Come Pray the Rosary!

We are not sure why www.comepraytherosary.org is not longer active as we only provided a link to this wonderful resource. We are leaving our link to it active in the hopes that it become available again. As an alternative consider the Divine Mercy Rosary version which includes all four mysteries of the Holy Rosary plus[…]

THE CONVERSION OF THE BAPTIZED

Have you heard about the second conversion? Many Catholics (and Christians from all streams for that matter) have not experienced what the Church calls the second conversion or the “conversion of the baptized.” This experience is explained below and is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is ultimately a dynamic “Divine Mercy” encounter with the Lord. It stems from a contrite heart and grace colliding in a symphony of mercy poured out on the sinner. It is the beginning of life as never experienced before if one “grows up” in their salvation. Maturing in Christ is fundamental to this new walk and greatly aids in one becoming a positive witness of the Gospel.
“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!”
– Benjamin Franklin 
THE CONVERSION OF THE BAPTIZED 

Jesus calls to conversion. This call is an essential part of the prodigal paintingproclamation of the kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”16 In the Church’s preaching this call is addressed first to those who do not yet know Christ and his Gospel. Also, Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism17 that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life.

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary-May 31st 2014

visitationVisitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The event

Assuming that the Annunciation and the Incarnation took place about the vernal equinox, Mary left Nazareth at the end of March and went over the mountains to Hebron, south ofJerusalem, to wait upon her cousin Elizabeth, because her presence and much more the presence of the Divine Child in her womb, according to the will of God, was to be the source of very great graces to the Blessed JohnChrist’s Forerunner. […]

THE EUCHARIST — SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF ECCLESIAL LIFE

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”136 “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”137

The Annunciation Celebrated March 25th 2014

The AnnunciationThe Annunciation by Carl Heinrich Bloch

The fact of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is related in Luke 1:26-38. The Evangelist tells us that in the sixth month after the conception of St. John the Baptist by Elizabeth, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to the Virgin Mary, at Nazareth, a small town in the mountains of Galilee. Mary was of the house of David, and was espoused (i.e.married) to Joseph, of the same royal family. She had, however, not yet entered the household of her spouse, but was still in her mother’s house, working, perhaps, over her dowry. (Bardenhewer, Maria Verk., 69). And the angel  came into the house and said to her: “Hail, full of grace (to whom is given grace, favoured one), the Lord is with thee.” Mary having heard the greeting words did not speak; she was troubled in spirit, since she knew not the angel, nor the cause of his coming, nor the meaning of the salutation. And the angel continued and said: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.” TheVirgin understood that there was question of the coming Redeemer. But, why should she beelected from amongst women for the splendid dignity of being the mother of the Messiah, having vowed her virginity to God? (St. Augustine). Therefore, not doubting the word ofGodlike Zachary, but filled with fear and astonishment, she said: “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” […]