The meaning of being Catholic

The life of Saint Edmund Campion gives us some profound food for thought on what it means to be Catholic.

http://www.audiosancto.org/i/1078

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The Primacy of the Bishop of Rome in relation to Byzantine Chalcedonian Eastern Christianity

Here is a fascinating and thought-provoking article on the Primacy of the Bishop/Pope of Rome in Christian history in relation to the Chalcedonian/Byzantine form of Eastern Christianity that is commonly called the Eastern Orthodox Church which should be more properly called the Chalcedonian Eastern Church because like the Roman Catholic Church they accept the Christological definition of the Council of Chalcedon.

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=1355

 

More on Mary the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ

Here are two great links to articles that shed light on the the ancient church’s understanding of Mary the mother of Christ Jesus our God based on Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

http://onbehalfofall.org/mary-the-queen-of-heaven/

http://www.theorthodoxfaith.com/mary-as-the-queen-of-heaven/

Let us celebrate the Feast of the Dormition/Assumption Of The Theotokos with exceeding joy!

Let us celebrate the Feast of the Dormition/Assumption of the Virgin Mary the Holy Theotokos/Mater Dei/Mother of our God Jesus Christ! Most pure and Holy Theotokos pray for us your children and disciples of your Son Jesus Christ our God. Lord may your name be glorified through this great miracle that you have accomplished. Have mercy on us and save us Lord from the shackles of sin and conform us into thy divine image amen.

 

Contrition

A powerful and poignant meditation on contrition.

SaintlySages

Padre Quadrupani discusses contrition: what it is and what it is not. He writes: “Contrition is essentially an act of the will by which we detest our past sins and resolve not to commit them in future. Hence sighs, tears, sensible sorrow are not necessary elements of true contrition. . . . Therefore never allow yourself to be disturbed by the want of sensible sorrow. . . . It is essential to be sorry for our sins—it is not essential to be troubled about them. Repentance is an effect of love of God, anxiety is an effect of self-love.”

“In the midst of the keenest and most sincere repentance we can still thank God that He has not permitted us to become yet more culpable. Let us promise Him a solid amendment, relying for success solely upon the assistance of divine grace; and should we fall again a hundred times…

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Some Catholic Hymns praising Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ

Here are two beautiful hymns praising Mary the Mother of Christ Jesus. Pray for us O most humble Virgin Theotokos that we may love your Son Jesus Christ our God always, Amen.