Sunday, September 25, 2016

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Not just another day
“Casual Fridays” began in the 1990s. Employers were trying to improve office morale without spending any money, so workers were permitted to wear jeans, T-shirts, and flip-flops to work. A look at the Communion procession in most contemporary churches this morning would indicate the idea has spread even to Sunday Mass. If formality in church attire has disappeared, what about honoring the day of the Lord by remembering, “Keep holy the Sabbath Day”? Find a way to make Sunday different from other days of the week in your home.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Interesting - LOT Polish Airlines greets 500,000th Boeing 787 passenger

LOT Polish Airlines has greeted its 500,000th Boeing 787 passenger at the Warsaw Chopin Airport with a flash mob performance by artists from the Muzyczny ROMA Theatre.

Maciek Kolodziej, the airline's five hundred thousandth passenger, was taken by surprise as everyone around him broke out into song and dance. After a rendition of ABBA’s Mama Mia in Polish, Kolodzeij was ushered onto a stage where he was given a gift bag and a complimentary cupcake featuring the company’s logo.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Padre Pio's heart on display in US, 1st time outside Italy

The heart of St. Padre Pio will be on display in Massachusetts this week, marking the first time the religious relic has ever left its home in Italy.
The Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2cJfSVK ) that the heart will be first made available for viewing Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell.
The Rev. Paul Soper says honoring the relics of saints is ancient practice in the Roman Catholic faith.
St. Padre Pio was a Capuchin friar best known for possessing the Stigmata, or wounds of Jesus Christ.
He died in Foggia, Italy, in 1968 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. The body of St. Padre Pio is believed to be partially incorrupt.
The heart can also be seen at locations in Boston and Braintree this week.
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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

Sunday, September 18, 2016

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

We pray our faith
Faith is lived. But it’s also prayed. Today Catechetical Sunday considers the theme, “Prayer: the Faith Prayed.” Perhaps the most distinguishing thing we Catholics do is gather to pray: at Mass and sacraments, the blessing before meals, the Liturgy of the Hours, or to share a Rosary. Prayer isn’t always formal or complex. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux called prayer a surge of the heart, a simple look toward heaven. Saint Francis de Sales wittily declared, “Every one of us needs half an hour of prayer each day except when we’re busy—then we need an hour.” Renew your commitment to daily prayer.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17 - St. Robert Belarmine

When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain.
His most famous work is his three-volume Disputations on the Controversies of the Christian Faith. Particularly noteworthy are the sections on the temporal power of the pope and the role of the laity. He incurred the anger of monarchists in England and France by showing the divine-right-of-kings theory untenable. He developed the theory of the indirect power of the pope in temporal affairs; although he was defending the pope against the Scottish philosopher Barclay, he also incurred the ire of Pope Sixtus V.

Bellarmine was made a cardinal by Pope Clement VIII on the grounds that "he had not his equal for learning." While he occupied apartments in the Vatican, Bellarmine relaxed none of his former austerities. He limited his household expenses to what was barely essential, eating only the food available to the poor. He was known to have ransomed a soldier who had deserted from the army and he used the hangings of his rooms to clothe poor people, remarking, "The walls won't catch cold."

Among many activities, he became theologian to Pope Clement VIII, preparing two catechisms which have had great influence in the Church.

The last major controversy of Bellarmine's life came in 1616 when he had to admonish his friend Galileo, whom he admired. Bellarmine delivered the admonition on behalf of the Holy Office, which had decided that the heliocentric theory of Copernicus (the sun as stationary) was contrary to Scripture. The admonition amounted to a caution against putting forward—other than as a hypothesis—theories not yet fully proved. This shows that saints are not infallible.

Bellarmine died on September 17, 1621. The process for his canonization was begun in 1627 but was delayed until 1930 for political reasons, stemming from his writings. In 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized him and the next year declared him a doctor of the Church.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

When Jesus was put on the cross to die, his punishment was intended to humiliate him and his followers and to extinguish his message once and for all. But that didn’t happen. Instead, he rose from the dead, exalted by the Father, and his Good News has been shared on every continent for more than 2,000 years. Today, crosses grace our churches and homes. We even wear crosses as jewelry that identifies us as believers. The name of this feast says it well: The cross is a sign of exaltation. When you rise in the morning and retire at night, make the sign of the cross.