Sgt. Pepper. It was into that world of flower power, anti-war protests, the summer of love, glow-in-the-dark posters, and riots that a prophe...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Gregory the Great Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604 A.D.) was the son of a wealthy Roman senator. His mother and two of his aunts are also saints, which provided him with a strong and devout religious upbringing. His skill i...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day "For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom h...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 22nd in Ordinary Time Saints September 3rd: St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 4,16-30): When Jesus came to Nazareth where He had been brought up, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath as He usually did. He ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 3, 2018   « September 2  |  September 4 »   Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 431 Readi...

  • Meditations

    Posted September 3, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "For want of contrition, innumerable Confessions are either sacrilegious or invalid; the penitent so often breaks his promises to God, and falls again so easily into the same faults, and many souls are eternally lost. Contrition is that true and l...

  • Omnipotent God

    Posted September 2, 2018 by Gail Dobson

    In reading, re-reading, and pondering the Bible over the years, I have many questions on many aspects of it. We were raised in a Lutheran household and made to attend Sunday school each week. I didn't mind; I thought of it like school; I enjoyed learning new things (and still do). Somehow what I was...

  • How ro think of the Holy Spirit

    Posted September 2, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    How to Think of the Holy Spirit As a Divine Person Stephen Beale In the creed, the liturgy, and every time we cross ourselves we affirm that the Holy Spirit is one of three divine persons. However, many of us probably struggle to think of the Holy Spirit as a person. As one Catholic educati...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted September 2, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 A Time to Think Prayer is not pulling God to my wil...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted September 2, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Brocard St. Brocard (d. 1231 A.D.) was a Frenchman who traveled to the Holy Land to enter into religious life there. He was among the first group of hermits to establish a community of monks on Mount Carmel. Details of his life are s...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted September 2, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 22nd (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 7,1-8.14-15.21-23): One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus and with them were some teachers of the Law who had just come from Jerusalem. They noticed that some of his disciples were eating their me...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted September 2, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 2, 2018   « September 1  |  September 3 »   Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 125 Reading 1 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses sai...

  • Why does the Virgin Mary have so many Names

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Church & Faith     Why does the Virgin Mary Have So Many Names, Titles, and Feasts? August 14, 2015 By Veronica Mena 26 Comments   The name Mary mentioned in the Bible as the Virgin Mother of Jesus is one of the most endearingly popular names in the Christian wo...

  • It's Not Time to Abandon the Church

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    “It’s Not Time to Abandon the Church; It’s Time to Fight,” Says Bp. Robert Barron Church Life Videos by ChurchPOP Editor - August 31, 2018   Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain This is really something to think about! In a recent video entitled...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 Chr...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Giles St. Giles (7th c.) was born to a wealthy and noble Greek family. He devoted his life to the things of God and grew in sanctity, but found that his material and spiritual riches drew unwanted praise and attention. To escape pr...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 21st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 25,14-30): Jesus told this parable to his disciples, «Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one, then two...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 1, 2018   « August 31  |  September 2 »   Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 430 Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 1, 2018   « August 31  |  September 2 »   Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 430 Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31...

  • Meditations

    Posted September 1, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Meditation of the Day "He who is humble, even though he fall through frailty, soon repents with sorrow and implores the divine assistance to help him to amend; nor is he astonished at having fallen, because he knows that of himself he is only capable of evil and would do far worse...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted August 31, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Raymond Nonnatus St. Raymond Nonnatus (1200-1240) was born in Catalonia, Spain, to a noble family. His life was saved by caesarean section after his mother died in childbirth, earning him the name 'Nonnatus' meaning 'one not b...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted August 31, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 21st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 25,14-30): Jesus told this parable to his disciples, «Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one, then two...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted August 31, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 31 , 2018   « August 30  |  September 1 »   Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 429 Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 B...

  • In the Midst of the Scandal

    Posted August 31, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 31, 2018 In the Midst of Scandal, We Need Truth Russell Shaw Statements by Pope Francis and American bishops reacting to the Church’s sex abuse scandal suggest they are serious about getting to the roots of what happened and doing something meaningful about it.  That include...

  • Faith

    Posted August 31, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    For Minister Cliff...my answer to faith: Good morning cliff. here is my two cents. first i will tell you that growing up we had a saying. believe nothing you hear and half of what you see. then i say, sometimes you just have to trust (or have faith) in someone or something in order to accomplish yo...

  • National Grief Awareness Day

    Posted August 30, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    NATIONAL GRIEF AWARENESS DAY When a loved one dies, the void they leave affects everyone differently.  On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn’t have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms. On Nation...

  • Be Faithful Work Hard

    Posted August 30, 2018 by Rev.WAYNE H. LOVE

    Be faithful, work hard! Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 NIV __________________ He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain...

  • This is what LOVE and LIFE is all about

    Posted August 29, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    Viral 84-year-old man who does his blind wife's makeup stars in beauty tutorial  Des and Mona Monahan of Ireland have gone viral online for their sweet story.  (EX1 Cosmetics) One devoted 84-year-old Irish man, who recently hit headlines for learning to do his 83-year-old wife’s ma...

  • Prayers for my friends

    Posted August 28, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:He leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul:He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil: For thou ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 28, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.   Psalm 84:11 NASB   A Time to Think Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love....

  • Sapphries

    Posted August 28, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Person Of MizotTuesday, August 28, 2018 In Hebrew ‘mizot’ means ‘who is this?’ Song of Solomon, 6:10 says “Who is this who shines like the dawn?” The Bride’s maidens are inquiring into the identity of the Bride. So, why do they say ‘Who is this?&r...

  • Rainbow Bridge Rememberance Day

    Posted August 27, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    For all the Furbabys we have lost.  Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together....

  • At the Cusp of Forever: "The Simplicity of Everything"

    Posted August 27, 2018 by Tony Villari

    So, there I was, once again, meditating on the atomic structure of belly-button lint as I stood, toe to edge, at the Cusp of Forever.  I was also considering the latest group I'd addressed in the local hospital at which I’m the lead chaplain.  The topic for that particular morning wa...

  • Imagine in Bible

    Posted August 26, 2018 by Philip Shin

      Bible cannot change it. But sometimes we can be out and back again as the truth. We can imagine it so we can out of predestination as the love from Jesus. Also we have to live in love for predestination to try to be back. We can imagine that Bible is the truth but sometimes to be back to be i...

  • CONTINUAL HOPE

    Posted August 26, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long though I know not how to relate them all.” Psalm 71:14-15 NIV  The Psalmist felt alone and vulnerable. As he looked around, he realized...

  • My Sunday Thought for 082618:  On Artificial Intelligence

    Posted August 26, 2018 by Tony Villari

    It is said that A.I. is the next step in human evolution.  Genesis 3:22 says, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. And now, lest he reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever...” ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 25, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionWhoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NIV) A Time to ThinkWhen we put our problems in God’s hands, He puts peace in our hearts. —Anonymous A Time to ActUse the difficulties in your life to increas...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 24, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3   A Time to Think You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day. –Fredrik Wisloff, Norwegian theologian and Christian preacher &nb...

  • Sapphries

    Posted August 24, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lot’s Ungodly LotFriday, August 24, 2018 Abraham’s nephew Lot chose to live in Sodom. When two angels visited him, the people of Sodom were so perverse that they followed them to Lot’s house to molest them. Lot reproved them, “Don’t act wickedly.” Lot was a right...

  • Pervasive Abuse

    Posted August 24, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    Buddhist monk beats, kills child, 9, during prayer session, authorities sayCaleb Parke By Caleb Parke A Buddhist monk was charged after he allegedly beat a young boy for "playful" behavior during a prayer ceremony. (Reuters) A Thai boy was beaten to death by an incensed Buddhist monk after the chi...

  • Senior Citizens Day

    Posted August 21, 2018 by HOLLY UNFETTERED

    6 Things to Do on Senior Citizens Day to Engage Your Family Some of our favorite activities for Senior Citizens Day have tangible benefits in terms of social connection and individual well-being, as well as encouraging intergenerational contact. Here’s a list of easy ways to get started: E...

  • Sapphries

    Posted August 20, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A First-Rate Original Or A Lousy ImitationMonday, August 20, 2018 In one Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown was asked if he’d like to have been Abraham Lincoln. He answers, “I’m having a hard enough time just being me.” When you die, you will not be asked why you weren&rsquo...

  • My Sunday Thought: No Way to Die

    Posted August 19, 2018 by Tony Villari

    I don't have a fear of many things.  Spiders creep me out and I give poisonous snakes a wide berth.  Heights don't bother me as long as I have a solid foundation around me, or a trustworthy plane, and jumping out of a perfectly good plane is not even a consideration.  I don't wish to ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 18, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionAs for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. 2 Samuel 22:31 A Time to ThinkThe more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. –Louis Pasteur, French chemist A Time to ActBe mindful of the simple everyday blessings God...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 14, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionBut we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 A Time to ThinkGod’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.—Hudson Taylor, Christian missionary A Tim...

  • Sapphries

    Posted August 14, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Commemorating Your Midbar Tuesday, August 14, 2018   Midbar is the Hebrew word for wilderness. We usually think of the wilderness as a single place, but it’s really not. There are many Hebrew names for various wildernesses. For instance, there’s Midbar Yehuda; the Wilderness of J...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 12, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionAs the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26 A Time to ThinkSome days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. –Emory Austin, motivational speaker A Time to ActThink prosperity, abundance, the best of everything. God ...

  • 20/20 Blindsight

    Posted August 12, 2018 by Tony Villari

    I have always loved to watch people; the interaction, the emotions.  I think was a product of being excluded, socially, by my peers when I was growing up; I seemed to always find myself on the outside looking in.  As an only child I had a lot of "me time" when I was a teenager.  For a...

  • St. Clare of Assisi

    Posted August 11, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Clare of Assisi St. Clare (1194–1253) was born in Assisi, Italy to an aristocratic family, the daughter of a wealthy count. From childhood she was pious after the example of her mother, and as she grew her longing for God inc...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted August 11, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 18th in Ordinary Time Saints August 11th: St. Clare of Assisi. virgin View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 17,14-20): A man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, «Sir, have pity on my son who is an epileptic and is in a wretched state. He has often ...

  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted August 11, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 11, 2018   « August 10  |  August 12 »   Memorial of Saint Clare, virginLectionary: 412 Reading 1 Hab 1:12—2:4 Are you not from...

  • Elijah's Bread and the Eucharist

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 10, 2018 Elijah’s Bread and the Eucharist Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. It’s hard enough to do the right thing. But when you get blame for it instead of praise, it really takes the wind out of your sails, even if you happen to be a prophet. This is background we need in ord...

  • Losing My Religion: A Faithful Lay Response

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 10, 2018 Losing My Religion: A Faithful, Lay Response To “Uncle Ted” Dr. Gregory Popcak It’s hard to know what’s worse.  The recent revelations about Cardinal Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick’s decades-long career as a homosexual predator or...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. THREE YEARS AGO EVER...

  • Sapphries

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You Don’t Have To Feel It Friday, August 10, 2018   Many believers want to feel the Lord’s love all the time. But then what’s the point of faith? We shouldn’t wait to feel compassion when the Lord says to be compassionate. He doesn’t tell us to feel holy but to ...

  • St. Lawrence

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Lawrence of Rome St. Lawrence of Rome (d. 258 A.D.) was likely a Spaniard by birth who lived in Rome while Christianity was outlawed under pain of death. He was appointed by Pope St. Sixtus II as archdeacon over the seven deacons o...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: August 10th: St. Lawrence, martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 12,24-26): Jesus said, «Truly, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Those who love their life destroy it,...

  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted August 10, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 10, 2018   « August 9  |  August 11 »   Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and MartyrLectionary: 618 Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-10 Brothers and...

  • Liturgical Vestments

    Posted August 9, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 9, 2018 Liturgical Vestments Fr. William Saunders The liturgical vestments worn at Mass have evolved over time. Nevertheless, since the earliest days of the Church, liturgical vestments have been worn by priests for the celebration of the Mass. Even though priests of the Old Testament ...

  • Living Holy Lives Will Help Heal Church

    Posted August 9, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 9, 2018 Living Holy Lives Will Help Heal the Church Constance T. Hull As the depths of the moral and spiritual corruption in the hierarchy continue to be brought into the light, many in the laity are wondering what should and can be done in response? Some want massive overhauls of the ...

  • St. Tersa Beneditca

    Posted August 9, 2018 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891–1942) was born as Edith Stein in Prussia, the youngest of eleven children from a devout Jewish family. She was a bright and gifted child, and as she m...