While the world changes, the cross stands firm
Every morning Bernard would ask himself,
"Why have I come here?", and then <would> remind himself of his main duty - lead a holy life.
You are unhappy? Think: There must be an obstacle between God and me. You will seldom be wrong.
By your work you show what you love and what you know. When you observe true obedience with prudence and enthusiasm, it is clear that you wisely pick the most delightful and nourishing fruit of divine Scripture
"Without me, you can do nothing, our Lord has told us.
And he has said it so that you and I won't credit ourselves with successes that are his. 'Sine me, nihil!'"
Practice of Holiness
"You must be holy in the way that God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify the world and your everyday life."
Holy Father's Monthly Prayer Intentions
What is the process in the preparation of the prepared prayer intentions?
The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions to the international office of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in Rome. Through prayerful discernment the international office selects a large number of them and submits them to the Vatican for further selection, with the Pope making the final selection. The Vatican then entrusts to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which are then translated into the major world languages and published in print and digital formats.
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.
Role of Christ, the Church and other religions: Notification
This week in the Church Liturgical Year
Readings: Sundays-Year C / Weekdays-Cycle 1
Season of ORDINARY TIME
Ordinary Time (OT) is in two parts: the first begins with Baptism of the Lord up to (not including) Ash Wednesday (beginning Season of Lent), and the second part begins on the Monday after Eastertide (Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday inclusive) up to and including the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent.
OT always includes the entire months of July, August, September and October and most or all of June and November. In some years, OT includes a part of May and December.
The exact number of weeks of Ordinary Time depends on when the seasons of Lent and Easter fall each year, as well as the starting date of Advent.
The actual number of weeks in OT in any given year can add up to 33 (more common) or 34. When there are only 33 weeks, the normal numbering of the week resuming OT following Pentecost Sunday is omitted. For instance, in liturgical year 2022, there were 33 weeks and so the normal numbering was omitted: the Sunday before Ash Wednesday was the 8th Sunday in OT, and the day after Pentecost Sunday began the 10th Week in OT.
In the current liturgical year 2023, there are 34 weeks and thus the normal numbering is unaffected. The week of Ash Wednesday (which falls on 22 February this year) is week 7 and the week following Pentecost (on 28 May this year) is week 8.
"[T]he Church wishes to ensure that the readings for the 34th week of Ordinary Time are always read. In order to achieve this, the Church often omits the week that would naturally precede the resumption of Ordinary Time following Pentecost Sunday…For this reason the actual number of complete or partial weeks of Ordinary Time in any given year is mostly 33 and occasionally 34."
Since the season is split into two sections, most are unaware of the occasional omission of a week to ensure that the 34th week is celebrated properly.
The 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King (and the following week begins the season of Advent marking the new liturgical year).
The following six articles are from the Knights of Columbus Home Study Course.
The Divinity of Christ
"Attack each of these evasions — Jesus as the good man. Jesus as the lunatic, Jesus as the liar, Jesus as the man who never claimed divinity, Jesus as the mystic — take away these flight squares, and there is only one square left for the unbeliever's king to move to. And on that square waits checkmate. And a joyous mating it is. The whole argument is really a wedding invitation." - Peter Kreeft, “The Divinity of Christ.” (Ch 8, 59-63 in Fundamentals of the Faith, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988)
The doctrine of Christ's divinity (that He is indeed God) is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others. Christians have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via Bible and Church, but believe them all on his authority.
The argument the early apologists used to defend this apparently indefensible doctrine has become a classic one.
Unbelievers almost always say he was a good man, not a bad man; that he was a great moral teacher, a sage, a philosopher, a moralist, and a prophet, not a criminal, not a man who deserved to be crucified.
But a good man is the one thing he could not possibly have been according to simple common sense and logic. For he claimed to be God.
Now what would we think of a person who went around making these claims today? Certainly not that he was a good man or a sage.
Only two possibilities: he either speaks the truth or not.
> If he speaks the truth, he is God and the case is closed. We must believe him and worship him.
> If he does not speak the truth, then he is not God but a mere man. But a mere man who wants you to worship him as God is not a good man. He is a very bad man indeed, either morally or intellectually. And taking the argument further logically...If he knows that he is not God, then he is morally bad, a liar trying deliberately to deceive you into blasphemy. If he does not know that he is not God, if he sincerely thinks he is God, then he is intellectually bad, in fact, insane. Read the full article.
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Mother of God
Mary's Role In Salvation: Mary's utterance "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord..." (Luke 1:38) was that unique assent that completed salvation history. As the new Eve, conceived without sin, and as Christ's first disciple, her simple exclamation of discipleship (Luke 9:23; Luke 5:27-28) was the most profound act of faith that continues in time as we are in turn challenged to say "yes" to God in every instance of our daily life.
The Angels by Pascal P Parente
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Know Thy Church History: We focus on General or Ecumenical Councils and state why indeed we cover this summarised means of understanding Church history. Western GCs: 9 to 21 (incl last held, 21st GC Vatican Council II)
Spotlight on Contemplative Orders:
New Melleray is a Cistercian (Trappist) monastery located in the rolling farmland south of Dubuque, Iowa. Currently, about 30 monks live, work and pray at New Melleray.
The monks of New Melleray are Catholics, professing the Rule of St Benedict in the spirit of the founders of Citeaux, as handed on in the tradition of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, within a community wholly orientated to a contemplative life of prayer.
The Carthusians are a Christian religious order founded by St Bruno in 1084. There exist both Carthusian monks and nuns. They follow their own Rule, called the Statutes, rather than the Rule of St Benedict (as is often erroneously reported) and combine eremitical (hermit-like) and cenobitic monastic life.
Carthusians are sometimes considered the highest order of the Catholic Church, in terms of strictness (this refers to the idea that one is only allowed to switch your religious order if you are going to one that is more strict, and the top being the Carthusians). More...
The Religious Orders:
The differences between religious orders are fewer than one might initially expect. For someone who is beginning their discernment process, this may come as a surprise, as it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed at the number of religious orders in existence today (Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans, Carmelites, Trappists, etc.). More...