April 8, 2014

Speak the Truth and Grow Up - into HIM

If you never try -  you'll never know. 
Brothers and sisters I've said it before and I say it again -  we are called to be bold in our Faith! If we don't . . . if we won't . . . the missed opportunities can be tragic.

It's amazing how many Catholics - through no fault of their own - have been improperly or under catechized. I've written about it before - I'm seeing it more and more in this crazy world of ours.

The watering down of the Faith has been tremendous. One example: in a recent conversation with a Catholic neighbor of mine he asked me, "Do you go to church EVERY Sunday?" to which I replied "yes." He looked amazed. "Wow, that's pretty good!" he said, eyes open wide. "And if I don't," I reiterated, "I go to confession." He was sincerely amazed."You do? why?" he asked. I tried to answer gently. "Because missing Mass is a mortal or 'grievous' sin." He was incredulous. "Are you serious?? NO IT'S NOT!" He really had no idea."Yes . . . it is . . . it's one of the ten commandments . . . Keep holy the sabbath day. When we break a commandment we are in mortal sin" I carefully explained. He was INCREDULOUS. I could see this had a profound impact on him. 
(I also briefly explained how being sick or having a sick child etc to attend to is not mortal sin - but choosing sports, a BBQ or shopping over Mass IS.)

As we all know, it's not always easy to point out God's Truth to others - because we don't want to be misconstrued or labeled "judgemental" - but as Pope Benedict said during his pontificate we are called to judge - the sin - and to instruct/advise (admonish) is an "act of charity" or "act of mercy." There is a difference Pope Benedict pointed out, between condemning and judging. Wise words from a wise pope! To remain silent is to do an injustice to our brothers and sisters - and to water down the Faith brings us to where we stand this very day! We must - as scripture teaches us in Ephesians 4:15 - "speak the truth in love" and "grow up [into him.]"

We know God's Word always bears fruit . . . how glad my heart is that after the conversation I had with my neighbor I've seen HIM, his wife, HIS MOTHER AND their children at Mass nearly each and every Sunday!! If I hadn't spoken the truth - an opportunity would have been missed and those children . . . that family . . . would  most likely not be blessed with the joy of participating in Mass and the Sacraments at this time!! If I chose to remain silent the Holy Spirit would not have been able to work through me to reach this family - and perhaps they wouldn't be growing in their Faith right now.

We are His hands! We know we are doing His work by the fruit it bears. Christians if you never try - you'll never know. Let's be the missionary church He calls us to be.

Church teaching and the works of Mercy: USCCB The Catechism of the Catholic Church
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April 4, 2014

Friday Lenten Reflection

Have you experienced the joy of confession yet?
If not . . . why not?

The Sacraments are there to bring us closer to God - Lent is a great time for this!
If you are afraid to confess your sin never fear -  the priest has heard it before.
Seventeen years ago when I returned to the Sacrament after 20 years it was a "face to face"confession . . . and I felt so wonderfully cleansed! The priest told me the angels in heaven were dancing because I had returned to the church - they rejoiced for the "one!" 

If face to face makes you uncomfortable - or if you prefer the old way - you can still go behind the screen - never fear. So go for it - what have you got to lose - but the weight on your shoulders?Celebrate the Sacrament of reconciliation today and experience His mercy and His Love for you.

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April 2, 2014


EWTN’s News Teams Will Be Live in Rome
For The April Canonization of Two Popes

Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network’s news teams will be on the ground in Rome for the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Coverage will be available around the world in English, Spanish, and German and on all platforms. The highlight of Team EWTN’s coverage will be the Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. The Mass is scheduled to air live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday, April 27, with primetime encores of the event that same evening at 7 p.m. ET Sunday night, and again at 11 p.m. ET, Monday, April 28.
For the complete lineup of programs, including dates and times, please go to www.ewtn.com/canonization. (You will want to check back frequently as times are subject to change.)
Highlights of our coverage will include “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo, who will anchor a one-hour “World Over Live” special at 4 p.m. ET, April 25, as well as a special “Live From the Vatican With Raymond Arroyo” at 6:30 p.m. ET, April 26.
“EWTN News Nightly” (ENN) Executive Producer Brian Patrick will not only provide commentary as part of the canonization team, he will also anchor two special episodes of ENN from Rome at 11 a.m. ET, April 25 and 26, as well as a one-hour wrap-up of all of EWTN’s special coverage at 6 p.m. ET, Monday, April 28.
In addition, Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis, EWTN’s own “Vaticanista,” will host a special episode of “Rome Dispatch” at 10 a.m. ET, April 26, which will focus on the lives and works of the Church’s two new saints.
Also, look for special spots featuring Fr. Joseph Mary and Fr. John Paul, which will air exclusively on EWTN’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline) and Twitter pages (www.twitter.com/ewtn), and for photos from Rome on EWTN’s Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/ewtn), which you can easily share with your friends.
In the week leading up to the canonization, you will also want to tune in for a cascade of specials, including an April 23rd “EWTN Live” with Papal Biographer George Weigel, as well as a slew of brand new movies, documentaries and series!
Programs may be watched or listened to live on EWTN television by cable or satellite (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), streaming audio or video on the Internet (http://origin.ewtn.com/audiovideo/index.asp), shortwave (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/freq.htm), EWTN mobile (http://www.ewtnapps.com/), on the EWTN Radio Network via our affiliates, (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/radioaffiliatemap), on SIRIUS satellite radio channel #130 (http://www.sirius.com/ewtn), or on iHeartRadio (www.ewtn.com/radio), and on EWTN’s own YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/ewtn).

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

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Lenten Activity

When you see that hand out . . . Give.
If you don't want to give money, give a sandwich.
We are called to this act of charity not only during lent - but always! Blessings.

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