Archive for October, 2011

Witches are Real by Fr Dwight Longenecker

Posted: October 31, 2011 by CatholicJules in Great Catholic Articles

They don’t fly on broomsticks or have green skin, ( although come to think of it one witch I knew did have a sick green-ness about the gills, but I think that’s because he was a drunk) but they do cast spells and put curses on people and they do worship Satan, and don’t be deceived by the ‘white magic’ lark. There’s no such thing. All magic is black magic because of the philosophy behind it: those involved in witchcraft seek power, and anybody who seeks power for it’s own sake is bad.

Think of all the wicked people who justify their quest for power by saying it is for a good cause. Almost all evil in the world is caused by people who think they’re doing it for a good cause. Not just Darth Vader. Think of the Nazis who really believed the concentration camps were necessary in order to bring about a master race…see what I mean?

So witches, wicca, witchcraft–all that stuff. Yes, it’s real.

Furthermore, if you invite diabolical powers into your life. Don’t be surprised if they show up, and don’t be surprised if, once you’ve opened Pandora’s box you can’t get the lid back on. Remember in all the fun that the purpose of Hallowe’en is to scare the spooks away–not invite them in. Dressing up as monsters has the same purpose as putting gargoyles on cathedrals–you’re supposed to be scarier than the devil in order to give him the creeps and send him running. So when you carve a jack o’lantern make him scary as you can, but say a prayer as you put him out that he might keep away the real monsters of the night, and if you dress as a ghoul or a ghost or a witch or a warlock remember that you are doing so to creep them out and say a prayer of deliverance from all the dark forces of the world.

And if you come across anyone who takes witchcraft seriously tell them politely that if they summon the devil he will probably come, and that messing with the occult is the spiritual equivalent of an eight year old kid taking a five gallon can of gas into a fireworks warehouse then playing with matches.

(Fr Dwight Longenecker)

The Promotion Of Peace

Posted: October 31, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

From the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world of the Second Vatican Council

Peace is not the mere absence of war or the simple maintenance of a balance of power between forces, nor can it be imposed at the dictate of absolute power. It is called, rightly and properly, a work of justice.

It is the product of order, the order implanted in human society by its divine founder, to be realized in practice as men hunger and thirst for ever more perfect justice.

The common good of the human race is subject to the eternal law as its primary principle, but its requirements in practice keep changing with the passage of time. The result is that peace is never established finally and for ever; the building up of peace has to go on all the time. Again, the human will is weak and wounded by sin; the search for peace therefore demands from each individual constant control of the passions, and from legitimate authority untiring vigilance.

Even this is not enough. Peace here on earth cannot be maintained unless the good of the human person is safeguarded, and men are willing to trust each other and share their riches of spirit and talent. If peace is to be established it is absolutely necessary to have a firm determination to respect other persons and peoples and their dignity, and to be zealous in the practice of brotherhood. Peace is therefore the fruit also of love; love goes beyond what justice can achieve. Peace on earth, born of love for one’s neighbor, is the sign and the effect of the peace of Christ that flows from God the Father. In his own person the incarnate Son, the Prince of Peace, reconciled all men to God through his death on the cross. In his human nature he destroyed hatred and restored unity to all mankind in one people and one body. Raised on high by the resurrection, he sent the Spirit of love into the hearts of men.

All Christians are thus urgently summoned to live the truth in love, and to join all true peacemakers in prayer and work for peace. Moved by the same spirit, we cannot but praise those who renounce violence in defense of rights, and have recourse to means of defense otherwise available to the less powerful as well, provided that this can be done without injury to the rights and obligations of others or of the community.

October 30th, 2011 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: October 28, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Calling the Fathers

Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

 Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God.

In a word, Israel’s leaders failed to be good spiritual fathers of God’s people. Moses was a humble father-figure, preaching the law but also practicing it – interceding and begging God’s mercy and forgiveness of the people’s sins (see Exodus 32:9-14; Psalm 90).

And Jesus reminds us today that all fatherhood – in the family or in the people of God – comes from the our Father in heaven (see Ephesians 3:15).

He doesn’t mean we’re to literally call no man “father.” He himself referred to Israel’s founding fathers (see John 7:42); the apostles taught about natural fatherhood (see Hebrews 12:7-11), and described themselves as spiritual fathers (see 1 Corinthians 4:14-16)

The fatherhood of the apostles and their successors, the Church’s priests and bishops, is a spiritual paternity given to raise us as God’s children. Our fathers give us new life in baptism, and feed us the spiritual milk of the gospel and the Eucharist (see 1 Peter 2:2-3). That’s why Paul, in today’s Epistle, can also compare himself to a nursing mother.

God’s fatherhood likewise transcends all human notions of fatherhood and motherhood. Perhaps that’s why the Psalm chosen for today includes one of the rare biblical images of God’s maternal care (see Isaiah 66:13).

His only Son has shown us the Father (see John 14:9) coming to gather His children as a hen gathers her young (see Matthew 23:37). We’re all brothers and sisters, our Lord tells us today. And all of us – even our spiritual fathers – are to trust in Him, humbly, like children on our mothers’ laps.

CD – His Love Remains By Collin Raye

Posted: October 27, 2011 by CatholicJules in Videos/Audio

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I can hardly wait to get my hands on this CD! Who doesn’t love Collin Raye?

At age 23, Collin Raye converted to Catholicism, searching and believing that “there had to be more” than what he experienced in other churches. Collin became an American country music superstar, selling more than 7 million records, while charting 15 #1 hits in the 1990’s. His new release, His Love Remains, captures for the first time the source of his rock solid personal inner strength which carried him “through it all” during many trials of personal suffering, including the loss of his precious granddaughter Haley, who died from a rare neurological disease.

Collin hits the mark with many classic hymns including Ave Maria, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, I am the Bread of Life, How Great Thou Art, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, Amazing Grace, Here I Am, Lord, and O Lord I am Not Worthy (duet with Marie Bellet). Two new Raye songs sure to inspire, Undefeated, and I Get What I Need also grace this inspiring production. 15 hymns total.

Track Listing:

1. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
2. Give Me Jesus
3. How Great Thou Art
4. Ave Maria
5. How Beautiful duet with Andrea Thomas
6. Undefeated
7. Here I am, Lord
8. I Get What I Need
9. O Lord, I am Not Worthy duet with Marie Bellet
10. Were You There?
11. I Am the Bread of Life
12. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent
13. Love Remains
14. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
15. Amazing Grace


While In Adoration….

Posted: October 26, 2011 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

17 Oct

It is only by listening and living my Word, can your coarse hands reap the choicest grapes.

26 Oct

Those who abandon their cross, feel not the weight of my love nor it’s depth.

Bible Emergency Numbers

Posted: October 26, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book, Photos


How Do I Evangelize?

Posted: October 26, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

Encourage all Catholics to experience conversion to a deeper holiness and a greater love of God.
Welcome and invite others to learn about and share in the Catholic Faith and encounter Jesus Christ in the sacraments.
Change society
with the power
of the Gospel

There are 3 Main Goals of Evangelization

To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others.

To invite all people in the World, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic Faith.

To foster Gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good of our society so that our nation may continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

The Reluctance of Catholics to Evangelize
“Me? Evangelize? I’m Catholic!”

Something of this sort goes through the minds of most Catholics when they hear the word “evangelization.” Evangelizing is something Protestants do. Catholics are more private and do not wear their religion on their sleeves. Many Catholics even have a hard time saying right out loud that they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Catholics have not learned that it is their tradition to express their faith openly.

     We do not typically engage in “God Talk.” How embarrassing to discuss God and salvation as though they were normal subjects of conversation like football, food, or the movies! The fear seems to be that people will call us naive or think we are trying to impose our morality or our religion on them. To many Catholics, evangelization is in poor taste. Some of this reticence is rooted in Catholic history in parts of the World. Today, the Church plays a vibrant role in our life and is, for the most part, well-known and respected. But it was not always that way. The Church came to ‘US’ as an “immigrant,” and frictions between the Church and society persisted. Some Catholics were persecuted. Catholics were in the society but not entirely of it. As a result, most Catholics did not share their faith with others. They did not believe that it was important to do so, and they felt ill-equipped whenever push came to shove and they had to discuss their faith even with those who shared the same beliefs. Catholics were generous and contributed to many just causes, as they do today, but most Catholics were tight-fisted when it came to sharing their faith.

     What is more, by and large, Catholics kept to themselves. Protestant children were okay to play with, as long as our parents knew their parents. Still, they were different, living in the shadows around our bright Catholic world. Catholics hugged their special faith like a life jacket, afraid they themselves would sink if they tried to share it with others.

  A deep international affection for Pope John XXIII, and the figurative window opened by the Second Vatican Council laid the groundwork for greater encounters between the Church and society. Today, Catholics have taken a place among the best-educated and most prosperous citizens of this country. Most of the barriers to full Catholic participation in life in most parts of the World have fallen away. But our reluctance to share our faith with others has not.

     These days, despite this reluctance, there is a growing number of Catholics who realize their faith is not a treasure to be jealously guarded lest someone snatch it away. Rather, they are looking for concrete ways to share a treasure which only grows richer the more people partake of its truth, love, and grace. Catholic evangelizers take the most precious gift they have in their hands and offer it to other people. They let their light shine.


Conversion Within the Individual
To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others.

Go and Make Disciples concerns the ongoing conversion and reform of the individual Catholic: To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others.

The enthusiastic embrace of Catholicism is the way to grow in intimate love of Jesus Christ, to be personally converted to him, and to follow him as faithful disciples. All authentic evangelization, in fact, everything we do as Christians, flows from this personal relationship with Jesus, which is a response of a person in faith to the kerygma, the proclamation of Christ’s saving love. Everything flows from this personal turning to Jesus and the decision to pattern one’s life on him. It follows that the first objective is to foster an experience of conversion and renewal in the heart of every believer.

Catholics must to continue to hear the Good News at ever-deeper levels. The call to holiness, given to every Catholic through Baptism, consecrates each one to God and to the service of the kingdom.

The strategy is to so deepen the sense of Scripture and sacrament that Catholics will pray more fully, and, with a greater understanding of Christ’s call, live as disciples at home, at work, and in today’s many cultural settings. It seeks a greater openness to physical, mental, and cultural diversity among Catholics.

It entails the following objectives:

  • To foster an experience of conversion and renewal in the heart of every believer, leading to a more active living of Catholic life.
  • To foster an experience of conversion and renewal in every parish.
  • To foster an appreciation of God’s Word in the lives of all Catholics.
  • To make the evangelizing dimension of the Sunday Eucharist more explicit.
  • To foster an appreciation of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and all of the Sacraments, the sacred signs of our Catholic life.
  • To foster a greater appreciation of the power of God’s Word in our worship.
  • To foster an even deeper sense of prayer among our Catholic people.
  • To foster a renewed understanding of faith among Catholics.
  • To foster a sense of discipleship among Catholic adults and children.
  • To foster active and personal religious experience through participation in small-group and other communal experiences in which the Good News is shared, experienced, and applied to daily life.
  • To foster a sense of the domestic Church within households in which families, individuals and groups reside.
  • To promote and develop a spirituality for the workplace.
  • To foster greater appreciation of cultural and ethnic spirituality.

 Clearly, unless we continue to be evangelized ourselves, with renewed enthusiasm for our faith and our Church, we cannot evangelize others. Priority must be given to continued and renewed faith formation in faith as the basis of our deepening personal relationship with Jesus.

Conversion to the Church Community

To invite all people in the World, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith.

Catholic evangelization never considers Jesus apart from the Church. Pope Paul VI insists that there is a “profound link between Christ, the Church, and evangelization.” (On Evangelization in Modern World, #16). Catholics believe they embrace the fullness of the Incarnation when they embrace Jesus in the most intimate communion with His body, the Church. Goal Two offers the following challenge to Catholics across the country: To invite all people in the World, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so that they man come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith.

Only a Church renewed in spirit can pursue so grand a purpose. The Church is an evangelizer, but she begins by being evangelized herself. There is a great need to work at becoming more welcoming, less anonymous, more active in seeking new members and reconciling old ones. Welcome, acceptance, the invitation to conversion and renewal, reconciliation and peace, beginning with worship, must characterize the whole tenor of the parishes.

This means that we are to invite effectively every person to come to know the Good News of Jesus proclaimed by the Catholic Church. It means not only that people are invited but also that an essential welcoming spirit is present in Catholic homes and in all our Catholic institutions.

The strategy behind this goal is to create a more welcoming attitude toward others in our parishes so that people feel at home, to create an attitude of sharing faith and develop greater skills to do this, and to undertake activities to invite others to know the Catholic people better.

It entails the following objectives:

  • To make every Catholic institution, especially our parishes, more welcoming.
  • To help every Catholic feel comfortable about sharing his or her faith and inviting people to discover Christ in our Catholic family of believers.
  • To develop within families and households the capacity to share the Gospel.
  • To equip and empower our active Catholic members to exercise their baptismal call to evangelize.
  • To use special times in parish and family life to invite people to faith.
  • To cultivate an active core of the baptized to serve as ministers of evangelization in their parishes, dioceses, neighborhoods, workplaces and homes.
  • To effectively invite people to our Church.
  • To design programs of outreach for those who have ceased being active in the Church.
  • To design programs that reach out in particular ways to those who do not participate in a church community or who seek the fullness of faith.
  • To foster the cultural diversity of the Church.
  • To deepen ecumenical involvement.

Conversion of Society

To foster gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good of our society, so that our nation may continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

This addresses evangelization’s impact on culture and society: To foster Gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good of our society, so that our nation may continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Catholics must affirm what is good in their culture, not unduly emphasizing the negative. Today, the Church stands among the most ardent defenders of immigrants, refugees, the elderly, the unborn, and the poor and the marginalized in general. Evangelization aims to build on this foundation to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.

Catholic evangelization is a counter-cultural activity that confronts disrespect for life, injustices, prejudices, divisions, loss of the sense of the transcendent, and many other ills in modern times. Nevertheless, the evangelization of culture remains a fundamental goal.

This goal follows upon the other two: The appreciation of our faith and its spread should lead to the transformation of our society. The pursuit of this goal, however, must accompany the pursuit of the other two because evangelization is not possible without powerful signs of justice and peace, as the Gospel shapes the framework of our lives.

This goal means supporting those cultural elements in our land that reflect Catholic values and challenging those that reject it. Catholics, who today are involved in every level of modern life in their country , have to address their society as a system and also in particular situations. This goal requires the strategy of strengthening our everyday involvement with those in need, of reflecting on the workplace and media, and of encouraging Catholic involvement in areas of public policy as a way of having greater impact on society’s values.

This entails the following objectives:

  • To involve parishes and local service groups in the needs of their neighborhood.
  • To foster the importance of the family.
  • To develop groups to explore issues of the workplace and lay spirituality.
  • To encourage Catholic witness in the arts and in the intellectual community.
  • To involve every Catholic, on different levels, in areas of public policy.
  • To involve the Catholic Church, on every level, in the media.
  • To involve Catholics, at every level, in questions of economic systems.


Adapted From The US Bishops Notes For Evangelisation

DVD Movies – Boys Town 1938 And The Ultimate Gift 2006

Posted: October 25, 2011 by CatholicJules in DVD Review

Product Details
Actors: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Gene Reynolds
Directors: Norman Taurog
Writers: Dore Schary, Eleanore Griffin, Jack Mintz, James Kevin McGuinness, John Meehan
Producers: John W. Considine Jr.
Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French 
 DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
Run Time: 199 minutes

Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, who opens Boys Town and dedicates himself to helping juvenile delinquents go straight. Mickey Rooney plays one of the tougher kids, figuring out early on that Flanagan is nobody’s fool. Warmhearted and inspiring, the film’s inevitable sentimentality is nicely cut by Tracy’s performance and a smart script by Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary (who also won Oscars). A good film for all ages, directed by Norman Taurog (Adventures of Tom Sawyer). –Tom Keogh

This is indeed a classic and is definitely one of the greats! Values of yesteryear are still applicable today.  Top notch performances by Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. I recommend this for the whole family! Only problem is explaining why there is no colour in the movie or rather why is it black and white. 😀

Product Details
Actors: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether
Directors: Michael O. Sajbel
Writers: Cheryl McKay, Jim Stovall
Producers: Cleve Landsberg, Dave Ross, Jim Van Eerden, John Shepherd, Paul Brooks
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
Run Time: 114 minutes

Editorial Review From Amazon:-

The Ultimate Gift is a tale of one man’s tumultuous journey toward personal growth and fulfillment. Surrounded in life, and death, by avaricious family members fueled by a sense of entitlement, billionaire Red Stevens (James Garner) wants to bequeath at least one member of his extended family “the ultimate gift”: something he perceives as immensely more valuable than material wealth. Red’s arrogant grandson Jason (Drew Fuller) holds a deep-seated hatred for his newly-deceased grandfather, so he’s surprised to learn from his grandfather’s friend and lawyer Mr. Hamilton (Bill Cobbs) and assistant Miss Hastings (Lee Meriwether) that he’s been mentioned in his late grandfather’s will. Far from a straightforward gift of cash, land, or stock, Red’s bequest comes in the form of a series of mysterious recorded instructions, the first of which requires Jason to hop on a plane for Texas the very next morning without a hint of the trip’s purpose or the nature of the gift that awaits him. Dropped into a life of hard physical labor on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, Jason’s bad-tempered fury eventually turns to resignation and he finds himself engaged in, and even taking pride in, the first real manual labor he’s ever done in his life. Unbeknownst to him, his journey toward claiming the ultimate gift has only just begun. When he returns from Texas, Jason finds his home cleared out, his car confiscated, and instructions to produce one true friend. While Jason is reduced to sleeping in the park, a young child name Emily (Abigail Breslin) and her mother Alexia (Ali Hillis) make his acquaintance and lead him to re-examine his personal prejudices and perceptions of what’s truly important in life. Jason’s journey of self-discovery continues throughout a series of other trying experiences and, in the end, Grandpa Red’s “ultimate gift” of life lessons profoundly and permanently improves the quality of Jason’s life. What’s more, Jason’s new perspective of his place in society has a very positive affect on the larger community. This very powerful film is funny, heartbreaking, and intensely thought-provoking. –Tami Horiuchi

I love this movie! Nice Riches to Rags to Riches story with a whole lot of life lessons in betweeen! Perhaps the most intriguing thing which I got out of the movie, is the fact that there are various gifts presented to each and everyone of us which we often overlook, write off as inconsequential or are even seen as banes of our existence instead of gifts. 

What about the innumerable gifts given to us by God our Father, have we used or abused them……….Another Great Family movie I highly recommend!

Can You Answer A Question About Masturbation?

Posted: October 24, 2011 by CatholicJules in Questions & Answers

QUESTION : Before I begin the question, it may be helpful for you to know that I am a young male catholic.

I have been struggling with the issue of masturbation in the past couple of months. I just came into the Catholic Church this Easter Vigil through the RCIA program that my parish began in September. I come from a Presbyterian tradition where masturbation isn’t really an issue (of course if you commit it then you get instant forgiveness through prayer).

After doing some research, I discovered that masturbation has some medicinal benefits. Masturbation strengthens the immune system, reduces the chance of getting prostate cancer, raises self-esteem, and gives your body a work which boosts your cardiovascular system.

Obviously the church teaches that masturbation is a sin, mortal in most cases because of the lust issue.

So I am confused. I have medical science on the one side and the church on the other with opposite opinions on the subject. 

I guess I have several questions. First is, “What is your opinion on masturbation?” Second, “Why is the church so hostile against sex?” Third, “Is there a plan for the Magisterium to review the sex rules anytime soon?”

Thank you for your time.  HWK



Even if the physical benefits to masturbation were substantial, which I doubt, they would not justify the negative results. Masturbation conflicts with the whole purpose of sexuality. The act of sexual intercourse is the physical expression of the marriage vows made at the altar. It is therefore an expression of Christian love, i.e. concern for the other. It is the most complete way of expressing the total self-donation of one person to another. Total means until death. It can’t be total for a week or a couple years.

With masturbation there is no self-donation to anybody. It consists of taking pleasure for oneself alone. There is no giving at all. We were created for more than that.

Nowhere will you find a higher understanding of sexuality than in the Catholic Church. I suggest that you get a hold of “Good News About Sex and Marriage” by Christopher West.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

The Spirit Pleads For Us…

Posted: October 24, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

From a letter to the Corinthians by Saint Clement, pope

Dear friends, take care that God’s blessings, which are many, do not become the condemnation of us all; we must live lives worthy of him and in mutual harmony do what is good and acceptable in his sight. He tells us: The Spirit of the Lord is a lantern, searching the hidden places of our inmost being.

We must remember how near he is and that no thought of ours, no conversation we hold is hidden from him. It is right, therefore, that we should not turn our backs and flee from God’s will. We should rather give offense to stupid and foolish men, puffed up and taking pride in their boastful speech, than give offense to God.

Let us reverence the Lord Jesus, whose blood was shed for us. Let us respect those in authority, let us honor the presbyters. Let us train the young in the fear of God. Let us lead our wives toward all that is good. Let them show by their conduct that they are lovers of chastity; by their gentleness let them reveal a pure and sincere disposition; by their silence let them manifest the control they have over their tongues; let them bestow an equal charity, without respect for persons, on all who have a holy fear of God.

Your children must share in the way of discipleship in Christ. They must learn how effective humility is before God, what chaste love can accomplish with God, how good and noble is the fear of God, for it brings salvation to all who possess it and who live holy lives with a pure heart. The one whose Spirit is in us is the searcher of our thoughts and of counsels of our hearts. At his will, he shall take that Spirit from us.

All this is strengthened by the faith that comes to us in Christ. He himself addresses us through the Holy Spirit and says: Come, my children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Is there a man who wants life, desiring to see good days? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking what is false. Turn away from evil and do good. Seek peace and go in pursuit of it.

The Father is merciful in all he does and full of generosity; he is loving to those who fear him. In goodness and gentleness he gives his graces to those who approach him with undivided hearts. We must then put away all duplicity and not be distrustful in the face of his excelling and ennobling gifts.

Our Facebook Prayer

Posted: October 22, 2011 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Prayers

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the many gifts you have bestowed upon us including the gift of facebook. Guide us to use this gift for your glory, to build your kingdom through love and charity for one another. Grant us your divine Grace, so that we will not abuse and misuse this gift. Bless all our family and friends connected through facebook. We us this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Vice and Violence

Posted: October 22, 2011 by CatholicJules in Great Catholic Articles

by Fr Dwight Longenecker (Fr Dwight Longenecker)

All vice ends in violence. Think about it in terms of the seven deadly sins. In one way or another, if the vice is continued it ends in violence, and if in violence then in death.

Take lust, for example. Oh, it seems so harmless–a little fun in the bedroom. A bit of slap and tickle, a bit of a giggle and gasp. Where would the violence be in lust? Look into the Marquis de Sade and see where unbridled lust takes you. Into the whipping chamber, the torture and rape and the sick scenes of sado masochism. Ordinary sex grows dull so the need for excitement and thrill and physical sensation demands…violence.

Pride is only pride because one is better than another. Pride does not just make us want to win. It makes us want to beat the other guy. Pride puts us not just up, but over–over others who are inferior to us. There is not pride unless there is someone to show off to, and the only ones to show off to are those we deem our inferiors, and it only takes a small push for the pride to turn into violence. Just allow the person on top to have his superior position threatened and he will turn and snarl like a cornered animal–even if he does so with a sweet superior smile and a stab in the back.

Envy leads to violence. Easy to see. When I am envious of another I will murder their reputation, tear them down so they cannot be greater than me, destroy them for being superior, and does it end in real, physical violence? Hell hath no fury like a woman–or man–scorned. Let someone get what was ours or what we think is ours and we may plot to destroy them.

Wrath is violence suppressed. Take off the lid and the wrathful will murder.

Greed is economic violence and a kind of theft. The greedy take from the poor and think nothing of it, and it only takes a small step for the greedy to turn violent. Allow the greedy to think that their wealth and status is threatened and they will kill to defend it.

Is the glutton violent? What, a fat and jovial over eater violent? He is violent towards himself. His god is his stomach and should he be deprived of his addiction he will become violent.

Even the slothful is violent, for he is violent against life itself. The slothful kills joy; kills creativity; sloth is a kind of despair which kills the fullness of life. Kills life. Kills.

For Reflection…

Posted: October 22, 2011 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

“Jesus Christ is our true greatness;it is he alone and his crosses that should be sought in ministering to people.  If we seek for anything else, we will find nothing but bodily and spiritual afflictions.  But if we have found Jesus Christ in his cross, we have found the roses among the thorns, sweetness in bitterness, all in nothing.”


Saint John De Brebeuf


October 23rd, 2011 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: October 21, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Love Commanded

Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40


Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17)

And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love – of God and of neighbor – is the fulfillment of the whole of the law (see Romans 13:8-10).

Devout Israelites were to keep all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books. Jesus says today that all these, and all the teachings of the prophets, can be summarized by two verses of this law (see Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18).

He seems to summarize the two stone tablets on which God was said to have engraved the ten commandments (see Exodus 32:15-16). The first tablet set out three laws concerning the love of God – such as the command not to take His name in vain; the second contained seven commands regarding love of neighbor, such as those against stealing and adultery.

Love is the hinge that binds the two tablets of the law. For we can’t love God, whom we can’t see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20-22).

But this love we are called to is far more than simple affection or warm sentiment. We must give ourselves totally to God – loving with our whole beings, with all our heart, soul and mind. Our love for our neighbor must express itself in concrete actions, such as those set out in today’s First Reading.

We love because He first loved us (see 1 John 4:19). As we sing in today’s Psalm, He has been our deliverer, our strength when we could not possibly defend ourselves against the enemies of sin and death.

We love in thanksgiving for our salvation. And in this become imitators of Jesus, as Paul tells us in today’s Epistle – laying down our lives daily in ways large and small, seen and unseen; our lives offered as a continual sacrifice of praise (see John 15:12-13; Hebrews 13:15).


Posted: October 20, 2011 by CatholicJules in Meditations

When the soul of God enamoured
Gives her heart and life to Him,
He perfects the patient victim
On the Cross, mid shadows dim…

If I could but tell the treasures
Hidden by our Triune God
For the souls who strive to follow
In the path that Jesus trod!…

But it is a precious secret
To the loving one revealed,
To me, lowly, inexperienced,
It is hidden and concealed…

Blessed is the heart abandoned
To this crucifying pain,
In the arms of the Beloved,
Burned, consumed in love’s pure flame…

Yet more blessed, when the anguish,
Stripped of all consoling forms,
Clothes the soul in desolation,
Into Christ Himself transforms…

Happy blessed soul who suffers
Thus that God alone may reign,
Seeking but to die, the better
Thus His sacred love to gain…

Nailed upon the cross with Jesus,
I to you this lesson give;
You will sound its depth and meaning
If a life of prayer you live. Amen

Saint Paul Of The Cross

We Do Not Know What It Is Right To Pray For..

Posted: October 19, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

From a letter to Proba by Saint Augustine, bishop

You may still want to ask why the Apostle said: We do not know what it is right to pray for, because, surely, we cannot believe that either he or those to whom he wrote did not know the Lord’s Prayer.

He showed that he himself shared this uncertainty. Did he know what it was right to pray for when he was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to bruise him, so that he might not be puffed up by the greatness of what was revealed to him? Three times he asked the Lord to take it away from him, which showed that he did not know what he should ask for in prayer. At last, he heard the Lord’s answer, explaining why the prayer of so great a man was not granted, and why it was not expedient for it to be granted: My grace is sufficient for you, for power shines forth more perfectly in weakness.

In the kind of affliction, then, which can bring either good or ill, we do not know what it is right to pray for; yet, because it is difficult, troublesome and against the grain for us, weak as we are, we do what every human would do, we pray that it may be taken away from us. We owe, however, at least this much in our duty to God: if he does not take it away, we must not imagine that we are being forgotten by him but because of our loving endurance of evil, must await greater blessings in its place. In this way, power shines forth more perfectly in weakness. These words are written to prevent us from having too great an opinion of ourselves if our prayer is granted, when we are impatient in asking for something that it would be better not to receive; and to prevent us from being dejected, and distrustful of God’s mercy toward us, if our prayer is not granted, when we ask for something that would bring us greater affliction, or completely ruin us through the corrupting influence of prosperity. In these cases we do not know what is right to ask for in prayer.

Therefore, if something happens that we did not pray for, we must have no doubt at all that what God wants is more expedient than what we wanted ourselves. Our great Mediator gave us an example of this. After he had said: Father, if it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me, he immediately added, Yet not what I will, but what you will, Father, so transforming the human will that was his through his taking a human nature. As a consequence, and rightly so, through the obedience of one man the many are made righteous.

Let Us Pray….

Posted: October 19, 2011 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Join me in this prayer for one another…….

Heavenly Father, we give you our heartfelt thanks and praise. We pray that you continue to bless and enrich our lives. Have mercy on us for our failings……May the Holy Spirit come down upon each and everyone of us, so that we may live this day according to Your will for us.  Help us loving Father in our daily struggles, and with the help of your Divine Grace we pray that we will be strengthened against all evil and temptations. We pray for our families, please keep them in your loving care.  We ask this through Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever Amen.

VATICAN CITY, October 16 (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith” which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time,” said the Pope, making his announcement during Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Year of Faith will run from October 11, 2012, until November 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Pope said in his Oct. 16 remarks that it will give “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ.” He also said that “reasons, purposes and guidelines” for the year will be set out in an Apostolic Letter to be published “in the coming days.”

The vast congregation at this morning’s Mass largely consisted of those involved in the “new evangelization,” who were in Rome for a summit organized by the recently formed Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization The new evangelization aims to revivify Catholicism in traditionally Christian countries which have been particularly affected by secularization in recent decades.

Unusually, the 84-year-old pontiff was wheeled both in and out of the Mass on a mobile platform. Normally Pope Benedict would walk the approximately 110 yards down the central aisle of St. Peters. “This is just not to tire him,” papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., told reporters, adding that “nothing else should be read into the general state of his health, which is good.”

Drawing upon the Scripture readings for today, the Pope outlined a roadmap for the new evangelizers. In the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah recounts how King Cyrus, the Persian Emperor in the 6th century B.C., played his part in fulfilling a divine plan despite that fact that he “did not know” God and was not even Jewish.

“Even the mighty Cyrus, the Persian Emperor, is part of a greater plan, that only God knows and carries forward,” observed the Pope.

This demonstrates, he said, the need for a new “theology of history” as an “essential part” of the new evangelization “because “the men of our time, after the disastrous season of totalitarian empires of the 20th century, need to find a comprehensive vision of the world and time,” more compatible with the vision of the Church.

In the second reading, taken from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians, the Pope said new evangelizers are reminded that “it is the Lord who touches hearts by His Word and His Spirit, by calling people to faith and communion in the Church.”

The fact that it is God and not the evangelist who touches hearts, shows the importance of recognizing God as the prime mover in any apostolic activities which “must always be preceded, accompanied and followed by prayer,” he said.

Pope Benedict also highlighted the importance of having collaborators like St. Paul who had Silvanus and Timothy as his companions in his work, and said today’s new evangelizers should also seek coworkers in spreading the Gospel.

He then turned today’s Gospel and said that it provides the key message the new evangelizers must bring to the world. In it, Christ tells the Pharisees to “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” This is a reminder that the Church’s message is not primarily a political one, the Pope said.

“The mission of the Church, like Christ,” he said, “is essentially to speak of God, to commemorate His sovereignty, reminding everyone, especially Christians, who have lost their identity, of God’s right over what belongs to Him, which is our lives.”

Later in the morning, the Pope used his Sunday Angelus address to further explain his plans for a “Year of Faith” to over 40,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peters Square. He summed up the initiative as “proclaiming Christ to those who do not know him or have, in fact, reduced him to a mere historical character.”

He finished his address by placing all those involved in new evangelization under the protection of the Virgin Mary who “helps every Christian to be a valid witness to the Gospel.”

Rich In What Matters To God

Posted: October 18, 2011 by CatholicJules in Great Catholic Articles, Memory Book

Children, human nature is ever greedy, ever selfish.  We hinder God’s work in us, we destroy his glorious gifts after they are granted us, because we allow selfishness to appropriate what is not our own, yielding to the poisonous influences inherited from original sin.  Our nature looks to self in everything.  Saint Thomas teaches that by this infection of nature, man is inclined to love himself more than anything else, even angels, nay, even more than God – not that God created us thus perverse, but it has all resulted from the original turning away from God in the fall of Adam.  And this evil tendency is rooted so deep in us, that its traces baffle the search of all the wise men in the world.  All the industry of man cannot correct this innate weakness of both his inner and outer life.  It often happens, that when we fancied God alone was our motive, it turned out that it was only the poisonous influences of nature that guided us – we were but seeking self in everything.  Saint Paul was a true prophet when he said:”In the last days, shall come dangerous times.  Men shall be lovers of themselves” (2 Tim 3:1,2)  This is manifestly the case in these times….

O if one could but give up self in his outer and inner life, in spirit and in nature, it were a precious gain!  It would be a small price to pay if he gave up gold and silver and castles and farms for this end….

From this detachment is born kindness, and also separation from all worldly things; so that one now receives freely from God’s hands and with entire thankfulness, joy or sorrow, or whatever else may befall him in the inner life or the outer: everything helps him to eternal happiness.  Such a man has the grace to feel that whatever happens to him has been eternally foreseen by his heavenly Father, and in the very way it does happen, and viewing all things as God does, he rests in peace of mind, no matter what occurs.


Father John Tauler , O.P.


German Dominican Priest, popular preacher and a mystical theologian


Posted: October 16, 2011 by CatholicJules in Holy Pictures

Don’t Get Lost in Problems, Says Pope

Posted: October 15, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

Encourages Perceiving the Beautiful Things That Come From the Lord

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2011 ( Benedict XVI says we should more frequently recall how God has protected and guided us, noting that this exercise not only helps in “times of darkness” but also fills with joy.

The Pope said this today during the general audience in St. Peter’s Square. He took up his series of catechesis on prayer, turning to a psalm of joy, Psalm 126.

The Holy Father used the psalm to offer specific suggestions for prayer.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he said, “in our prayer we should look more often at how, in the events of our own lives, the Lord has protected, guided and helped us, and we should praise him for all he has done and does for us. We should be more attentive to the good things the Lord gives to us.”

The Pontiff noted how “we are always attentive to problems and to difficulties,” but there is almost an unwillingness “to perceive that there are beautiful things that come from the Lord.”

Attention to the good, “which becomes gratitude,” he said, “is very important for us; it creates in us a memory for the good and it helps us also in times of darkness.”

“God accomplishes great things, and whoever experiences this — attentive to the Lord’s goodness with an attentiveness of heart — is filled with joy,” the Pontiff affirmed.


The Pope also noted how Psalm 126 “opens to broader, theological dimensions.”

He illustrated its theme of “already” and “not yet”: The psalm “uses distinctive imagery that in its complexity calls to mind the mysterious reality of redemption, in which the gift received and yet still to be awaited, life and death, joys dreamed of and painful tears, are interwoven.”

The Holy Father explained the psalm’s references to agriculture, the difficult moment of sowing, and the subsequent unbridled joy of the harvest: “It is a sowing in tears, since one casts to the ground what could still become bread, exposing it to a time of waiting that is full of uncertainty: The farmer works, he prepares the earth, he scatters the seed, but as the parable of the Sower illustrates well, one never knows where the seed will fall — if the birds will eat it, if it will take root, if it will become an ear of grain.

“To scatter the seed is an act of trust and of hope; man’s industriousness is needed, but then one must enter into a powerless time of waiting, well aware that many deciding factors will determine the success of the harvest, and that the risk of failure is always lurking.

“And yet, year after year, the farmer repeats his gesture and scatters the seed. And when it becomes an ear of grain, and the fields fill with crops, this is the joy of he who stands before an extraordinary marvel.”

In this regard, the Pope affirmed how “when divine help is manifested in all its fullness, it has an overflowing dimension, like the watercourses of the Negeb and like the grain of the fields.”

Personal history of salvation

Continuing with the verses later in the psalm, Benedict XVI encouraged praying “open to hope, and firm in our faith in God.”

“Our personal history — even if often marked by suffering, uncertainty and moments of crisis — is a history of salvation and of the ‘restoring of fortunes,'” he reflected. “In Jesus our every exile ends and every tear is wiped away in the mystery of his cross, of death transformed into life.”

The Pope said that in the dark nights, we mustn’t forget that “the light is there, that God is already in the midst of our lives and that we can sow with the great trust in the fact that God’s ‘yes’ is stronger than us all.”

“It is important not to lose the memory of God’s presence in our lives,” he said, “this profound joy that God has entered into our lives, thus freeing us: It is gratitude for the discovery of Jesus Christ, who has come among us. And this gratitude is transformed into hope; it is a star of hope that gives us trust; it is light, since the very pains of sowing are the beginning of new life, of the great and definitive joy of God.”


Posted: October 14, 2011 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Most merciful Lord and Saviour, you wash away all our sins in the blood you shed upon the cross.  Grant us the grace to rejoice in the freedom you have bought for us and to turn and set others free by the power of the love you have shown us, who live and reign with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen

October 16th, 2011 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: October 14, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Caesar and the King

Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Psalm 96:1,3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21


The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1).

In effect, God says to every ruler what he tells King Cyrus in today’s First Reading: “I have called you . . . though you knew me not.”

The Lord raised up Cyrus to restore the Israelites from exile, and to rebuild Jerusalem (see Ezra 1:1-4). Throughout salvation history, God has used foreign rulers for the sake of His chosen people. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to reveal God’s power (see Romans 9:17). Invading armies were used to punish Israel’s sins (see 2 Maccabees 6:7-16).

The Roman occupation during Jesus’ time was, in a similar way, a judgment on Israel’s unfaithfulness. Jesus’ famous words in today’s Gospel: “Repay to Caesar” are a pointed reminder of this. And they call us, too, to keep our allegiances straight.

The Lord alone is our king. His kingdom is not of this world (see John 18:36) but it begins here in His Church, which tells of His glory among all peoples. Citizens of heaven (see Philippians 3:20), we are called to be a light to the world (see Matthew 5:14) – working in faith, laboring in love, and enduring in hope, as today’s Epistle counsels.

We owe the government a concern for the common good, and obedience to laws – unless they conflict with God’s commandments as interpreted by the Church (see Acts 5:29).

But we owe God everything. The coin bears Caesar’s image. But we bear God’s own image (see Genesis 1:27). We owe Him our very lives – all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, offered as a living sacrifice of love (see Romans 12:1-2).

We should pray for our leaders, that like Cyrus they do God’s will (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2) – until from the rising of the sun to its setting, all humanity knows that Jesus is Lord.

See, I Will Save My People

Posted: October 13, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop

No one comes to me unless the Father draws him. Do not think that you are drawn against your will; the will is drawn also by love. We must not be afraid of men who weigh words but are far from understanding what belongs above all to divine truth. They may find fault with this passage of Scripture and say to us: “How can I believe of my own free will if I am drawn to believe?” I answer: “It is not enough that you are moved by the will, for you are drawn also by desire.”

What does this mean, to be drawn by desire? Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. The heart has its own desires; it takes delight, for example, in the bread from heaven. The poet could say: “Everyone is drawn by his own desire,” not by necessity but by desire, not by compulsion but by pleasure. We can say then with greater force that one who finds pleasure in truth, in happiness, in justice, in everlasting life, is drawn to Christ, for Christ is all these things.

Are our bodily senses to have their desires, but not the will? If the will does not have its desires, how can Scripture say: The children of men will find their hope under the shadow of your wings, they will drink their fill from the plenty of your house, and you will give them drink from the running stream of your delights, for with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we shall see light.

Show me one who loves; he knows what I mean. Show me one who is full of longing, one who is hungry, one who is a pilgrim and suffering from thirst in the desert of this world, eager for the fountain in the homeland of eternity; show me someone like that, and he knows what I mean. But if I speak to someone without feeling, he does not understand what I am saying.

You have only to show a leafy branch to a sheep, and it is drawn to it. If you show nuts to a boy, he is drawn to them. He runs to them because he is drawn, drawn by love, drawn without any physical compulsion, drawn by a chain attached to his heart. “Everyone is drawn by his own desire.” This is a true saying, and earthly delights and pleasures, set before those who love them, succeed in drawing them. If this is so, are we to say that Christ, revealed and set before us by the Father, does not draw us? What does the soul desire more than truth? Why then does the soul have hungry jaws, a spiritual palate as it were, sensitive enough to judge the truth, if not in order to eat and drink wisdom, justice, truth, eternal life?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, that is, here on earth.They shall be satisfied, that is, in heaven. Christ says: I give each what he loves, I give each the object of his hope; he will see what he believed in, though without seeing it. What he now hungers for, he will eat; what he now thirsts for, he will drink to the full. When? At the resurrection of the dead, for I will raise him up on the last day.

Here is wonderful news I received from Brother Jayanath, the four steps retreat will be back in Singapore! I strongly urge you to come for this, it is a life changing, faith building, healing retreat.  Come be filled with  the Holy Spirit and be led closer to God our Father… 

Praise the Lord!

God has opened the doors for the Four Steps Retreat and the Quiet Time with God Retreat to return to Singapore yet again.  The two retreats will be held in November as part of the Parish Revival Program of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Even though it’s main focus is parish revival, the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Augustine Joseph has extended the invitation to all who are interested.  We would be grateful if you could help pass the word around, to at least five people you know.  If you have to, bring them along for the retreat with you and I am sure God will bless you abundantly for it.  You can also send us the names of the people you are planning to invite so that we can start praying for them.

Details of the retreat are as follows;

Four Steps Retreat

Dates: 5th and 6th November (Saturday and Sunday)

Time: 2:00pm – 9:30pm (Dinner provided).

Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall


Quiet Time with God Retreat

Date: 7th November (Monday – Public Holiday)

Time 10:00am – 5:30pm (Lunch provided)

Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall


We have very little time and so much to do, but if God opened the doors for these retreats to take place we are certain HE has the resources are in place as well.  If you are inspired to help us in any way you can, please drop me an e-mail and let me know how you could help.  Just to let you know the areas in which we need help in;

  1. Intercessory Prayer;  We have organised an intercessory prayer campaign, who is coordinated by Sis Phyllis Cheong, she will send you a separate e-mail with the details.
  2. Distribution of retreat flyers;
  • o At Our Lady of Lourdes after every mass on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th October.  If you are available to join us distribute them, please e-mail me the dates and times you would be available.
  • o Elsewhere; if you are able to distribute flyers to your parishes, family, friends, colleagues, please drop me an e-mail and I will arrange for you to collect the flyers from Our Lady of Lourdes
  1. Other; ushering, serving food during the breaks, arranging the chairs before the program…

God bless


Jayanath Perera

Community of the Risen Lord, Singapore

Fellowship Of The Unashamed (Adaptation)

Posted: October 10, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

I really like this adaptation written by Patrick Madrid, it really makes for a great Catholic Mission Statement!

I AM A PART of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands. I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith. I lean on Christ’s presence. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.

My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I am a Catholic. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid

    Well I wish I had checked out earlier so that the Mrs and I would not have had to rack our brains on which movie to bring our kids to.  We narrowed it to down to two, that is between ‘Real Steel’ and ‘Dolphin’s Tale’.  Thankfully we chose the latter, because the review for ‘Real Steel’ on was ‘Problematic’ ! Whew!

Parents and well…. good catholics will do well to check out the reviews before deciding on movies, here is a little more about the website.

The Decent Films Guide is the online home of the film writing of Steven D. Greydanus, who is film critic for the National Catholic Register. A member of Online Film Critics Society and the Faith & Film Critics Circle, he also writes for Christianity Today Movies & TV and Catholic World Report magazine.

Steven co-hosts the cable TV show “Reel Faith” (NET TV) with former USCCB critic David DiCerto. Steven also appears weekly on “Morning Air” with Sean Herriott and the “Son Rise Morning Show” with Brian Patrick. He is a regular guest on Kresta in the Afternoon and “Catholic Answers Live”, and has contributed periodically to “Life on the Rock” on EWTN television.

Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. His work has been published in Our Sunday Visitor, This Rock magazine and elsewhere. He has also written for the Office of Film and Broadcasting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Catholic Exchange.

Steven has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife Suzanne and their six children.

 Here is a sample review….

I realise that a book or two could be written about solely about Holy  Communion that is, both the Holy Eucharist and the Body of Christ.  The Love story of God and man from the beginning of time and throughout salvation history.  I have pondered all these in my heart and mind you these should be pondered upon regularly not just once in a long while, but perhaps at least every Sunday.    I am constantly filled with awe and intrigue as day by day a little more is revealed through Love, Faith, Charity and Grace.

A little while back as I finally entered into a personal relationship with our one triune God, I began to finally understand a little of what it meant to be in communion with my sisters and brothers in Christ.  No longer was I a stranger in my own faith community either by personal choice or otherwise but I began to understand a little bit better what it means to love your neighb0ur.  No longer would my hand hair stand on ends when an acquaintance in church would address me as ‘brother.’  No longer were my hands sooo heavy nor the uncomfortable feeling overwhelming that I could not raise it in praise and worship for our awesome God.  I could finally hug my sisters and brothers in Christ with genuine love and affection.  I began to slowly see that by receiving the true body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist it connected me to His Body the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Still yet a deeper mystery to be unravelled in time….

Only today! my second time being privileged to be called to give Holy Communion to the sick, did God’s grace allow me to not only see the connection but truly experience the connection of not just giving but being in communion with.  It is truly a ‘Love Connection!’ In Love, With Love, and In Love; Through Him, With Him and In Him.

Praise be to God!

Some notes for further reflection …..

  • our human body is the temple of God and so we can only receive Him when our body, mind and soul are ‘washed clean’. i.e. to put on our wedding garment.
  • We experience God and partake in His diving nature when we are fruitful, to be fruitful is to live a righteous faithful life.  With virtue and knowledge,  knowledge with self control, self control with steadfastness, steadfastness with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, brotherly affection with love. Never forget we ourselves were cleansed of our past sins and are still in need of cleanliness.
  • Through God’s Love

We Should Meditate On The Mysteries Of Salvation

Posted: October 7, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot

The child to be born of you will be called holy, the Son of God, the fountain of wisdom, the Word of the Father on high. Through you, blessed Virgin, this Word will become flesh, so that even though, as he says: I am in the Father and the Father is in me, it is still true for him to say: “I came forth from God and am here.”

In the beginning was the Word. The spring was gushing forth, yet still within himself. Indeed, the Word was with God, truly dwelling in inaccessible light. And the Lord said from the beginning: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. Yet your thought was locked within you, and whatever you thought, we did not know; for who knew the mind of the Lord, or who was his counselor?

And so the idea of peace came down to do the work of peace: The Word was made flesh and even now dwells among us. It is by faith that he dwells in our hearts, in our memory, our intellect and penetrates even into our imagination. What concept could man have of God if he did not first fashion an image of him in his heart? By nature incomprehensible and inaccessible, he was invisible and unthinkable, but now he wished to be understood, to be seen and thought of.

But how, you ask, was this done? He lay in a manger and rested on a virgin’s breast, preached on a mountain, and spent the night in prayer. He hung on a cross, grew pale in death, and roamed free among the dead and ruled over those in hell. He rose again on the third day, and showed the apostles the wounds of the nails, the signs of victory; and finally in their presence he ascended to the sanctuary of heaven.

How can we not contemplate this story in truth, piety and holiness? Whatever of all this I consider, it is God I am considering; in all this he is my God. I have said it is wise to meditate on these truths, and I have thought it right to recall the abundant sweetness, given by the fruits of this priestly root; and Mary, drawing abundantly from heaven, has caused this sweetness to overflow for us.

October 9th, 2011 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted: October 6, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Dressing for the Feast

Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14


Our Lord’s parable in today’s Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history.

God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The Israelites are those first invited to the feast by God’s servants, the prophets (see Isaiah 7:25). For refusing repeated invitations and even killing His prophets, Israel has been punished, its city conquered by foreign armies.

Now, Jesus makes clear, God has sending new servants, His apostles, to call not only Israelites, but all people – good and bad alike – to the feast of His kingdom. This an image of the Church, which Jesus elsewhere compares to a field sown with both wheat and weeds, and a fishing net that catches good fish and bad (see Matthew 13:24-43, 47-50).

We have all been called to this great feast of love in the Church, where, as Isaiah foretold, the veil that once separated the nations from the covenants of Israel has been destroyed, where the dividing wall of enmity has been torn down by the blood of Christ (see Ephesians 2:11-14).

As we sing in today’s Psalm, the Lord has led us to this feast, refreshing our souls in the waters of baptism, spreading the table before us in the Eucharist. As Paul tells us in today’s Epistle, in the glorious riches of Christ, we will find supplied whatever we need.

And in the rich food of His body, and the choice wine of His blood, we have a foretaste of the eternal banquet in the heavenly Jerusalem, when God will destroy death forever (see Hebrews 12:22-24).

But are we dressed for the feast, clothed in the garment of righteousness (see Revelation 19:8)? Not all who have been called will be chosen for eternal life, Jesus warns. Let us be sure that we’re living in a manner worthy of the invitation we’ve received (see Ephesians 4:1).


Posted: October 6, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

St Charles Borrowmeo : “The candle that gives light to others must itself be consumed. Thus we also have to act. We ourselves are consumed to give a good example to others.”

While In Adoration….

Posted: October 5, 2011 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

05 Oct 2011

Feed my sheep, feed my lambs and lead them not astray.

Then later during a praise and worship session……

Like the perennial cedars of Lebanon, my love for you is unwavering. So must your faith be.


Praying “Our Father”

Posted: October 5, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

We must therefore let Jesus teach us what father really means.  In Jesus’ discourse, the Father appears as the source of all good, as the measure of the rectitude (perfection) of man…. The love that endures “to the end” (JN 13:1), which the Lord fulfilled on the cross in praying for his enemies, shows us the essence of the Father.  He is this love.  Because Jesus brings it to completion, he is entirely “Son”, and he invites us to become “sons” according to this criterion…

The Lord reminds us that fathers do not give their children stones when they ask for bread.  He then goes on to say: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (LK 11:13).  This means that the gift of God is God himself.  The “good things” that he gives us are himself.  This reveals in a surprising way what prayer is really all about: it is not about this or that, but about God’s desire to offer us the gift of himself – that is the gift of all gifts, the “one thing necessary”.  Prayer is a way of gradually purifying and correcting our wishes and of slowly coming to realise what we really need: God and his Spirit.


Pope Benedict XVI

Martha And The Concerns Of The World

Posted: October 4, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

     All those men and women who are not living in penance, who do not receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who practise vice and sin and walk after the evil concupiscence and the evil desires of their flesh, who do not observe what they have promised to the Lord, and who in their body serve the world through the desires of the flesh, the concerns of the world and the cares of this life: They are held captive by the devil, whose children they are, and whose works they do.  They are blind because they do not see the true light, our Lord Jesus Christ.  They do not possess spiritual wisdom because they do not have the Son of God, the true wisdom of the Father.  It is said of them: “Their wisdom has been swallowed up and cursed are those who turn away from your commands.”  They see and acknowledge, know and do evil, and knowingly lose their souls.  See, you blind ones, deceived by your enemies: the flesh, the world, and the devil, because it is sweet for the body to sin and it is bitter to serve God, for every vice and sin flow and “proceed from the human heart” as the Lord says in the Gospel.  And you have nothing in this world or in that to come.  And you think that you will possess this world’s vanities for a long time, but you are deceived because a day and an hour will come of which you give no thought, which you do not know, and of which you are unaware when the body becomes weak, death approches, and it dies a bitter death.  And no matter where, when, or how a person dies in the guilt of sin without penance and satisfaction, if he can perform an act of satisfaction and does not do so, the devil snatches his soul from its body with such anguish and distress that no one can know [what it is like] except the one receiving it.  And every talent, ability, knowledge, and wisdom they think they have will be taken away from them….

     In the love which is God we beg all of those whom these words reach to receive those fragrant words of our Lord Jesus Christ written above with divine love and kindness.  And let whoever does not know how to read have them read to them frequently.  Because they are spirit and life, they should preserve them together with a holy activity to the end.


Saint Francis Of Assisi


Give Glory To God…..

Posted: October 3, 2011 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

     For our second bible sharing session recently, the details of the gathering was published in the Church Bulletin so that anyone staying in the vicinity would be welcomed to join in.  Otherwise it would be just the four families and a partcipating community facilitator.  Early that morning I got a message that one of the families could not make it, then later in the afternoon I received another message this time from the community facilitator that she too could not make the session.  So when my kids later asked me if I thought the numbers would increase due to the publication in the Church Bulletin, I told them on the contrary it may be lower.  How then? came the next question, well I said…. it did not matter how many showed up eventually.  We would still continue even if it was only our own family because as the Lord Jesus Christ said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be in their midst.”  God will send his flock if He so willed…..

    Evening came, a total of three families were gathered and just as we were about to start, a new member and her daughter showed up.  We welcomed them and started with our programme.  I decided a little later to share with the group how God had changed my life and give testimony to His Great Glory! How the Holy spirit guided me and increased my faith and how I witnessed His hand in so many areas of our family life and the extraordinary things that took place which I call ‘mini miracles’.  Thereafter two members of each of the other families shared their testimony for the day….

One shared that as evening approached, he was still struggling to complete an assignment which left him stumped and so was not sure if he could make it for our session in the evening.  He paused and said a short prayer afterwhich he found the answers he was looking for.

The second, a lady had a similar situation in that she was given a last minute project to complete and she too was uncertain if she could complete in time.  She prayed that if God really wanted her to attend our session He would come to her aid.  Praise the Lord! she completed everything…

In hindsight, we see how by surrendering ourselves to God’s divine providence, we were able to share His Word for us and bask in His love.

I encourage you, sisters and brothers in Christ to always give Glory to God by sharing your witness, your testimonies.


“Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”  Mark 5:19

While In Adoration…..

Posted: October 2, 2011 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

During the healing Mass held on 1st Oct 2011


“Many come to me burdened, know that my yoke is easy for my love will lift you up.”


Revealed To The Childlike

Posted: October 1, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book


 Do not believe that I am swimming in consolations; oh,no! my consolation is to have none on earth.  Without showing himself, without making his voice heard, Jesus teaches me in secret.  It is not by means of books, for I do not understand what I am reading, but at times a word like this one that I drew out at the end of prayer (after having remained in silence and aridity) comes to console me: ” Here is the Master I am giving you; he will teach you all you must do.  I want to have you read in the book of life wherein is contained the science of love.”  The science of love, oh! yes, this word resounds sweetly in the ear of my soul.  I desire only this science. Having given all my riches for it, I look upon this as having given nothing, just as the spouse in the sacred canticles…. I understand so well that it is only love that can make us pleasing to God that this love is the only good that I ambition.  Jesus is pleased to show me the only road which leads to this divine furnace, and this road is the abandonment of the little child who sleeps without fear in his Father’s arms… “Whoever is a little one, let him come to me,” said the Holy Spirit through the mouth of Solomon, and this same Spirit of Love has said again: “Mercy is granted to little ones.” In his name, the prophet Isaiah reveals to us that on the last day: “The Lord will lead his flock into pastures, he will gather together the little lambs and will press them to his bosom, and as though all these promises were not enough, the same Prophet, whose inspired glance was already plunged into the eternal depths, cried out in the Lord’s name: “As a mother caresses her child, so will I comfort you; I will carry you on my bosom, and I shall rock you on my knees.”… After language like this, there is nothing to do but be silent and weep in gratitude and love… Ah! if all weak and imperfect souls felt what the littlest of all souls feels, the soul of your little Therese, not one would despair of reaching the summit of the mountain of love, since Jesus does not ask for great actions but only abandonment and gratitude.


Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

+1897 Doctor of the Church