Monday, September 12, 2016

Modern-Day, Church-Approved Apparition of St. Joseph

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From Itapiranga in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil, comes this Church-approved apparition of St. Joseph.

From March 1 to March 9, 1998, St. Joseph appeared to a 22-year-old student, Edson Glauber, encouraging devotion and consecration to his Most Chaste Heart as efficacious means of protection from the devil and of growth in virtue, especially holy faith and chastity.

It is not necessary for Catholics to believe in such private revelations; as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history."  (67)

And, I have personally found the messages associated indeed helpful in living out the gospel in this period of history.  Check them out!

For more info., please see this article from the National Catholic Register.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Happy Feast of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist!

After Christ himself, the figure of whose life the gospels tell us the most is John the Baptist:

First Day - Luke 1:5-25

Second Day - Luke 1:39-56

Third Day - Luke 3:1-18

Fourth Day - Matthew 3:13-17

Fifth Day - John 1:19-34

Sixth Day - John 3:22-30

Seventh Day - Luke 7:18-35

Eighth Day - Mark 6:14-29

Ninth Day - Luke 1:57-80


The voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Happy Easter! A Novena of Meditations on the Resurrection


First Day - Matthew 28:1-10

Second Day - John 20:1-18

Third Day - Luke 24:13-49

Fourth Day - Mark 16:9-18

Fifth Day - John 20:19-29

Sixth Day - Acts 2:22-32

Seventh Day - Romans 6:1-11

Eighth Day - 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Ninth Day - 1 Corinthians 15:12-28


"I am the Resurrection and the Life."  (John 11:25)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Happy Feast of the Triumph of the Cross!


First Day - Mark 15:33-39

Second Day - John 3:13-17

Third Day - John 12:20-33

Fourth Day - Romans 5:6-11

Fifth Day - 1 Corinthians 1:10-25

Sixth Day - Ephesians 2:11-16

Seventh Day - Philippians 2:5-11

Eighth Day - Colossians 1:13-20

Ninth Day - Colossians 2:8-15


Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Galatians 6:14)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Novena of Meditations on Restful Sleep


First Day - Genesis 2:1-3

Second Day - Psalm 3

Third Day - Psalm 4

Fourth Day - Psalm 127

Fifth Day - Jeremiah 31:23-26

Sixth Day - Ezekiel 34:11-15, 24-26

Seventh Day - Sirach 31:1-4, 19-22

Eighth Day - Matthew 11:28-30

Ninth Day - Hebrews 4:1-11


"Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while."  (Mark 6:31)





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Fullness of God


First Day - 1 Kings 19:1-8

Second Day - Psalm 63

Third Day - Psalm 65

Forth Day - Isaiah 55:1-11

Fifth Day - Jeremiah 31:10-14

Sixth Day - Matthew 15:32-38

Seventh Day - John 4:1-15

Eighth Day - John 6:25-51

Ninth Day - Ephesians 3:14-21


In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.  (Colossians 1:19)

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Novena of Meditations on Christ the King


First Day - Psalm 2

Second Day - Daniel 7:9-14

Third Day - Matthew 25:31-46

Fourth Day - Luke 23:35-43

Fifth Day - John 18:33-37

Sixth Day - John 19:1-16

Seventh Day - 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

Eighth Day - Colossians 1:12-20

Ninth Day - Revelation 19:11-16

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (Revelation 1:5-6)