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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 10 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Leo the Great Pope St. Leo the Great (c. 400–461 A.D.) was born in Tuscany to an aristocratic family. After serving as deacon under two popes he became the Roman Pontiff from 440 to 461 A.D. He was one of the greatest Ho...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "But you, O Lord, know me; You see me and test me—my heart is with you." Jeremiah 12:3a  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 10 by Father 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 Nov 10 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday 31st in Ordinary Time Saints November 10th: St. Leo the Great, pope and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 16,9-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «And so I tell you: use filthy money to make friends for yourselves, so that when it fa...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 10, 2018   « November 9  |  November 11 » Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 490 Reading 1 Phil 4...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Benignus St. Benignus of Armagh (d. 467 A.D.) was the son of a pagan Irish chieftain in what is now County Meath in Ireland. He was baptized by St. Patrick and became his loyal follower in the saint's ministry across Ireland. In 450 ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet 'in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay; but my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleas...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica November 9th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. It marks the dedication, in 324 A.D., of the cathedral church of Rome after Constantine's Edict of Mi...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 9 by Father 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 Nov 9 by Father 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 Nov 9 by Father 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 Nov 9 by Father 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 Nov 9 by Father 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 Nov 9 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: November 9th: Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 2,13-22): As the Passover of the Jews was at hand, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple court He found merchants selling oxen, sheep and doves, and money-changer...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 9, 2018   « November 8  |  November 10 » Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in RomeLectionary: 671 Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Gap And Your Mantle Friday, November 9, 2018   If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that there’s a gap between the everyday life we live and the life we know we should live in God’s Word, between the always victorious saint, pure, holy, loving...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13–14 (NIV)   A Tim...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Please help me to think before I speak today...   Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10   I pray that I will always think of others and their needs,...

  • A Bishop Explains why the Church Must Still Battle Demons Today

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

    A Bishop Explains Why the Church Must Still Battle Demons Today Articles Supernatural by Bp. Robert Barron - July 1, 2017   Public Domain / ChurchPOP In the sixth chapter of St. Mark’s Gospel, we find the account of Jesus sending out the Twelve, two by two, on...

  • Lessons of Gratitude From a Leper

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

    Lessons on Gratitude From a Leper By Shemaiah Gonzalez November 5, 2018 So many times when I come to prayer, I have a list of all the things I want God to fix in my life — my temper, my relationship with that certain annoying person in my life (maybe these are related?). Rarely do I ...

  • Be Willing to Simply Love God

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

    November 8, 2018 Be Willing to Simply Love God St. Francis de Sales When we say that we cannot find God and that He seems so far away, we mean only that we cannot feel His presence. I have before observed that many people do not distinguish between God and the feeling of God, between faith an...

  • The Everyday Costs of Dicipleship

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

    November 8, 2018 The Everyday Costs of Discipleship Constance T. Hull Living in comfort, those of us in the West can be slow to learn the true cost of discipleship. We can mistake our material ease, freedom to attend Mass each Sunday, our access to healthcare and longer lives, and relative sa...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:24–25 NIV A Time to Think ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    This little light of mine,I'm gonna let it shine.let it shine, let it shine, let it shine...  Dear Father God, Today, I really do want to let the light of Jesus shine through me so that others will come to know Jesus, the light of the world...  Then Jesus spoke to them again, sayi...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 8 by Father 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 Nov 8 by Father 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 Nov 8 by Father 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 Nov 8 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day The Four Crowned Martyrs According to tradition the Four Crowned Martyrs (d. 305 A.D.) were renowned sculptors living in what is today Austria-Hungary. They were commissioned by Roman Emperor Diocletian to make several sculptures; howeve...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." 1 John 5:11-12  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 8 by Father 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 Nov 8 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Thursday 31st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 15,1-10): Tax collectors and sinners were seeking the company of Jesus, all of them eager to hear what He had to say. But the Pharisees and the scribes frowned at this, muttering. «This man welcomes...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 7, 2018   « November 6  |  November 8 » Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 487 Reading 1 Phil 2:12-18 My be...

  • An Explaination of the Most Powerful Tool of the Devil

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

    A Priest Explains the Most Powerful Tool of the Devil – And How to Defeat It Articles Christian Living Supernatural by Fr. Bill Peckman - May 29, 2017   herby_fr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 I believe the most powerful tool the devil has at his disposal is fear. When I ...

  • 7 Words you Didn't Know Had Christian Origins

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

    7 Words You Didn’t Know Had Christian Origins History Lists by ChurchPOP Editor - August 18, 2014   vlasta2 / Flickr You can’t get away from the fact that Christianity has been highly influential to the culture of the West, from morality and science, to ...

  • A Prayer to Jesus for Healing

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

    A Prayer to Jesus for Healing By vincentstock - November 1, 2018 0 2456   Dear Lord, You are the Just judge, Holy and True. You are the Most High God. You give us life. You hold all power in your hands. You are the Mighty one from God who carries the world, and is r...

  • Search for Something That is Lost

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

    November 7, 2018 Searching For Something That is Lost Alan Scott New challenges that pop up in our life, regardless of the level of difficulty, bring the realization that the other aspects of our lives must go on. In most cases, we still have a job and responsibilities at home that require ou...

  • More Vatican Scandals

    Posted Nov 7 by HOLLY G

    More bones have been found on the grounds of the Vatican embassy in Italy linked to a teenager who vanished more than 30 years ago. By CONNOR BOYD and TIM STICKINGS and JOE MILLIS FOR MAILONLINE UPDATED: 07:15 EST, 7 November 2018 Last week, remains were discovered a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Cease striving and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NAS   A Time to Think The tendency of the world is down – God's path is up. —Dwight L Moody   A Time to Act Be assured the Lord gently guides us on the right pat...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holiness Of Will Wednesday, November 7, 2018   Deuteronomy 6:5 instructs us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Therefore, does following God, mean just going along with the flow? Yes and no. There’s the flow of God’s Spirit, and there&rsquo...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father in Heaven,   I'm thirsty for more of You.   I'm thirsty for Your living water of life, for Your anointing on my life and ministry...   "...but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 7 by Father 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 Nov 7 by Father 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 Nov 7 by Father 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 Nov 7 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day All Dominican Saints November 7th is the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. Founded by a Spaniard, St. Dominic de Guzman, in France in the early 13th century, the order has 14 canonized saints an...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "For it is written, 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.' So then, each of us will be accountable to God." Romans 14:11-12  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 7 by Father 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 Nov 7 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 31st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 14,25-33): One day, when large crowds were walking along with Jesus, He turned and said to them, «If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 6, 2018   « November 5  |  November 7 » Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 486 Reading 1 Phil 2:5-11 Brothers...

  • Union with God

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

    November 5, 2018 Union with God Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Union with God Presence of God – My God, Thou hast created me for Thyself; grant that I may return to Thee and unite myself to Thee by love. MEDITATION The whole life of man is a return journey to God: he came from ...

  • Ten Ways to Prepare for a Holy Death

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

    November 6, 2018 Ten Ways to Prepare for a Holy Death Fr. Ed Broom, OMV The most important moment in our life is the very moment that we die. This will determine our destiny for all eternity. Either we will be saved or damned. Either we will be with God for all eternity or we will be los...

  • Remember to Prat for the Souls of Priests. Minister, Deacons

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

    November 6, 2018 Remember to Pray for the Souls of Priests Louise Merrie As we begin the month of November, the month dedicated to praying for the souls in purgatory, let us remember to pray for the souls of priests. Although many priests are holy, they are still human and imperfect, and as w...

  • St. Joseph

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

    November 6, 2018 St. Joseph, Our Patron of a Happy Death Fr. Maurice Meschler Man’s necessities and sufferings on earth are many and manifold. One such trial is the lot of all. We all belong to the confraternity of death, just as we all are subject to sin. Death is the sad penalty of si...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV A Time to Think When one has a grateful heart, life is so beautiful.&rd...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Why You’re Like A Jet Tuesday, November 6, 2018   What do believers and airplanes have in common? Airplanes are a unique form of transportation. You can stop a horse, a car, a bicycle, a train, or even a ship. But if you try to stop a plane in mid-air, it will crash. And ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord Jesus,   You are my Lord and my God.   I worship You and thank You for giving up the glories of Heaven to come to earth to live in human flesh.   I accept and receive You even though others reject You.   I crown You the King of ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 6 by Father 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 Nov 6 by Father 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 Nov 6 by Father 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 Nov 6 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day   St. Leonard of Noblac St. Leonard of Noblac (d. 559 A.D.) also known as St. Leonard of Limoges, was a French nobleman in the court of Clovis I, King of France. He was converted to the Christian faith, along with the King, by St. Remi...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day." John 6:40  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 6 by Father 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 Nov 6 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 31st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 14,15-24): One of those at the table said to Jesus, «Happy are those who eat at the banquet in the kingdom of God!». Jesus replied, «A man once gave a feast and invited many guests. When ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 5, 2018   « November 4  |  November 6 » Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 485 Reading 1 Phil 2:1-4 Brothers a...

  • But Who Created God?

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

    October 25, 2018 But Who Created God? Eric Shearer Have you ever watched an elaborate display of dominoes falling? I’m talking about a masterpiece with thousands of dominoes, made into an elaborate contraption. Each domino is positioned perfectly to push over the next, and the next, and...

  • St. John of Avila

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

    November 5, 2018 St. John of Avila: How to Begin Saving Your Soul St. John of Avila You ask me to give you some advice about saving your soul: a demand most reasonable and worthy to be granted if only my ability were equal to my good will. When a man first has the use of his reason, he sho...

  • What the Worm of Psalm 22 Says About the Cross

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

    November 5, 2018 What the Worm of Psalm 22 Says About the Cross Stephen Beale Psalm 22 and the crucifixion are deeply interlinked. Christ quotes from it during His Passion and the accounts of the gospels make several other allusions to it. Yet one line of the psalm doesn’t sit well with...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5 A Time to Think Hope is being able to see tha...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    When It's Good To Be Provocative Monday, November 5, 2018   Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us consider how to provoke one another to love.” Some people apparently read only the first part of this verse: “let us provoke one another,” and stop there. They’...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   I desire a genuine relationship with You.   I want to hear Your voice, to feel Your presence, to walk with You each and every day.   Help me to put You first in my life.   But seek first the kingdom of God and His ...

  • Say this Powerful Prayer in front of a Crucifix

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

    Behold, O good and sweetest Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a most firm desire of amendment: whilst with de...

  • Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

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

      Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary In honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, we are encouraging our readers to consecrate themselves (or renew their consecration) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the classic 33-day format by St. Louis de Mont...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 5 by Father 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 Nov 5 by Father 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 Nov 5 by Father 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 Nov 5 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Elizabeth of the Visitation St. Elizabeth of the Visitation (1st c.) was the wife of Zachary, a temple priest, and the cousin and close companion of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the one whom Our Lady visited in haste after the A...

  • Verse of the Day

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

     Verse of the Day "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 5 by Father 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 Nov 5 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 31st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 14,12-14): On a sabbath, Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He addressed the man who had invited him and said, «When you give a lunch or a dinner, don't invite your friend...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 5, 2018   « November 4  |  November 6 » Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 485 Reading 1 Phil 2:1-4 Brothers a...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "When uncertain about God’s will, it is very important that we tell ourselves: ‘Even if there are aspects of God’s will that escape me, there are always others that I know for sure and can invest in without any risk, knowing that...

  • A Useful Dog

    Posted Nov 4 by HOLLY G

    Useful Dog  A woman was leaving a 7-11 with her morning coffee when she noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.  A long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 feet behind. Behind the second hearse was a solitary woman w...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 4 by Father 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 Nov 4 by Father 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 Nov 4 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Charles Borromeo St. Charles Borromeo (1538–1584) was born into an ancient and wealthy family in Lombardy, Italy. When his uncle became Pope Pius IV, Charles was brought to Rome to take over several important assignments conn...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 4 by Father 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 Nov 4 by Father 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 Nov 4 by Father 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...