We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics!

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop ofSanta Fe

 News flashes

Fr. Raymond de Souza

–         Congratulations to Fr. Raymond de Souza, who is the editor-in-chief of a new magazine in Canada, Convivium, with the subtitle “Faith in our common life”.

–         Our State Department reports that there is no Christian church open to the public in Afghanistan, and no Christian schools.

–         Representatives of most of the world’s bishops’ conferences and 30 religious orders met inRomeon Feb. 6-9 to launch a global initiative to improve efforts to stop clerical sexual abuse and better protect children and vulnerable adults.

 Today’s Martyrs

(Lest we forget)

 Let us purify ourselves through the martyrs, or rather, through him through whom they too were purified in blood and truth.

                           St. Gregory Nazianzen (died 390)


This is a message from Michael Voris, senior executive producer at Real Catholic TV, com.

In Nigeria, twenty six Catholics were newly added to the roll of martyrs in the Church. They were killed on Christmas Day by a Muslim car bomb as they were walking out of Mass. Please watch this episode of The Vortex and pass it on to as many people as you know. http://www.realcatholictv.com/documents/nigeria.php


My Favorite Priest, Layperson, Breathing Saint or Organization

Born Rosalind Moss in a Jewish family, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God has become a Benedictine nun and foundress of her own order inTulsaOklahoma, Daughter of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope.  Speaking of her feelings on the day of her entrance into religious life, she said, “If there were a more glorious day in my life, I can’t think of when it was. I have always felt that I was made for another world and that I was a pilgrim in this one. Giving my life to God through Christ from my Jewish background changed my life forever. Coming further into the fullness of Christianity, 18 year later in the Catholic Church deepened my relationship with God more than I knew was possible.”

(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference


 Interesting Sayings

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing for joy.

Psalm 100


If we make self-forgetfulness the basis of the life of charity, the result is joy. Self-forgetfulness likewise liberates the supernatural and apostolic spirit, enabling it to make rapid progress. For once, egotism is vanquished, unity of intention and spirit reign.

Father Leonce de Grandmason, S. J.,

a French Jesuit priest and theologian who died 1927


We are very special to God, and there’s no doubt about it. I mean, God sent his only Son to us. Being special a piece of material in the universe is one thing; being special in knowing religious history and living a faith-filled life is another. But it’s still a challenge.

Father George Coyne, S.J.


If a man sincerely turns all care over to God, then does God better manage his affairs than could all creatures together. 

Father John Tauler ,O. P., a German Dominican priest who died in 1361


The tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions.

James 3:5

(Spiritual guide, Joyce Rupp has commented on this saying: “When speaking about another, first ask yourself three questions: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”)



There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise ship.

First, Italian cuisine is unsurepassed, Second, their service is superb.

And then, in time of emergency, there is none of this nonsense about

‘women and children first’.

                                      Winston Churchill



          (re: If Christ Returned…)

 –   As one who had hope of the Parousia, you have given me a good mind- shaking. Now, I don’t know what to think.

Regis Edwards,Tulsa OK


–  What you have written is sacrilegious, and you should be ashamed of yourself in trying to make Christ so commonplace!

                             Elmer Rippley, New York, NY

Chuckle Time 

The Pope’s Secretary: Regarding your awaiting phone call, I have good and   bad news.

Pope:         Let me first have the good news.

Secretary:  Christ has come back and He is on the phone, wanting to talk to you.

Pope:         That indeed is good news. Now, what is the bad news?

Secretary:  He is calling from Salt Lake City.


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