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Massgoers, Don’t Be Late!

Posted on Sep 04 , 2016 in Articles

Massgoers, Don’t Be Late!

"Mass begins with the entrance procession and ends after the final dismissal and we should be there from beginning to end. Each part of the Mass relates and complements the others in a single act of worship even though some parts, such as the consecration, are essential while others are merely important.

Arriving on time is not just a question of obligation but of love and respect for Our Lord who has gathered us together to share his gifts, and who has some grace to communicate to us in each part of the Mass.

It is also a sign of respect for the community with whom we worship and who deserves our presence and the contribution of our prayers in each moment. – Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum

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September Canonization of Mother Teresa

Posted on Sep 03 , 2016 in Articles

September Canonization of Mother Teresa

When Mother Teresa is canonized on September 4, she will be most remembered for her selfless charity. Mother Teresa worked with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, serving lepers and others who would otherwise suffer without care. Her services were given freely, and her example was followed by the sisters in the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity.

Mother Teresa has inspired thousands of followers in several different nations. She has been mentioned as a charitable inspiration by world leaders.

Her order has 19 mission homes in Kokata, as well as several others around the world. The Missionaries of Charity also operate a school, care for ex-prostitutes and run soup kitchens.

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7 Reasons Why Guardian Angels Are NOT Cute, Concocted, Chunky Cherubs that Float on Clouds

Posted on Oct 04 , 2015 in Articles

7 Reasons Why Guardian Angels Are NOT Cute, Concocted, Chunky Cherubs that Float on Clouds

The feast of the Guardian Angels is the perfect day to take a moment to reflect on the blessing it is to be gifted with an angel to guide us.   As children many of us prayed The Guardian Angel prayer, but as adults we tend to forget the importance and power that the angels can have in our lives.

New Age spirituality has left many confused as to what angels are, how we can communicate with them, and the power that they have over our lives.  It is important to know what the Catholic Church tradition says about Guardian Angels.
Here is a list of things you should know about Guardian Angels to keep you from following misguided beliefs.

1. They are real.

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Our Lady of Lourdes – Prayer, Penance, Spiritual & Physical Healing

Posted on Sep 24 , 2015 in Articles

Our Lady of Lourdes – Prayer, Penance, Spiritual & Physical Healing

On 11th. February 1858 Bernadette, her sister Toinette and a friend of theirs, Jeanne, went looking for wood on the meadows and led towards “the place where the canal rejoins the River Gave”. They were in front of the Grotto of Massabielle. Toinette and Jeanne crossed the icy water, crying out with the cold; Bernadette hesitated to do this because of her chronic asthma. She heard “a noise like a gust of wind”, but “none of the trees were moving”. “Raising her head, she saw, in a hollow of the rock a small young lady, who looked at her and who smiled at her. This was the first Apparition of the Virgin Mary.

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How Mary Gave the Rosary to St. Dominic

Posted on Aug 02 , 2015 in Articles

How Mary Gave the Rosary to St. Dominic
In the year 1214 Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, was in anguish because he was failing in his attempt to convert the Albigensian Cathar heretics. St. Dominic attributed this to the deepness and gravity of sinfulness of the heretics and the poor example of Catholics. He went alone in to the forest and wept and prayed continuously for three days to appease the anger of Almighty God. He flogged his body and scourged his flesh. From the fasting, pain, and exhaustion, he passed in to a coma.
 
Dominic experienced an apparition of Blessed Mother Mary while in the coma, which forever links Saint Dominic and the Rosary. The Immaculate Mary with three angels appeared and asked St. Dominic, “Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?” Dominic’s response was Blessed Mary knew better than he because she is a part of our salvation.
 
Mary responded, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter* which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.
 
Shortly after this apparition he preached the Holy Rosary to the unconverted Albigenisan heretics. To modify the Paternoster (150 Our Father’s) and in compliance with the instruction in the apparition, the design of the Saint Dominic Rosary came in to being. He set apart fifteen mysteries of the rosary, grouped them in to three sets of five decades each.
 
The groupings were designated as Joyous Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries and Glorious Mysteries. This design helped the Albigensian heretics to better understand and to imitate the virtuous life of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Immaculate and Blessed Mary.
 
* The “Angelic Salutation” is the “Hail Mary” prayer and the Psalter is the 150 Psalms. Thus, she wanted 150 Hail Mary’s – which is what the Holy Rosary is – 15 decades of Hail Mary’s with 15 corresponding mysteries to contemplate.
 
Two recommended books on the sweet and Immaculate Mary: one by Saint Louis de Montfort, the other by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. You can’t go wrong with either…or both!
 
Source: taylormarshall.com