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  1. Ray says:

    Father J,

    I would like to thank you for visiting my site . As a product of a Jesuit High School- I truly appreciate your calling, and site.

    I am writing to ask a favor-feel free to say no…but, I am hoping you can share the story of the sacrificial lamb, and relate it to what Jeremiah Wright may be doing….I would love to share this w/ the people who visit my site….if you could post it as a comment I will post it as a feature, credited to you on my site.

    Thank You,

    • avanish says:

      We are glad to be found! Stop by often, we try to make sure that there is – minimally – 3 posts of new content daily, saint of the day included.

      We have added you to our blogroll!

    • Sandra Lipari says:

      To Ray looking for info. on Jeremiah Wright’s church. Found this article looking for information on a paper I am writing:… Obama, Black Liberation Theology, and Karl Marx by Kyle-Ane Shiver

    • Susan Koogle says:

      How can we delete a post we made?

    • Ricardo Sanchez de Cortez says:

      Jose was my Grandfathers nephew I have a picture of Jose’s dad with my grandpa.. The Catholic Church has given my family a first class relic I have many stories on how God has blessed me.. The movie is a long time in coming and celebrates all those who would fight for religious freedom

    • gemmea says:

      Abraham, like all the patriarchs, offered the sacrificial lamb. Throughout all history, the only means of salvation has been through sacrificial bloodshed—never through what humans can achieve.

      Abraham was instructed by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on an altar (Genesis 22). It was an enactment of the plan of salvation, God showing the world His method of dealing with sin. As Abraham was about to kill his beloved son, God supplied the sacrificial animal Himself. This predicted in type that God would give His own Son as a sacrifice.
      Source: Flickr.
      Abraham’s willingness to obey God displays a faith that could move mountains. He knew God had promised that salvation would come through His and Isaac’s seed (Genesis 21:12). Abraham knew that even if he should offer Isaac, God would have to raise him from the dead to fulfill His promise (Hebrews 11:17-19). Abraham knew that God would never lie. In Genesis 22:5, Abraham says to his companions, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you” (NKJV).

      Do we have that kind of unshakeable faith in the Word of God? No wonder the Bible says in Galatians 3:8 that the Gospel was preached unto Abraham. No wonder Christ referred to Abraham’s faith when He said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day [by faith he saw the day of Christ’s sacrifice as the Lamb of God], and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56).
      Abraham was saved by faith in the Son of God, but this did not free him of the obligation to keep God’s law:
      Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws (Genesis 26:5).

      It was on Mount Moriah that Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his beloved son. It was on Mount Moriah that Solomon built the temple and where the altar of burnt offerings stood. And it was at the northern edge of Mount Moriah, at the place called Golgotha, where the Son of God laid down His life.

    • gemmea says:

      “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). When John the Baptist saw Jesus approaching, this is what he proclaimed. So what does it mean that Jesus is the Lamb of God?

      Lambs play a major role in the Old Testament sacrificial system as well as in Messianic prophecy. Exodus 29:38-46 describes the twice-daily sacrifice of year-old lambs. God said, “It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there” (Exodus 29:42). The offering of the lamb symbolically atoned for the sins of the people so that they could commune with God. Jesus’ sacrifice does the same for us. The writer of Hebrews says, “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant” (Hebrews 9:11-15a). It is Jesus’ blood that atones for our sins and restores our relationship with God. It is because of His death and bodily resurrection that we can meet with God and hear Him.

      We see a foreshadowing of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb in the story of Abraham and Isaac (see Genesis 22:1-14). Abraham took his son to Moriah, at the instruction of God, with the intention of sacrificing him. When the boy asked where the sacrificial lamb was, Abraham replied, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son” (Genesis 22:8). Abraham was prepared to offer his child to God, but God stopped him from so doing and supplied a ram to be sacrificed instead. On a greater scale, God provided the Lamb for us – His own Son. Only the sacrifice of God is truly sufficient for our atonement.

      Jesus is also referred to as the Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). The Passover is described in Exodus 12. The first Passover occurred during God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. The angel of death passed over Egypt and killed the firstborn sons. However, the Israelites were instructed to kill a lamb without blemish, wipe the lamb’s blood over the doorpost, and stay inside (eating the lamb and unleavened bread in haste). When the angel of death saw the blood on their doors, he passed over, thus sparing the firstborn of the Israelites. Passover was to be memorialized each year as a feast that lasts seven days. In essence, the lamb is the protector of the Israelites and also seen as the atoner for them. It is because of the blood of the lamb that they are spared death. It is because of Jesus’ blood that we are spared (spiritual) death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We are “covered by Jesus’ blood” and therefore are spared death and given life. Interestingly, Jesus’ crucifixion occurred during Passover.

      Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament sacrificial system. He became the once-for-all offering for our sins (Hebrews 10:1-18). Jesus being the Lamb of God also refers to other prophecies regarding the Messiah. For example, Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” Jeremiah 11:19 is a similar passage.

      In short, Jesus as the Lamb of God is a sacrifice for our sins in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrificial system. It is by His sacrifice that our communion with God is restored and by the covering of His blood that we are spared spiritual death.

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  2. happyandhealthyfamily says:

    I am so glad to have found you!!

    Jeanne at

    Bless YOU!

  3. We are glad to be found! Stop by often, we try to make sure that there is – minimally – 3 posts of new content daily, saint of the day included.

    We have added you to our blogroll!

  4. M54 says:

    Fr. J. even as a Catholic I could never figure out the purpose of the rosary. I think all the ones I attended we seemed as if we were just repeating the words to get through as quickly as possible.

    Even if prayed “properly” how do you”square” the rosary with what the Bible says about praying in vein repitition?

    Blessings to you,

  5. Fr. J. says:

    M54, as the Rosary is a prayer experience, how about you pray it as best you can every day for a week, then we can talk about it. Before you begin, ask Mary to help you to pray it, understand it and receive the grace that the Lord most desires you receive from it. How’s that?

  6. Molly McGinn says:

    Fun. I will enjoy following along.

  7. I finally answered your question about Mormons belief in the nature of God, on my post “Do Mormons have more than one god?. I hope I answered your questions satisfactorily. Thanks for the stimulating discussion!


  8. Mary Brown says:

    What is this Barack the Messiah about. Are you really a Christian site? I wonder. I am a practicing Lutheran from a conservative Synod and am supporting Senator Obama. I assure you I have one Messiah, Jesus Christ.

  9. What is this Barack the Messiah about. Are you really a Christian site? I wonder. I am a practicing Lutheran from a conservative Synod and am supporting Senator Obama. I assure you I have one Messiah, Jesus Christ.

    Yes, Mary, we really are a Christian site. What is the article about? Well, did you read it? What of our blog have you actually read?

    We don’t take sides in politics here generally but we do call out some of the cultural things – the tendancy to laud BO as messianic in the media has become too silly not to challenge.

    Just curious, are you from one of the Lutheran sects that supports abortion rights? I know the ELCA actually has a health plan that will pay for it… I had rather hoped that the “conservative synods” were more conservative still.

    Stop by often, we have only one Messiah, Jesus Christ, here too.

  10. Tasneem Qaisar says:

    Greeting from Pakistan, how are you? I am fine and I hope you would be the alright with the blessing of God.
    My name is Tasneem Qaisar. I am Christian belong to Roman Catholic and I am x-seminarian and I am working as a volunteer for one group named, “Gold Star Catholic Youth Group” and I am coordinator of Youth Crime Watch of Pakistan. We are mainly work on Primary Education and Primary Health for vagabond children, and especially we are working with children, awareness, Bible Study and, non violence communication, youths and suicide prevention strategy, and Children problems, Peace building about drugs and also community problems.
    I am also a member of the Holy Rosary Parish in Gujrat. I work with my parish priest voluntarily. Especially I have been teaching catechism to prepare children for First Holy Communication every year. I have been other activities in the parish too, I have deep feelings for my religion and I would like to serve my energies only to teach my religious thought. I feel comfort after doing these because of I know God want to me I do this. I am pleased and offer my self for this service. It’s my desire that I want to spend my life on way of God. “Pray to the owner of the harvest, that he will send more workers to gather in his harvest.” Matthew 9:38.
    Waiting for your reply
    Tasneem Qaisar
    Moh. Mughal Colony
    Badshahi Road
    Gujrat 50700
    Cell No: 092-334-4696124
    Ph: 092-533-607967
    Web site:

  11. Michael says:

    Dear Friends

    Would you welcome an occasional new “author” ?


  12. Michael says:

    Dear asimplesinner,

    Will be in touch in due course.

    God Bless

  13. Michael says:

    Dear Friends,

    Can you enable a reader to select texts from various posts and move them to the WP file in order to comment or quote from them, while writing a draft post which also requires a spell check before being posted? As the things stand now one has to print a copy, scan it to the WP; or go from the WP to the post in considaration, backwards and forwards, all the time, which is time consuming and subject to errors.


  14. Hit “ctrl +A” for select all, then “ctrl +C” for copy, and copy and paste what you were interested in…

    You will have to clean it up a little for the extraneous text included, but it does work!

  15. Michael says:

    Thank you; I knew it when putting the question. But it should be possible to set up a simlper procedure, because just a minute ago I was able to do it with sections of this particular Post. And know it from previous occasions too, with other posts of your Blog. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And when it doesn’t, usually with new comments – it seems, it is discouraging.

    When it does, I use the left click to selelct, and the right one to copy. I have never encountered difficulties with other blogs on the Internet.

  16. Lynn says:

    I am sorry, but I don’t know what a “bob” is. I am sure I would like to send some, they must be very good!


  17. It is a slang for a small amount of money. See the clip in “About us” and learn how we named the blog…

    And it makes more sense!

  18. Nan says:

    I have ten bob, but I think I’m going to give it to Cordelia…and I think Simple owes me five more, anyway.

  19. Michael says:


    You emailed me twice but on both occasions it was blocked, allegedly because it contained a “phishing scam”. Rather that trying to explain me what it is all about – I am unlikely to understand anyway – kindly send me a message which will not be blocked.

    God Bless


  20. Michael,

    I don’t have the first clue what a phishing scam is, (I will have to google it)… that being said, I rather doubt I am involved in one and am not certain what I have done to warrant such filtering.

  21. happy says:

    I am enjoying all of the information on this site so much! My first venture was the questions of communion. I didn’t mean to sound sarcastic, just curious! My last question was posted on the question site of Protestant not being churches. Probably not a good place to ask the following question, but I had not seen this part of your site yet.

    The question is for whovever might want to answer. Where do most of these posts originate?

    Thanks again I do enjoy following along! :)

  22. Michael says:

    HAPPY, could you explain what do you mean by “Where do most of these posts originate?”

  23. happy says:

    Michael, asimplesinner answered on different topic. I was curious if these mainly came from US. He said yes, they were mainly from US.

  24. Michael says:

    Happy Thanks, I misunderstood what you have asked. I thought your were interested where particular issue could be found in books.

    God Bless.

  25. happy says:

    I am enjoying all of Fr. Antonio’s Daily Maronite entrys so much. I am new to TBC, but, I notice that they end in June.
    I am curious why.
    Blessings. :)

  26. Happy, for more on the daily life of Abouna Antonio, check out his own blog:

    All of the stuff published here was reprinted from there. The run was experimental, to see how the content would fit with TBC… But as well written and as interesting as many of them were, the tone of the posts – that of a daily diary of a Lebanese priest in the mountains – simply did not seem to fit with the tone of the other content. This is not to say that it was not well written… If anything, having his posts of daily pastoral care alongside hagiography, social commentary, news tidbits, apologetics, and a porpouri of popery did a disservice to his writing.

    We like Abouna here, and have plans to run some of his stuff in the future. He is, it should be noted, still a full contributor… News of the shrine he is (re)building will be included in future posts. Keep an eye out here AND his personal blog.

    Thanks again for your comment. We are enjoying your own contributions very much!

  27. happy says:

    Thanks for your response and the link. I can’t imagine what life would be like there. What a difference then our daily life!
    Thank you for welcoming me. I have so many sources through TBC and so much information. I enjoy learning and growing daily.
    Blessings to all. :)

  28. Roland Newark says:

    I can easily see the great good work you are doing. Here’s a suggestion. In the Washington Post (usa) a column appears titled “On Faith”. In truth, there is nothing but heresy against the Church spewing forth from thi column. You, having the wherewithall to deal with such matters should answer the column that profane CHurch teaching. Many of us are answering these crude articles but th Black Cordelias seem better suited than us. Thanks

  29. happy says:

    Friends, This is a little off the regular, but I had a question.

    As I travel with my family, we are trying to visit Cathedrals (large and small, famous or not) as we go.We are putting a scrap book together. The locals have better suggestions of ones to visit. I would love to have some suggestions!

    Thanks for your help!
    God bless all,

  30. John says:

    St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, and St. Michael’s in Toronto, both have wonderful music and an excellent, traditional liturgy. If you really want something more traditional, Old St. Mary’s in Cincinnati has German, Latin, and English Masses every Sunday, the Latin is Novus Ordo with chant and Renaissance polyphony. If you’re in the area, you will want to check out in New York Corpus Christi Church (the parish where Thomas Merton converted to catholicism), where they also have a beautiful liturgy, and extraordinary music.

  31. Nan says:

    Ally, where are you going?

  32. happy says:

    Thanks John, we like it all!!

    Nan, No place in particular. We have several places we have to be this year, so we could perhaps visit close to where we are.
    We live in Texas and have a place in NM. We have been and will be in that area, Colo. Louisianna, Utah, CA and Arizona. We will be in Kansas City later this year. Possibly Boston and Washington DC and Ohio and Florida in the next few years.

    We have visited the spiral staircase in Santa Fe which is the Loretto Chapel I believe. St. Francis of Asissi also in Santa Fe. Several in Colorado. Very beautiful! We just thought it would be fun to kind of always make it a point to visit one or more on each trip!
    Thanks for the info!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  33. happy says:

    BTW, the spiral staircase is a neat story if you are not familar with it!

  34. Joel says:

    You can go to the National Shrine if you end up in DC. The pictures of it are beautiful. That is where my dad had his first communion. Nice place.

  35. Make a special effort to visit the Eastern Catholic Cathedrals if you can. The Maronite Cathedral of Saint Louis is rather interesting and a true education on a lot of levels. It is modern, but the elements incorporated are rather striking… Not the least of which are the glass curtain walls on the north and south sides that have the interesting effect of bringing the outdoors IN, by having glass walls that are open to well kept flower gardens on either side, with the Stations of the Cross on the brick “fence wall” that closes up the negative space.

    Plus, if you mention you are friends of Father J and I, you might get invited into the rectory for a cup of coffee and some Lebanese pastries!

    If in Ohio, do not miss the Byzantine Cathedral in Parma or “OL, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary” (aka “Holy Rosary Cathedral”) in Toledo. It is the only Mozarabic cathedral outside of Spain, and the mosaics are amazing.

  36. Dave says:

    If Jesus as an embryo was omniscient could he in any sense of the word be fully human? The problem here of course is trying to rectify what it means to be “fully
    human and fully divine” at the same time. By definition what is divine and what is human are mutually exclusive.

  37. bfhu says:

    Dave Jesus was fully human and this humanity was joined to Divinity hypostatically. Jesus was NOT merely human. He was GOD-MAN.

  38. Nan says:


    The Faithful Traveler
    might have some info for you. There’s a link to Diana’s blog, which has info on places they’ve scoped out. The Locations page has links to churches and shrines.

  39. Dave says:

    Dear bfhu,
    Let me restate the problem I have and where it came from. In the essay,”When Did Jesus Know He was God?,” it is stated that Jesus was omniscient, or all knowing, as an embryo. How then do you explain that he did not know when the end of days would occur? (Mark 13:30-32)Also see “Catechism of the Catholic Church” 472: “this human soul that the Son of Man assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, ‘increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man,’ and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience. This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking ‘the form of a slave.'”
    This essay is contrary to the teaching of the church and the New Testament. It creates a quagmire.
    I hope the author rethinks his/her position.

  40. happy says:

    Friends, thanks so much! I have tried searching this on the net and usually come up with Cathedrals all over the world. Although I would love to visit those, that is probably not going to happen! We have found the smallest, sweetest little chapels and then some spectacular ones! I will add your suggestions to my list.
    Many thanks!

  41. Dave says:

    Dear bfhu,
    I should would like to hear back from you. I have spoken to several Catholic scholars and they tell me that the churches position is that they really don’t know when Jesus, on a human level, realized he was the Son of God.

  42. Roland Newark says:

    Say, not so fast. I have a copy of “Brideshead Revisited” of course and play it. How very unfortunate that my copy has been “cut” and the very profound exchange between Ryder and Cordelia is missing, this gross transgression simply destroys the film. But, again where Cordelia describes those for whom she is praying after she describes Olive Banks, she also mentions the name (it escapes me) of her pet pig. Now here’s the pitch, if the Black Cordelia’s have and can send to me at the following address the CD of Brideshead with the whole and entire scene, I’ll be happy to return much more than five Bob. Thanks, ever so.

    Roland Newark
    387 Nahatan Street
    Norwood MA. 02062-2713

  43. Roland Newark says:

    I’m receiving etheral email from a group which signs itself as “the Olive Banks Group”. They say everyone is already a member….can this be so? Are we all members of the Olive Banks Group?

  44. Evangelist N.C.Sekhar, says:

    Top Priority is Soul winning……… Proverb 11:30.
    My Dear earnest Director/Pastor,
    Praise the Lord Jesus at all times, giving Him all the Glory.
    I am an Evangelist/RC Catechist and in full time ministry saving lost souls at any cost through the Sound Catholic Bible Doctrine. I have been anointed by the Holy Spirit for teaching and preaching ministry. I have three mission stations looking after their Spiritual needs as an Evangelist. I am 37 years old, married and have two Children. I conduct prayer services, Spiritual retreats, Marian Devotions and Marriage counseling, House visiting, prepare Hindus and Muslims for adult Baptisms in our Holy Church.
    If you are able to help my ministry to grow and harvest lost souls for Christ. In these last days keeping the blessed Hope in Mind. Titus 2:13.
    Together we can prepare the Bride to meet Jesus at His Second coming. For this is Gods assignment for us, we must do what must be done. Faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His word will help us to see the invisible, believe the incredible and receive the impossible.
    May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit been with you. I am waiting your urgent reply. Please, send some resource material books, Rosaries and Medals and too some little finance help for my ministry needs feel free to do so.
    Yours win lost souls for the Church,
    N.C.Sekhar, Evangelist, Divine Mercy Catholic Center,
    and My Address: N.C.Sekhar, Dr.No.14-11-17/6,Nidubrole-522124, Guntur (Dt) A.P.India.
    My Email:

  45. happy says:

    Hi, I have a question. Of, course I am converting, so I don’t know much. Today is May 21 and I am showing it as a holy day of obligation. I got home from work to check our parish for Mass times and it doesn’t exist. So I checked all the other Catholic Churches and there is no Mass for today.(Some had some regular 12 or morning Mass) No special 6 or 7 Mass for today. Is that unusual or am I crazy?

    :) Thanks!

  46. Robert says:


    Where do you live?

    The lamentable practice of switching Ascension Thursday to Ascension Thursday Sunday is nearly ubiquitous in the United States of America. Unless your diocese is one of the few hold outs then the obligation for Ascension Thursday is fulfilled with your Sunday obligation. It seems that Boston, Hartford and New York (according to a quick internet check) are the only dioceses in the US which still keep the traditional, biblical date.

    Being a New Yorker, I attended a lovely sung Mass in the extraordinary form today. What a treat!

    God bless,


  47. Robert says:

    Besides, how many countless Catholic school kids are missing out on a venerable tradition? Given that I often got the holy day of Ascension Thursday off in my many years of Catholic education (being in New York), and also given that it often coincides closely with Memorial day, a quasi-holiday often appeared on the Catholic school radar– “Extension Friday.” After all, it’s not really worth coming in for that lone day in the middle…

  48. happy says:

    Thanks Rob,

    I am in Texas.

  49. Dawn says:

    May the grace of our Lord be with you. I am a humbled catholic and this world has become far and awide too complicated for this very simple sinner. So, I’ve been discerning and in that process have found that quaint is something that has to be tightly gripped if it is to survive. I am a humbled student of St. Agnes and have faced my lionshare of responsibility and fortitude and done so with humility and walked throught the arena of adversity.

  50. Dawn says:

    Nearer to God with thee. I am humbled by the challenges that face parents.

  51. Dr. Eric says:

    My prayers are with you. :-)

  52. domenic says:


  53. happy says:

    Prayers are lifted for you!
    :) May God Bless you and keep you.

  54. Fr. Elias says:

    Blessed is the Kingdom of our God!

    Just want to know if Mar Bawai Soro knows Mar Mikhael of Edessa? What can he say about him since Mar Mikhael is using Chaldean-Syrian Rite?

    Thank you very much.

  55. I don’t believe you are an actual Catholic priest.

  56. Curt Novaria says:

    I’m A Sgt in the USMC and a devout Catholic with very strong Lutheran roots my father by all means is an agnostic who believes in God but not Christ, I pray for him but God chooses to lead him as He pleases. My mother is a very strong Lutheran of the ECLA. With that being said I have chosen the Catholic Faith worked on with the the National Evangelization Retreat Teams which are charasamatic I also taught at a Catholic school under the Dominicans for 2 years (Province of St. Joseph). Myself being very liturgical not so much into that movement. I object to the hatred and condensending comments towards OUR current president. He is trying to help all of us with free health care there is nothing whatsoever in his remarks in fact he speakes against it that abortions will be funded let alone the ludicrious remarks that euthanasia will be perpetuated. Give me a break I have risked my live several times for your freesom Finally someone does something that supports all of us and you hate him for it. You wouldn’t know Jesus Christ if he came up to you in fact you would slap him in the face as a loser and let him die in the streets. I’m really embarrased by this side of my compassionate inclusive Church.

    • Sgt,

      I am sorry you feel that way. I do have every confidence that a Marine – the toughest and finest our Republic produces – can handle it. Happy Birthday, BTW, a day early.

  57. Nan says:

    Laws are interpreted based on the words on their face. If abortion is not specifically excluded, the law may be interpreted to include it.

    When there’s talk of health care rationing based on age, euthanasia is a legitimate concern. These aren’t lies.

    The President speaks against abortion but immediately upon taking office funded abortions in other countries. Look at his actions, not his words.

    The problem here is not that we hate the president but rather that we don’t trust his history, his advisors or a Congress that wants to pass bills without anyone knowing their contents or questioning the policies therein.

  58. prayerwarrior says:

    Pray For Israel & Jews…

    Pray For World Homeless Families. & Please Pray For Homeless Women to… In The Name of Jesus Christ & all There health Problem In The Name Of Jesus Christ


    Please Pray for Street Bullies In The Name Of Jesus Christ & Pray For Schools

    Prays for President Obama and Wife, & Children’s and his new administration. Your efforts will work powerfully in our nation.


    Prayer for families is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. Have you heard the phrase “A family that prays together stays together”? The concept is true – a family that has their focus on praying to the Lord Jesus Christ has a foundation that may be shaken at times, but it will withstand all that comes against them.

    4Prayers for Justice and Peace

  59. Deacon Rick says:

    How can I get a copy of the picture of the Vietnamese martyrs? (Bishop of Tokin ?) I want several copies since we also have some Vietnamese seminarians down here. You don ‘t by chance happen to know where I can get a picture of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan also?
    Thanks, and God bless, Rick

  60. Clark says:

    You say catholic doctrines do not change. Since the beginning, the RCC has stated that salvation is only found inside the RCC. The council of Trent declared anathema to those who are outside of roman catholicism. Now however, your church is saying that anyone with a good conscience can be saved, including Jews, muslims, etc. If you don’t believe this, I encourage you to listen to the debate between catholic monsignor Ed Jordan and Christan Rob Zins.

  61. erik says:

    You say the Jews believe in purgatory. That however, is irrelevant since the Jews rejected Christ and the entire New Testament.

    • It is only irrelevant if it is the case that post-Temple Judaism came up with it as a post-Jesus innovation. In fact they did not.

      This belief in which they have held too pre-dated the coming of the Messiah.

  62. Father M.J. says:

    I’d like to know the story behind the picture on your masthead. The little girls in Sisters’ habits are dressed like the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate from Joliet, Illinois, who were my teachers back in the 50s, dressed until June 1, 1959, when they changed to a brown collar made out of the same material as their habit and a more streamlined and formed veil that was utterly beautiful…

    • I do not know the story behind the photo. I rather liked it because it was a wee bit whimsical, hopeful, and demonstrates a fondness for a piety that – even if imperfect – the world could use a little more of.

      • Anonymous says:

        I guess I was wondering where you found it if it isn’t your own picture originally.

  63. Mary Bernard says:

    I am interested in finding out where I can obtain a prayer card for Blesseds Luigi & Maria Quattrocchi. Would you please email me this information is you have it. Thank you so much. Blessings.

  64. Jerry Lenart says:

    How can I obtain the name of the priest and the address of St. Peter and Paul catholic church in Nowy Zmigrod ?

    It is very important to me.

    Also, do you know if the priest can read english or should I hire a translator to mail him in Polish ?

    • Jay says:

      You may google-search for ‘diocese of Rzeszow’ and you may find there Nowy Zmigrod parish. Good luck

    • Jay says:

      I have found it for you, there is no ‘translate’ button on the website, but I suppose you may try to write in English to parish priest:

      Parish priest: Ks. mgr Henryk Maguda, EC, KHKKB
      St Peter and Paul RC Church
      Adress: ul. Kościelna 2
      38-230 Nowy Żmigród

  65. Jay says:

    In my opinion this blog is one of the most interesting Catholic blogs on the net, with inspiring and informative posts both in spiritual and temporal sphere. I miss ‘follow this blog’ button which would be helpful in updates. God bless for good work in Our Lord’s vineyard! Well done.

  66. Fr. J. says:

    Thanks for your interest and kind words. I am not familiar with the follow this blog button. Tell us more so we can get one if possible.

  67. prayerwarrior says:

    Please Pray For Street Bullies & Schools. In The Name Of Jesus Christ. Please Pray for People that been attack by Witch Craft In The name of Jesus Christ. Pray for Enemies… Please Pray for Anger Young teens, Young Adults, & Teen Agers, & Please Pray For Anger People In The name Of Jesus Christ, Pray For The unsaved Ones, In Jesus Christ Name If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. (James 5:13) Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out inwardly we are renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
    King James Bible… 2 Corinthians 13:11 Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Let all things be done decently and in order.
    1 Corinthians 14:40
    Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
    1 Corinthians 7:5
    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans – Chapter 12:18
    Numbers 6:24-26
    “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
    Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. Job 38:41



    Honor thy father and thy mother: Deut. 27.16 · Mt. 15.4 ; 19.19 · Mk. 7.10 ; 10.19 · Lk. 18.20 · Eph. 6.2 that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Eph. 6.3
    The Ten Commandments (in the most basic terminology.)
    1.You shall have no other Gods but me.
    2.You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
    3.You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
    4.You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
    5.Respect your father and mother.
    6.You must not kill.
    7.You must not commit adultery.
    8.You must not steal.
    9.You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.
    10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

  68. Jerry Lenart says:

    Thank you, so much for finding the Parish Priest name and address in Nowy Zmigrod, Poland. This is Christmas day morning; and this is the best Christmas gift.

    May god bless you and once again; THANK YOU……SO MUCH !

  69. Jill says:


    I am researching to find the answer of “What devotion to Jesus did Mother Angelica Pray before entering the Cloister”?. I would appreciate your help. Blessings Jill Minnesota

  70. Wyeth says:

    Are the images on your blog public domain? Would I be able to copy and image and it be OK with you? Checking first.

  71. Maite says:

    Hi, I am a Catholic from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, a wife and mother. Is it possible to translate some of your posts into portuguese and post them on our website? We are starting a website for apologetics and evangelism.

  72. Martin says:

    Where could I purchase this icon that you have in one of your posts related to Divine Mercy?


  73. Ricardo Rivera Jr. says:

    I would like to ask the email address of the postulator who propagates the cause of the beatification of blessed savina petrelli. I would like to obtain a part of her relic for veneration im my Parisg where I belong. Thank you very much.

  74. Frances Iacobucci says:

    Can you tell me if there are any prayers cards of
    Blessed Savina Petrilli and how I can obtain them.

  75. ICE says:

    Send me i’ll go. one task, make disciples.

  76. Sheila says:

    I just found your website “by accident”. When I saw the photo of the kids in habits and clericals at the top of your page, I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was not seeing things. The girls are in the habit of the Joliet Franciscans prior to 1958. They taught me in elementary school and I entered the community after high school. Wow, what a trip down memory lane. God bless. Sheila

  77. Sarah says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog while clicking links on St. Blog’s parish. I just wanted to say that I LOVE your title, and am so pleased to find another blog that draws its name from Brideshead Revisited. So pleased, in fact, that I think I will post about you in the near future. God bless, best wishes, and watch out for Cordelia’s sacred monkeys in the Vatican.

  78. Piotr says:

    Praised be Jesus Christ!
    I do not speak English. Translation from
    I’m with my family subscribed to the parish st. Anthony (Calgary/ Canada) to the Latin community. My children have had to adopt the sacrament of Confirmation. However, it appears that Bishop Henry granted him only a new form. What to do?

  79. I just happened to find this site, love it!! it is quite different than lots of others.
    I see no place to subscribe, therefore I probably cannot subscribe, just have to get into the habit of saving it in my favs so I can read often.
    God Bless you

  80. Louis says:

    I would like to know where I may obtain a 1t or 2nd class relic of Blessed Luigi Talamoni for my private verneration. Thanks

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  82. jeevan says:

    Dear Friars And Sisters In Christ,I Am jeevan,From India,the first son in the family,Please Pray For My Physical Mind Spritual Guidance From God And God’s Blessings And Graces And Good Health,And God’s Great Wisdom,And Humble Mind before God Jesus And Holy Spirit,And God’s Kindness,And Good Friends,And Jovial Mind,Good And Beautiful Bride with God’s Blessings And Graces, And Good Family And God’s Blessed Children’s, And Save My Soul God Jesus,This Prayer Request Plz Fasting Pray For My Soul And Entirelife,Thank Jesus Christ,Thank You.

  83. jeevan says:

    Dear Friars And Sisters In Christ,I Am Jeevan From India The First Son In The Family,Please Fasting Pray For Jesus Christ In My Forgiveness And Relief for Curse.

  84. Bill & Carol says:



    Slow Recovery from the Death of Our Only Son and Other Ongoing Daily Hardships and Sorrows…
    April 4,2011.

    Dear Community of Prayer,

    Thank you for praying!

    Please if Possible?

    Can you continue to include my wife and I in the daily prayers of the Community in the days ahead..Lent,Holy Week, May…2011,2012…or as long as possible?? If so? Please pray with us daily for God’s Healing,Protecting Peace and Hope in our broken hearts,health and shattered lives made harder by financial misery! Please feel free to pass or e-mail our prayer intention on to other Communities (Women&Men)of Prayer that you know of in the World? We will keep you in our daily prayers! Thank you for your kindness and daily prayers in our long nightmare of pain and sorrow! Bill and Carol. Husband and Wife in Hope of God’s Mercy! Oh. usa

  85. anu p scaria says:


    i am ery glad to go through ur site …let the grace of God and His beloved Saint Geatano Erico be With U…..if U can send me a prayer to get grace from Erico, i would be happy….

    Thanks & Regards
    Anu P Scaria

  86. Paul Westo says:

    Dear Sir I would like to find out the history of the Convent of the monks in the area of La Nubia Alicante is there a special Day for that convent

    Kind Regards P.A Weston

  87. Ronald says:

    Am Ronald from Uganda, am x-seminarian, i have a degree in philosophy, am really suffering, i have failed to get a job,
    Please pray for me i get one

    • Ronald says:

      Am Ronald from Uganda, am x-seminarian, i have a degree in philosophy, am really suffering, i have failed to get a job,
      Please pray for me i get one

      God bless you
      996 Fort Portal Uganda

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry to here but there are millions of philosophers, Lawyers, and god knows what else, what the world needs is people with new Ideas, don’t live your life in the hands of others you make it work lift yourself, Read the ( Desiderata)

  88. bfhu says:

    We will pray for you Ronald. God bless you

  89. Anonymous says:

    Don’t send me any more E-Mails I have my own spiritual faith, which I am very happy with so you go down your road and I will go up my road

  90. Contra says:

    To your Priest Explorer category, you may wish to add Father Pierre De Smet, SJ who explored and evangelized much of the Great Plains and Northwest.

  91. Hello, a blessed day. I think I have a calling, but I’m not so sure. Please do pray for me and can I consult you about my vocation? I discern to become a nun, a contemplative nun. There are times that I struggled a lot. So I am losing hope.

  92. Mike Peery says:

    Add to email notifications of new posts. Thanks.

  93. Anonymous says:

    I have found it for you, there is no ‘translate’ button on the website, but I suppose you may try to write in English to parish priest: Parish priest: Ks. mgr Henryk Maguda, EC, KHKKB St Peter and Paul RC Church Adress: ul. Kościelna 2 38-230 Nowy Żmigród Poland

    Taka wiadomośc przyszła na mój e-mail. Nie mam pojęcia o co chodzi i kto mnie tu zapisał. NIe pamiętam, aby poszukiwał tego xiędza.
    This message came to my e-mail. I have no idea what was going on and who wrote me here. I forgot to look for the priest.

  94. Bill and Carol says:


    Slow Recovery from the Death of Our Only Son and Other Ongoing Sorrows…

    Updated Prayer Request!

    March 18,2013

    Dear Sisters & Community of Prayer,

    Thank you for standing with us in daily prayers(2013,14,,?)for God’s Mercy & Peace!Despite pain and ongoing sorrows we continue to stay at our Post in Hope and Prayer! Moving Forward! Please continue to pray with us daily(2013) for God’s Mercy & Peace in all areas of our Lives!Especially our Broken Hearts!

    Also prayer for relief from financial misery which is making recovery so much harder!

    Pass Prayer Request on to other Communities(Women&Men) of Prayer that you know of in the Worldwide Community of Prayer? Urgent!

    Thank you for your patience,

    Bill & Carol. usa

    PS. We will continue to keep you in our daily prayers as we cry out to God Day & Night for His Mercy & Peace Now & in the Days ahead?

  95. Rex Harold says:

    Can I get more information ob St John De Britto.I understand that the brother of martyr saint has written a book De Britto in portuguese.Is there any English translation for the book

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  97. Newark11 says:

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    The film Brideshead Revisited?

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  102. Jamie says:

    Why Carry a Gun?

    My old Grandpa said to me, ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin’.

    I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

    I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World.

    I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

    I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

    I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

    I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

    I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

    I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

    Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you from crime; they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

    Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’!



    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:

    From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    In 1911, Turkey established gun control:

    From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Germany established gun control in 1938:

    From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
    China established gun control in 1935: From 1948 to

    1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Guatemala established gun control in 1964:

    From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Uganda established gun control in 1970:

    From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Cambodia established gun control in 1956:

    From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.
    You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

    With guns, we are ‘citizens’; without them, we are ‘subjects’.

    During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

    Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed forces in the World!

    If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.

    The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.

    The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.




    I’m a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! If you are too, please forward this. If you’re not a believer, please reconsider the true facts.
    This is history; not what’s being shown on TV, sanctioned by our illustrious delusional leaders in Washington.

    Copy and Paste this on Facebook to let the facts be heard!

  103. chuck haddad says:

    Greetings: Writing to ask for your strong community’s prayer support: For my loving,faith filled wife,Sally[64 yrs old with Leiomyosarcoma cancer]: asking for complete,radical,all pervasive, ever deepening,permanent: healing and eradication of every fiber & cell of her: cancer,tumors,canc.microbes,down to their deepest root & seed & including all contributory causes; 2) Lifting up all of Sally’s [internal organs,bone marrow,immune system] asking for an on-going,unceasing,ever deepening,complete,permanent: rejuvenation, re-invigoration,renewal,healing,reviving,& the fullest of divine empowerment [with infinite oceans of God’s life giving [light, love,grace, power,heat] so that it speedily & easily spots & identifies every & any fiber & cell of the above threats as most dangerous, for-eign invaders & responds speedily[faster than light itself] to com-pletely,radically,all pervasively,permanent and always with pris-tine ease and very minimum effort [now being fully divinely em-powered] to tear down every fiber & cell of every & all threats’ re-sistance,& defenses [no matter how formidable or impregnable they might have evolved to –never a match for God’s newly & fully em-powered immune system; then speedily,completely,radically,all pervasively: eradicating,purging,healing every vestige & every fiber & cell of this and any / all threats forever returning pristine, perfectly stable healthy vital cells in its wake-now super resistant to any such future onslaughts of cancer, tumors, staph etc. 3) asking for complete,radical,all pervasive,permanent healing and/or regeneration–if needed–of every fiber and cell of damage ever inflicted by either: staph infections on Sally, and/ or the ravages of cancer and/ or the ravages of cancer treatments [incredibly damaging also believe it or not!

    • S L says:

      God bless you and your wife! God will bless you both as any husband who writes with such a heart of healing power of love for his wife know you both are in His hands His merciful hands! Know no matter the outcome that you will be in eternity for such a LOVE as this! Prayers for you both! God bless the good men!

  104. chuck haddad says:

    Greetings: Asking for your community’s powerful prayer support for Chuck: Asking for complete,radical,all pervasive, ever deepening, permanent: healing of every fiber and cell of the damage inflicted on my soul over so many years that have contributed to rendering my soul to be so incredibly vulnerable and susceptible to devastating, sleep depriving, frightful spiritual oppresion and incredible most intense sensual temptations that plague my mind, thoughts, and fire my desires. For many many many long years now I have had incredible onslaughts of things that: bite me, tear at my soul, rip and claw me [I kid you not on thing as I have seen these things]. All I can tell you is that I experienced a lot of psychological childhood abuse when growing up and I believe and am convinced that this is one of the results of such things. What all of these onslaughts have done is to render my soul incredibly vulnerable to even more spiritual oppresion [day and night]; Let me tell you the following: 1) I am middle aged; 2) I am well educated, 3) This is not my imagination; 4) I am a solid Catholic and very devoted to Mary, the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth; 5) I am very committed to the sorrows of Mary rosary, 6) I am very committed to the prayers of St. Brigid; 7) All of the spiritual oppres-ion is wearing me down further and further–I know exactly what the purpose is: it is designed to draw me into the depths and darkness and death of perversion and sensual death. Please,please,please, please,please–I ask for strong community prayers for healing and for infinite oceans of God’s wisdom,guidance,direction,help and assistance in the spiritual journey and important choices and decisions I must and need to make throughout my entire life if I am to grow to be the man God will be able to delight in and get into Heaven and help many souls here on earth and in Purgatory. Thanks so much for your prayers for both Chuck and Sally.

  105. Jerry Juskie says:

    Your biography of Michał Kozal has many grammatical mistakes. Ask someone to make it look more professional.

  106. Raphael Gonzalez says:

    Prayer Request …. Dear God, I have been asking for people’s help to pray for my family just so you can hear our suffering. We are being harassed, bullied and harmed for the past 3 years now. It has been very bad because besides hurting my family they have been breaking things in our cars because they know we barely have any money to get by and they know it hurts my whole family to get things repaired. They have been doing this on and off. They want me to do something for them which is not within my powers and I know is wrong and will get my family in trouble. I’m so tired of being stressed everyday just waiting for them to mess with my family again. Either someone gets hurt or we have to spend money to get something fixed. The situation is so complicated that the only thing I can do is pray to God for help. My mom just went back to work 2 weeks ago after not being able to for 7 weeks because of what they did to her. Now they are hurting her again but not as much as before. My uncle too just had a car accident caused of them and he’s still recovering from a heart surgery. They even mess with our dogs. There is no part of my life that they leave alone and I live in fear everyday. I don’t know what to do anymore. I believe that if this request reaches a lot of people that can help me pray maybe my prayers can be heard. If it’s not to much of a bother please let me know if you got my email just so I know my request reached someone. If you can’t, that’s ok. Thank you.

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