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Threshold of Hope – Host: Fr. Mitch Pacwa

In 15 Audio on 2015/03/13 at 12:00 AM

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1. Redeemer of Man – Part 22
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh09032002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
2. Redeemer of Man – Part 23
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh09102002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
3. Redeemer of Man – Part 24
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh09172002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
4. Redeemer of Man – Part 25
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh09242002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
5. Redeemer of Man – Part 26
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh10012002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
6. Redeemer of Man – Part 27
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh10082002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
7. Redeemer of Man – Part 28
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh10152002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
8. Redeemer of Man – Part 29
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh10222002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
9. The Rosary – Part 1
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh10292002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
10. The Rosary – Part 2
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh11062002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
11. The Rosary – Part 3
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh11132002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
12. The Rosary – Part 4
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh11192002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
13. The Rosary – Part 5
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh11262002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
14. The Rosary – Part 6
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh12032002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
15. Heaven, Hell & Purgatory – Part 1
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh12102002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
16. Heaven, Hell & Purgatory – Part 2
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh12172002.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
17. Dives in Misericordia Part 1
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh01072003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
18. Dives in Misericordia Part 2
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh01142003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
19. Dives in Misericordia Part 3
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh01212003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
20. Dives in Misericordia Part 4
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh01282003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
21. Dives in Misericordia Part 5
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh02042003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
22. Dives in Misericordia Part 6
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh02112003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
23. Dives in Misericordia Part 7
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh02182003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
24. Dives in Misericordia Part 8
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh02252003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
25. Dives in Misericordia Part 9
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh03042003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
26. Dives in Misericordia Part 10
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh03112003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
27. Dives in Misericordia Part 11
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh03182003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
28. Dives in Misericordia Part 12
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh03252003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
29. Dives in Misericordia Part 13
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh04012003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.
30. Dives in Misericordia Part 14
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. toh04082003.mp3
Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts this new series in which he teaches the core of the Encyclicals of His Holiness John Paul the Great.

“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon”

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2014/10/17 at 12:00 AM
The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you will be amazed at the results. (The Way, 558)

In our relationship with our mother in heaven, we should act in very much the same way. Many Christians have the custom of wearing the scapular; or they have acquired the habit of greeting those pictures — a glance is enough — which are found in every christian home and in many public places; or they recall the central events in Christ’s life by saying the rosary, never getting tired of repeating its words, just like people in love; or they mark out a day of the week for her — Saturday, which is today — doing some special little thing for her and thinking particularly about her motherhood.

There are many other marian devotions which I needn’t mention here. A Christian doesn’t need to live them all. (Growing in supernatural life is not a matter of piling one devotion on top of another.) I would say, however, that anyone who doesn’t live some of them, who doesn’t express his love for Mary in some way, does not possess the fullness of the faith. (Christ is passing by, 142)

Victory at Lepanto and the Rosary

In 05 Homilies by Fr. Reid on 2014/10/10 at 12:00 AM
  • Last Tuesday the Church celebrates the victory of the Catholic naval fleet over Muslim Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. That autumn the Catholic Church and all of Europe was facing its most menacing enemy, and the very fate of Christendom was hanging in the balance.
  • Marauding Muslim Turks had been advancing from the East for several years. At this point in history they controlled most of Northern Africa and the Middle East, and the Turks had their eyes set on Venice and the whole of Europe.
  • The Catholics, led by the famous Don Juan, were seriously outnumbered. But Don Juan had something the Muslims didn’t have. He had the blessing of the pope; the help of Jesuit, Dominican and Franciscan chaplains who accompanied the fleet; the prayers of the faithful; and rosaries for all of his men going into battle.
  • Early on the morning of October 7, 1571, the battle of Lepanto began. And throughout the day, in the church of St. Mary Major in Rome, Pope Pius V prayed the Holy Rosary with the Christian faithful for the Catholic naval fleet, imploring our Lady for victory over the Turks.
  • By early afternoon the battle was over. With a loss of only 7500 men, the Catholics – against all odds – emerged victorious, and today, October 7, became known as the feast day of Our Lady of Victory. The Turks were vanquished, and Europe was saved from militant Islam.
  • Later this feast was renamed in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, as it was because of thousands of people praying the Rosary that this victory was secured. It is for this reason that the month of October is especially dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
  • Sadly, Christendom is not done fighting! More enemies abound, and we have more battles to fight today, especially against atheistic secularism. Seeking to excise all religion from public life, secularists are waging what some have described as a “war on God.”
  • At its heart this war is based upon a selfish and proud refusal to submit to a higher authority, much like the non serviam uttered by satan so long ago. Nowhere is this battle more apparent than in issues concerning marriage and the procreation of new life.
  • Not only do secularists refuse to recognize the God-given nature and purpose of marriage and the marital act, and not only do they seek to redefine marriage and the marital act according to their own selfish desires and whims, but they also want the freedom to destroy the beautiful fruit of marriage and the marital act: human life. This is perverse. This is evil!
  • Both our first reading and our Gospel today talk about marriage. Our first reading from Genesis speaks of how it is not good for man to be alone, and how a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two become one flesh.
  • In doing so, this passage from Genesis, which is repeated by our Gospel, provides the very foundation for the Church’s teaching on marriage and the conjugal act.
  • As Catholics we believe that marriage and the conjugal act go hand-in-hand and are not to be separated. The marital act is sacred; it’s a holy act of love. Because it is so sacred, the conjugal act is not something we can just enter into as we please and with whom we please.
  • On the contrary, it’s an action that carries serious responsibilities, and thus it should only be entered into by people who have accepted and vowed to live out these responsibilities together: namely a man and a woman who are married to each other.
  • You see, the primary purpose of marriage is the procreation of children, and the secondary purpose of marriage is the intimate, exclusive, and indissoluble unity of the couple.
  • These fundamental purposes are most perfectly realized in the marital act. Thus, neither purpose should ever be divorced from the marital act because doing so distorts the purpose of the act and breaks down the marriage.
  • Because the primary purpose of marriage and the marital act is the procreation and education of children, we can see that in God’s design, the creation and protection of human life and the institution of marriage are inextricably bound up together.
  • Human life is meant to be created and nurtured within the context of a family, which is naturally formed through marriage. Therefore, we must do everything we can to protect the sanctity of marriage and resist anything that corrupts a traditional understanding of marriage.
  • But we have to do more than just protect the traditional understanding of marriage to protect human life. In today’s society we must also fight the very grave evil of abortion.
  • Since 1973 when abortion was legalized in our country, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the U.S., and currently 22% of all pregnancies in the U.S. end in abortion (cf. Guttmacher Institute, August 2011 report). Truly, this is the greatest shame of our country.
  • Abortion is a very difficult issue emotionally because so many of us have been affected by it in one way or another. As a priest I’ve heard scores of confessions in which women and men have confessed to this terrible sin. The pain of this sin runs so very deep. But please know that God’s mercy runs deeper!
  • And so I must say: if you have been involved in an abortion in some way and haven’t yet confessed it, please do so. Please come to confession and receive forgiveness. If you are sorry, God will forgive you. So fear not! God wants to give you His mercy!
  • Abortion has also become a tricky political issue in our country because abortion supporters have been successful in framing this issue in terms of a woman’s right to determine if and when she will be mother, and Americans tend to place great value on personal rights.
  • Abortion supporters have also succeeded in categorizing abortion as a form of health care. But honestly I don’t care what President Obama, Hilary Clinton, Kathleen Sebellius, or any other abortion supporter say. Simple logic tells us that ripping an unborn child limb by limb from his mother’s womb is not health care!
  • Moreover, while women may have legal rights to an abortion, women do not have a moral right to kill their children. While abortion is a choice that is currently protected by US law, it is always in every circumstance a wrong choice, an evil choice, and must never be condoned.
  • Thus, abortion is something we must fight! We do this through our prayer, through our fasting, through peaceful demonstration and protest, and through voting for pro-life officials.
  • As this year is an election year, this last way of battling abortion takes on greater importance. While the Catholic Church does not explicitly tell us whom to vote for in any given election, Holy Mother Church does provide principles for us to follow in the voting booth.
  • Specifically, the Church says that when it comes to voting, we must first look to those issues that deal with that which is most important: life, specifically: abortion, same-sex unions, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia.
  • These issues are of the highest importance because they are all intrinsically evil acts, and therefore as Catholics we cannot support candidates who promote or support these evils. To do so is to be complicit in their sins.
  • Moreover, while issues such as health care, immigration reform, and the economy are important and may certainly have a moral dimension to them, they must not be accorded greater value in our decision-making than the life issues because they do not deal with intrinsic evils. They are important, but not as important as the issue of life.
  • So my brothers and sisters, I urge you to study up on the candidates and their positions. And do the right thing by voting only for the viable candidates that best protect life.
  • Let us do this so that life in all its form may be protected and defended, that evil may be exposed and eradicated, that truth and goodness be defended, and that God may be praised.
  • May our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary aid us and intercede for us in this battle for the protection of all human life.

7 October 2012

© Reverend Timothy Reid

Fr. Reid is the pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC

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London’s Annual Rosary Rally

In 11 Joanna Bogle on 2011/10/09 at 1:00 AM

London’s annual Rosary Rally takes place this Saturday, and has been advertised in parish newsletters across London, the suburbs, and the further afield, so there should be a good crowd. The procession starts at 1.45 pm from Westminster Cathedral, and ends at Brompton Oratory with hymns and Benediction.It is remarkable that, while 150 years ago there might have been some controversy about Catholics marching a statue of Mary shoulder-high through Westminster and Kensington, today no one turns a hair. In fact, people rather like it – if they notice the procession at all (and many people are so used to various groups in today’s London that they barely remark on yet another one) it is generally with mild interest and pleasure. Whereas, if we walked through the streets with banners affirming that two men can’t marry one another, or that babies shouldn’t be deliberately killed by abortion, we would provoke massive – possibly violent – opposition…yet 150 or even 50 years ago, such opinions were mainstream. A complete reversal of things. What a weird world this is at times…

Mary, Our Mother

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/10/06 at 1:00 AM

The months of October and May are special Marian Months, although we honor our Blessed Mother throughout the year with devotions, memorials and feasts.  The celebration of Mother’s Day actually follows an ancient tradition of honoring the lives of Mary and her mother, St. Anne.

On May 13 we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima which recalls the first apparition of the Blessed Mother, in Fatima, Portugal to three shepherd children in 1917.    After a series of apparitions in 1917, many witnessed the “miracle of the sun” on October 13.  The core message of the apparitions of Fatima is that there is a need for: the practice of penance, the frequent recitation of the rosary, the practice of prayer and mortification for the conversion of sinners, prayers for priests, increased devotion of the Faithful of the world to the immaculate Heart of Mary, and the offering of Holy Communion of reparation on the first Saturday of each month.  The fruits of these spiritual efforts will be the salvation of souls and and advances in peace.  Ninety-four years after the apparitions, Fatima remains a place of pilgrimage and spirituality.

On May 31, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, which we recognize as the second Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary.  As the bearer of the Savior and Redeemer, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth in her time of need.

Mary’s title “Mother of God” was defined by the Council of Ephesus in the year 431.  While defending Mary’s divine maternity, the bishops of the Church sought to clarify the teaching of Christ’s divine nature.  Jesus is truly divine and yet like us in all ways except for sin.  The Divine Son was born in time of an earthly mother.  Mary has a Mother’s Love for her Son and Savior.  We trust in her gentle intercession.  She is our spiritual mother.  Mary under the title, Mother of God, is the principal patroness of the Diocese of Charlotte.  The Lord entrusted His mother to the beloved disciple from the cross.  Jn 19:25-27.  As we are called to be the disciples of today, we may see in this act that Mary is the mother of the Church, which is the Body of Christ.

On December 8th, the universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The teaching of the Church is that from the first instant of her conception, Mary was kept free from the stain of original sin by a singular grace and the privilege of Almighty God, in view of the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, our eternal Savior.  In 1846, the bishops of the United States of America proclaimed that Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception is our national patroness.

All of the Faithful are encouraged to pray the rosary.  It is especially important during the months of May and October and on the Feasts of the Blessed Mother.  I recommend that petitions be expressed prior to each decade of the rosary. One may pray for peace in the world, for vocations, for sanctity and spiritual renewal for those in religious vocations and for greater respect for God’s gift of life.  Scripture has it that we should pray for those who govern and have offices of civil authority.  (At times, we may pray for their enlightenment and conversion.)

Blessed John Paul II encouraged a “daily rosary.” He wrote in his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae of 2002: “the Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of peace, the one who is “our peace” Eph. 2:14.  Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ – and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary – learns the secret of peace and makes it his life’s project.  Moreover, by virtue of its meditative character, with the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them, that true peace which is the special gift of the Risen Lord. Jn 14: 27, 20-21.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God and Queen of Peace that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.  Fr. Lawlor

Fr. Mark Lawlor is the Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Prayer

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/05/02 at 9:28 PM

“Man needs a place of holy tranquillity that the breath of God prevades….This place is the inaccessibility of God Himself, which only Christ opens to man.

All prayer begins by man becoming silent – recollecting his scattered thoughts, feeling remorse at his trespasses, and directing his thoughts toward God.  If man does all this, this place is thrown open, not only as a domain of spiritual tranquillity and mental concentration, but as something that comes from God.

We are always in need of this place, especially when the convulsions of the times make clear something that has always existed but which is sometimes hidden…So we require more than ever this place of which we speak, not to creep into as a hiding place, but a s a place to find the core of things, to become calm and confident once more.” (Romano Guardini ROSARY OF OUR LADY.Ignatius Press)