8 Steps to Begin Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

    8 Steps to Begin Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

    20140916_063101Liturgy of the Hours has taken off among young Catholics. Young Adult Catholics are interested in delving deep into traditions. For Young Catholics who are involved, they are probably more theologically literate or spiritually articulate than their parents. They may use the app on occasion.

    A Parish that considers dropping a weekend Mass, may consider filling in the extra time with Common Recitation of Morning Prayer. A group of 4-5 committed lay persons is all you need, and will eventually grow.

    The following steps are advice for lay persons who want to start praying, and may not find a regular place where they can pray in Common with others. 

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    The Mysteries of Jesus the Migrant- By Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA

    crusadermaximus:

    I am proposing these mysteries in solidarity with the millions of our brothers and sisters who live in the shadows of our society. It is my prayer that these mysteries may be meditated upon by all, especially those undergoing great suffering. I pray that they may find solace in the hardships faced…

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    friarfriend:

    On the feast of Our Mother of Consolation, we Augustinians honor Mary who, according to popular tradition, gave St. Monica the cincture of our Order. I received this cincture when I was invested with the habit at the beginning of novitiate, so not quite as exciting, but here it is :)

    Br. Max, OSA

    Follow friarfriend, I have included crusadermaximus as one of the publishers of this blog! He, as you might know, made his First Vows as an Augustinian, and is currently in Chicago studying. Having him involved will certainly make friarfriend a more active tumblr.

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    Reading & Studying Augustine: Why confessions may not always be the best place to start
Yesterday, I wrote about Augustine’s Confessions, today I want to write about the rest of his works. This post is especially written for anybody who has picked up the Confessions, and found it too confusing to continue. This is also for people who are interested in the Church Fathers, or particularly Augustine, but are somewhat at a loss from where to start (or go) after the Confessions. If you look at the bottom you can see which works are easier to read, and which are more challenging.
Augustine was incredibly popular in his day. Today, he is exiled from popular devotion, and left for those fancy inte-mallectuals over there. You don’t find Augustine statuettes or prayer cards in the Cathedral giftshop or your grandma’s purse. Despite his renown in his day, he is relatively untapped.
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    Reading & Studying Augustine: Why confessions may not always be the best place to start

    Yesterday, I wrote about Augustine’s Confessions, today I want to write about the rest of his works. This post is especially written for anybody who has picked up the Confessions, and found it too confusing to continue. This is also for people who are interested in the Church Fathers, or particularly Augustine, but are somewhat at a loss from where to start (or go) after the Confessions. If you look at the bottom you can see which works are easier to read, and which are more challenging.

    Augustine was incredibly popular in his day. Today, he is exiled from popular devotion, and left for those fancy inte-mallectuals over there. You don’t find Augustine statuettes or prayer cards in the Cathedral giftshop or your grandma’s purse. Despite his renown in his day, he is relatively untapped.

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    8 Reasons Why Augustine & The Confessions still Matter

    I believe that plenty of people who call themselves atheists, agnostics, or renounced their Catholic faith not are irreedemably damned.

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    The Southern Cross, San Diego: Youth Camp Helps Teens Find ‘The Way’
    This months edition of the Southern Cross, the San Diego Diocesan Monthly, there’s an article about Camp Emmaus. I participated this Summer, and you can find more about it be clicking on this link.

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    5 Reasons I hate the term “Practicing Catholic”

    The term Practicing Catholic merits little explanation. It is common. What deserves more critical attention is perhaps it’s origin.

    There are Catholics that do not practice their faith, and still staunchly identify as Catholics. There are those who identify, and do not practice, nor believe any of the tenets of the faith, and are still unflinchingly, and irrationally, attached to an identifying label. I’m Catholic but [insert phrase here] I don’t go to Church, I don’t care about what the Church teaches, I don’t care much for the Pope, or my bishop, or the parish priest… the list goes on.

    So, in an effort to make it clear that a self-identified Catholic actually attends Church, receives the Sacraments regularly, believes in Church teaching, tries to live it out in their daily life, and hopefully tries to maintain a close relationship with Jesus Christ, they identify themselves as a Practicing Catholic. Perhaps the amount of Catholics who do not actually live their faith or attend Mass has become so normative and rampant, that one feels it so significant to actually use the term.

    I must admit, I don’t care much for the term.

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    A Journalist’s Confession

    NationalCatholicReporter_ThomasReese:

    Journalist: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been seven months since my last confession. I have been beating up on the U.S. Catholic bishops for their obsession (Pope Francis’ word, not mine) with abortion, gay marriage, and birth control and ignored what they have said about justice and peace.

    Priest: Well, beating up on the bishops is not a sin. That is part of your vocation. But what stories have you ignored?

    Journalist: Well, here are some of the stories I have ignored since January:

    Bishop Pates urges National Security Advisor Rice to provide humanitarian assistance, work with other governments to stop violence in Iraq, July 25

    USCCB committee chairman calls on President Obama, Central American presidents to protect children and families, July 24.

    Bishop Pates to Secretary Kerry: United States must change trade and economic policies, stop drugs and arms flow to end border crisis, July 24

    Bishop Pates urges Secretary Kerry to pursue an Israel-Hamas ceasefire, reiterates call to work for lasting peace, July 21

    Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder urge U.S. Sentencing Commission to fix broken Federal drug sentencing guidelines, July 8

    USCCB chairman urges Obama Administration to reconsider proposed policy to return unaccompanied children to their home countries without proper due process, July 2

    Bishop in House committee testimony: Nation ‘must not turn our back’ on unaccompanied children crossing border, June 25

    On World Refugee Day, USCCB Chairman calls on the United States to help “alleviate the suffering” of refugees, June 20

    Bishop Pates urges Obama Administration to promote inclusive government and provide humanitarian assistance in Iraq, June 19

    Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development approves over $14 Million in grants to combat poverty, injustice, June 19

    U.S. Bishops, Iran religious leaders jointly declare opposition to violations of human life and dignity, including weapons of mass destruction, June 17

    Heading into U.S. bishop’s general assembly, USCCB president urges Congress to reform nation’s immigration system, June 5

    Reacting to surge in unaccompanied children crossing border, USCCB chair calls on administration, Congress to offer protection, address root causes, June 4

    U.S. bishops urge action on carbon pollution to stem climate change, May 29

    USCCB Migration Committee celebrates Mass on Capitol Hill for immigrants; urges House of Representatives to act on immigration reform legislation, May 29

    Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders urge Secretary of State Kerry to continue providing determined U.S. leadership for peace, May 21

    Bishop Pates briefs bishops and public officials on U.S. bishops’ dialogue with religious leaders in Iran, May 12

    Bishop Pates to National Security Advisor: Help Nigerian Government and faith-based institutions counteract religious extremism in wake of kidnappings, May 9

    Bishops, policy specialists, other Catholic leaders convene renewed effort on nuclear disarmament at Stanford University, April 28

    Bishop Pates applauds senators urging declassification of intelligence committee information on torture, April 2

    Echoing Pope Francis, Cardinal O’Malley and brother bishops decry indifference to suffering of migrants under U.S. immigration system, call for action on immigration reform, April 1

    USCCB Committee on Migration calls all Catholics to pray, fast, take action for immigration reform, March 28

    Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder ask Senate to support Smarter Sentencing Act, March 27

    Archbishop Kurtz, Bishop Pates commend President Obama, Secretary Kerry for initiative to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict, March 12

    Bishop Pates urges prayer and action during Lent for peace in the Holy Land, March 10

    USCCB Migration Committee to travel to U.S.-Mexico border to remember fallen migrants, highlight human consequences of broken immigration system, March 6

    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB president, issues statement on Ukraine, March 4

    Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Larry Snyder urge Congressional support for Second Chance Act, March 4

    Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders say support from religious communities essential to Israeli-Palestinian peace, Feb. 28

    Christians leaders oppose mass incarceration, Feb. 25

    Bishop Pates urges ratification of Mine Ban Treaty in letter to National Security Advisor, Feb. 20

    Catholic leaders from across country urge legislators to promote peace, Feb. 4

    USCCB Chair ‘strongly encouraged’ by House Republican immigration reform principles, pledges to work with all to pass humane immigration reform legislation, Jan. 31

    USCCB and national Catholic partners respond to farm bill conference committee bill, Jan. 29

    Bishop Pates renews plea for Secretary Kerry to urge Israel to stop unnecessary confiscation of Palestinian lands in occupied West Bank, Jan. 28

    Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Pates ask Congress to remember values of human life and dignity in trade deals, Jan. 16

    Bishops’ Conferences say hope is essential for peace in the Holy Land, Jan. 16

    USCCB Chairman of Committee on Migration calls for Senate action on Syria, Jan. 14

    Bishop John Manz visits Cuba; calls for ongoing support of reforms, openness, Jan. 10

    Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Pates call for expansion of humanitarian aspects of response to U.S.-Mexican drug trafficking, Jan. 10

    Catholic leaders urge Senate to promote decent work and just wages, Jan. 8

    USCCB bishop to visit the Middle East, support continued peace talks, January 3

    Priest: (Soft snoring heard.)

    Journalist: Father?

    Priest: Oh, yes. By the way, who is this Bishop Pates that you mentioned so many times?

    Journalist: He is the bishop of Des Moines. In November 2011, the U.S. bishops elected him chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace. 

    Priest: Never heard of him. OK. For your penance, publish the list.

    Journalist: Oh $#!+.

    Priest: Go in peace. 

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    10 Tips on Discerning Religious Life

    I have met several Vocation Wrecks, who can never manage to get close to deciding what to do with what God has given.

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    Single is the Default Christian Vocation & Not Marriage (or Consecrated Life)

    Finding THE ONE is the topic of much discussion, the center of rotation of many personal reflections, conversations, art, music & film. The default story anywhere we look is a love story between a man and woman.

    At the core of who we are, we have an existential need to receive and give affection. We also need to give of ourselves, and receive it from significant people. The Less people, the more

    intense the feelings might be. At the basic level of human appetite we crave affection & sex. Being single or being in Consecrated Life does not mean that one is asexual.

    This past weekend, I attended the National Catholic Singles Conference in San Diego, only to hear Confessions, and it got me thinking about developing this idea. I am writing specifically for the purpose so that people can think critically about what they take for granted: Married Life is the Default or Normal Way for Christians to live their life, while Consecrate Life is exceptional, and Single People are only given a negative or neutral value in God’s plan. This is not advice for singles, neither is it a detail about the actual single vocation (or the variety of single vocations of Consecrated Life in the Church). I want to write that Married Life is not the Default Christian Life, neither is Consecrated Life exceptional, that everyone is called either permanently or temporarily to a Single Vocation.

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    Rant about modern story clichés

    You know how in movies, the protagonist is always a free spirit striving against the fearful, controlling, authoritarian parent or villain, while trying to follow your heart, and feel good about themselves. What a cliché.

    What if instead, the parent were immature, reckless, non committal libertine, while their child were striving to do right against feeling good, humbly committing to truth beyond them, becoming indeed selfless in relationship to others. What would be even more real life, were the antagonist to be the logical conclusion of this free spirited charming egotistical protagonist that we see in most movies and stories.

    Of course, you could look to the lives of the saints for original film and story material.

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    I’m getting sense that tumblr turns most Instagram or WordPress posts invisible.

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    #nationalcatholicsinglesconference sitting in for #gorettigroup confessions later #catholic #catholicism #stmariagoretti #chastity

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    #campemmaus2014 #discovertheway What’s your favorite image of Jesus Christ? Maybe the #Christ #Pantocrator at Sinai, an early icon.

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    Aug 4 is my anniversary of Religious Vows and Consecration. Please join me I’m giving thanks to God!

    O God, the Father of every gift, we confess that all we have and are comes down from you; teach us to recognize the effects of your boundless care and to love you with a sincere heart and with all our strength. Through Christ our Lord.

    photos from my first vows Mass at Our Mother of God Counsel Church, LA, CA 2007. Revolution of the Heart is my hip hop album telling the story.

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