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Make Yahweh your joy and He will give you your heart's desires. -  Psalm 37:4
Created on: 20 August, 2000
Updated on: 11 November, 2018
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When it came to your life on earth, you weren't given a voice or a vote.
   But when it comes to life after death, you are.
   In my book that seems like a good deal.
Wouldn't you agree?
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While the world changes, the cross stands firm  --- motto on which the Carthusian Order was founded.

Every morning Bernard would ask himself,
"Why have I come here?",  and then <would> remind himself of his main duty - lead a holy life.
-- St Bernard of Clairvaux

You are unhappy?  Think: There must be an obstacle between God and me. You will seldom be wrong.
-- St Josemaria Escriva: The Way

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
- letter by St Bruno to the Carthusians

"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!'"
-- St Josemaria Escriva: The Way

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."
-- St Vincent Pallotti

Pilgrim's Note:  Imitating Christ
Light and Darkness: The Danger of Walking in the Grey

Calendar: NOVEMBER 2018

  Holy Father's Monthly Prayer Intentions for
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.

Universal: In the Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

Vatican Documents:
On Christ's Most Precious Gift, the Eucharist:  Ecclesia De Eucharista
The FOUR Mysteries of the Holy Rosary:  Rosarium Virginis Mariae
Role of Christ, the Church and other religions:  Notification
Legal Challenges to Family & Marriage:  Family, Marriage  & "De Facto" Unions
Consecration of Church for the Third Millennium:    Act Of Entrustment To Mary

General Reflections:
Falling Into the Same Sin(s) Over and Over Again...What Can I Do?
At Your Word I Will Let Down The Nets  - Luke 5:5
Is Confession of Sins Possible Before Becoming Catholic?

This week in the Church Liturgical Year
Readings:  Sundays-Year B / Weekdays-Cycle 2


OT (2nd part - after Pentecost) resumes on Monday, 21 May.

OT is in two parts:
       - the first immediately follows Baptism of the Lord up to Ash Wednesday (beginning Season of Lent), and
       - the second part follows Pentecost until the Season 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 actual number of weeks in OT in any given year can add up to 33 (more common) or 34.
When there are the normal 33 weeks, there is a skip of a week in the normal numbering of the week resuming OT following Pentecost Sunday. For instance in 2008 with the normal 33 weeks, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday was the 4th Sunday (beginning the 4th week) in OT, but the day after Pentecost Sunday (dividing Easter Season and OT) began the 6th Week in OT.
However, this year (2018) we have 34 weeks and therefore no skip in the numbering. Thus the week of Ash Wednesday is the 6th in OT while the week following Pentecost Sunday is numbered Week 7 in OT.

The last Sunday in OT (ie the 34th Sunday) is celebrated as the Solemnity of Christ the King which this year falls on 25 November, and the following Sunday (2 December) begins the Season of Advent marking the start of a new liturgical year.


Monday  12 November  Scripture Reflection
St Josaphat, bishop, religious, Martyr    Memorial

Tuesday 13 November  Scripture Reflection
St Agostina Pietrantoni, religious

Wednesday  14 November  Scripture Reflection
St Lawrence O'Toole, archbishop

Thursday  15 November  Scripture Reflection
St Albert the Great, bishop, Doctor of the Church    Optional

Friday   16 November  Scripture Reflection
St Margaret of Scotland    Optional
St Gertrude the Great, Virgin    Optional

Saturday  17 November  Scripture Reflection
St Elizabeth of Hungary, religious    Memorial



Jesus Christ
Do We Need Jesus?
The following six articles are from the Knights of Columbus Home Study Course.
1. Christ Is Necessary for You
2. One with the Father
3. He Is Our God
4. The First Christians and Christ
5. The Son of God and His Church
6. The Divine Christ and the Bible

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.
The argument, like all effective arguments, is extremely simple: Christ was either God or a bad man.
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.
   Pope John Paul II: Abide with us, Immaculate Mother
   Ask Father! series: Mary as the Immaculate (sinless) Conception

The Saints
Why Do We Honour the Saints?
The Process of Being Declared Officially a Saint
Patron Saints Index
Upon Death...What Transpires? -- Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Angels
The Nine Choirs of Angels
Chaplet of St Michael - acknowledging their role in helping us to Heaven
The Angels by Pascal P Parente
Chapter 1: Morning Stars of Creation
Chapter 2: Angelic Nature and its Operation
Chapter 3: The Sons of God and the Sons of Perdition
Chapter 4: Angels and Their Names
Chapter 6: Proper Names of the Angels
Angels and Beatific Vision
Do Angels Exist?

Church Liturgy
Liturgy of the Mass
Solemnities, Feasts, Memorials
Understanding the Church Liturgical Calendar

Articles:  The Precepts of the Church Is This God?
Is Missing Sunday Mass a Sin?          How Men Find God
Did Jesus Laugh?God: Do We Choose To Love Him?
       Lorica of St Patrick     Terminology: Use of "Pray"
         Legends of the Rhine     

Christian Blogs & Websites:
Apologetics & Commentary by Jimmy Akin
Israel Yesterday and Today: A pilgrimage in word & image
The Sword of the Spirit
Liturgy of the Hours (aka Divine Office) Online (also for mobile devices)
Our Lady's Warriors

Know Thy Church History: We focus on General or Ecumenical Councils and state why indeed we cover this summarised means of understanding Church history.
General Councils (GCs): An Overview
     An Introduction to the detailed history
       Eastern GCs: 1 to 8 :   
Western GCs: 9 to 21  (incl last held, 21st GC Vatican Council II)

Spotlight on Contemplative Orders:
The Cistercians (Trappists): New Melleray Abbey
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
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...

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