Jubilee of Mercy






Pope Francis during the general audience explains why he convened the Jubilee of Mercy


"Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly
Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved...[read more ]"
- Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee




"We should not stop praying for [dialogue among religions] and with those who think differently" - Pope Francis


Resources
  • Can You Forgive? Do you know how to forgive others and yourself? - Psychology Today
  • Confession
    • The Practical Wisdom of St. John Vianney: "Confession Part 1 and Part 2"

Apps / Tech.


"Find the strength to embrace God's Mercy..." - Cardinal Donald Wuerl









RealMenPrayTheRosary.org


Transformation: High schoolers, college students, graduates...
10,000 lives changed - Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)



"Great God Almighty, He done changed me..." - MercyMe (Lyrics)




Who is this child? He is God!


O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!





"Jesus compels a choice, in the way no other founder does...[The claims of Jesus] are the unique treasure of Christianity...If Jesus is who he says he is, I must give my whole life to him..." (Robert E. Barron).








"We hold on to things outside of us instead of concentrating on what is within that keep us noisy and agitated. We run from experience to experience like children...and  wonder how serenity has eluded us... Dwelling on inessentials and, worse, filling the minds of others with them distract from the great theme of our lives.  We must learn to distinguish between what is real and what is not" (J. Chittister, The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century, p. 290).


Published 12.24.2012
Republished 12.24.2013; 12.24.2014; 01.03.2016



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

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




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.

Authors and Speakers





Research


Videos




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

Just War Theory and Contemporary Application


















"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa 


















The medical, environmental,
and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war



Saving Children from Scourge of War (University of California Television)



TAPS Good Grief Camp Helps Children




Tallulah Rendall - We Don't Want War Anymore - In aid of the Child Refugees Of War






Resources


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






Apps



"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

Current Events
Resources


"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

Loss of Human Dignity











Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity


"Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2274



National Catholic Bioethics - Why is the Church Opposed to Abortion?



Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized



Resources


Human Trafficking and Slavery












Center for Human Trafficking Awareness

"Human Trafficking is A Plague on Humanity" - Pope Francis


“Out of the Darkness”
Refugees, immigrants, human trafficking victims find themselves trapped
Catholics invited to participate through prayer, action - USCCB


Fast Facts



Human Trafficking


  • Human Trafficking in the News - A Catholic Perspective - Catholic.org
  • International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women on the Street - Vatican.va
  • In the United States, "people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves." - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Living in the shadows: Religion's response to human trafficking - CBS News
  • Survey: How many slaves work for you? - MadeInAFreeWorld.org
  • "There are 27 million slaves in the world today.." - FreeTheSlaves.net
  • "Traffic of human beings is a $10-billion growth industry" - Catholic Relief Services
  • United States: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • USCCB Anti-trafficking program staff at 202.541.3357 - USCCB
  • College Students Across All Majors Strive to End Human Trafficking - Today's Catholic News



Human trafficking is dependent upon
the generous donations of silence and inaction. ~ E.L.D.




Break My Heart, by Jonny Diaz


Published 09.21.2011
Updated and Republished 01.03.2014; 04.18.2015

Divine Mercy


















Celebration of First Vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday - 2015.04.11




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












Published: 04.27.2104. Updated: 04.11.2015