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"THE NECESSITY OF PRAYING ALWAYS" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 17, 2014

St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 18:35-43

"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' " —Luke 18:40-41

Jesus spoke of "the necessity of praying always and not losing heart" (Lk 18:1). We are to never stop praying (1 Thes 5:17). Many centuries ago, a Christian went on pilgrimage and asked holy person after holy person how it could be possible to ... More

Sunday, November 16, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

NOT GOOD, NOT BETTER, BUT BEST - One Bread, One Body, Nov 16, 2014

33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Matthew 25:14-30

"Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!" —Matthew 25:21

The Lord doesn't call us to do good. "No one is good but God alone" (Mk 10:18). He doesn't call us to do better — better than others or even better than before. The Lord doesn't like to compare. He simply wants us to do our best. Our best may ... More

Saturday, November 15, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

DRIVING A CONVERT-ABLE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 15, 2014

3 John 5-8 | Psalm 112:1-6 | Luke 18:1-8

"Listen to what the corrupt judge has to say." —Luke 18:6

More people than ever respect "neither God nor man" (Lk 18:2). These people are powerfully continuing and promoting great injustices. They "care little for God or man" (Lk 18:4). They are "lovers of self and of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, ... More

The Elderly - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

"A TIME OF GRACE"
In a special way, old age is a time of grace, in which the Lord renews His call to us; He calls us to safeguard and transmit the faith, He calls us to pray, especially to intercede; He calls us to be close to those in need .... The elderly, grandparents have the ability to understand the most difficult of situations: a great ability! And when they pray for these situations, their prayer is strong; it is powerful! More

Peru's President Humala meets with Pontiff

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:06
Pope Francis met on November 14 with president Ollanta Moises Humala Tasso of Peru. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting indicated that the conversation had revolved ...

Milan archdiocese apologizes for suggestion to keep tabs on gender-related school programs

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:03
The Archdiocese of Milan has apologized for a letter suggesting that religion teachers should report on any school programs related to homosexuality or gender issues. Father Gian ...

Full schedule set for Pope's January visit to Sri Lanka, Philippines

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:57
The Vatican has announced the full schedule for a January trip by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Pontiff will leave Rome on Monday evening, January 12, to fly to ...

Put people before profits, Pope urges accountants' group

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:49
Christians in the financial world must resist the "strong temptation to defend one's own interests without worrying about the common good, without paying too much attention to justice and ...

Cardinal O'Malley says Pope must take action on Bishop Finn

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:59
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley has told the CBS television program "60 Minutes" that the status of Kansas City's Bishop Robert Finn-- who has been convicted of endangering children ...

Islamic State leader targets Rome

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:49
In an audio message released on November 13, a man identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, pledged that his group will continue its conquests and vowed to ...

Topless 'Femen' protesters removed from St. Peter's Square

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:42
A small group of radical feminists staged an obscene demonstration in St. Peter's Square on November 14, in what they said was a protest against the scheduled appearance by Pope Francis ...

Replacing problems with persons: Eve Tushnet’s new book, Gay and Catholic

Catholic Commentary - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:04

Over the last three days I’ve read Eve Tushnet’s remarkable book, Gay and Catholic. Tushnet, who is now in her mid-30s, realized that she was “gay” in middle school, admitted it to herself at age thirteen, and told her parents shortly thereafter. But while in college she began a different sort of love affair, a strong attraction to the Catholic Church. Without grasping it completely at first, she accepted the moral requirement to be chaste. Ever since her conversion, she has been growing in her understanding of how the particular challenges of homosexuality can be integrated into an authentically Catholic life.

Replacing problems with persons: Eve Tushnet’s new book, Gay and Catholic

Catholic Commentary - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:04

Over the last three days I’ve read Eve Tushnet’s remarkable book, Gay and Catholic. Tushnet, who is now in her mid-30s, realized that she was “gay” in middle school, admitted it to herself at age thirteen, and told her parents shortly thereafter. But while in college she began a different sort of love affair, a strong attraction to the Catholic Church. Without grasping it completely at first, she accepted the moral requirement to be chaste. Ever since her conversion, she has been growing in her understanding of how the particular challenges of homosexuality can be integrated into an authentically Catholic life.

Vatican diplomat: if Pope visits Philadelphia, he will also visit New York

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:55
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said on November 13 that if Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September 2015, he will also visit New York. The 70th ...

Russian patriarch: ignore Western consumerist pressure

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:48
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called upon the Russian people to safeguard their unity and ignore Western pressure. "Those who see themselves as the winners of the Cold War ...

Vatican astronomer receives Sagan Medal

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:40
The American Astronomical Society has awarded Brother Guy Consolmagno its Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. The Jesuit, who received the ...

Report: US bishops elect delegates to next synod

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:47
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has reportedly selected its four delegates to the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family. According to Crux, Father Thomas Reese ...

CDF official affirms teaching on absolution, Communion for the remarried

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:35
In a letter written three days after the conclusion of the recent Synod of Bishops, the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirmed St. John Paul II's teaching on ...
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