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serenewife · 12 hours ago
God, I miss the beauty of the past. I swear, every time I pass by a generic Protestant church, my heart aches. There’s no holiness, no reverence, no history, no... Beauty. And I’m sure I’m not the only person starving for an experience that will take me from the vanity and obscenity of this reality, even if it’s just for a moment in front of my eyes, to remember me that there is for sure a higher place than this insufferable sinful world. People will argue saying that God will accept any type of worship, but I... I, myself, don’t want to give God “any type” of worship. As Jordan Peterson once said “the Church does not demand enough of young people and by not demanding enough it doesn’t indicate its faith in their possibility.”
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faithofthefountain · 14 hours ago
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The Pantheon
Rome, Italy
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40 years ago, on May 13, 1981, an attempt was made on the life of John Paul II.
During the general audience in St. Peter in Rome, at On 17.19, armed striker Mehmet Ali Agca fired shots at the Holy Father. Panic broke out, and the Pope, severely wounded in his stomach and in his hand, was immediately transported to the clinic in Gemelli, where a dramatic struggle for his life began for several hours. The whole world followed the incoming reports with great tension. Everyone asked themselves if John Paul II would survive. Today, the place where the Pope was assassinated is commemorated by a tile in the pavement on the right by the colonnade of St. Peter.
After the attempt on his life, John Paul II stated that the date of the attack coincided with the anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima. The Pope said: "I don't know who put the gun in the shooter's hand, but I know who changed the flight of the bullet." He believed that it was the Lady of Fatima that he owed his life. In 1991, at her feet, he said: "You have always been my mother, and especially on May 13, 1981, when I felt Your caring presence with me."
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Today is the Feast Day of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven!
Jesus, who after being resurrected on Easter Sunday from His death on the cross on Good Friday, spent 40 days with his apostles. When it was time for Him to leave, He Ascended into Heaven, under His own incredible power. 11 apostles were with Him and witnessed this incredible spectacle.
Now He sits at the right hand of the Father, where he is our Advocate and Intercessor for mankind. Instead of being located in a specific place and time, He is now in the spaceless and timeless Heaven, and now He is present with us here at every moment and in every place.
The apostles left Mount Olivet with great joy that day, despite Jesus leaving their midst to go into Heaven. They understood that He didn't actually leave them, but was now present with them in a new and more profound way!
So today, let's ponder this great mystery. Let's ask ourselves how the Ascended Christ is present in our own lives, and how much joy we have because of this.
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cheerfullycatholic · 2 days ago
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So I’ve always loved memes but just never thought I could make my own. I thought wrong. Anyway I couldn’t find hardly any Hamilton Catholic memes so although I know they’re gonna suck, I shall make them. I hope this one wasn’t already done. Enjoy
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daughterofmaryam · 6 days ago
Being a progressive catholic online is very difficult for me.
I have noticed that thanks to my faith journey, but it seems like that catholic spaces on social media are all very predominantly usamericans. This is not a bad things on it self, but as an italian the catholic experience is very different: it seems to me that majority of americans catholic are all trads which is something that is so not so huge here in Europe, or not the biggest component.
Nothing bad in wanting to partecipate in more traditional rituals - I am too very intrigued by the concept of veiling, for example, but too scared to try it out - but lots of the times, trads are very easy on shouting out stuff like "eretic" or "cafeteria catholic" and let's say it's not the most welcoming and not judgemental thing to say. Especially to people interested in learning more or wanting to convert.
I had a very difficult faith journey - a journey I am still on: I was baptized catholic, I considered becoming a lutheran for years, spent three years as an atheist (even if I never called me that, it was what I was) and then I started rediscovering catholicism. So, in addiction to reading the Gospels, talking to my priest and trying to find a spiritual father, I went online with high hope to find more people like me, that could understand my struggles and, since we're catholic, not judge me for that.
Instead I found a community that was easy on offending others, pointing out eachother faults and insulting their faith siblings for simply having questions or disagreements. Let's say that it made me want to leave catholicism behind a second time and never look back.
What helped me was my curiosity, my desire to understand and deeper my spirituality and the love for Christ and his message.
I am now comfortable in my spiritual skin. I am a moderate progressive catholic. I aspire to learn and study theology. I love everything about the early church. After Holy Communion, my favourite sacrament is confession. I adore Saint Francis of Assisi. Martyrs intrigue me. I would love to veil. I am what in the USA would be considered both a prolife and prochoice. I dress modestly. I have always my crucifix with me.
I am not a "classic definition" of catholic and I hope that people like me will have a better internet experience in the future.
So please, let's all not judge eachother. Faith is not a trad vs progressive debate. Faith is staying united in Christ and uplifting eachother.
Love is the most important thing. God bless you all 💕
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crawlingtowardchrist · 7 days ago
Spiritual Warfare is a reality we all have to deal with. St Paul gave us some pretty helpful advice in how to fight this war in his letter to the Ephesians. We need to don our armor, to protect ourselves, and take up our weapons, to beat back the enemy. Check out my latest article to learn more about the armor he described, the Armor of God!
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essence-of-femininity · 8 days ago
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Jesus was born to:
1. to be able to die for us,
2. be able to suffer for us,
3. to be able to work for us,
4. to live for us,
5. be able to give yourself to us in your body and soul,
6. console Him,
7. to imitate Him,
8. to know Him,
9. to touch Him,
10. see Him.
(Over time. Anthology of Spiritual Scriptures, [fragment], Blessed Charles de Foucauld)
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places-of-worship · 10 days ago
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Collégiale Saint-Barnard # 3 Place Maurice Faure, 26100 Romans-sur-Isère, France
First church dates back to 837, current structure gradually evolved between the 11th and 14th centuries. 
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daughterofmaryam · 13 days ago
My friends' father suffered a bad injury yesterday and he is now in the hospital. I am gently asking anyone who feels like it to say a prayer for him, may he be safe and in good health soon again
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crawlingtowardchrist · 13 days ago
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We all seek to heal our wounds, and it's natural to want to find a quick solution.
It's way quicker and easier to bring someone else down than it is to bring ourselves up. Since so many people compare themselves to others, and decided their worth based on their comparisons, it makes sense that they would think that they will improve when others are taken down. The problem with this of course is that our worth is not found in comparisons, but our worth is based on God's view of us.
So wounds that we carry, cannot be healed through our own artificial means, but can be healed by better understanding how we are viewed by the Divine Creator. God so loved us, He sent His Son to die for us. Christ so loved us, He suffered great pains for all of us, and each of us individually. The Holy Spirit loves us, and wants to guide us and call us to what we are made for.
So how can we be healed? Through knowing God more. It's one thing to acknowledge the love shown in scripture or through the saints, but this only paints a picture of this reality. To fully realize how much we are loved, we need that special and loving relationship with Jesus Christ. He will heal us as we know Him more, because as we know Him more we'll realize these wounds do not take away from His love for us. Wounds will not stop us from being loved, and the deeper our relationship goes the more we realize this, and the more we realize this the more we can heal. It is so healing to know that our wounds do not prevent us from being loved, and that is truly a beautiful thing.
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essence-of-femininity · 15 days ago
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St. Catherine of Siena was born in 1347 in Italy. She became a third order Dominican, learned to read and write, and was known for her service to the poor and her involvement in politics. She worked for the unity of the Church and was loyal to the pope. She died April 29, 1380 at the age of thirty-three and was later proclaimed a Doctor of the Church. Her best known spiritual writing is The Dialogue. Her quotes, though over six hundred years old, are still relevant today and can be a launching pad for our personal prayer.
Catherine of Siena Quotes:
Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’ look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ crucified you can do everything.
Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.
He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross, and you will find yourself entirely.
Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.
What is it you want to change? Your hair, your face, your body? Why? For God is in love with all those things and he might weep when they are gone.
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crawlingtowardchrist · 16 days ago
Today is the feast day of St Catherine of Siena. St Catherine was mystic, doctor of the Church, Lay Dominican, and stigmatic. This saint was so incredibly holy, and mystically married to Our Lord Christ. She was incredibly, to say the least. Learn more about this saint, and check out my latest blog post on my website!
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