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19 St. John Sq., Middletown, Connecticut, (860) 347-5626 ........... Reverend Father Michael Phillippino

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Optional Memorial of St. John of Capistrano, priest

   
October 23
   

John was a native of Capistrano, in Italy. He became a Franciscan and was one of the great organizers of the struggle against the Mohammedans in the 15th century, when they threatened to overrun the whole of Europe. Mohammed II had taken Constantinope and was already marching against Belgrade, when Pope Callixtus III called St. John to preach the crusade; assisted by the Hungarian John Hunyadi, he gathered a strong Christian army, which defeated the Turks in the great battle of Belgrade (1453). He died in 1456.. 

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Pastor

Rev. Father Michael Phillippino             

             

Director of Religious Education

Kathryn Connolly

                 

Parish Administrative Secretary

Ms. Megan Furtado

StJohnSecretary@comcast.net
    

Parish Bookeeper
Ms. Patty Holmes
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Parish Custodian
Mr. Timothy Cavanagh


Choir Director
Bryan Cosham 
 

 


   

Parish Office Hours 

- Monday through Friday
    8AM to 3PM

- Closed weekends, holidays
    & holy days

  


  

 
Parish Council:
Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Rectory; all parishioners are welcome to attend.

 


 


"The Mother Church of the Norwich Diocese"

Mass Schedule
 

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM

Sunday Mass:            8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

Weekday Masses:      8:00 AM Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat

No 8AM Mass on Wed

 

Eucharistic Adoration begins in the chapel at 9AM after morning Mass on the 1st Friday of each month and ends at 6PM, in observance of the 6:30 Stations of the Cross, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a Benediction.

 

Monday Night:   Miraculous Medal Novena in the Chapel

Thursday Night: 7PM Prayer Group in the Chapel
First Fridays:     8AM Mass and Devotions to the Sacred Heart

First Saturdays: 8AM Mass and Holy Rosary

Confession:       Heard Saturdays, 3:00-3:30PM   

  

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Pastoral Sharings:  "30th Sunday in Ordinary Time"

 

 

 

Homily from Father Alex McAllister SDS
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   
October 26, 2014 
 

By the time of Jesus the Law had greatly expanded from the original ten commandments. One writer says that there were 613 actual Laws as well as 365 prohibitions (one for every day in the year) and 268 prescriptions (one for every bone in the body).

Obviously not all these rules and regulations were of equal weight and the rabbis constantly disputed which of them were more important than the others. So we can see where the question of the Pharisees in today’s Gospel comes from. It is not just a matter of curiosity but a point of contention among the lawyers and religious figures of the day, something which was of real importance to them.

Today we might find such a question a bit abstract and not very relevant but you have to understand that the ancient world was a very different place and their concerns were quite other than ours. They lived in a religious world dominated by the Temple and the various factions gathered around it. What to us seem obscure matters of religion were of vital importance to them.

However the purpose of the question in today’s Gospel is not to find the answer but, as we are told, to disconcert Jesus. They want to wrong-foot him; to try to find something which they can use against him.

In this and in the previous few chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, extracts of which we have had read to us over the last few weeks, the Pharisees have been trying hard to catch Jesus out. They have put questions to him like the one last week about whether taxes can be paid to Caesar. Their purpose is to look for a chink in his armour so that they can find something to use against him.

On each occasion Jesus outsmarts them. He either gives an answer they do not expect or he responds with a parable which puts them in a bad light. By now they are a bit exasperated and running out of things to ask him so they pose this question about which is the greatest commandment.

Jesus gives the answer that there are two great and interrelated commandments: Love God and love your neighbour. The Pharisees perhaps seeing that they cannot get the better of him simply back off.

It is interesting that, true to form, Jesus does not use the same categories as the Pharisees in their disputations about which is the greatest commandment. They ask which one commandment is the greatest and he gives them not one commandment but two. He does not place the first above the second but says that the second is like the first.

What is interesting is his follow-up statement that on these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets, in other words the whole body of Jewish teaching. From this remarkable statement we see that the Jewish religion is based not on rules and regulations, as the Pharisees would have us believe, but on love.

This is something that they do not expect. Yes, I am certain that the Pharisees love their wives and their children but it is obvious that their religion is not based on love; rather their religion is based on the observance of rules and regulations. In a word their religion is mechanical: according to their way of thinking if you observe this set of rituals or that set of behaviours then you will be righteous in the eyes of God.

What Jesus proposes is something that they have completely overlooked. For all their study of the scriptures the Pharisees have failed to notice the great pillar on which their religion is based, namely love.

They have not understood what the true nature of God really is. They do not realise that the sole motivating force of God is love. They do not understand that what God wants from us is for us to simply love him and our fellow creatures.

The Pharisees did not understand this simple equation. We realise that their failure to appreciate this important point is very reason why Jesus came into our world. He came to make sure that we perfectly understand just what God is like and what we need to do in order to live with him forever.

The message of Jesus, to use the beautiful phrase of St John, is that ‘God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them’.

The task then of anyone who wants to be one with God is to learn to become a good lover in the very broadest sense of that term. What we ought to be striving for is to deepen our care and concern for and our appreciation of all those around us and to be constantly reaching out to God in our prayer as well as in our good works.

What we need therefore is profound passion in our lives, a deep and warm and powerful love for our God and our fellow human beings.

This word passion is very interesting because its roots are in the word suffering. When, for example, we speak of Christ’s Passion we mean his suffering on the Cross but we recognise that the motivation for his suffering is his great love for us and his concern that we should have the way to heaven opened up for us.

There is no room for a cold Christian; there is no space in the Church for a stony-hearted Christian. These concepts are complete contradictions.

What we are long for is passionate, warm and loving Christians; members of the Church who care deeply about the welfare of those around them. We want Christians whose hearts are moved by the sufferings that they see and who want to do whatever they can to help to build a better world.

When we describe someone as passionate we mean that they are excited and ardent about whatever it is that gets them going. In society at large we can see many passionate people in sport, in the arts, in politics and many other areas of life. It is hard for anyone to achieve a measure of success in a particular sphere without being passionate about what they do.

However, what we are talking about here is Christianity. And what we are talking about goes far beyond a particular sport or a political viewpoint. What we are talking about is the most important thing that exists; namely God himself. We are speaking about the greatest kind of love that there is, the love of God and flowing from this the love of our neighbour.

If we can harness a deep passion for the things of heaven in our lives then there is nothing we cannot do; no place we cannot go; no door that can ever be closed to us, least of all the door of heaven.
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Defending Religious Liberty

 

If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the HHS mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 202-456-1111 or U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.

 

Joanna Szczepanski

 &

Matthew Berardesca


Announce their intention to

enter the

 

Sacrament of Marriage on

 

Saturday, November 8th at

St. John Church 

Wedding Banns 

 

 

Christina Mitsou

 & 

Joseph Sipala 

 

Announce their intention to

enter the

 

Sacrament of Marriage on

 

Sunday, October 26th at

St. John Church 

 

 

WELCOME TO ST. JOHN’S OUR NEWLY BAPTIZED


Skylar Pelletier


Child of Charlie and Heather Pelletier of Portland, CT


Baptized Sunday, October 12, 2014

 


Women’s Retreat at Holy Apostles: Universal Call to Holiness “Deep Prayer is For Everyone” Women’s Retreat, Sunday Nov. 8, 8:30-1:30, Queen of the Holy Apostles Chapel, 33 Prospect Hill Rd., Cromwell. Retreat Master is Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC. For registration and further info please contact trauck@holyapostles.edu or call 860-632-3812. 

 

Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care 30th Anniversary Service of Remembrance, Sunday, November 16, 2 PM at the Mercy High School Auditorium, 1740 Randolph Rd., Middletown. All family, friends, staff, and volunteers are invited to attend. This is a nondenominational Service of Remembrance to honor the memory of those who have died in the Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care Program between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Reception to follow.

 

Notre Dame Church Annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday Nov. 1 from 9-2 and Sunday Nov. 2 from 9-1. Located at 272 Main St., Durham.

 

Mercy High School Open House and Entrance Exam. Open House Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Entrance Exam Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 – 11:15 AM. Testing fee is $25. Pre-register online at www.mercyhigh.com.
   
Twenty-Third Annual Red, White, and Blue Mass: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Patrick for all military personnel, those who are active and in the reserves as well as veterans. The purpose of this celebration is to honor our servicemen and –women as we recognize the many sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of our military. The theme for the 2014 Red, White, and Blue Mass is the U.S. Air Force. The Homilist will be Fr. Ray Introvigne. For more information call Monsignor Brown or Mrs. Rebecca McDougal at 860-887-9294.
   
St. Vincent de Paul Soup Supper to Support Amazing Grace: Thursday, October 23, from 5-7 PM at the Msgr. Fox Parish Hall at St. Francis Church, 10 Elm St., Middletown. Eleven soups made by area restaurants and the famous South Fire District chili will be featured. Fill your bowl with soup and our bowl with donations! For more information contact Cathie Giuffrida at 860-614-6814.

 

 

South Congregational Church Pasta Dinner to Raise Money for Haiti, Friday, October 24 from 5:30 7:30 PM. Located at 9 Pleasant St., Middletown. Tickets $10 for adults and $25 for families. Sponsored by the Board of Outreach for Former Haitian Slave Children. Please call 860-346-5006 for more details. 

Calling all Vendors and Crafters! The Portland High School Project Graduation Committee is coordinating a Vendor Fair just in time for the Holidays! Our Fair will be held on Saturday November 22 from 10-2pm at the Portland High School. If you are interested in participating in this event please email Janne Marconi at mmarconi22@comcast.net for an application. General application deadline is October 26, 2014.

Is your marriage tearing you apart, little or no communication, considering separation or divorce? For serious marriage building and repair: Retrouvaille is a lifeline. At a Retrouvaille weekend couples are given tools to re-establish communication, work on their issues, gain new insights and heal. A series of 6 post sessions follows the weekend phase. For information or to sign up for the next weekend on Sept. 19-21 in Hartford area call 413-525-1634. Website www.retrouvaille.org.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Religious Educations classes will be held on Monday, October 20, for grades 1-5 from 4-5:15, and for grades 6-8 and the 9th grade Confirmation class from 6:30 – 8. All classes will meet in the school.

 

There will be a MANDATORY meeting for 2nd graders on Saturday, October 25, at 9:00 AM. Each child must be accompanied by at least one parent.

   

If your child is attending a Catholic school and is in grades 2, 7, or 8, please call Sr. Ann to get on the list for the sacramental programs.
  

RCIA/RCIC 2014-2015
If you, a family member, or a friend are considering becoming Catholic, completing your sacrament journey, or are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will begin meeting in September. All are welcome to join others in learning more and journeying deeper into the Catholic faith. For more information or answers, please call Fr. Mike at 860-347-5626 or Sr. Ann Mack at 860-344-8569.

 

“PROJECT RACHEL” is our Diocesan ministry for anyone seeking healing and forgiveness. Priests in Project Rachel ministry are there for you with God’s Grace and Mercy. Call 860-889-8346 ext.283. All
inquiries are confidential. 
 
    

ENCYCLICAL LETTER "LUMEN FIDEI" OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF

FRANCIS 

TO THE BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON FAITH

 

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St. John

Norwich Diocese



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The Pharisees Question Jesus(detail)

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Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper

Brooklyn Museum, New York City, New York, USA 

Preparing for the Mass October 26, 2014

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. October falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.

        

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time
 

Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A–October 26, 2014

Today, a Pharisee tries to test Jesus. Even though he was a legal scholar, his question reveals a stunning ignorance. How?

 

Gospel (Read Mt 22:34-40)

 

Jesus stirred up animosity against Himself among religious leaders by teaching several pointed parables about the kingdom of Heaven. In our reading today, a Pharisee, “a scholar of the law,” tested Him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment of the law is greatest?” What prompted this question? Legal scholars in Jesus’ day spent all their time poring over the Law of Moses and rendering judgment on its meaning. However, for a man whose vocation was God’s Law, this question shows that something had gone terribly wrong.
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30th  Sunday: The Heart of the Law 

In 1927 my grandfather, my father's father died.  My dad was just 10 years old. his older brother was 13.  His four sisters were 11, 8, 5, and 2.  My grandmother was in her mid 30's.  There was no welfare, no child support, no social security.  Then the depression hit.  My father and my uncle and aunts not only survived, but as individuals and as family, they  prospered.  How was this possible?  It was possible because their neighbors felt a deep responsibility to help the widow, Minnie Pellegrino, and her children.

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Six Practical Steps To Catholic Joy

I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be doing. Unfortunately, this is a very common tale. The conversation became really interesting and a little uncomfortable when we discussed why people become apathetic about their faith, hesitate about converting or leave the Church altogether.

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God leaves many things unresolved. Here are some reasons why 

One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Often, despite our fervent prayers, He doesn’t rush to fix everything, and He has His reasons for this.

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What are the Essential Qualities of Prayer?

In my parish ministry and work around the archdiocese, one of the questions I receive most frequently is like the question posed to Our Lord in Luke’s Gospel, “He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.'” (Luke 11:1) People simply want to know, “How should I pray? Can you help me improve my prayer life?”

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The Four Ends of Mass

“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” – St. Padre Pio

 

After a talk I gave a while ago, a young man came to me with a question. “I think I’m a good Catholic,” he began, “but I don’t go to mass. I hear it’s a sin not to go, but I don’t understand that. I guess I don’t see the point. Can you give me any reasons why I should go?” His question was sincere, and it led to a long and healthy discussion of why being present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is important in the life of a faithful Catholic.

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The Rosary: The Best Prayer for Men

Devotion to Our Lady may not seem an intuitive thing for some Catholic men.  Growing up, I’d occasionally catch my father as he finished praying the Rosary early on Saturday mornings (begun in peace when the rest of us were asleep), or notice he’d left his handsome set of beads lying out on a coffee table.  I had the blessing of his example.  Other men know their fathers have placed a Rosary in their locker at work (try and find a Catholic firefighter who doesn’t have either a Rosary or a saint’s medal) or even just keep one in their pocket, where from time to time they’ll pause and touch the beads.  But for those men who haven’t “seen” or “heard,” how do we make sense of the Rosary as a manly devotion?

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Why Does the Lord’s Prayer Ask God not to Lead us into Temptation – Why Would God do Such a Thing?

Most of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor. And every now and then it is good to bring these works of mine together. An interesting question came in today (actually it is asked quite frequently) and I’d like to give my answer and add just a few things more that wouldn’t fit into the column. First the question, then the answer and a brief elaboration.

 

Q: Why does the Lord’s Prayer ask God not to lead us in temptation? Why would God do that? I have also read texts in the Bible about God hardening people’s hearts. Again why would God do that?

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Suffering, Catholic Style!

A while back on my personal blog, I presented a secular view of suffering. I posited that, for the secular left, suffering is seen as worse than sin or death. Suffering has no meaning, and the goal becomes maximizing pleasure and avoiding pain.

 

There is a very different view of suffering on the Catholic side o’ town.

 

The late, great John Cardinal O’Connor of New York once told a suffering woman, “Christ could have saved the world by His miracles, but He chose to save the world by His suffering.”

 

This great truth is the basis of our understanding of redemptive suffering.

Let me back up a bit…

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Heaven is for real and forever

God’s ways are not our ways, and his will is not always easy for us to understand.

 

We know that God has a plan of love for every life. But we also know that within his plan, people can find sickness and suffering that seems to have no reason, no justification.

 

These are some of my reflections as the sad drama of a young California woman has been unfolding this week on cable news and in the social media.

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Conscience and Truth

Often I’ve asked my students to consider this question: “If you were doing something objectively morally wrong, would you want someone to tell you and try to convince you to stop?”

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Pope: The Church Is a Beautiful and Visible Sign of the Love of Christ

VATICAN CITY -- In his weekly address for his Wednesday general audience on Oct. 22, Pope Francis offered advice on fighting those tendencies that “dismember” the Body of Christ, such as jealousy and feelings of superiority.

 

“A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that, instead of blood, seems to have vinegar. It is a heart that is never happy; it is a heart that disrupts the community,” he told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.
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New Day, New Blessings

To say that I love being a high school chaplain is an understatement.  As I walk the halls of La Salle Academy, I’m often reminded of the verse from Psalm 16, “He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.”  I truly love the students that the Lord has entrusted to my spiritual care.

 

As a “father” to the students, I often challenge them to think and act differently.  So, for example, recently a student was in campus ministry and she expressed that she felt unhappy because it was a Monday!  Her feelings were not unlike many adults that wake up on Monday mornings with a feeling of discontent because it’s a new day (or new week) with new worries.
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 Discernment: What It Does and Doesn't Mean

This year, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to give a decision over to God -- how to discern what God wants us to do, when we have a choice before us. It's one of the more widely misunderstood areas of our practical spiritual life, and I'm still figuring out what it means to live this way. Here are a few things I've figured out about what to expect when I pray for guidance in a decision:

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Faith: The Secret to a Sacramental Marriage

It has been said that “it takes three to get married” — a man, a woman and God.

 

In fact, in 1951, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote a book with that sentiment in the title. 

 

For three Catholic couples who have a combined total of more than 150 years of sacramental marriage, they know that the beloved archbishop couldn’t have gotten it more right.
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What is a Soul?

What is a soul? Or to be more precise, what is a human soul?  Or to be even more precise, what is a human being?  For that is really the key question; and I sometimes think that the biggest obstacle to understanding what the soul is is the word “soul.”  People too readily read into it various erroneous notions (erroneous from an Aristotelian-Thomistic point of view, anyway)—ghosts, ectoplasm, or Cartesian immaterial substances.  Even the Aristotelian characterization of the soul as the form of the living body can too easily mislead.  When those unfamiliar with Aristotelian metaphysics hear “form,” they are probably tempted to think in terms of shape or a configuration of parts, which is totally wrong.

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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Of Hard Heads and Soft Hearts

My friend (we'll call him Bob) has a problem with the Church's "authoritarianism." In particular, he suspects the Church's creeds. For Bob, they are secret passwords which, if you say them while stupidly bobbing your head "yes," allow you into the Church. He complains creeds keep people from thinking. He argues they lead to persecution and cause well-meaning believers to be excluded from the Kingdom by rule-bound bigots.
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Flawless or Holiness; What’s a Parent to Do? 

As a new parent, I have quickly noticed that everyone has an opinion about the best way to raise my child. Authors, other parents, parishioners, and even strangers on the street are quick to offer advice or criticism of my parenting. As if this were not enough, society tells parents that they are not smart enough to raise their own children. If you don’t buy this book and learn the correct parenting techniques, you will scar your children for life. Parents are afraid to trust their own decisions and are always looking to imitate the latest guru’s advice so they can raise perfect kids.

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‘Saved by the Book': How Sinners Became Saints through Spiritual Reading

My husband is a convert to Catholicism. Because he has made it a daily practice in his life to read spiritual books, his life has been completely transformed, and he has become a Catholic powerhouse for Christ.

 

I am absolutely speechless at what the Holy Spirit has done in the life of my husband as a result of his faithfulness to persevere in the discipline of spiritual reading. But he is not alone.

 

Many saints, because they read a spiritual book, were induced to forsake the world and give themselves completely over to God.

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EVIL vs GOOD: It May be Time for Everyone to Choose Sides 

It seems that now, in the early 21st century, people of faith have been thrust into the Canyon of Decision. This is  a place where a personal decision must be made and only two choices are available. Those choices are Good vs Evil. God is the perfection of all that is GOOD. Satan is the owner of all that is EVIL. Satan hates exponentially. He hates everything and everyone, including his own followers.

 

He has tried throughout the ages to convince himself that by destroying the God of Love he might find some unattainable and perverted joy. He has been wrong and knows in his deformed and blackened self that he can NEVER destroy God, his own creator. It follows that he can also NEVER feel joy or happiness of any kind. He also knows that he has no one to blame for his condition but himself.  So "hate" is his thing. Nothing can "hate" like the Prince of Darkness".

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FaithWorks! – 36 - Fr Longenecker's Newsletter on the Practical Practice of the Catholic Faith

 In the last issue we began a new series on the seven sacraments. The sacraments are not just once and done rituals, but elements of our daily spiritual lives.  God wants the sacraments to be a vital means of grace in your life--a power to transform you into the image of Christ from the inside out.

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Satan Speaks!

Author’s Note: The following letter is correspondence from a tempter demon on earth to the father of lies, Satan. Everything that Satan says in reply may or may not be truthful, for sure.


Dear Satan:

 

My human is too humble. What can I do to instill a sense of pride into his psyche?

 

Very Respectfully,

Eegotrip

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Impotent and Irrational Rage

I will always remember a conversation with an exorcist in which he stated that the devil is full of impotent and irrational rage. His fury against God and all that is good is impotent because he has no power against God. It is irrational because Satan is the Father of Lies, and where there is no truth there is no reason or rationality. When this impotent and irrational rage surges up in our own lives it shows the face of the deadly sin of wrath.

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Temptation as a Form of Martyrdom – A Meditation on a Writing of St. Ambrose

Temptation is a universal human experience. And because it’s so directly associated with sin, many too easily equate being tempted with sinning. But temptation is not the same as sin. If it were, how could the Scriptures say to us that Jesus was tempted in every way we are and yet was without sin? (Heb 4:15) Hence, the simple experience of temptation is not sin. It is true, however, that our past indulgence in sin can make us more susceptible to temptation.

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Ten Ways to Fall In Love With the Bible

At the end of September, the very last day, the Church always celebrates the memory of Saint Jerome. Born a saint, he was not: he had a fiery and explosive temper that brought him many enemies, fierce and long temptations against chastity that he battled with prayer and prolonged fasting, and long prayer vigils—this was Saint Jerome.

 

Despite his temperamental defects and frequent assaults from the enemy, Jerome had a keen intellect, a love for study, but especially a love for the Bible, the Word of God.

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A Catholic Response to Suffering and Euthanasia

I was born into a pro-life family.  My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of three in the late 1920′s – a time in which medical advancements and technology were not prevalent, and so her prognosis was grim.  Upon marrying my grandfather, she was told that childbirth would significantly reduce her lifespan.

 

She chose to give life to my mother, and in turn, my grandmother died at the age of thirty five.  (Thus my personal legacy began decades later.)
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Sinners and Saints, Immigrants and Gladiators

This past weekend in Newark, N.J., a Bayonne-born woman was beatified. Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich a Sister of Charity, was recognized for having lived a life of heroic virtue. She’s just the beginning of a story of holy ones who have walked among us, and Catholics in United States history. Knowing that, Image Catholic has published The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States.

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There is a Catholic Way to Parent

Is there a Catholic way to parent?

 

It really depends upon what you mean by the question.  If you mean, “Is there an approved list of preferred parenting methods the Church requires that we use for child rearing?”  Well then, of course the answer is “certainly not!”

 

But if you mean, “Does our Catholic faith ask parents to have a mindset about parenting that reflects the Church’s unique vision of family life and make choices that are mindful of that vision?”  Then the answer is, “unquestionably, yes!”

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