Advent

            




For the First Sunday of Advent Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey are looking at Carlo Crivelli’s 1486 painting ‘The Annunciation with Saint Emidius’. - Podcast



For the Second Sunday of Advent, Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey are looking at 'The Visitation of the Virgin to Saint Elizabeth’ crafted around 1515 from the Workshop of the Master. - Podcast



For the Third Sunday of Advent Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey are looking at 'The Birth of Saint John the Baptist Predella Panel' by Giovanni di Paolo, painted in 1454. - Podcast



For the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Fathers Whitehead and Hanvey looked at 'The Nativity at Night' by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, painted in 1490. - Podcast







United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Advent Season

The First Christian Art and its Early Developments - Lord Richard Harries

2015 Magnificat Advent Companion





Free Salesian Online Course for Advent









Advent is our "personal journey toward a meeting...with God" - Alfred Delp 
















"St. Joseph is an important figure in the Catholic Church, best known as Mary’s husband and Jesus’ earthly father. This collection provides an in-depth look at Joseph’s life, starting with his birth and studying his iconic role in the Church as the head of the Holy Family..." - Logos.com


Additional Resources





"The role of the laity is to sanctify the world." - Bishop Robert Barron





Published: 11.30.2013
Updated: 12.08.2013; 11.30.2014; 12.11.2014; 11.29.2015

Religious Freedom - Politics 2016








Until the Whole World Hears









"[T]he Church, 'cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.'" - Pope Francis

bit.ly/OSV_Guide_to_Catholic_Voting

@HillaryClinton & @realDonaldTrump





"Brunnel Donald-Kyei of the Trump National Diversity Coalition on
the Clinton campaign emails mocking Catholics and evangelicals." - Fox Business, 10.13.2016




Priests for Life: Comparison of the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms






Father Morris: Clinton camp mocking Catholics is 'bigotry'





Fr. Frank Pavone on Voting and Defending Life

A Comparison of the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms - Priests for Life





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Parenting Teens



















"Families are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone's individuality is permitted to flourish." - HealthyChildren.org





"Parents' respect and affection are expressed by the care and attention they devote to bringing up their young children and providing for their physical and spiritual needs. As the children grow up, the same respect and devotion lead parents to educate them in the right use of their reason and freedom."  - Catechism of the Catholic Church


Resources

  • Best Catholic Apps to Change Your Life - Pinterest
  • "Does Your Teen Want More Privileges? Sign a Contract First" - Amy Morin
  • Depression - National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Family Honor - "Family Honor will prepare and empower parents, the primary educators of their children, and church leaders to evangelize about the truth and meaning of God’s gift of sexuality."
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk - Audible
  • Parenting - "When parents take the time to learn and grow in their own faith, they can pass valuable treasures onto their children and build a family centered on love." - CatholicsComeHome.org
  • "Parenting Your Catholic Teen" - TheFaithExplained
  • Positive Parenting with a Plan - "All families are uniquely beautiful in their own way. Dr Johnson seeks to help families become as vibrant, functional, and healthy as possible." - Family-Rules.com
  • Surviving Your Adolescents - "A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. has worked with children, adults and families for over 35 years." - 1-2-3 Magic Parenting
  • "The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction" - National Institute of Mental Health
  • "When Teens Know One Parent Will Say Yes" - ForYourMarriage.org




Eucharistic Adoration






EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis on his love for the Eucharist




". . .The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace." Blessed John Paul II






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"A master theologian offers inspiring insights into the mystery of Christ's presence in our lives. As festive as the film Babette's Feast and as profound as the work of Ronald Knox, this fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light the spiritual meaning of meal, sacrifice, and real presence in our lives." ©2008 Robert Barron (P)2009 St. Anthony Messenger Press -  Audible.com

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"The Christian faith...is meant to be shared...around the world."
- Fr. R. Barron
Formation for Adults





We are all "[beckoned] to something beautiful...our greatest potential." - Deacon Greg Kandra


"Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and EWTN Global Catholic Network offer several scheduled activities to visitors each day." - EWTN




Church & Culture



The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "[T]he Twelve accepted with simple faith a mystery which as yet they did not understand." -  Catholic Encyclopedia



"Without the priest, there is no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. WIthout the Church, there is no Hope." - Author Unknown


Vocations
Youth



"Musically speaking, one of the most moving moments of World Youth Day was marked by a Vigil in Rio's Copacabana beach. Grammy-nominated singer Matt Maher, sang on his knees during a Eucharistic Adoration ceremony, as millions of youths and the Pope prayed before the Blessed Sacrament." - August 3, 2013 - Romereports.com


Published: 06.10.2012
Updated: 06.03.2015; 07.29.2016

The heavens declare the glory of God

NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STSCI)














The heavens declare the glory of God: the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.  Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge.Psalms 19:1-3




Without faith in a Creator God, one who looks at His universe and declares it Good, how can you justify the belief that this universe is worth studying; indeed, that the universe even makes enough sense to be able to be studied? - Guy Consolmagno (as in Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist).

Modern scholars reject the old idea the Catholic Church was nothing but an opponent of the sciences.  You would be considered almost beyond help, if you continue to argue that to a professional historian of science.Thomas E. Woods

Significant updates in rational approaches to God have been achieved...in physics and cosmology. - Robert J. Spitzer




1 Corinthians 15:12-19




"Welcome aboard, your Holiness..."
 - Pope Benedict XVI Greets Shuttle, Station Crew (2011)






Fr. Barron on Atheism and Philosophy



God: Supreme Being or Imaginary Friend?



The Great Debate: Has Science Refuted Religion?



"Too often God as creator is overlooked..." (Fr. Tito) in favor of Modern Atheism.

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Christ is the centre of creation, Christ is the centre of his people and Christ is the centre of history. - Pope Francis 








What Contemporary Physics & Philosophy Tell Us About Nature & God - Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, Ph.D. & Prof. Bruce Gordon, Ph.D.(Discovery Institute)


Published Originally: 05.03.12
Updated: 08.02.2014; 01.22.2015

Tongues as of Fire



"When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim" (Acts 2:1-4).







Pope at Pentecost: Newness, Harmony and Mission

"Today we contemplate and re-live in the liturgy the outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the risen Christ upon his Church; an event of grace which filled the Upper Room in Jerusalem and then spread throughout the world..." (Read more)

Pope Francis calls Movements to Rome for Pentecost Vigil (Podcast)


Fr. Robert Barron: Pentecost Sermons



Logos Catholic Bible Software: The Path to Your Life On Fire











Pray-as-you-go is a proposal that calls on the inner life.
Get your personal listening gospel here: Android App



Divine Mercy













Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.-  Psalm 90:14



Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC: Mary's Gift of Mercy:
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told















Published: 04.27.2014. Updated: 04.11.2015; 05.03.2016

The Solemnity of the Ascension














"And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain... But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." -  Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:14-20




"What do atheists believe happens when we die? You are just no longer there..." - Hemant Mehta, FriendlyAthesist.com




"Christ in his human body is leaving the world for the last time...The Ascension is the final leg of the Paschal Mystery: Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into heaven (as mentioned in the Eucharist Prayer of the Mass). It is not until Jesus ascends and returns to His Father that His act of Redemption is completed." - CatholicCulture.org



"In the silence of the heart, you speak..." - Audrey Assad





Fr Barron comments on Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters - Word on Fire




The Ascension of Christ Gives us Joy and Confidence





Psalm 108.1




Published 05.29.2014.  Updated 05.07.2016

Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord







"Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more."
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron




Historical Questions about the Resurrection of Jesus: Special Easter Post and Podcast - St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

They Saw and Believed: Scott Hahn reflects on Easter Sunday - Dr. Scott Hahn

There is More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye
(Vatican Radio Podcast)

Easter
"Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe,
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day."
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884 - 1889)
CatholicCulture.org









"But if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?  [I]f Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."
1 Cor. 15:12-18

"We don't realize how dangerous Jesus was.  If he is who he says he is, then we have to give our whole life to him.  If he is not who he says he is, he is not a good man, he is a dangerous, misguided, fanatic."
Fr. Robert Barron  


Franciscan University Presents: The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus





"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.


Resurrection of the Body
"The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine..."
Catholic.com

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (New Advent).

"I found the evidence of...the number of witnesses to the Resurrection compelling.
The Resurrection is established as a solid historical fact."
Robert H. Bork, American Legal Scholar and Law Professor

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
"Which theory about what really happened in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday can account for the data?
There are five possible theories: Christianity, hallucination, myth, conspiracy and swoon."
Peter Kreeft, Philosopher, professor, Christian apologist, author



Why I Am a Catholic - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Phd. Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Part I and Part II
"Something happened over 1,970 years ago that changed the course of world history...
This event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Dr. Gary R. Gromacki, Biblical Homiletics, Baptist Bible College

"I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take."
Lee Strobel, Former award-winning Legal Editor of The Chicago Tribune






Implication of the Resurrection for Christian Psychology
"The resurrection means that we presently see, touch, hear, smell,
and taste is not all there is to the story of being human.
We are not a 'closed' universe, meaning that God has always been
and remains active and immanent."
Dr. David Jenkins, University in Lynchburg

Against the Efforts of an Ever Reviving Gnosis
"It is very important, gentlemen, to stress the empirical and sensible fact of the Easter apparitions. If we do not do so, we Christians will run the great risk of changing Christianity into a form of gnosis."

Jesus of Nazareth II
"[I]n overcoming death, [Christ] transformed the expectation of the afterlife."
Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 7: The Burial of Christ
"But something else happened. The women were unable to perform their ablutions on the man they called Lord. Of all the burials and customs we’ve seen and discussed, from es-Skhul to the ossuary of Caiaphas, this one ended like no other."
Thomas L. McDonald
"[The resurrection] is a historical event that nevertheless bursts open the dimensions of history and transcends it...[I]t can be attested by witnesses as an event of an entirely new kind."
Pope Benedict XVI





Faith & Reason (Video Playlist)

"With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew.  He draws all of us after him into the new light of the resurrection and he conquers all darkness.  He is God's new day, new for all of us."
Pope Benedict XVI, 2012




Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Authority of the Catholic Church

Catholics Come Home
"Catholics Come Home, Inc....creates effective and compassionate media messages...to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others..."

Hosted by WordOnFire.org - Word On Fire "draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent. Fr. Barron posts weekly video clips, commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over 500 homilies." 


Published: 04.2011.  Updated: 04.08.2012; 04.05.2013; 04.20.2014; 04.05.2015

Who is Jesus?




Fr. Robert Barron



"Belief in Jesus, as God [is a] myth"

Atheists are called to "Make the decisions for the rest of your lives."

For, if the dead are not raised, neither is Christ; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is pointless and you have not, after all been released from your sins.  In addition, those who have fallen asleep in Christ are utterly lost. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are of all people the most pitiable... If the dead are not going to be raised, then let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall be dead.
I Corinthians 15:16-19; 33

Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more.
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron


Pierced for Our Transgressions

"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  New Advent.









"On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary.  Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption...[W]e contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord" (Catholic.org).

Paraclete Press



Updated: 04.02.2015; 03.19.2016