Catholic Thought for the Day

 The eight beatitudes.

Blessed are the poor:
in God’s house shall they dwell;
and blessed too the gentle ones:
the land of Heaven is theirs.

Blessed are the sorrowful:
solace is due unto them;
blessed are the peaceful:
they are the family of the Living God.

Blessed are the truly hungry
for they are satisfied in God’s house;
and yet too the merciful –
they will receive their own practice.

Blessed are those who suffer
who endure hardship for justice;
it is no small reward:
God’s House is their desserts.

More blessed even still are they –
the clean and pure of heart;
delightful it were for them
that they should see God’s face.

Eight ways these are for you
which saints follow closely,
according to Christ’s law –
Avert not your eyes from them.

Poem composed by Father Aodh Mac Aingil.
Source: Lón Anama, Poems for Prayer from the Irish Tradition.
Editor: Ciarán MacMurchaidh

 

 

2017 Archdiocesan Confirmation Retreats

Archdiocesan High School Confirmation Retreats

Confirmation Retreat

The Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will witnesses for Me!

The grace to do this is the grace which Jesus promised to His Apostles (and to us) when He said: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses for Me. . . . even to the very ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) Continue reading 2017 Archdiocesan Confirmation Retreats

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Question of the Week

Why did God create us?

In His loving goodness, God created us to

know, love, and serve Him in this life and

to be happy with Him for all eternity.

References:

Scripture: John 17:3

2 How do we know that God exists?

We can know that God exists by honestly examining the world around us. God

has also revealed Himself throughout human history, culminating in His sending

us His Son Jesus, so that we may have a relationship with Him.

References:

Scripture: Romans 1:20; Hebrews

 

Why Do Christians Eat Fish on Friday and During Lent?

In the secular world, ‘fasting’ means abstaining from all food and drink, but in religious circles, ‘fasting’ means going on a disciplined diet. The purpose of a fast is to find out who is in control, you or your belly, and to win that control if necessary. It’s also a way of using your appetite as a spiritual snooze alarm that moves you to pray.

So now that we understand that fasting means a diet and not total deprivation, I can answer the question.

In the first century, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays. The original Christians were all Jewish and were used to the fasting as a spiritual discipline. They moved the fast days to Wednesdays and Fridays, because Judas engineered Jesus’ arrest on a Wednesday and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Most often that fast took the form of avoiding meat in the diet. In those days, meat was a luxury food. You either had to buy it in a market or you had to own enough land to keep cattle. On the other hand, anyone could grow vegetables or forage for them, and anyone could catch a fish in a lake or a stream. You could buy better fish and vegetables, but the point is that you could eat without money if you were poor. So meat was rich people’s food and fish was poor people’s food.

That is why the most common form of fasting was to omit meat and eat fish.

 

 

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