Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Come and See 2015





Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (SSVM) welcome young women (ages 18-35) to a Come and See Discernment Retreat 2015 from Friday, March 27 (5:00pm) to Sunday, March 29 (3:00pm) in Washington, DC. 

We belong to the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word founded in Argentina by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, IVE in the 1980's. Together with the IVE priests and Third Order lay members, we are missionaries who make a fourth Marian vow and commit ourselves to the prolongation of the Incarnation through the evangelization of culture. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas spirit alive in 2014





Bravissima!

Stunning new LED lighting display for St. Peter's goes online...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Joe Speaks in Honor of Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig on Senate Floor





Senator Donnelly spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in honor of Hoosier Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig. He spoke on the countless examples of Kassig’s whole-hearted devotion to helping those in need as well as his lasting love for his family. He also shared a letter Kassig wrote to his parents while detained by the terrorist organization ISIS in which he assured his mother and father that he regretted nothing about the assistance he had provided to the Syrian people leading up to his capture.










Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deo Volente Ex Animo: Fruits of the Synod

Deo Volente Ex Animo: Fruits of the Synod: Remaining in the Truth of Christ:  Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church. edited by Robert Dodaro, OSA 2014. Kindle Edition....

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Deo Volente Ex Animo: What is "Graduality"?

Deo Volente Ex Animo: What is "Graduality"?: I have to admit I was a bit shocked by the refusal of Cardinal Marx to answer a simple question from the Catholic News Service about where...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

STATEMENT BY TEXAS CATHOLIC BISHOPS ON UNACCOMPANIED MINOR INFLUX

STATEMENT BY TEXAS CATHOLIC BISHOPS ON UNACCOMPANIED MINOR INFLUX

"We must not lose sight of the fact that these are young, scared, and desperate mothers and children. They need and deserve our protection and support. Now is not the moment for inflammatory political rhetoric, but of compassionate and orderly resolution to the conditions of these women and children who are already in a difficult humanitarian situation. We are immensely grateful for the generosity of those who are selflessly giving of their time in bus stations and shelters to alleviate the confusion and desperation of the immigrants. We call on our fellow Texans to pray for the safety and wellbeing of these young refugees and for the continued efforts of both public and private aid officials in resolving this potential humanitarian crisis along the border."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Patriarch Emeritus Sabbah: there is no war in Gaza, but a useless massacre - Fides News Agency

Patriarch Emeritus Sabbah: there is no war in Gaza, but a useless massacre - Fides News Agency



Gaza (Agenzia Fides) - In the night between Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 July, the Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip caused further destruction and casualties among the civilian population. The number of Palestinians killed have exceeded 580, while among the Israeli soldiers there have been 27 deaths so far. In the latest round of Israeli raids even four mosques and several health centers have been affected. 
"What is happening in Gaza", says to Fides Agency His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem of the Latins, "is not a war, but rather a massacre. A useless massacre, which will not advance even one step Israel towards peace and security. On the contrary, with all these human sacrifices, the hearts of Israelis and Palestinians are full of new hatred". According to the Patriarch Emeritus, "the means to achieve peace can only be a means of peace. For sixty years we have seen that wars, weapons, massacres are unable to secure any kind of peace". According to His Beatitude Sabbah, "the only way out of the spiral of violence and destruction is to address the underlying issue, which is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. There will be peace and security only when Israel will recognize the freedom and sovereignty of the Palestinian state. But maybe we will have to wait for a new generation of Israeli leaders to see this happen. The current leaders believe only in the military force. They have sophisticated weapons to kill, and no power to make peace". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 22/07/2014)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Irish archbishop adds voice to those calling for investigation of septic tank burials | National Catholic Reporter

Irish archbishop adds voice to those calling for investigation of septic tank burials | National Catholic Reporter



"If a public or state inquiry is not established into outstanding issues of concern surrounding the mother-and-baby homes, then it is important that a social history project be undertaken to get an accurate picture of these homes in our country's history." - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Monday, May 5, 2014

على خطى فرنسيس

The official anthem for the Pope’s visit was produced by a group of Holy Land musicians. The lyrics were written by Rabab Zeitoun and the music was composed by Louay Zaher and Rabab Zeitoun.
Listen to the anthem here
The words of the anthem are:
Refrain:
With you we go onward as witnesses to Christ
Spreading the light of the Word following Francis
1. With you we go like Mary with the light of the Nativity
We keep the covenant that we gained in the water of baptism
And the Cross of our Redeemer, his strength, protects us
We carry it onward, good news for the enslaved.
2. With you we seek the face of the Redeemer in every human being We plant love that blossoms into joy, we witness to faith
And the Church of our Redeemer invigorates us with her sacraments
We are nourished by them and we go onward immersed in faith.
3. With you we vest the cloak of mercy among all creatures
We become apostles of peace among the nations of the earth
The Gospel of our Redeemer, its light guides us
We live by it and go onward calling for harmony.
4. With you we raise our prayer from the land of holiness
We pray for the East in pain, lost on its way
The love of our Redeemer preserves us and enriches us
We clothe ourselves in it and go onward on the path of deliverance.
5. With you we sing the resurrection and proclaim life
Bearing witness to Peter meeting his brother one again
Jesus our Redeemer commands us to unity
So we listen and go onward towards, our goal to gratify him.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Archbishop to sell Buckhead mansion

Archbishop to sell Buckhead mansion



Archbishop Wilton Gregory will vacate his $2.2-million Buckhead mansion in early May and move into another available archdiocese property.
The decision followed a Saturday morning meeting at the Archdiocese of Atlanta with three advisory councils.
“After consultation with the members and hundreds of well-meaning parishioners of differing points of view, as well as my own personal reflection and prayer, I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community,” Gregory said in a statement....

Prayers for migrants at the border

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Deo Volente Ex Animo: The Three Pillars of Diplomacy

Deo Volente Ex Animo: The Three Pillars of Diplomacy: di·plo·ma·cy \də-ˈplō-mə-sē\ : the work of maintaining good relations between the governments of different countries : skill in dealing ...

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Time and again here in Ukraine, people ask me for an authoritative intervention of the Holy Father which goes beyond the assurance of his prayers and his calls that people reopen the lines of communication." - Archbishop Gullickson

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Freedom of Worship Is Not Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Worship Is Not Freedom of Religion



"When I hear our elected leaders speaking now about protecting "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of religion".... I wonder if we Catholics are, more and more each day, being forced to practice our faith within the closed doors of our churches, and nowhere else." - Bishop Christopher Coyne

Pope Francis: Do you want to be a priest?

Pope Francis: Do you want to be a priest?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's it like to have Pope Francis as your boss? Depends where you work | National Catholic Reporter

What's it like to have Pope Francis as your boss? Depends where you work | National Catholic Reporter



"He knows he is pope," explained another American priest familiar with the inner workings of the Vatican under Francis. "He will sit down and listen to his advisers, many of whom he likes, and will appear to agree with them. And then he'll go and do the exact opposite."

What's it like to have Pope Francis as your boss? Depends where you work | National Catholic Reporter

What's it like to have Pope Francis as your boss? Depends where you work | National Catholic Reporter



"He knows he is pope," explained another American priest familiar with the inner workings of the Vatican under Francis. "He will sit down and listen to his advisers, many of whom he likes, and will appear to agree with them. And then he'll go and do the exact opposite."

Un anno con Papa Francesco

Un anno con Papa Francesco

Habemus Papam, Franciscus

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Future priests embrace celibacy

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Deo Volente Ex Animo: In Deo tantum quiesce, anima mea.

Deo Volente Ex Animo: In Deo tantum quiesce, anima mea.: Today I read Леся Оробець's status from Facebook, in which she makes a brief but eloquent appeal to Ukraine to rise up once again, ...

Friday, February 28, 2014

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 40 Years of the Culture of Death

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 40 Years of the Culture of Death



Full text of a great letter. Here's one of my favorite excerpts:

If we want to build a culture of life, we need to begin with charity. Social charity, or solidarity, is the hallmark of a culture of life and a civilization of love. It allows us to see one another through the eyes of God, and therefore to see the unique and personal worth of one another. Charity allows us to treat one another with justice not because of our obligations, but because of our desire to love as God loves.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pope issues letter to families

Pope issues letter to families



Dear families,
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.
I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally “seen” salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.
Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.

In rare public split, Catholic bishops differ sharply on anti-gay laws | National Catholic Reporter

In rare public split, Catholic bishops differ sharply on anti-gay laws | National Catholic Reporter



The Roman Catholic hierarchy has generally been viewed as a unified bloc in opposition to gay rights, but the emergence of especially punitive measures against gays in various countries has opened unusually stark and public fissures among bishops in different nations.

Uganda's Anti-Gay Laws | National Catholic Reporter

Uganda's Anti-Gay Laws | National Catholic Reporter



In 2009, when an earlier law which prescribed the death penalty for certain gay activities was proposed, the Catholic Church boldly opposed it. An inter-denominational organization to which the Catholic Church in Uganda belongs has been more supportive of this law.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

American Cardinal on the message of this Pontificate The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization

American Cardinal on the message of this Pontificate The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization



Pope Francis has clearly reaffirmed the Church’s moral teaching, in accord with her unbroken tradition. What, then, does he want us to understand about his pastoral approach in general? It seems to me that he first wishes to have people set aside every obstacle which they imagine to prevent them from responding with faith. He wants, above all, that they see Christ and receive His personal invitation to be one with Him in the Church.

Two popes in St. Peter's

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Patriarch Twal: defending the Palestinians did not mean being against Israel - Fides News Agency

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Patriarch Twal: defending the Palestinians did not mean being against Israel - Fides News Agency



"Defending the Palestinians", said the Patriarch, "did not mean being against Israel". "Everyone should realize how peace would be beneficial not only for human rights, but also economically for both parties", declared US State Dept official Shaun Casey.

Venezuelan Bishops to Government: Please listen to the people

With reforms unclear, Francis starts possible bellwether week | National Catholic Reporter

With reforms unclear, Francis starts possible bellwether week | National Catholic Reporter


Pope Francis began meeting Monday for the third time with a select group of eight cardinals advising him on reforming the global Catholic church, but it remains unclear just what reforms are in the offing.
The meeting of the group, known formally as the Council of Cardinals, opens a week at the Vatican that could be a bellwether for the effect of the pope's intended reforms of the central command structure for the church.
In the space of eight days, the pontiff is to....

Monday, February 10, 2014

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus



Christians, Pope Francis said, “receive a mission in regard to all humanity: with faith and with love they can direct, consecrate, and make fruitful all humanity.” We are all “missionary disciples, and we are called to become in the world a living Gospel.” If Christians lose their savour, if their light goes out, their presence in the world loses its efficacy. “Do you want to be burning lamps or extinguished lamps?”

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus



Christians, Pope Francis said, “receive a mission in regard to all humanity: with faith and with love they can direct, consecrate, and make fruitful all humanity.” We are all “missionary disciples, and we are called to become in the world a living Gospel.” If Christians lose their savour, if their light goes out, their presence in the world loses its efficacy. “Do you want to be burning lamps or extinguished lamps?”

Week 1 - Folk Singer from Baluchistan

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS



08//02//2014
Our Fr General concelebrates Mass with Pope Francis


P. Óscar I. Aparicio
On the morning of 7th February, Fr Saverio Cannistrà concelebrated with His Holiness Pope Francis in Santa Marta in the Vatican. After returning from a long journey to assist at the episcopal ordination of Mons. Peter Chung, the first Discalced Carmelite Korean bishop, he landed in Rome at mid-night. At Fiumicino airport Fr Rafal was waiting for him to give him the pleasing news that within a few hours he had to go to concelebrate Mass with the Pope in Santa Marta.
After a few hours of sleep and with the time difference weighing heavily upon him, Fr Saverio concelebrated with the Bishop of Rome at six in the morning. After Mass he was able to exchange greetings briefly with the Pope. First of all he conveyed his own and the Order's loyalty to the successor of Peter. He then presented the Pope with the latest biography, written by our Carmelite brother, Mons. Guy Gaucher, on Saint Therese of Lisieaux, of whom the Pope is a fervent admirer. Finally, following Vatican protocol, they arranged to have to have a broader and more relaxed conversation.
​Fr Saverio, with his usual simplicity, told us in the dining room about the meeting he had with the Pope, and the happiness he felt in being able to shake hands with our Pope Francis. It is a happiness felt by the whole Order for the gift God has given us in the person of Pope Francis.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fr Lombardi SJ: Note on children's rights Committee findings

Fr Lombardi SJ: Note on children's rights Committee findings



"In sum: if the Holy See was certainly the subject of an initiative and a media attention in our view unfairly harmful, one needs to recognize that, in turn, the Committee has itself attracted much serious and well-founded criticism. Without desiring to place [responsibility for] what has transpired “[on] the United Nations”, it must be said that the UN carries the brunt of the negative consequences in public opinion, for the actions of a Committee that calls itself [by the UN name]."

For the full text, read further...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!: Archbishop Aymond calls for Planned Parenthood Boy...

Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!: Archbishop Aymond calls for Planned Parenthood Boy...: Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans published the following letter in the Clarion-Herald: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ...

The specific excerpt:


We cannot be silent in view of the grave injustice presented by the abortions that will be performed at the proposed Planned Parenthood facility. The archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there. For this reason, the archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly and nursing homes, will strive in its privately funded work not to enter into business relationships with any person or organization that participates in actions that are essential to making this abortion facility a reality.

This policy applies to all businesses, regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Our fidelity to Church teaching and our conscience necessitates this stance.

There is no justification, including economic hardship that will make a direct or indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood, or any abortion provider, acceptable. Additionally, affiliation or support of Planned Parenthood by Catholics is a matter of serious scandal.

Pope explains Eucharist's power

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

"Gimme Shelter" (not the Rolling Stones' song and documentary by the same name) is a rare blatantly pro-life story--with big name actors--to hit the theaters. Vanessa Hudgens puts in a gritty performance as castoff pregnant teen named Apple. This is a real street kid with an abusive street mother. Vanessa looks and acts every bit the part: disheveled hair, piercings, clothing to hide her gender (and pregnancy), hopeless stare, poor communication skills, eating from dumpsters, continually in survival mode....

Friday, January 31, 2014

Vatican announces that 2015 will be dedicated to the \'Year of Consecrat...

Pope\'s Mass: It\'s dangerous to lose the sense on sin

Pope Francis the prophet

Women; the old guard; pope v. pope; graffiti; and All Things Catholic | National Catholic Reporter

Women; the old guard; pope v. pope; graffiti; and All Things Catholic | National Catholic Reporter



John Allen writes:



I'm pleased to announce that All Things Catholic will live on under the same name in The Boston Globe. For those with access to the print edition of the Globe, you'll find a short version of the column in the Sunday paper. A longer version, more akin to what I do for NCR, will be available at www.bostonglobe.com. That's a pay service (though you get one click free), but readers can always get the column without paying if they access it via Facebook or Twitter. The first column will probably run Feb. 9.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pope wants 'capillary and incisive' role for women in church | National Catholic Reporter

Pope wants 'capillary and incisive' role for women in church | National Catholic Reporter

“I’m happy to see many women sharing certain pastoral responsibilities in accompanying persons, families and groups, and in theological reflection,” Francis said, “and I’ve voiced hope that spaces for a feminine presence that’s more capillary and incisive in the Church will be enlarged.”

Merton - a film biography



Father Louis Merton's last public address in Bangkok, 1968... after this session
he went to his room






Friday, January 24, 2014

Possible papal encyclical on ecology

Possible papal encyclical on ecology



Father Lombardi said it is important to note that Pope Francis intends to put particular emphasis on the theme of “human ecology,” a phrase used by Pope Benedict to describe not only how people must defend and respect nature but how the nature of the person – masculine and feminine as created by God – must also be defended.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

USCCB Blog: Says Pope Francis: Toughen up, people!

USCCB Blog: Says Pope Francis: Toughen up, people!: By Sister Mary Ann Walsh Toughen up, people! That seems to be one theme from Pope Francis in his annual Message for World Communic...



Sister Mary Ann writes, "The internet world is not for the faint of heart"... Pope Francis says "Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.” 

Legionaries to critics: 'Give us a chance' | National Catholic Reporter

Legionaries to critics: 'Give us a chance' | National Catholic Reporter



Interviews with three Legionary priests from the USA who are attending the Legionaries' General Chapter in Rome: Fathers John Bartunek, John Connor, and David Daly

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Message of Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum in Davos

Message of Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum in Davos





It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted. Likewise, we cannot but be moved by the many refugees seeking minimally dignified living conditions, who not only fail to find hospitality, but often, tragically, perish in moving from place to place. 



I know that these words are forceful, even dramatic, but they seek both to affirm and to challenge the ability of this assembly to make a difference...
I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

ASIA/SYRIA - Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency



"Firas Nader (29), and Fadi Matanius Mattah (34), were traveling by car from Homs to the Christian village of Marmarita. A group of five armed jihadists intercepted the vehicle and opened fire on the car. Upon reaching the car, militiamen, noting that Fadi was wearing a cross around his neck, beheaded him. They then took money and documents, leaving Firas on the ground wounded, believing he was already dead. Firas instead managed to escape, reaching the town of Almshtaeih on foot and was then transferred to the hospital in Tartou. Some of the faithful were able to recover the body of Mattah, bringing him to Marmarita, where the local Christian community expressed strong indignation for the horrible act carried out...."

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pope Francis will visit Roman parish on \'existential peripheries\'

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

Vanessa Hudgens puts in a gritty performance as a castoff pregnant teen named Apple. Based on the true story of Kathy DiFiori who opened a home for young mothers in New Jersey. Rosario Dawson is amazing as Apple's crazed mother. This film is beautiful, simple and linear. About the little things and everyday drama, violence and hope. It feels more like a solid made-for-TV story than for the big screen. Worth seeing!