It is sin more than physical infirmity that stops us from picking up our mat and walking but until we can answer the question "do you want to be well?" honestly, we shall remain on that mat.
What makes us week and unable to walk in Gods grace this Lent?
One year ago today on Easter Sunday evening, at the age of 92 years old, Mother Angelica foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) died at her monastery in Hanceville, AL. At the time of her death, EWTN had become the largest religious broadcasting operation in the world. To this day EWTN's print, radio, television, film, and digital outlets reach millions all over the world spreading the Truth and Good News of the Gospel. Without question there would be no Catholic Channel on SiriusXM without her influence and pioneering Catholic media work. Mother Angelica will go down as one of the greatest American Catholic saints of the 20th century in the years ahead. May she Rest In Peace and pray for us! #ewtn#catholic#motherangelica#rip
Day 28 of Lent | During the crucifixion, both thieves wanted to be saved from death. But how differently they sought their salvation! One said, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" while the other proclaimed "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom!" There is a fearful silence towards the railing thief, no sign of hope. But to the penitent man, Jesus says, "Today, You will be with me in Paradise." When we admit our wrongdoings, accept justice and and acknowledge the goodness and power of Jesus, we invite Him to bring us to heaven, with Him. What could be better than to be with Him in the heavenly city of God. God has prepared so many things for those who love Him, all we have to do is repent and acknowledge that only He can save us.
This Lent, let us reflect on one of the seven last words Jesus uttered. And let us be excited for the solace awaiting us at the kingdom of God.
This is the Saint Benedict Medal it is a Christian sacramental medal containing symbols and text related to the life of Saint Benedict of Nursia, used by Roman Catholics, as well as Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and the Western Orthodox, in the Benedictine Christian tradition, especially votarists and oblates.The medal is one of the oldest and most honored medals used by Christians and due to the belief in its power against evil is also known as the "devil-chasing medal".As early as the 11th century, it may have initially had the form of Saint Benedict's cross, and was used by pope Leo IX.The reverse side of the medal carries the Vade retro satana "Step back, Satan" which is a formula which has been used by Christians to ward off evil since the 15th century.Sometimes carried as part of the rosary, it is also found individually.
In widespread use after its formal approval by Pope Benedict XIV in the 18th century, the medal is used by Roman Catholics to ward off spiritual and physical dangers, especially those related to evil, poison, and temptation. The exact time and date of the making of the first Saint Benedict Medal are not clear, however, it is likely that may have initially had the form of a cross.Catholic tradition holds that as a young Benedictine, the future Pope Leo IX attributed his recovery from a snake bite to that cross.After becoming pope in 1049, Leo IX enriched the St. Benedict cross to the form of a medal, and gave it blessings and indulgences.Lay Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, among Christians of other denominations, are not permitted to perform exorcisms,but they can use the Saint Benedict Medal, holy water, the crucifix, and other sacramentals to ward off evil. Saint Vincent de Paul, who died in 1660, appears to have been acquainted with the Medal and the Sisters of Charity founded by him have worn it attached to their rosary beads.It is not as popular as the miraculous medal or Saint Christopher medal nowadays, so look for this medal. #Benedictine#saintbenedict#sacramental#excorcism#catholic#spiritualprotection#protectionfromevil#protestant#prayer#Vaderetrosatana#jewelry#medal#medallion#wardoffevil#orthodox
Reflexão do Evangelho do dia (Jo 4,43-54)
A nossa Fé tem que ser madura, não pode ser baseado em sinais. Os sinais (milagres) podem acontecer ou não, temos que ser como o funcionário do rei acreditar na Palavra de Jesus: "'Podes ir, teu filho está vivo". Nossa Fé não pode ser sentimentalista, nem escutar de quem quer seja ordenando Deus a fazer qualquer milagre, que pode acontecer ou não. Tampouco não deve ser baseada em superstições como horóscopo, cartomantes, búzios, etc.
Não podemos entender a nossa Fé de forma equivocada. As imagens são sinais da Fé, o terço é para ser rezado e meditado não deve usado como adereço no pescoço, na mão ou em qualquer lugar.
Quando estivermos diante de Jesus Eucarístico nada mais importa, qualquer das imagens seja de Nossa Senhora ou do Crucificado, por exemplo.
Após a Santa comunhão, estamos com Jesus dentro de nós. DENTRO DE NÓS. Precisamos ter consciência dessa COMUNHÃO de Cristo em nós. Para que ir ao Sacrário? Para que ir rezar diante da imagem de Nossa Senhora ou qualquer outra? Jesus está VIVO dentro de nós!
Não podemos basear nossa Fé em sinais, sejamos sinal de Deus no mundo para os outros.
"My spouse doesn't interest me anymore," I've heard people say.
Notice how there are very few other people we would say this about? You don't hear someone say that their parents, or kids, or best friends don't interest them anymore. It's more of a reflection of our soul when we stop seeing the beauty in our spouse. Our spouse is a unique individual with talents, dreams, hopes, desires, needs, and fears. These things change all the time. If we have stopped seeing them as interesting, maybe it is because we've stopped really looking. Maybe it's because we are looking for them to "entertain" us instead of looking at them with eyes of love. It is always up to us to see the beauty in front of us. #passionatepurpose#catholic#catholiclife#sacramentofmarriage#marriage#catholicism