Our Church is a Church of immigrants. It always has been. Just as America has always been a nation of immigrants. Except for a few, all of our saints, blesseds and venerables were immigrants. Some, like St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, were canonized for their service to our immigrant communities. Today we seem to be losing this sense of America’s heritage — as a land of missionaries, immigrants and saints. A land where men and women from every race, creed and nation can live as brothers and sisters. — Archbishop Jose Gomez (Los Angeles)

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The use of social media can be a catechetical and evangelical tool. — Bishop Kevin Vann (Fort Worth)

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A Thought For the Day!

So today I was thinking that just POSTING excerpts from the Catechism is all well and good, but what about in depth analysis of them? Obviously this wouldn’t be doctoral level analysis, and it might not even be more than a few paragraphs on the excerpt itself. Of course, doing this sort of writing would take much longer than copy pasting stuff from the Catechism, so I might tone it down to an entry a week, or longer ones two weeks. In between posts, I could queue various Catholic-y things from the various Catholic folks I follow. Please let me know! Do you think this is a terrific idea? Do you think this is a terrible idea? Do you want me to shut up and post things from the Catechism?


So I was under the impression this account had been deleted. But, since it hasn’t been yet, I guess I’ll start doing these again! Catholicism for the win!

My apologies

I haven’t posted here in a few days, and I won’t for a few more. Dealing with problems here on the home front, so your prayers are appreciated! God bless.


Creation II (CCC 1046)

For the cosmos, Revelation affirms the profound common destiny of the material world and man:


For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God . . . in hope because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay. . . . We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Prayer (CCC 2711)

Entering into contemplative prayer is like entering into the Eucharistic liturgy: we “gather up:” the heart, recollect our whole being under the prompting of the Holy Spirit, abide in the dwelling place of the Lord which we are, awaken our faith in order to enter into the presence of him who awaits us. We let our masks fall and turn our hearts back to the Lord who loves us, so as to hand ourselves over to him as an offering to be purified and transformed.

Receving the Eucharist Unworthily (CCC 1385)

To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.” Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.

Liturgy II (1207)

It is fitting that liturgical celebration tends to express itself in the culture of the people where the Church finds herself, though without being submissive to it. Moreover, the liturgy itself generates cultures and shapes them.

Purpose of the Catechism (CCC 12)

This work is intended primarily for those responsible for catechesis: first of all the bishops, as teachers of the faith and pastors of the Church. It is offered to them as an instrument in fulfilling their responsibility of teaching the People of God. Through the bishops, it is addressed to redactors of catechisms, to priests, and to catechists. It will also be useful reading for all other Christian faithful.