March 26, 2017

Daring To Say Yes To God

Lent With Pope Benedict XVI

"He who loves his life loses it, 
and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." 
John 12:25

"In other words, the one who wants to have his life for himself - living only for himself - is actually the one who loses his life. 

Life becomes boring and empty. 
Only by self abandonment does our life become broad and great.

An upright life always involves sacrifice, renunciation. 
To hold out the promise of a life without this constant re-giving of self is to mislead. There is no such thing as a successful life without sacrifice."

-Homily, April 5, 2009
Excerpt from "Lent with Pope Benedict XVI Meditations for Every Day"
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March 19, 2017

Praying in the Light of Christ

Lenten Reflections with Pope Benedict XVI

"Together with fasting and works of mercy, 
prayer is the backbone of our spiritual life."

"Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you to find in this Lenten season prolonged moments of silence, possible in retreat, in order to review your own lives in the light of the loving plan of the heavenly Father."

"Let yourselves be guided in this more intense listening to God by the Virgin Mary, a teacher and a model of prayer. Even in the thick darkness of Christ's passion she did not lose the light of her divine Son but rather treasured it in her heart. For this we call on her as Mother of Trust and Hope!"

-Angelus Address, Second Sunday of Lent, March 8, 2009
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March 11, 2017

Spiritual Combat

Lent with Pope Benedict XVI



"St. Augustine remarks that those who want to walk in the love of God and his mercy, cannot be content with ridding themselves of grave and mortal sins but: 

"should do the truth, also recognizing sins that are considered less grave . . ., and come to the light by doing worthy actions. Even less grave sins, if they are ignored, proliferate and produce death." 

"Lent reminds us, therefore, that the Christian life is a never-ending combat in which the "weapons" of prayer, fasting and penance are used; 
Fighting against evil, against every form of selfishness and hate, and dying to oneself to live in God is the ascetic journey that every disciple of Jesus is called to make with humility and patience, with generosity and perseverance." 

-Excerpt from Pope Benedict's March 2006 Ash Wed Homily

March 5, 2017


Lent With Pope Benedict XVI 

"The Christian's life is a life of Faith,founded on the Word of God and nourished by it. 
In the trials of life and in every temptation the secret of victory lies 
in listening to the word of truth and rejecting with determination falsehood and evil. 

This is the true and central program of the Lenten season: 
To listen to the word of truth; to live, speak and do what is true; 
to refuse falsehood that poisons humanity and is the vehicle of all evils. 

It is therefore urgently necessary in these 40 days to listen anew to the gospel, 
the word of the Lord, the word of truth, so that in every Christian, in every one of us, 
the understanding of the truth given to him, given to us, may be strengthened, 
so that we may live and witness to it."

Excerpt from Ash Wed General Audience, March 2006

February 28, 2017

EWTN Kicks Off Its 2017 Spring Season March 1: Experience Miracles, Motorcycles & Far Away Places

Unexpected! 
Champion Surfer Bear Woznick and a group of friends take a coast-to-coast motorcycle ride 
to spread the Catholic faith in “The Long Ride Home,” coming to EWTN in June. 
The program is part of the Network’s Spring lineup of shows,which begins rolling out March 1.
Photo courtesy of EWTN. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

In 1917, during the fourth year of World War I, Our Lady appeared six times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal with prophetic messages and a miracle that stunned the world. In May 2017, the Catholic Church will begin a six-month celebration of the 100th anniversary of those six apparitions, which are widely considered to be the most important series of Marian apparitions in history – and there is no better place to see, celebrate, and learn everything about Fatima than EWTN.
The Network’s coverage of this momentous series of events – live from Fatima, Portugal – will also include EWTN’s six-part original mini-series, “The Miracle of Fatima,” documentaries, films and more. (Get frequently updated information about EWTN’s Fatima programming and a lot more at www.ewtn.com/fatima.)
However, as important as the Fatima celebration is, it’s just one part of the Network’s spectacular Spring season lineup, which begins in March 1 and continues through June.
“We’re very proud to be able to roll out a package of high-quality Catholic programming that covers many new and exciting topics of interest to our EWTN family,” said EWTN President & COO Doug Keck.
In addition to new episodes of all your favorite shows, EWTN’s Spring programs, which premiere the first week in March, will include new series such as:
  • “EWTN Pro-Life Weekly:” In partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, EWTN Host Catherine Szeltner gives viewers the tools they need to defend life from conception to natural death. What can I do to help create a culture of life in my home and in my country? Airs 11 p.m. ET, Fridays beginning March 310 a.m. ET, Sundays; and 3 a.m. ET, Mondays.
  • “Battle Ready:” Doug Barry, former “Life on the Rock” co-host, helps men discover the resources the Church offers to help them lead their families in today’s spiritual battles. What can I do as a husband and father to protect my family against the snares of the devil? Airs 11:30 p.m. ET, Sundays beginning March 5; and 3 a.m. ET, Fridays.
  • New children’s programs include “Hermie and Friends” (10 a.m. ET, Saturdays, beginning March 4) and “Bugtime Adventures” (4:40 p.m. ET, Fridays, beginning March 3).
  • Coming in June: “The Long Ride Home:” Champion Surfer Bear Woznick and a group of friends motorcycle their way from Florida to Texas to meet people, evangelize, and discuss the Faith. What does it mean to be a man living out your faith in today’s world?
  • Coming in June: “Real Life Catholic” Host Chris Stefanick travels the world and gets lessons in gratitude from a cranberry farmer in Wisconsin, discovers Catholic traditions in Cajun country, speaks with young saints in the making in Krakow during World Youth Day, and much more.
Plus, travel to:
  • Ireland with Fr. Nathan Cromley and a group of young people who walk in the footsteps of St. Patrick in “Discovering Patrick: Saint of Ireland.”
  • The Holy Land with EWTN’s Fr. Mark and Fr. Joseph to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Mary, and St. Peter.
  • Philadelphia with Fr. Charles Connor, who discovers “Catholic Beginnings” in the City of Brotherly Love – and more.
For a complete listing of all of EWTN’s television programming and show times, please go to www.ewtn.com/television. Keep up-to-date on EWTN programs and news from a Catholic perspective via EWTN’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ewtnonline.
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