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The Gift of Tongues

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 25th, 2016
Feast of St. Mark
Liturgical texts here

 

AT a Steubenville conference several years ago, Papal household preacher, Fr. Raneiro Cantalamessa, recounted the story of how St. John Paul II emerged one day from his chapel at the Vatican, excitedly exclaiming that he had received the “gift of tongues.” [1]Correction: I had initially thought it was Dr. Ralph Martin who told this story. Fr. Bob Bedard, the late founder of the Companions of the Cross, was one of the priests present to hear this testimony from Fr. Raneiro. Here we have a pope, one of the great theologians of our times, witnessing to the reality of a charism rarely seen or heard in the Church today, that Jesus and St. Paul spoke of.

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1. Correction: I had initially thought it was Dr. Ralph Martin who told this story. Fr. Bob Bedard, the late founder of the Companions of the Cross, was one of the priests present to hear this testimony from Fr. Raneiro.
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on April 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

On the Eve of Revolution


Revolution: “Love” backwards

 

SINCE Christianity’s beginnings, whenever revolution has broken out against her, it has most often come like a thief in the night.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on April 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

Words and Warnings

 

Many new readers have come on board in the past few months. It is on my heart to republish this today. As I go back and read this, I am continually startled and even moved as I see that many of these “words”—often received in tears and many doubts—are coming to pass before our eyes…

 

IT has been on my heart for several months now to summarize for my readers the personal “words” and “warnings” I feel the Lord has communicated to me in the past decade, and that have shaped and inspired these writings. Everyday, there are several new subscribers coming on board who have no history with the over one thousand writings here. Before I summarize these “inspirations”, it is helpful to repeat what the Church says about “private” revelation:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, A HEAVENLY MAP | on April 12th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

True Mercy

jesusthiefChrist and the Good Thief, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), c. 1566

 

THERE is so much confusion today as to what “love” and “mercy” and “compassion” mean. So much so that even the Church in many places has lost her clarity, the force of truth that at once beckons sinners and repels them. This is no more evident than at that moment on Calvary when God shares the shame of two thieves…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on April 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

Preparing for Reign

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THERE is a far greater plan behind the Lenten Retreat which so many of you just participated in. The call at this hour to intense prayer, the renewal of the mind, and faithfulness to the Word of God is actually a preparation for Reign—the reign of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE ERA OF PEACE | on April 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Thoughts from the Charcoal Fire

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BASKING in the warmth of the charcoal fire Jesus has lit through our Lenten Retreat; sitting in the glow of His nearness and Presence; listening to the ripples of His ineffable Mercy gently caressing the shore of my heart… I have a few random thoughts left over from our forty days of reflection.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on April 5th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Last Hope of Salvation

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THIS April 3rd, the eighth day in the Octave of Easter, is Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s a day that Jesus Himself promised to pour out immeasurable graces. Still, many Catholics have no idea what this feast is… which as you’ll see, is a tragedy.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on April 3rd, 2016 | 5 Comments »

Let Him Rise in You!

Embracing Hope by Lea MallettEmbracing Hope, by Lea Mallett

 

JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE TOMB!

…now let Him rise in you,

that again, He may walk among us,

that again, He may heal our wounds

that again, He may dry our tears

and that again, we may look into His eyes of love.

May the Risen Jesus rise in you

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Night of Faith

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 40

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AND so, we have come to the end of our retreat… but I assure you, it is just the beginning: the beginning of the great battle of our times. It is the beginning of what St. John Paul II called…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

Our Lady, Co-Pilot

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 39

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IT’s certainly possible to purchase a hot air balloon, set it all up, turn on the propane, and begin to inflate it, doing it all on one’s own. But with the help of another experienced aviator, it would become so much easier, quicker and safer to get into the skies.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT, MARY | on March 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

Following in the Crucified’s Footsteps

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 38

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THUS far in our retreat, I have mainly focused on the interior life. But as I said a few days ago, the spiritual life is not only a calling into communion with God, but a commission to go out into the world and…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Ties that Bind

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 37

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IF there are “tethers” that we must detach from our hearts, that is, worldly passions and inordinate desires, we most certainly want to be bound by the graces that God Himself has given for our salvation, namely, the Sacraments.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »