Minute Meditations from Franciscan Media

Loving trust and total surrender made Our Lady say yes to the message of the angel. And cheerfulness made her run in haste to serve her cousin Elizabeth. That is so much our life: saying yes to Jesus and running in haste to serve him in the poorest of the poor. Let us keep very close to Our Lady and she will make that same spirit grow in each one of us.

—St. Theresa of Calcutta

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

Catholic Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day: Serenity.

Serenity is a state of calmness or peace and is the absence of disturbance or trouble. Each of us mayexperience serenity in a different way. For example, the Lord may gently tug at our hearts when we watch the sea early in the morning – the cloudless morning sky, the waning moon, the first rays of sunlight peeking over the horizon, and the waves lapping against the shore. It is a world at peace.

Such times can be really beautiful – a calm predawn morning and the experience of peace when “busyness” is suspended. It is great to have personal time with Jesus and to be reminded of his compassion. We treasure those moments and the Saviour whose sacrifice on the cross made them possible.

Let us pray: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33).

Deirdre Powell


Source: Woman of God, Moments of Grace by Diane Graham and Julie Norris (adapted).

2017 Archdiocesan Confirmation Retreats

Archdiocesan High School Confirmation Retreats

Confirmation Retreat

This retreat is designed especially for your confirmation youth as they journey into discipleship and prepare to receive their sacrament of Confirmation. Mass and Reconciliation will also be celebrated.

Below are the dates and registration forms  for the  three confirmation retreats.

IMPORTANT: Please register early since space is very limited and we fill up all three retreats at least 1 month before the deadline of the February Retreat.

Also every youth must have an adult chaperone over the age of 21 and have attended the Abuse Awareness workshop.  There is an acceptance if the youth is being accompanied by their parent or if they are coming as a group from their parish then the minister has already attended the workshop.

For Group registrations the adult ration is one adult for every six youth and chaperone must carry completed permission forms for each youth at retreat.

All three retreats are held at the Catholic Center-Sandia Room

4000 St. Joseph Pl. NW Albuquerque NM 87120

  • 9:00 am is check-in
  •  Retreat begins at 9:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm
  • Fee: is 15.00 per person( chaperone will also need to pay)

Note: The February Retreat is almost full.  So I am not taking any group registrations.                                                                                                         Saturday February 11, 2017                                                                               2017 Confirmation Retreat Registration 2.11.17

Saturday March 18, 2017                                                                                      2017 Confirmation Retreat Registration 3.18.17

Saturday April 22, 2017                                                                                         2017 Confirmation Retreat Registration 4.22.17

Please contact Della @ (505) 831-8142 or dmontano@archdiosf.org for cancellations or to be put on a waiting list.


The Lost Meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation

It is sometimes said that Confirmation is a sacrament in search of a theology.

It is indeed true that most Catholics could probably give at least a decent account of the significance of Baptism, Eucharist, Confession, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick, but they might balk when asked to explain the meaning of Confirmation. Perhaps they would be tempted to say it is the Catholic version of a Bar Mitzvah, but this would not even come close to an accurate theological description.

A survey of the most recent theologizing about Confirmation—the Documents of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 1983 Code of Canon Law, etc.—reveals that this is the sacrament of strengthening, as the term itself (“confirmare” in Latin) suggests.

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Why Do Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross

Why Do Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross

Why do Roman Catholics make the Sign of the Cross when they say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”?

Making the Sign of the Cross may be the most common of all actions that Catholics do. We make it when we begin and end our prayers; we make it when we enter and leave a church; we start each Mass with it; we may even make it when we hear the Holy Name taken in vain and when we pass a church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

But do you know why we make the Sign of the Cross? The answer is both simple and profound.

In the Sign of the Cross, we profess the deepest mysteries of the Christian Faith: the Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–and the saving work of Christ on the Cross. The combination of the words and the action are a creed–a statement of belief. We mark ourselves as Christians through the Sign of the Cross.

And yet, because we make the Sign of the Cross so often, we may be tempted to rush through it, to say the words without listening to them, to ignore the symbolism of tracing the shape of the Cross on our own bodies. A creed is not simply a statement of belief–it is a vow to defend that belief, even if it means following Our Lord and Savior to our own cross.

Roman Catholics aren’t the only Christians to make the Sign of the Cross. All Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox do as well, along with many high-church Anglicans and Lutherans.

“the fifteen most powerful words in the English Language- In the Name of the Father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.” St. Francis De Sales

Why Do We Practice Fasting & Abstinence?

Before we even start talking about fasting or abstinence, let’s say something obvious: none of this make sense outside a logic of faith. There are certainly psychological benefits and ways of explaining the cultural or social reasons for fasting and such, but that’s all secondary, to say the least.

To put it simply, we fast because Christ invites us to do so:

“But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”(Mather 6: 16-18)

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