“Well, it’s spiritually healthy to confess, without entering into scrupulosity, even small or venial sins. Why? Because the sacrament gives us graces which, if we cooperate with them, help us to grow in virtue and avoid sin. And, habitual small sins weaken our resolve. They keep us attached to the world and worldly things. They make us more vulnerable to mortal sin. They make it easier to say yes to bigger and/or more frequent venial sins until voila! We’ve fallen into mortal sin … once again.”
“If you love architecture, churches, theology, or history, you'll devour this video. From relics of martyrs to icons with versace necklaces, Cantius has it all. This truly is one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in America. The best part is, everything has intention. The theology of the church is engraved in the floor... literally. You'll just have to see. Get ready to fall in love with St. John Cantius in Chicago, IL and learn more than you ever thought there was to know about the inside of a Catholic Church.” This is more than a tour – it is also a theology refresher. Definitely worth watching!
“….some characteristics of Christian prayer. First and foremost, it possesses primacy: it is the first desire of the day, something that is practised at dawn, before the world awakens. It restores a soul to that which otherwise would be without breath. A day lived without prayer risks being transformed into a bothersome or tedious experience: all that happens to us could turn into a badly endured and blind fate. Jesus instead teaches an obedience to reality and, therefore, to listening. Prayer is primarily listening and encountering God.”
…..regarding the documentary film Francesco and some quotes from Pope Francis. “What a privilege it is for me to serve you in this apostolate, and to know that you look to me and to your chaplains for guidance in striving for our Goals and for faithfulness to the Lord and His Church. In this spirit, I am writing to share a few thoughts regarding the controversy that has emerged in the press and on social media.”
“The magnificent diversity of the Saints indicates to us that we have been called to holiness. Holiness is about more than a kind of humanisn, but a deliberate and sincere discipline of life by which we imitate Christ and accept his presence in all the circumstances of our lives.”
“Today, October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Holy Father has released a new encyclical letter, addressed to all men and women of good will. Here are 10 things you need to know about that letter.”
“In our willing acceptance of our imperfection and weakness, our poverty and our need, God meets us. Thérèse encourages us in childlike confidence to be assured that even the slightest and smallest step toward God is enough to bring down his love and mercy upon us. We can be sure that if we are willing to move towards God as far as we can—be it only a little way—he, in his tender-kindness and goodness, will make up the difference.”
“Father Mike Schmitz wants to address some confusion regarding Catholics’ veneration of saints. In this video, he explains how—far from idolatry or paganism —statues, paintings, and icons of the saints are reminders of what God can do in someone’s life. Therefore, honoring the saints doesn’t take away from the glory we give God. It actually brings him greater glory.”
“This newsletter is entirely dedicated to sacramental preparation during COVID-19. Over the next few pages, you’ll be hearing from my colleagues at the OFD: Connie on COVID-19 as a return to the basics, Beverly on how to prepare for sacramental preparation, and Patrick on how to engage families in sacramental preparation.” To register for the newsletter, click on:
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