We Discover “our Star” in the Ordinary Course of our Daily Lives

We Discover “our Star” in the Ordinary Course of our Daily Lives

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“… behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.”

Perhaps you’ve seen the touching Christmas episode of The West Wing which first aired several years ago but has since been repeated.

A few days before Christmas, Toby Ziegler, the President’s sarcastic and sardonic communications director, receives a call from the Washington D.C. police asking if he knows a homeless man who had died in the cold the night before. Toby has no idea who the man is. The police find Toby’s card in the coat the man was wearing — Toby had given the coat to a shelter a long time ago. Toby discovers that the man was a decorated Vietnam veteran; his only survivor is a brother who also lives on the streets. Toby uses his Presidential connections to arrange for the man’s internment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Christmas Eve. Continue reading

Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver

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“O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the expectation of the nations and their Saviour, come to save us, O Lord our God!”

Emmanuel, God with us, is a name that in every way belongs to Christ our Lord. He is with His people in all their needs, ever ready to help and console them. He is with us on every altar, waiting for us to come and pour out before Him our sorrow and our needs. He is with us, above all, in Holy Communion, when He comes to dwell in our heart, and to bring with Him every grace that we need. He is with us in the hour of death, and He will be with us for ever in Heaven.

He who thus comes to dwell with us in familiar friendship is our King; He who thus condescends to be our companion is the God who has an absolute right to our obedience. He is our Lawgiver, and the statutes that He enacts for us have but one end and aim and object, to lead His subjects into the ways of happiness and the paths of peace.

Come then, O God, our Lord and our Saviour. “Come and save us” from all the perils of the evil one, and from our own weakness and frailty. Come and save us in the hour of temptation, for You alone are our King, and none save You shall rule over us. Come and bring us safe through this valley of tears to Your Eternal Kingdom, where we shall dwell for ever, O sweet Jesus, in the everlasting delights of Your blissful company. Continue reading

Difficulty is Part of the Gift

Difficulty is Part of the Gift

“Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are you He who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

One Christmas a boy in a remote far away village gave his teacher an exquisite seashell as a gift. He had walked many difficult miles over treacherous terrain to find it, to a special bay, the only place such shells could be found.

The teacher was quite moved by the boy’s gift, and understood where it had come from and the difficulty involved in obtaining it: “What a beautiful shell. You must have walked many difficult and dangerous miles for it. I am deeply grateful for your gift,” the teacher said. Continue reading

Politics Cannot Save

Politics Cannot Save

ProLifeCorner- Annarae- After all the tension, frustration and emotion that the recent election caused so many people, Father Timothy Barr brings everything into proper perspective. That is that Jesus is our true King and Savior, not the government or political leaders.  This video is only 6 min. long and well worth viewing.

The Greatest Battle Begins

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ProLifeCorner – 11-13-2016 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – We now have a pro-life President and Congress who have promised to defund Planned Parenthood.   All the forces of sin, Satan, and death will oppose them.  This will be the most hard fought spiritual battle since abortion was decriminalized in this country resulting in 60 million dead children.

Planned Parenthood has Satan’s fingerprints all over it.  Planned Parenthood is responsible for: Continue reading

Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day 2016

This year, thank a veteran for serving our country.

in-god-we-trust-300xProLifeCorner – 11-10-2016 – by Annarae – We often hear the term “the greatest generation” referring to the men and women who served our country in World War II.  Without a doubt, they gave their all for America.  But let’s not forget the men and women who have served and who are still serving our nation since World War II.  They also are giving their all-sacrificing so much to keep us free; free to worship God as we choose, free to live our lives without fear of oppression and for all the other freedoms written in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

May God bless all of our military forces, past, present, and future.  We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.

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The Resurrection of the Body vs Transexualism

The Resurrection of the Body vs Transexualism

“That the dead will rise, even Moses made (that) known in the passage about the bush, …”

Since he was a boy, the painter Henri Matisse would visit the great Pierre-Auguste Renoir every week, taking in everything he could from the great master. When Renoir contracted arthritis, Matisse began to come every day to bring food, brushes and paint, and anything else Renoir needed

One day, Matisse watched as Renoir groaned in pain while making a simple but exact brush stroke. Finally, the young would-be artist could no longer stand watching his mentor suffer.

“Master,” Matisse asked, “your work is already vast and important. Why keep torturing yourself like this?”

“Very simple,” Renoir answered. “The pain passes; but the beauty remains.” Continue reading

Novena for Our Country Starting Today

We invite you to join in this novena for our country starting Today Oct 30- Nov 7 2016

Prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen. Continue reading

Voting in this Upcoming Election

Voting in this Upcoming Election

Please note: This sermon was posted on Our lady of Atonement Church in San Antonio Texas. This sermon was given to Catholic’s but it should apply to all Christians who profess a love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May our Lord give us his joy, peace, love, and understanding as we read the sermon.

“Father Moore had a sermon that did an excellent job of outlining the duties of every Catholic in this upcoming election:”

Jesus says to us very plainly, “whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” When it comes right down to it, this renouncing of all we have is not primarily about material possessions; instead, it is about our wrong attitudes – our erroneous ways of thinking. Specifically I am referring to the thinking that leads us into sin – the thought that we know what is best and we don’t have to listen to anyone, including God. But we need to remember that our Lord calls us to be one with God; and that can never happen as long as we are the ones who are trying to dictate what is right and what is wrong. Continue reading