- Website with Catholic Answers to Today's Sticky Moral Questions (under the laptop picture)
- History of the Hail Mary (Helpful Hints for Life)
(Jesus wearing kingly crown with crown of thorns)
Receiving the Gospel, Serving God and Neighbor
Solemnity of Christ the King
Everyone generally likes the pageantry of Kings, I think. Perhaps only those who have not lived under kings or those who never knew a bad king. But a king is not everyone’s idea of a good time.
The prophet laying out the consequences when Israel rejects God as their king and desires to have an earthly king over them says that the sons of families must sign up for military service and taxes will now be levied for war and the king’s city. Trade, craftsmans, building, and much more will be directed by the king so that his plans and construction of the kingdom can take shape and many more changes so that an earthly king can rule in Israel. Also, all will now be SERVING THE KING.
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, is a different sort of king. He starts by SERVING US. He walks our walks, and talks our talk. He gives us words of life to live by. He cures the sick, drives out demons, and calls us to be more than ourselves. He dies our death, to give Himself as food in the Holy Eucharist so that we might live forever in Heaven.
And those of us that would make Him the king of their hearts, He only asks that we live like Him by His strength. We must of course, “deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.” But He helps us with grace to deny ourselves. He helps us to take up and carry our cross and to follow Him. To follow Him to heaven, and with Him to lead all to their ultimate and true happiness: with God forever.
Who is going to be your king this Sunday and the rest of your life?
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. This coming Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King, the 34rd and last Sunday of Ordinary Time and the Church year! >>> Readings (Readings with reflections and questions are at the end of the e-weekly.)
Advent Adventure - Holy Heroes
If your family is like ours, Advent is the most hectic time of the year. With all the work you do to create that joyful Christmas Day, who has the time (or energy) to make Advent into a fruitful time of spiritual anticipation and preparation for your family?
Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Universorum Regis
(“Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe [or ‘King of All’]”)
- official Church title of the last Sunday of the Church year, last SOLEMNITY of the Church year
Solemnity (from Latin sollemnis “regularly appointed”)
-highest rank of liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church;
-a marked feast day of great importance and significance
The Angelic Salutation is a most concise summary of all that Catholic theology teaches about the Blessed Virgin. It is divided into two parts, that of praise and that of petition. The first shows everything that goes to make up Mary's greatness; and the second, all we need to ask, and all that we can expect from her goodness.
The Most Holy Trinity revealed the first part; Saint Elizabeth, inspired by the Holy Spirit, gave the second; and the Church added the conclusion in the year 430 when she condemned the Nestorian heresy at the Council of Ephesus and defined that the Blessed Virgin is truly the Mother of God. The council commanded us to invoke the Holy Virgin under this glorious title with these words: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death."
-Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
The Admirable Secret of the Rosary (# 35)
The sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests, so that, apart from the particular service of our ministry, all spiritual and rational Christians are recognized as members of this royal race and sharers in Christ's priestly office. What, indeed, is as royal for a soul as to govern the body in obedience to God? And what is as priestly as to dedicate a pure conscience to the Lord and to offer the spotless offerings of devotion on the altar of the heart?
Catechism of the Catholic Church #786
This website showcases the masterpiece of the prominent Catholic moral theologian, Germain Grisez. The three volume set of The Way of the Lord Jesus is available online, with the fourth volume to be added as it becomes available.
The Way of the Lord Jesus strives to respond to Vatican II’s mandate for a thorough-going renewal of moral theology, so that it would be centered on Jesus Christ, enriched by sacred Scripture, and grounded in the fundamental truths of Catholic faith.
The words thanks and thanksgiving appear 98 times in the Holy Bible. Related words such as bless, praise, or glorify multiply the number into the hundreds. Over and over again, the believer is commanded to be thankful and to give thanks to God. We celebrated Thanksgiving this last week - let's carry that attitude of thankfulness into our everyday life, particularly in our marriages. Often simple gratitude for the person in front of you can smooth over the fiercest disagreements and the most fiery of tempers.
Concretely think of 2-3 things you are grateful for about your spouse, and try to say one of those to them this week.
by Elise Harris
“A healthcare organization that is efficient and capable of addressing inequalities cannot forget its raison d’être, which is compassion,” the Pope said Nov. 18.
This includes the compassion of doctors, nurses, support staff volunteers and all others able to “minimize the pain associated with loneliness and anxiety,” he said, and stressed the importance for healthcare workers to focus not just on good organization, but on listening, accompanying and supporting the people they care for.
Compassion, Francis said, is “a privileged way to promote justice,” since empathizing with what others are experiencing allows us to not only understand their struggles, hardships and fears, but also “to discover, in the frailness of every human being, his or her unique worth and dignity.”
“Indeed, human dignity is the basis of justice, while the recognition of every person’s inestimable worth is the force that impels us to work, with enthusiasm and self-sacrifice, to overcome all disparities.”
Pope Francis sent his message to participants in the Nov. 16-18 conference “Addressing Global Health Inequalities,” organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in collaboration with the International Confederation of Catholic Healthcare Institutions.
The goal of the conference is to launch a network connecting all 116,000 Catholic health organizations around the world through a platform of collaboration and sharing aimed at exchanging information.
Another key goal of the conference is to raise awareness about global disparities in access to healthcare.
In his speech, he quoted from the Vatican's new Healthcare Charter, released in February, which states that “the fundamental right to the preservation of health pertains to the value of justice, whereby there are no distinctions between peoples and ethnic groups, taking into account their objective living situations and stages of development.”
The Church, he said, continuing the quote, “proposed that the right to health care and the right to justice ought to be reconciled by ensuring a fair distribution of healthcare facilities and financial resources, in accordance with the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity.”
To this end, he praised the participants for establishing the new platform, which he said will concretely address the challenges faced in healthcare in different geographical and social settings.
Francis said this task is something that belongs in particular to healthcare workers and their organizations, since they are committed in a special way to raising awareness among institutions, welfare agencies and the healthcare industry as a whole, “for the sake of ensuring that every individual actually benefits from the right to health care.”
This not only depends on the services provided, but also on the economic, social and cultural factors in decision making processes.
He also stressed the need to eradicate the structural causes of poverty, “because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises.”
Welfare projects should only be considered temporary responses, he said, explaining that “as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
Francis also offered a special word to representatives of pharmaceutical companies present, and who were invited to Rome to address the topic of access to antiretroviral therapies by paediatric patients.
Again quoting from the Vatican's healthcare charter, he said that while scientific knowledge and research on their part have their own laws to abide to, “ways must be found to combine these adequately with the right of access to basic or necessary treatments, or both.”
He also advocated for healthcare strategies that pursue the common good and that are “economically and ethically sustainable.”
Pope Francis closed his message thanking participants for their “generous commitment,” and gave his blessing.
Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #783
-I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
-Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
-If Bill Gates had a penny for every time I had to reboot my computer…oh wait, he does.
-Money talks…but all mine ever says is good-bye.
Blessed Are...“What’s wrong, Bubba?” asked the pastor.
“I need you to pray for my hearing,” said Bubba.
The pastor put his hands on Bubba’s ears and prayed. When he was done, he asked, “So how’s your hearing?”
“I don’t know,” said Bubba. “It isn’t until next Tuesday.”
The last time we changed from daylight saving time, a preacher friend posted, “For those who habitually show up 15 minutes late to church, allow me to remind you that tonight is the night you set your clock back 45 minutes.”
Holy Family in a Plane
A Sunday school teacher asked her students to draw a picture of Jesus' family. After collecting the drawings, she noticed that one little boy's drawing depicted an airplane with four heads sticking out of the windows. "I see you drew three heads to show Joseph, Mary and Jesus," she said to the boy. "But who does the fourth head belong to?"
The boy replied, "That's Pontius the pilot."
A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.
"Reverend," said the young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip."
The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."
Be Careful What You Say To Children
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, 'Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?'
Her mother replied, 'Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.'
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, 'Mommy, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?'
The anointing with sacred chrism, perfumed oil consecrated by the bishop, signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit to the newly baptized, who has become a Christian, that is, one "anointed" by the Holy Spirit, incorporated into Christ who is anointed priest, prophet, and king.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1241
for Self-Reflection, Couple or Family Discussion
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 25th, 2018
“Coming Under the Kingship of Jesus Christ"
The First Reading- Daniel 7:13-14
As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
The solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is a mouthful, and it’s also one of the most significant solemnities we celebrate. It’s the final Sunday of the liturgical year, crowning, as it were, the whole purpose of salvation history. When God made Israel a nation, God was their king. God’s intention for his people, and his hope for the nation that he carved out for himself was that they would take their instruction from God’s loving example of leadership, justice and mercy. They did not. They insisted on a human king, even after God told them that the consequences of that choice would bring separation from God and disaster for the people. But God let us make our choice. And God had a plan for saving us from that choice. God would come to where we are and be the king for us that we needed, and give us a new opportunity to make that choice. And God let us make our choice. Our first reading from the prophet Daniel offers an image of Jesus, one like the son of man, in his perfect kingship in heaven. This is the resurrected Jesus, the one who will come back at the end to take the faithful ones to him.
Adults - Reflect this week on the great sacrifice of Christ Our King, and what love He has for us.
Teens - What do you think the phrase “Ancient of Days” refers to?
Kids - God has no beginning and no end. He always has been and always will be. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s love for us.
Responsorial- Psalm 93: 1, 1-2, 5
R.The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
-Reflect this week on the King of the Universe humbling Himself to come to us as a tiny baby.
The Second Reading- Revelation 1: 5-8
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, " says the Lord God, "the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty."
The second reading from Revelation is an echo of Daniel and adds that Jesus is the “alpha and omega,” the beginning and the end. He always was our king, and always will be, and his kingdom never ends.
How do I feel about Jesus coming back and ending everything? If it makes me nervous, why is that? What would make me more comfortable?
The Holy Gospel according to John 18:33B-37
Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
The Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ inquisition by Pilate as Pilate tries to get Jesus to commit a capital crime of claiming that he is a king in opposition to Caesar. That would be punishable by death, and Pilate would be off the hook with the people who were accusing Jesus and with his own conscience. In the next chapter, when Pilate presents Jesus to the people again as their “king,” they claim that they “have no king but Caesar.” This is humanity’s choice again, to not let God be our king. And there are consequences for us. But God’s authority doesn’t rest on our acceptance of it. And God’s authority remains merciful and just. Each of us is offered the opportunity to claim Jesus as our king every day. This solemnity gives us pause to think about what that means for each of our lives.
Adults - When you think of the different types of leaders in your life (bosses, ministry leaders, local government) do you think of Jesus among them, and as the most important?
Teens -How do you think of Christ as king? What is different about the way Jesus rules as a king versus the way human beings rule, lead or use their authority here on earth? What does it mean for Jesus to be the king of you personally?
Kids - What do you think of when you think of a king? Draw a picture of Jesus the king.
Take some time now to pray and thank the Lord for giving you all the grace and power you need to win the battle against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil. Also ask Him for the grace to give your life completely to Jesus as your Lord, Savior, and King!