Ten Biblical Meditations for Making a Good Confession

One of the greatest blessings and gifts that flow out of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord is a mercy that is expressed most deeply through the Sacrament of Confession. This Sacrament is also sometimes called the Sacrament of Pardon, Reconciliation, Penance, as well as Sacrament of God’s Mercy. Words that produce inexplicable peace, joy, […] Source: Ten Biblical Meditations for Making a Good...

Novena to Bl. Michael Rua for Healing

Dear Friends, I would like to encourage everyone to pray to Bl. Michael Rua for the healing of members of the Salesian Family.  So many are suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually from the coronavirus pandemic and from other illnesses.  The memorial of Bl. Michael Rua is October 29.  A novena would begin Tuesday, October 20.  Attached is a simple prayer that joins our voices in petition for the graces we need through the intercession of Bl. Michael Rua.  Could you help promote the novena? Please see below… Other photos and resources about Bl. Michael Rua can be found at: https://www.sdb.org/en/Salesian_Holiness/Blesseds/Michael_Rua Thank you. Fr. Tim Zak PRAYER FOR THE HEALING OF MEMBERS OF THE SALESIAN FAMILY THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF BLESSED MICHAEL RUA   Almighty and merciful Lord, you called Blessed Michael Rua to be the spiritual heir of St. John Bosco, the father and teacher of youth; he imitated Don Bosco’s example, inherited his spirit and propagated his works. Now that you have raised him to the glory of the altars, bestow your blessings on us, who invoke Blessed Michael Rua, and hasten his glorification on earth with the splendors of canonization.  Through the intercession of Blessed Michael Rua,...

Pope at Audience launches new catechesis series on healing the world – Vatican News

Resuming his weekly general audience after the July recess, Pope Francis says that the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity enable us to heal the physical, social and spiritual infirmities of our times, such as those revealed by the pandemic. By Robin Gomes In a catechesis live-streamed from the Apostolic Library on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis assures Christians that despite the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to infect and kill people, with many, especially the poor, going through uncertain times because of socio-economic problems, God’s Kingdom of healing and of salvation is present, as Jesus assures us in Luke’s Gospel. Healing through faith, hope and charity This Kingdom of justice and peace, manifested through works of charity, he says, increases and strengthens faith.  Through faith, hope and charity, the Holy Spirit not only heals us but also make us healers.  These virtues “open us to new horizons, even while we are navigating the difficult waters of our time”. A renewed contact with the “Gospel of faith, of hope and of love”, the Pope says, will enable us “to transform the roots of our physical infirmity and the destructive practices that separate us from each other, threatening the human family and...

The Saints Can Teach Us How to Forgive

It goes against our sinful human nature to renounce vengeance and to leave our malefactors unpunished, but this is what is expected of us. “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19).  This very difficult teaching was obeyed by the saints — although in some cases, not without much struggle — and […] Source: The Saints Can Teach Us How to...

Covenant Eyes: Combatting the Addiction to Pornography – There IS Help!

Defeat Porn. Together. Covenant Eyes is designed to help you and those you love live free from pornography. Partner Up to Defeat Porn Your allies will receive comprehensive reports of your screen activity, lessening the temptation to look at porn. Life-Changing Conversations Through meaningful conversations, your allies will be there to pick you up when you fall down, and cheer you on when you succeed. Break Bad Habits For Good With the help of your allies, you can soar to new heights both online and offline, and say goodbye to porn forever. Don’t have an ally? Covenant Eyes can still help. Get Started The Power of Screen Accountability™ Our patented next-generation technology redefines accountability. What people do online impacts their lives offline. Protect yourself and family with Covenant Eyes Screen Accountability. Porn is the Ultimate Villain Isolates you Ruins your relationships Kills your confidence Supports human trafficking Addiction forming Fuels shame and hopelessness Causes ED 🙁 Beat Porn with Covenant Eyes Connects you to others Restores trust Boosts confidence and peace AI detects porn on your devices Breaks the shame cycle Equips your ally to help you Helps restore sexual function Source: Covenant Eyes: Combatting the Addiction to Pornography –...

Fight Hatred, Death, and Sin with Love, Life, and Charity

– April 20, 2020 – Volume 30 BISHOPS ASK FOR ETHICAL COVID-19 VACCINE Four USCCB Committee Chairmen, along with 20 healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, have urged Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion. To view all signers and to read the letter, click here. PROTECTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has prepared a statement, infographic, and video to assist anyone faced with lifesaving medical care being rationed in ways that discriminate against persons with disabilities. These and additional resources related to COVID-19 can be found at https://ncpd.org/covid-19-resources. PRAY FOR LIFE: APRIL In this month’s Pray for Life we’re praying that our merciful Lord will calm the fears of all expectant mothers, fill them with His peace, and provide for every need. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) PRAY FOR LIFE: MAY In the May edition of Pray for Life, we’re praying that our Blessed Mother will draw women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies close to her heart. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) WORD OF LIFE: MAY 2020 The May edition of Word of Life is available in both English and Spanish. Suggestions are provided for adapting the resources for digital use....