Monthly Archives: October 2016

If you love Venerable Fulton J Sheen, you will love this!

31 October 2016

From the blog of @TorontoCatholic

Archbishop Fulton Sheen predicted the complete collapse of the United States of America

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Dear American readers, your country – like Canada – is in total moral collapse. Far seeing prophets such as your Archbishop Fulton Sheen foresaw this decades ago. It was inevitable. America, founded on “religious liberty” and not Truth, was doomed to fail. Canada, especially once Catholic Quebec, fell from an even greater height, as She was once Catholic. Hence, the fall was greater, and of greater evil.

Nonetheless, it was the duty of Catholics in America to turn the United States of America into the Catholic States of America. It was the particular duty of the Hierarchy. Hundreds of Catholics in the United States were martyred for the Faith during the 19th century. The American bishops distinguished themselves in remaining silent about these saints.

The slaughter of millions of babies, the glorification of the breakup of family life, the promotion of sexual depravity and perversion has not gone unnoticed by Almighty God.

For the rest of this post and the video of Venerable Fulton J Sheen’s prediction, CLICK HERE!

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Let’s give a Birthday gift to @FatherZ ! Happy Birthday Father!

28 October 2016

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October 28, 2016 A.D.
Posted by Sofia

via Sancte Pater Blog

via Sancte Pater Blog

Today is the day our Father in Heaven decided that His light would shine on the face of a baby boy who would become one of His own, Reverend Father John Zuhlsdorf.  We celebrate him as our Father “Z” as he is affectionately known on the Catholic blogosphere. Happy happy Birthday, Father!

father-zI am not going to post a bio or explain his accomplishments. We all know him. I want you to  go to his site, “What Does the Prayer Really Say?” read what you like and then…make a donation, buy something in his SWAG STORE, shop through his Amazon link and of course, you could always buy some coffee from those wonderful “Carmelite Coffee Monks” in Wyoming and the Dominican Soap Sisters through his site. Recently, Father posted this, so please click on the following link to shop!

“Christmas isn’t too far away”

Wouldn’t it be great to get some Christmas shopping done early through Father’s links and contribute to his work by way of your purchases! Win! Win!

With St. Therese

With St. Therese

What a better way to show your appreciation for all his time which he gives to us on the blogosphere. We always want to do something special for our priests, here is our chance. If it’s a tough time financially, then send him an email HERE with a Spiritual Bouquet for him.

Remember to wish him, Felix Dies Natalis (Happy Birthday in Latin)

Is that correct Father? I hope he doesn’t redline me? LOL!

Buon Compleanno Padre!

Sofia and Company
at AlwaysCatholic.com

 


Holy Mother Foundress-Saint Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Reformer

15 October 2016

Today is one of the happiest Feast Days in Carmelite convents all over the world. Our Holy Mother “Foundress” Saint Teresa of Avila’s Feast Day is on the Roman Calendar on October 15th. Interestingly enough Pope John Paul II anniversary of his papacy is the same day. Why interesting? Most do not know that John Paul wanted to become a Carmelite and was turned down twice because the Bishop of Krakow wanted him to be a Diocesan priest.

John Paul throughout his Papacy showed much affection towards the Carmelites. In fact, the day I saw him in Baltimore with the Carmelite Sisters I was with attending his parade, we were treated to a surprise. We were in habit and were holding signs in Italian saying: “The Carmelites love JP II !” He looked at us & responded in Italian as the Popemobile came to a dead stop. The priest he was with rolled down the window and he shouted out the window, “And John Paul loves the Carmelites too!” in Italian of course!!

St. Teresa of Avila Feast Day

St. Teresa (1515-1582) was born in Avila and died in Alba, Spain. When only a child of seven, she ran away from home in the hope of being martyred by the Moors; in this way, she said she could come to see God. At the age of eighteen she joined the Carmelite Order and chose Christ as her heavenly Spouse. With the help of St. John of the Cross she reformed most of the Carmelite convents and founded new ones. She reached the highest degree of prayer and through prayer obtained such knowledge of divine things that in 1970 Pope Paul VI named her the first woman Doctor of the Church.


Also well known as St. Teresa of Jesus and honored by the Church as the “seraphic virgin,” virgo seraphica, and reformer of the Carmelite Order, ranks first among women for wisdom and learning. She is called doctrix mystica, doctor of mystical theology; in a report to Pope Paul V the Roman Rota declared: “Teresa has been given to the Church by God as a teacher of the spiritual life. The mysteries of the inner mystical life which the holy Fathers propounded unsystematically and without orderly sequence, she has presented with unparalleled clarity.” Her writings are still the classic works on mysticism, and from her all later teachers have drawn, e.g., Francis de Sales, Alphonsus Liguori. Characteristic of her mysticism is the subjective-individualistic approach; there is little integration with the liturgy and social piety, and thus she reflects the spirit of the sixteenth and following centuries.
Teresa was born at Avila, Spain, in the year 1515. At the age of seven she set out for Africa to die for Christ, but was brought back by her uncle. When she lost her mother at twelve, she implored Mary for her maternal protection. In 1533 she entered the Carmelite Order; for eighteen years she suffered physical pain and spiritual dryness. Under divine inspiration and with the approval of Pope Pius IV, she began the work of reforming the Carmelite Order. In spite of heavy opposition and constant difficulties, she founded thirty-two reformed convents.

Read more at BattleBeadsBlog…


BREAKING NEWS FROM @TorontoCatholic Witness Blog: You JUST Can’t Make This UP!!

6 October 2016

From the blog of @TorontoCatholic

BREAKING: Bishop Johann Bunny is calling for the Catholic Church to give Special Blessings in the Roman Rite approving of Murder

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Bishop Johann Bunny – in solidarity with Bishop Johan Bonny’s call for the Catholic Church to formally accept as virtuous, holy and good, unnatural sexual vice (sodomy), adultery and fornication – is calling for an expansion of Catholic acceptance of the three other sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance. Bishop Bunny, in a press conference, stated the following:

“His Excellency Bishop Bonny in calling for the acceptance of homosexual activity as warranting the Church’s blessing should be extended to the three other grave sins that Sacred Scripture find repugnant and especially evil. I think it is very unjust for practicing homosexuals and adulterers to now be accepted and held up as virtuous, but murderers and defrauders of the poor to still be condemned and accused of sin”

Bishop Bonny was unavailable for comment when the “League of Persecuted Murderers”, the “International Association of Exploiters of the Poor” tried to reach his Office for comment.

Please go to Toronto Catholic Witness for the rest… THE REST IS THE BEST LOL LOL LOL! CLICK HERE


Need Help? † St. Therese of Lisieux Novena †

3 October 2016

3 October 2016 Anno Domini
Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Whenever I have a serious serious request for prayer help, I turn to the Little Flower, Saint Therese… sometimes the answer doesn’t come right away, but the novena is always answered. Always.

Here is a gift for those who love her and for those just finding out just how great this simple soul who is crowned as a Saint in Heaven just is.

Today on her Feast Day (October 3rd on the Traditional Calendar) is a perfect day to start praying to her for the problem or situation to which you cannot find an answer.

She listens and goes to her Lord for the answer for you. Sometimes the answer amy be slow or the answer you may not want to hear, but it is always answered and answered with what is in accordance with God’s Will.

Please read her “Story of a Soul” to understand this Carmelite, Doctor of the Church and soul who lived for Christ. Pope Pius X called her the “greatest saint of modern times.” You will find she is truly a Saint for our times.

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St. Therese Novena Prayers

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

St. Therese Novena DAY ONE

Loving God, you blessed St. Therese with a capacity for a great love. Help me to believe in your unconditional love for each of your children, especially for me.

I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

 

St. Therese Novena DAY TWO

Loving God, you loved St. Therese’s complete trust in your care. Help me to rely on your providential care in each circumstance of my life, especially the most difficult and stressful.

I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY THREE

Loving God, you gave St. Therese the ability to see You in the ordinary routine of each day. Help me to be aware of your presence in the everyday events of my life.

I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY Four

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, You taught St. Therese how to find You through the “little way” of humility and simplicity. Grant that I may never miss the grace hidden in humble service to others.

I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Amen.

St. Therese Novena DAY Five

Loving God, You gave St. Therese the gift of forgiving others even when she felt hurt and betrayed. Help me to be able to forgive others who have wounded me, especially…

I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY Six

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, St. Therese experienced every day as a gift from You. She saw it as a time to love You through other people. May I, too, see every day as an opportunity to say yes to You.

I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Amen.

 

St. Therese Novena DAY SEVEN

Loving God, St. Therese offered to You her weakness. Help me to see in my weakness an opportunity to rely completely on you.

I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY EIGHT

Loving God, You loved St. Therese with a powerful love and made her a source of strength to those who had lost faith in You. Help me to pray with confidence for those in my life who do not believe they can be loved.

I reflect you to the world, Lord. Help me to reflect you more clearly!
I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY NINE

Loving God, St. Therese never doubted that her life had meaning. Help me to see how I can bless and love everyone in my life. Especially…

I love your people, Lord. Help me to love them more!
I reflect you to the world, Lord. Help me to reflect you more clearly!
I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be


A letter to Heaven: My dearest Saint Therese…

1 October 2016

My dearest Saint Therese,

Happy Feast Day my sweet sister Therese! I know you are looking down from Heaven releasing a bucket of roses for us. Great thing about being a Trad Catholic is that I use the Traditional Calendar also, soooo….. I get to celebrate you today and on the third of October! TODAY AND MONDAY I will be praying the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass live online and the Masses will be all yours!

Thank you for allowing me to have you in my heart from age five. As you already know, my mom gave me a children’s book about you and your life and a statue for my nightstand that October to celebrate your Feast Day. It wasn’t until years later did I realize how special Feast Days are and how they are celebrated in Religious Life bigger and better than birthdays!

I want the world to still know and love you as they did shortly after your death when your “Story of a Soul” was published for the secular world to read. Oh, how the world took to you!!! You have stood the test of time, but now it’s time for kids to find out about you.

Those of us who have read and re-read “Story of a Soul” like a Jane Austen novel know the truth about you. The sanitized, sugary sweet life most people think you had we both know was not the case. There isn’t a 12-15 yr old out there particularly in America who wouldn’t identify with your struggles, particularly the emotional ones.

So, my darling Carmelite sister in Christ, it’s time to hawk your book again. I promise you, this is my task. You have always answered my pleas for help when I prayed to you. Now it’s my turn to say thank you.

I cared for a sweet young lady who went through much troubles as a child. She reminds me of you so much. I read your story to her at a young age and she reads it again and again to this day. She became close to you and you never left her. Today she is a devout young Catholic of 22 who bears your name from Confirmation. Thank you for that also.

See, I owe you much. We all do. Your hardest times brought you your greatest holiness. This is the lesson and the legacy you have given us. Your “Little Way” to Heaven, so simple, yet so profound it brought you the title of Doctor of the Church. Well, know this: this Carmelite here prayed like crazy for that beautiful day when you joined Holy Mother Teresa of Avila as the SECOND Carmelite in that exclusive club. (also only the third woman)

Perhaps the most interesting thing about you though is that people of all faiths have a devotion and relationship with you. Imagine my surprise when attending a wake of a Methodist woman who had your holy card with her words thanking you on the back for staying with her during her suffering before she died. I came home with that card and still use it to mark a page in my breviary as it reminds me of your draw to ALL SOULS!

I know it’s because your vocation was to become “Love itself”… Well, you have succeeded. A job well done, sister!

 

With all my love and devotion,

Sofia

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Saint Therese is the patroness of AlwaysCatholicBlog along with Saint Joseph & St. Dismas. We ask that you pray to each of them asking that we do God’s Will here at this little blog. God love you!

The “Story of A Soul” is available from Catholic publishers and of course, Amazon.Some Saint Therese “Eye Candy” Photos of our “Greatest Saint of Modern times”

For a complete bio, click here from Carmel.net Therese


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