Today's reading from James isn't the kind of address you would give at a typical graduation or ordination. Congratulations on all your plans...but you are a puff of smoke! And your plans? Who knows?
People may take too much offense to listen to James' follow-up: Make you plans in and for the Lord and then they will prosper.
Wednesdays after the 9 AM Mass until 4:00 PM
Wednesdays 11 PM until Midnight
Thursdays 6 PM until 7 PM
Our Novena for Life, "Nine Days for Life," concludes with prayer after tomorrow morning's 9 AM mass. Praying each intention aloud and quietly reading the reflection gave us much to think about and an appreciation of the breadth of the Church's teachings on the dignity of human life without veering too far from the traditional groupings of concerns under this category of Church teachings.
If we ever think we can't change, we have the example of St. Paul to consider. His hatred for Christ and his followers changed to ardent love and apostolic zeal.
Is there someone we dislike, do we feel stuck in a rut of habit, routine or thinking? Can our love for Christ burn with more ardor, as the prayers from the Mass for the Conversion of St. Paul implore?
There is hope. There is Christ.
This morning we began praying the Novena for Life after morning mass. Please join us or participate online by clicking the link below to reach the website of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) for the materials.
This year, for the first time ever, our president will address marchers at the March for Life in Washington, DC via satellite hookup from the Oval Office. There are still seats on the bus Holy Cross has chartered for the day trip tomorrow (Friday). Call our office to reserve and pay for your seat now.
Joining together to pray for the protection of human life at all its stages is a crucial contemporary mission.
Beginning Wednesday, February 7th we will resume the nocturnal adoration from 11 PM to midnight at Holy Cross Church. During Advent we always had a few faithful adorers; hopefully the word will spread and more will find the quiet time with the Lord after the day has ended fruitful. We’ll see how the reception of this interesting devotion goes and continue it for the immediate future. If more than several individuals volunteer to pray, we might take the next steps toward establishing a Nocturnal Adoration Society with its accompanying privileges and indulgences with Bishop O’Connell’s permission.
The landscape surrounding the stone churches of Cappadocia seems like from another world. Today we celebrate the feast day of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen. For centuries, monks and nuns inhabited dwellings in the desert hewn from the volcanic stone. Surely such starkly beautiful and simple images of the desert dwellings formed the spirituality of the Eastern Fathers of the Church.
To close the Centennial Year of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, we prayed the prayer dedicating ourselves to Our Lady after the 12 noon Mass and then processed the statue, which has been in our sanctuary for the past six months, to its new home in the St. Francis Chapel.
Today Holy Cross School children in the lower grades gave thanks to God for their many blessings. Each of our 3rd grade students had drawn and colored a picture of something they were thankful for and they presented their artwork on a PowerPoint as we prayed for their intention. We prayed The Lord's Prayer and sent everyone on their way reminded to give thanks to God and to someone special in their lives.
Proceeding from the central insight that Jesus is Lord and judge, but also a loving Savior, Gertrude meditated on Christ's great love for us. Her insights planted the seed in the church for the growth of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Fostering our loving relationship with Jesus requires the same measures we take to show our love to spouse, family and friends: frequent communication, times of intimacy and quiet, loving acts of sacrifice and self-donation, listening and more.
God of power
Justice and mercy
Stir up in our hearts
A spirit of gratitude
For those who have
Served our nation
In war and in peace.
May their love and sacrifice for country
Be returned by us
In care, support
And remembrance one hundred-fold.
God of compassion
Shield all who defend the cause of freedom
In our nation’s service
Gather our deceased veterans close to your heart
And protect those still in our midst with
Health in body and spirit.
Prosper the cause of freedom they served.
Inspire many to follow their example of self-sacrifice
Remembering that it is better to serve
Than to be served
All Souls' Day is time to remember our deceased loved ones and pray they pass over to a land of rest and peace, in the words of today's opening prayer at Mass.
What gives us rest and and peace is not simply dwelling in an Eden-like place of ecological balance, but resting in the presence of our Lord and all the saints.
Our prayers, acts of penance and works of mercy can help the deceased realize their heavenly goal and have always been looked upon by the church as meritorious acts.
On this holy day, let us implore Mary for her intercession for God's help to keep us safe, especially those who are entrusted with the public safety and the common good. Let us give thanksgiving for those who protect us and ask God's protection on caregivers and protectors.
Here are more photos of the Living Rosary which give a different perspective of the liturgy itself. The children group into five decades and each wears a distinctive color chosen for that particular decade. There are usually several children making up each "bead." The framework of the rosary is a plastic chain with the appropriately colored beads, consisting of plastic hoops.
A group of 8th grade boys carry the cross to each "bead" along with a microphone which transmits the beginning of their prayer over an outdoor speaker system to enable the other children to know when to join in with the second part of the Hail Mary, The Our Father, or the Glory Be.
Carthusians live in individual cells with their own workshop, study, oratory and garden but eat some meals and pray sometimes in community.
Their entire day is arranged around praying, working, reading and studying for God.
Bruno was a successful administrator, scholar and advisor, but longed for a more private life to which he returned even when repeatedly called out of seclusion by a former student who became pope and needed his advice.
Bruno is shown in this statue declining nomination as a bishop and with a skull to remind him of the fleeting nature of earthly honors and pleasures.
It is a peculiar phenomenon that the very busy often find the advice of the very quiet very valuable.
Most images of Guardian Angels are whimsical
Cards depicting them have glitter, lots of glitter
I hope my Guardian angel is strong
sure of foot in storms
And patient, very patient
This is a sculpture of St. Michael the Archangel defeating Satan in Coventry, England. The Cathedral is rebuilt, but some of its bombed-out ruins from World War II stand nearby as a reminder not only of the devastation that war can bring, but the necessity of fighting and defeating evil.