The beauty of Catholicism
This is the Vatican insignia representing a “sede vacante” (vacant see). The emblem is used between the death (or resignation) of a pope and the election of a new one — a period known as the interregnum. The Holy See will be considered vacant at 8 p.m. in Rome Feb. 28, the official time of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. CNS illustration/Tim Meko
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"The U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities urges Catholics nationwide to participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage, January 19-27, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The intentions for these nine days will be for healing and conversion, for elected officials who support abortion and for all people whose lives have been forever changed by an abortion."
Life novena Jan. 19-27 2013.
When I lay dying, call a priest, then call the doctor. My soul will need provisions for its final journey; anointing & Viaticum can't be given to me once I'm dead. And at my Requiem Mass, do not "celebrate my life" (that's for the Wake or the reception afterwards); please pray for my soul, & for the only life that truly matters: life w/ God forever. Remember that the Requiem Mass, like the Nuptial Mass, like the Ordination Mass, and indeed any Mass at all, is all about Christ, and not about me.
When I lay dying, call a Priest. And at my Requiem Mass, do not "celebrate my life" (that's for the Wake or the reception afterwards); please pray for my soul, and for the only life that truly matters-- life with God forever. Remember that the Requiem Mass, like the Nuptial Mass, like the Ordination Mass, and indeed any Mass at all, is all about Christ, and not about me.
There is a museum in Italy called the Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It houses objects touched by souls in Purgatory. The best way to help them is to offer Holy Masses for them.
Surrender to Motherhood I’ll be totally honest. I am such a failure….and then I remember my spiritual director’s advice and how I kept on failing. This weekend he said to me “Don’t get insulted okay? But you keep doing this and it has to stop.” I was in tears! I think he wanted to charitably say, “You fool! I…
The Vienna Coronation Gospels represent one of the most beautiful manuscripts of the Middle Ages and a major work of court art at the time of Charlemagne. The book consists of 236 purple-dyed vellum leaves with text written in gold and silver ink. Each of the four Gospels begins with a painted portrait of the respective Evangelist. Ca. 800-1200 AD
The earliest known image of the virgin Mary (Circa 150 CE)
The Altar of the Assumption: Pilgrimage-church, Rohr, in Bavaria
(Link): The Holy House of Loreto. In 1291, when the Crusaders lost control over the Holy Land, our Lord decided to send angels to protect his Holy House (the same house where the Archangel visited Mary, where the Word became flesh), and gave them the order to move the house to a secure place.“Take the Holy House to a secure place, far away from the hatred of my enemies of this land where I was born. Raise it above to the air where no one can reach it. May no one see it.” Amazing miracles!
“Once you feel the attraction to remain in the silence of adoration in God’s presence, you must give yourself entirely to the Holy Spirit and remain there in pure faith. If God gives you no feeling, no sentiment, no distinct thought, just be there before Him in silent love. During such moments He operates insensibly in the soul and does more for her perfection than she could in a lifetime by her own thoughts.” ~ Blessed Columba Marmion