OTHER SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS, MESSAGES, WRITINGS & CHURCH RESOURCES
INCLUDES RESOURCES FOR WOMEN & THE GREAT NEED FOR PRAYER
These two Commandments sum up our entire spiritual life, but how difficult it can be to live by them!
"Thou shalt love the LORD THY GOD with thy WHOLE HEART, and with thy WHOLE SOUL, and with thy WHOLE STRENGTH. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in THY HEART. And thou shalt tell them to thy CHILDREN, and thou shalt MEDITATE upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey, sleeping and rising. And thou shalt BIND THEM as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be and shall move between thy eyes. And thou shalt write them in the entry, and on the DOORS OF THY HOUSE" (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
JESUS: "And the second (Commandment) is like to this: Thou shalt love thy NEIGHBOR as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).
Jesus Decoded - "This Web site is designed to provide information for anyone who wishes to inquire about Jesus Christ and Christian origins due to claims that appear in current popular media." Double click on a language to reach information. Visions of Jesus Christ.com - "This site is a collection of weeping statues, weeping icons, miraculous images and a list of Catholic visionaries who are associated with Marian apparitions."
SPECIAL SPIRITUAL MESSAGES & WRITINGS
Healing - Advice - Counseling - Prayers - "Spiritual resources designed to offer prayer, encouragement, & personal support for those suffering from spiritual confusion, the loss of a loved one, a bad relationship, health problems, abuse, abandonment, a divorce, a physical or mental illness, suicidal tendencies, or from depression."
Pastoral Letter to Catholic Men - This is a spiritually beautiful letter that should be read by all Catholic men and their families - "May, 2002 - A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic Men from the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands."
Spiritual State of Catholic Church in the USA & other Western Nations - "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel" --- Pope John Paul II.
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Women for Faith & Family - "To assist orthodox Catholic women in their effort to provide witness to their faith, both to their families and to the world. To aid women in their efforts to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith. To aid faithful Catholic women in their desire for fellowship with others who share their faith and commitment. To serve as a channel through which questions from Catholic women seeking guidance or information can be directed.
THE GREAT NEED FOR PRAYER - WHY PRAY?
"When one has a heart pure and is united to God, one feels in oneself a balm, a sweetness which intoxicates, a light which dazzles. In this intimate union, God and the soul are like two pieces of wax melted together; they can no longer be separated...It is a happiness that one is not able to understand. Prayer makes time pass with great speed, and so agreeably that one doesn't notice its duration. The more one prays, the more one wishes to pray."
----Saint John Vianney
Please remember the help Our Mother Mary offers us, her dear children, whom she keeps safe in her Immaculate Heart when we stay free of serious sin. When we become discouraged, are tempted by the devil, or need help even in the smallest of things, a powerful prayer to say is: "Blessed Mother help me." She will never fail to respond to your request. As others have, you will increasingly gain confidence in her intercessory power. (I use the above prayer many times during the day along with this short prayer: "Holy Spirit guide me and give me Wisdom and understanding for the Divine Will") - Vincent T. Bemowski.
ADDITIONAL SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS & CHURCH RESOURCES
Cardinal Kung Foundation - "The Chinese Government recognizes only the Catholic Church affiliated with the CCPA or Official Church, which was created and founded by an atheist Chinese government... It does not recognize the administrative, legislative, and judicial authority of the Pope. The Pope does not recognize the CCPA or Official Church as a part of the universal Roman Catholic Church..." Catholic Prophets - "Full Church Approval - Bishops Approval - Under Investigation - Disapproval By Church - Scriptures - Books & Magazines"
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COALITION ECCLESIA DEI - "Promoting the Traditional Latin Mass as sanctioned by Summorum Pontificum... On July 7, 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI issued his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which allows every priest in the Latin Rite to offer the Traditional Latin Masswithout permission from his bishop, effective September 14, 2007.
This expands upon the pastoral concern expressed by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who in 1984 authorized the Traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Rite to be offered with approval of the local bishop. This was the Mass as was said in every Catholic Church around the world until after Vatican II. In his Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei, (July 2, 1988), His Holiness expanded this earlier permission: By virtue of my Apostolic Authority I decree ... (that) a wide and generous application' be given the previous directives. The Mass has grown slowly and steadily since that time in the United States."
Conservapedia - "An encyclopedia with articles written from a conservative viewpoint." Courage, an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church - "Persons with homosexual desires have always been with us; however, until recent times, there has been little, if any, formal outreach from the Church in the way of support groups or information for such persons. Most were left to work out their path on their own. As a result, they found themselves listening to and accepting the secular society's perspective and opting to act on their same-sex desires...." Daily Gospel - "Daily Mass readings e-mailed to you free of charge...run by an international team of lay Catholics and volunteers." Find The Divine - "Our mission is to provide a place on the Internet where the seekers and providers of the spiritual - religious retreat experience can find each other."
"The essence of the Mass is not changing. But the way it is celebrated will be noticeably different... many of the prayers and responses of the liturgy have been newly translated into English from the original Latin text. In addition, new observances for recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for the Eucharistic prayers, additional Masses for various needs and intentions, and updated instructions for the overall celebration of the Mass will be added. The most significant changes people will notice, however, is the new translation of the actual words of the Mass." (Taken from the Holy Family Parish bulletin, Nov. 5, 2011, Cahokia, Illinois).
Commentary: As older Catholics will remember, these current changes are being made to more accurately conform to the traditional Tridentine (Latin) Mass prayed before, and a few years after Vatican II. However, neither Vatican officials or our bishops are admitting that those changes to the Mass (approved in 1969) were grave errors and should never have been put into place. Therefore, they are also being careful not to even mention the Tridentine Mass. Those changes, along with the approval of the Saturday "afternoon" Mass were designed to "modernize" the Church and please man, but without prayerfully considering that they may offend Almighty God. As a result, those appeasements have greatly contributed to the spiritually lukewarm state of today's Church.
As you are aware, when changes are made in the Church they can cause some members to lose faith. Their "protests" against the authority of the Church may reach the stage where they no longer attend Mass on a regular basis on the weekend, and/or not at all during the week. This is very wrong because they are also turning their back on Jesus.
When we truly profess a high degree of faith, we have a strong desire to receive Jesus through Holy Communion. Therefore, certain weaknesses of our priests or bishops will not prevent us from attending Holy Mass as often as possible. It will cause us to pray more deeply for their souls.
While it is good to be make others aware of the immoral conduct of the clergy so that more prayers are said for them, it is never good to let their conduct dominate or interfere with our spiritual relationship with our Lord to the degree that we leave the Church, avoid attending Mass, or receiving Him in Holy Communion. vtb
Weaknesses in the Second Edition.
The Third Edition of the Roman Missal.
Will the revised translation affect the General Instruction of the Roman Missal?
Revised Roman Missal - "With the third typical edition of The Roman Missal, Liturgy Training Publications preserves its commitment to quality of design and materials while ensuring affordability." (See bottom of Home page for more resources).
Latin Liturgy Association, Inc. - "The LLA is unique in that it supports using Latin both for Mass according to the revised Missal of Pope Paul VI (Vatican II) and the pre-Vatican II Tridentine Mass which can be celebrated according to the guidelines issued by Pope John Paul II in his motu proprio Quattuor Abhinc Annos of 1984, as modified by the Holy Father's motu proprio, Ecclesia Dei of 1988."
Magnificat - "Have you ever wished for a resource that would help you participate more fervently in the Mass... That would give sound guidance regarding prayer... Or that would help you grow in your spiritual life without putting excessive demands on your busy schedule?" Mass Times - USA - Mass schedules by state, city/township, and parish. Also by zip code/phone. Non-English Services, Adoration Blessed Sacrament, Reconciliation Times, Tourist Mass Locations, Devotions, Wheelchair Access. Always call a particular location to confirm as individual parish schedules often change. Mystics of the Church - "This website is devoted to the extraordinary mystics and visionaries of the Church, especially those who are lesser known, such as St Gemma Galgani, Blessed Alexandrina da Costa, Sr Consolata Betrone, Therese Neumann, Rev. Pere Lamy, Gabrielle Bossis, Josefa Menendez, Marthe Robin, Servant of God Louise Lateau, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity, Sister Maria Antonia and others. The author endeavors always to be in communion with the Catholic Church and its teachings." ParishesOnline - "Find Catholic Churches, Mass Times, Pastors, Bulletins, Maps, Dioceses, Schools...Over 20,000 listings. Full-time staff dedicated to hundreds of updates daily." Note: As with all large listings, some information may not be up-to-date, it is best to call ahead. Pontifical Academies - These five academies have a very important role in the Church - Cultorum Martyrum, Ecclesiastical, Life, Sciences, Social Sciences. Pope John Paul II Cultural Center - "Do not be afraid to serve the human person. Do not be afraid to open borders with States, to open economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development to the power of divine grace" -- Pope John Paul II. "The Center offers a wide variety of experiences that allow visitors to take a journey of faith." Presentation Ministries - Reflections on one of today's Mass Readings. E-mail subscription available - You can also order booklet: "One Bread, One Body" with an offering. Sacred Verse.com - "Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in an innovative way -- via cell phone technology. Our text messages containing Sacred Scripture, insights from great saints, and papal reflections on the pressing issues of our times are an ideal way to reach millions of people, especially our teens and young adults who are plugged into their cell phones 24/7." These Stone Walls - "Many of the faithful are scandalized yet again when beloved priests disappear in the night, presumed by their shepherds to be guilty of crimes claimed to have occurred two, three, or four decades earlier. Many accused priests have been simply abandoned by their bishops and fellow clergy. Church laws governing their support and defense have been routinely set aside, and many have languished under dark clouds of accusation for years. Some, far too many, have been summarily dismissed from the priesthood at the behest of their bishops without due process or adequate civil or canonical defense." St. Vincent Pallotti Center - "To inspire volunteer service through Catholic-based organizations. We support prospective volunteers during their exploration of service opportunities, strengthen the personal and spiritual development of volunteers while they serve, and assist former volunteers to stay connected to their ideals and their communities." The Catholic Church in Africa - "When one thinks of Africa, one is immediately confronted by its vastness, diversities, complexities as well as its mysteriousness. The Church in Africa is wrapped up in these factors which need to be unpacked before anyone can understand the reality of the Church in this continent." The Catholic Liturgical Library - From Catholic Online. "Dedicated to providing accurate historical and current information about the liturgies of the Latin (Roman) rite of the Catholic Church." The WORD Among Us - "Daily meditations based on the Mass readings of the Catholic Church, inspirational essays and stories of the saints and other Christian heroes and more! We also publish a full, printed version of the devotional with over 500,000 subscribers world wide." The Work of God - Beautiful web site. "Jesus, Divine Mercy, The Eucharist + Mary, the Rosary, Catholic Faith." Understanding the Gifts of the Spirit - "Catholic doctrine defines the gifts of the Holy Spirit as 'charisms' and teaches that they are distributed according to God’s Will to renew and build up the Church. The fact that someone has these gifts is not (necessarily) a sign of personal holiness but of the Holy Spirit working in and through him or her. The two important things to remember are that the charisms are given to empower us to perform the work God wants us to do, and that they are granted for the good of the whole Body of Christ."
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