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Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation~1 Faith

     The 12 Steps to Holiness and Salvation is a lovely, encouraging compilation of excerpts from writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori.          Twelve topics lend themselves to a monthly focus of meditation upon Heavenward leading virtues. Advent sets the stage for a new beginning in the Camino to holiness and union with Jesus. The first chapter,"Faith", explores the necessity of a holy faith in the life of the soul who follows Jesus.  Old and New Testament examples enlighten the reader. Words of our Savior assure. The words of St. James admonish us to put faith into practice. Validity of faith is determined by how it is acted upon. "Faith transcends both intellect and worldly gains. Mundane wealth vanishes in the light of faith filled devotion." As new years resolutions are embarked upon, how fitting it is to contemplate the virtue of faith during the month of January, the month we commemorate the Holy Childhood and Holy Name of Jesus.
"What shall it profit my brethren
If a man say
that he hath faith but not works?
Shall faith be able to save him?
And if a brother or sister
be naked and want daily food
And one say to them~
Go in peace, be ye warm and filled
Yet give them not 
those things that are necessary for the body, 
what shall it profit?
So faith also, if it have not works
is dead in itself."
James 2:14-16
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Every Day is a Gift~Giant Type Print

     The brief, focused meditations presented in Every Day is a Gift~Giant Type Print are rich in scripture and the wisdom of the Holy Saints. 
     Simply presented daily inspirations serve to ignite uplifting prayer and discussion.  

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Roman Martyrology

  So profound was their love for Jesus! So great was their courage! The Roman Martyrology is a daily inspiration,  reminding us of how Jesus gave His life for us. What a glorious example has been set for us by these holy men and women of God. Spiritual transformation is inevitable upon contemplation of their boundless love and absolute surrender to His perfect will. Praises be to jesus forever!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sweet

     Dr. And Mrs. Hahn's courageous journey into our Catholic Church is beautifully detailed in their book Rome Sweet Home.  Warm is the welcome of our Blessed Mother, whose wandering children have longed to feast on the fullness of our Catholic faith.
    Jesus never abandons us, as He patiently waits to shower us with the Divine graces and blessings of His Holy Eucharist.  The pages of Rome Sweet Home are filled with inspiration and encouragement for all Catholic converts and reverts. I am so grateful to have read this book during my return to our Catholic faith!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

el reflejo del amor

     What a joy it is to bear the reflection of Christ's love within our hearts! "Meditación Musical" is a captivating assortment of joyful hymns of praise and thanksgiving, presented by a variety of Hispanic artists. For many years these melodies have added a particular exuberance to so many of our family activities. In particular, the performance of Pescador de Hombres so tenderly rendered by José Guadalupe Esparza, always reminds us of one, whose brief time with us showed us the true meaning of an unshakable trust in the hearts of Jesus and Mary. "Meditación Musical" (CD) can be purchased @ amazon.com".
     ¡Qué alegría es llevar el reflejo del amor de Cristo en nuestros corazones!  "Meditación Musical"  es una cautivante surtido de himnos alegres de alabanza y gratitud, presentado por una variedad de artistas hispanos. Durante muchos años estas melodías han añadido una exuberancia particular a tantas de nuestras actividades familiares. En particular, la actuación de Pescador de Hombres tan tiernamente rendido por José Guadalupe Esparza, siempre nos recuerdan a aquel, cuyo breve tiempo con nosotros nos enseñó el verdadero significado de una confianza inquebrantable en los corazones de Jesús y María. "Meditación Musical" (CD) se puede comprar @ amazon.com.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Best Way

     Among the many informational and uplifting publications by Matthew Kelly founder of Dynamic Catholic.com, "The Best Way to Live, a CD, is an excellent resource for Confirmation catechists, students and parents. In this recording Mr. Kelly reaches Confirmation aspirants and their parents with joyful clarity and accuracy. We Catholics are blessed with a treasury of beautiful, life giving, Scripturally based, teachings and traditions. 
     The Holy Spirit's gifts help us to spiritually survive, thrive and grow closer to Jesus as we navigate through all of the distractions the world has to offer. This CD is enjoyable, lively and applicable to the daily life of any Catholic Christian. Mr. Kelly has again succeeded in producing a great work of Catholic Evangelization.   

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Love, Strength

     Easily overlooked is the serene gift of Jesus, so humbly present in the Holy Eucharist. Precious time can slip away amid life's pressing events. Quiet moments with Jesus in prayer and contemplation transform chaos into tranquility, resentment into love and spiritual infirmity into joyous union with Him. Engaging our hearts with that of Jesus frees our spirits from cumbersome efforts to overcome life's challenges.
   Meditations from The Prisoner of Love by Father Francis X. Lasance assist us in engaging our hearts with that of Jesus. Our spirits, freed from cumbersome attempts to resolve life's issues we turn to the One whose love strengthens us daily. This publication may be difficult to find, but definitely worth the effort.