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The Holy Father´s Week: October 19, 2009
A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities.

Abiding in the Vine
Who is Jesus referring to when He speaks of branches in Him that are 'picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned?' If they are 'in Him,' how can this be?

Spiritual Readiness
Challenge: Review your life choices to make sure that you are persevering in all that you have promised Christ.

To Serve Is to Reign
Challenge: Perform a hidden act of charity for someone whom you find bothersome.

October 20 -- Saint Bertilla Boscardin
Martyr

Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint John de Brebeuf and Companions
October 19

Saint Luke, Evangelist (II)
October 18

Holy Gospel: October 20
" Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival." (Luke 12: 35-38)

Holy Gospel: October 19
“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12: 13-21)

Holy Gospel: October 18
"Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant." (Mark 10: 35-45)

Fidelity to the Holy Spirit’s Inspirations
Challenge: Let the Holy Spirit speak through your actions today.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch
October 17

Holy Gospel: October 17
“I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God." (Luke 12: 8-12)

Priests on Call IV: Words of Wisdom
Based on true stories about priests

Holy Gospel: October 16
"There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed." (Luke 12: 1-7)

Into the Lion’s Mouth
Challenge: When faced with any worry today pray, “Jesus, I trust in you.”

Saint Hedwig
October 16

Sarah Silverman's Modest Proposal for the Pope...
...And what I propose for Sarah.

Holy Gospel: October 15
Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. (Luke 11: 47-54)

History Does Not Have to Repeat Itself
Challenge: Offer God today the sacrifice necessary to change something in your behavior that might be an obstacle for someone else coming to know Christ better.

The Grumpy Catholics Guild
Challenge: Instead of criticizing someone today, pray for them.

Holy Gospel: October 14
“Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.” (Luke 11: 42-46)

Education for Purity
Caring for one’s own body with wise severity.

Prayer Isn't News
Sad to say, the media are not impressed by simple acts of faith.

What Is Prayer?
Prayer is dialog with God. Forget your usual monolog.

Rite of Blessing with Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, presided over the Rite of Blessing of the offices of The Fr. John A. Hardon S.J., Archive and Guild, located in the former convent of the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis.

“Leonie!”
You’ll find a hero in Leonie and discover the hero within you.

More than a Game
Finding God in sports.

Orthodox Church Threatens the Catholic Minority in Romania
The religious tensions are on the rise in Romania in the context of a political crisis in the country caused by the collapse of the governing coalition two months prior to the presidential election.

How Can I Better Prepare for Prayer and Meditation?
Father John Bartunek shares practical tips.


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