Kindly do not divide the church or segregate her members.

divideJesus rebuked the Pharisees for knowing the commandments, but not implementing them in their lives. If they are not practicing what they say, not only do they not serve us, but they hurt : they deceive us , they make us believe that we have a beautiful home, but without a foundation.

A Christian word without Christ at its centre leads to vanity, to pride, power for the sake of power. Anyone who utters Christian words without putting them into practice hurts oneself and others, because they are based on pride and cause division in the Church.

Do well to examine our own consciences to see whether our Christian words are indeed Christ centred because when they are not, they divide us from ourselves and divide the Church.

Lord is our foundation.Our rock is Jesus Christ. The Lord, breaks down these people who believe themselves to be the Rock.  – Papa Francis

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7 Quick Takes for this Gray and Occasionally Sunny November Day

Swimming the Depths

Today I am linked up over at Jennifer Fulwiler’s Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes. Join us with your quick takes for the week here:

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1.  My husband and I bought our first home together in May of this year.  We actually ended up in the town where our parish is located (long story as to why we drove 30 minutes to Mass…let’s just say “spirit of Vatican II” and leave it at that).  My husband now commutes every day, but we think that it is worth it.  We have been blessed with even more friendships through our church and have been able to get more involved.  We have become good friends with a family with four girls.  I teach junior high religious ed with the dad/husband.  They are our board game friends.  We have almost made Sunday dinner and games a ritual.  We chat after Mass and then end…

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Matrimony

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Summary of Catechism paragraphs 1601-66:

  • God is the author of marriage; by inscribing the complementarity of male and female into our very human nature, He created man and woman for each other, so that the two would become one flesh, in a lifetime partnership of mutual self-giving, for the procreation of children.
  • Faithful love between husband and wife mirrors the abiding love of God for His people; first developed by the Old Testament prophets, this imagery reached its fulfillment in Christ, Who weds Himself to the human race by becoming man, and invites us all to His eternal wedding feast in heaven.
  • It is deeply significant that Jesus’ first public miracle takes place at the wedding at Cana, symbolizing His active presence in the marriage of the faithful; thus the natural institution of marriage, known and celebrated by cultures from time immemorial, is elevated into a sacrament of Christian life.

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PRAYER TO ST CECILIA FOR MUSICIANS

For music ministries.

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Dear St Cecilia, heroic martyr who stayed faithful to Jesus your divine bridegroom, intercede for us for faith to raise above our persecutors and to see in them the image of our Lord.

We know that you were a musician and we are told that you heard angels sing. Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling the air with God’s gift of music and reminding them of the Divine Musician who created all beauty. Amen.

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A 15-YEAR-OLD WEB DESIGNER COULD BE DECLARED A SAINT

For our Jesus Youth Teens.

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“An Italian web designer who died at the age of 15 could be declared a saint.

Carlo Acutis, who passed away from leukaemia in October 2006, had used his knowledge of computers to create a website that catalogued Eucharistic miracles across the world.

A convert to the faith, he went to Mass each day and was devoted to the Eucharist. His parents and classmates attest that ‘the teen helped them better live out their faith, by earning their respect’, according to Rome Reports.

Francesca Consoli, of the Office of the Causes of Saints of the Archdiocese of Milan, said, ‘He was not ashamed to share convictions with others.

‘But people would not make fun of him, because they understood that his convictions were real, they came from inside him. It wasn’t something artificial.’
The Vatican is now trying to determine whether he lived a life of heroic virtue.”
– This…

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EVE WAS THE CAUSE OF DEATH; MARY WAS THE CAUSE OF LIFE

A nice writing on Mamma Mary

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“Eve was the cause of death for mankind; for, through her, death entered the world. Mary, on the other hand, was the cause of life. Through her, life was born for us, through her, the Son of God came into the world. Where sin had known no bounds, grace abounded still more. Life came forth from the source of death that it might supplant death.

For he who through woman became life for us banished the death which woman had brought in. Where Eve, still a virgin, had sinned by disobedience, through this Virgin, on the contrary, we became obedient to God’s grace at the announcement of God’s coming in flesh from heaven; through her we received life eternal.”
– St Epiphanius, bishop

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