Everyone is invited to celebrate with the Carmelite communities around the Bay as they welcome the iconic relic of the Staff of St. Teresa of Avila. More details on the PDF attached.
It is important for the Christian imagination to think at times about what the world would be like without Jesus. The Season of Advent invites us to keep in our hearts that time before the Coming of the Lord in His profound love in the Incarnation. We are called in today’s liturgy to feel deeply the desire for Jesus to come to us.
In the epistle, St. Paul urges us to cast off the deeds of darkness and to put on the armor of light. He is teaching us that, up until now, we have very much been living as if Jesus had not yet come to our souls. In our sins, we have lived in the darkness that is separate from the Light of Christ. When Jesus comes to our souls by grace – and it is this coming of the Lord for which we long daily – He shines His saving Light into every part of our soul and He fills us with the joy of possessing Him in divine love.
Taken from the Catholic Herald-William Oddie
The joy of the gospel, says Pope Benedict, lies in the authentic truth about God
Last week, I wrote about the questions Cardinal Francis George, supposedly “America’s Ratzinger” would like to ask the Holy Father, beginning with whether he fully grasps that, in some quarters, he’s created the impression that Catholic doctrine is up for grabs. I ended with a question of my own: if “America’s Ratzinger” doesn’t really have an understanding of “what are we doing here?”, what is going through the mind of Pope Benedict himself?
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Click on the photo above for the picture gallery of the 6th annual celebration of St. Cecilia and Fr. Magin Catala(known as the “Holy Man of Santa Clara”) at Mission Santa Clara that was celebrated with a Sung High Mass in the Extraordinary Form last November 21, 2014. It was celebrated by Rev. Canon Rafael Ueda, Rector of the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Five Wounds Church (San Jose, CA). The crucifix where mass was celebrated was the same crucifix that witnessed the many hours spent by Fr. Catala deep in prayer, and according to a short biography, two witnesses under oath saw the holy priest raised from the floor while praying and while being elevated, our Lord embraced him.
On this final Sunday of the liturgical year, the Church turns her mind and heart to the contemplation of the end of the world. Here she accepts the teaching of Jesus that the world as we know it is passing away, that here we have no lasting city, but seek a home that is yet to come. She confesses her faith in the Last One, Who is the Lord of the Last Things, Who will come again to our earth.
At His Second Coming, our Gospel today teaches us, the Lord will come openly and in glory, with the sign of His Cross in the sky for all to behold. He will come again not in the weakness and poverty of His Sacred Nativity in the manger of Bethlehem, but in the regal victory of His Resurrection and Ascension. He will come not to save us – He has done that already – but to judge us, consummating His beautiful work of salvation. In His First Coming, He came to sow; at the end of time, He comes to gather.
Photos from the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart at Five Wounds Centennial Sung High Mass in the Extraordinary Form last November 15, 2014, can now be viewed by clicking on the picture. It was also the very first time that the Pastor, Rev. António A. Silveira, celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass. Kudos to Fr. Silveria for pulling it off!
The San Jose Fire Department captured a poignant scene on Monday. Fire crews helping the community salvage what was left of the Holy Cross Catholic church, were able to recover a 10-foot-tall, Italian-made gilded wooden crucifix that somehow survived the 4-alarm fire Sunday afternoon. According to the SJFD twitter page, “Some call it a miracle.”
A Marian Pilgrimage
with Rev. Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, I.C.R.S.S. to
Lourdes & Fatima
and Segovia & Avila, Spain on the Quincentenary of St. Teresa’s birth
April 29-May 9, 2015
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Come join us on a very special pilgrimage to France, Spain & Portugal in the quincentenary of the birth of St. Teresa.
We will begin in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France, where from April 30-May 2, we will join the priestly order of The Institute of Christ the King’s annual Lourdes pilgrimage with His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Attend a Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Cardinal Burke, and join in a Rosary and Candlelight Procession concluding with an Episcopal Blessing by His Eminence. Also visit the Grotto of Massabielle and experience the healing waters of Lourdes.
After three nights in Lourdes we will travel over the Spanish highlands for a night in Burgos (burial place of El Cid) and two nights in ancient Castile, visiting Segovia & Avila; land of the great Carmelite mystics – Sts. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa’s birth.
From Castile, we will travel southwest to Central Portugal for the last three nights of the pilgrimage, visiting the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, a marvelous haven of peace, and the old world maritime city of Lisbon; birthplace of St. Anthony, the beloved finder of lost articles!
Today is the feast day of a very important saint, who is not nearly as well-known as she should be. St. Gertrude the Great, a German Benedictine mystic of the 13th century, has drawn the admiration and love of many saints throughout the ages. She was especially beloved by St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis DeSales, and the great re-founder of French Benedictine monasticism, Venerable Prosper Gueranger, wrote extensively and effusively in praise of her.
Gertrude entered monastic life in her native land at the age of five as a student and persevered in her consecration through years of suffering and depression. She was very intelligent and excelled in her studies. At the age of 26, she had a profound conversion experience in which Jesus revealed His Heart to her. After this, she abandoned all pursuit of created goods and sought with her whole heart to please God alone. She abandoned her study of the profane sciences to focus exclusively on theology, and “from being a grammarian became a theologian,” as her biographer put it.