Monthly Archives: November 2014

Advent I: Hope via @manwithblackhat

30 November 2014

by David L. Alexander at his blog, ManwithBlackHat

(Romans 13:11)

Brethren: you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. R. Thanks be to God.

V. O Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto Thee.
V. Let us pray …


Please click >HERE for the rest of David’s Advent post. First in a series…

Interview with Christine Westhoff, Lyric Soprano For AlwaysCatholic… A Must See!

28 November 2014

Hello Readers!

Our Christmas CD Giveaway contest has ended and WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Christine Westhoff at Belleville Cathedral asking Saint Cecilia for her blessing

Christine Westhoff at Belleville Cathedral asking Saint Cecilia for her blessing

First is our winning interview with Christine Westhoff, a truly talented lyric soprano who was generous to agree to an interview during her busy schedule. Christine has just debuted her 2nd CD and FIRST Christmas album on November 1st and things have been a whirlwind for this acclaimed soprano.

It took a traditional family Thanksgiving to catch up with her for the interview. Ms. Westhoff made time during this holiday of gratitude to show her gratitude for her gift from God: her voice!

Second Winner is the random drawing of our “Hark” Christmas Giveawa.The Giveaway Prize is a 2 CD set of both “Ora Pro Nobis” AND “Hark” to one of our lucky readers. Watch the interview to hear this wonderful story of Divine Providence and answering God’s call and to find out if you are the WINNER!


christine hark

Now go buy “Hark” and listen to the REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON! Also, try “Ora Pro Nobis” as perhaps a gift for yourself, your priest or for anyone who loves beautiful music.

Here is the link to purchase “Hark” in CD format through Paypal or to contact Christine for other forms of payment:


Both are available along with the digital versions here at CD Baby

Christine Westhoff is a new soprano for a new era in music. Hark AND Ora Pro Nobis available in digital format only on:

Amazon and Itunes

Now go do some shopping as I’m going to listen to O Holy Night for the 23rd time!

LizzieB Schools Us Big Time. Read and Learn.

15 November 2014

If I Were the Sovereign Order of Malta, I’d Be Miffed…

by Elizabeth Westhoff
Posted at the blog, Virtual Vestibule – Archdiocese of St. Louis

Since the rumors concerning His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s reassignment as the Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta, all we’re hearing is what a demotion this new position is. (Interestingly enough, when Cardinal Burke was appointed as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, his detractors and the mainstream media went berserk with talk of that being a demotion despite that, beside the Holy Father, he held the second most powerful position in the Roman Curia.)

Maltese flagIn the more anxious circles of the Catholic Church, the transfer is being examined and dissected in any number of ways. In the more uncharitable circles of the Church, the transfer is being celebrated with mocking commentary about His Eminence and the Order of Malta. Internal politics of the Church aside for a moment, the Cardinal’s new position is being touted generally as “ceremonial,” “pencil-pushing,” “punitive” and the like.

What mustHospital-cameroon those who are members of the Sovereign Order of Malta be thinking about all of this?

According to their website, “the Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. Present in Palestine in around 1050, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature. Its 13,500 members… [are] devoted to the exercise of Christian virtue and charity. What distinguishes the Knights of Malta is their commitment to reaching their spiritual perfection within the Church and to expending their energies serving the poor and the sick.” The site goes on to state: “The Order of Malta remains true to its inspiring principles, nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and serving the poor and the sick representing the Lord, which become reality through the voluntary work carried out by Dames and Knights in humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities.” Finally, “The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law, with its own constitution, passports, stamps, and public institutions. The Order has diplomatic relations with 104 countries – manyOrdine-di-Malta-soccorso-ai-migranti of which non-Catholic – and missions to major European countries, as well as to European and international organizations. The Order of Malta is neutral, impartial and non-political, which is why it can successfully act as a mediator between States.”

The Sovereign Order of Malta is no small thing, nor are the innumerable corporal works of mercy it carries out in over 120 countries around the globe. In fact, and here’s where I’ll irritate several people, I’d venture to say the Order of Malta is actually carrying out the mission of the Catholic Church and the directives of Christ Himself in a more efficacious way than some of the social institutions and religious orders of the Church.

It’s Just a Bunch of Wealthy People Showing Off

Ordine-di-Malta-soccorso-ai-migranti-150x150Even if that were what the Order of Malta is about—which it is not—for some inexplicable reason, our culture seems to think that money, pageantry, and ceremony are backwards, evil things to be avoided (except when it comes to spending obscene amounts of money on symbolically-laden weddings). There is nothing wrong with ceremony, pageantry, or wealth as long as they’re put to good use and the Sovereign Order of Malta does precisely that.

For the rest of this thought provoking and educational post please click HERE

LizzieBElizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness Archdiocese of St. Louis. A new media Catholic. Writes the Pop Culture Catholic Blog for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Daughter of St. Francis de Sales.
You can find Elizabeth on Twitter @ESWesthoff and on FB HERE

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