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Approach Boldly

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, August 20, 2017

“The Woman at the Well” by Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957)

Greek icon, date unknown, “Woman at the Well”

The award for the “Lady with the Most Chutzpah” in the New Testament might be viewed as a toss-up between Read the rest of this entry »

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Reform From Within

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Love for people innervated John Eudes’ (1601-80) work, who from the beginning, gave of himself. As a young priest he worked among plague victims, and lived alone so as not to risk infecting other members of his religious order. He became a famous preacher and confessor, and in 1641 founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge in Caen, Normandya, a community to help women who had Read the rest of this entry »

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Give From Your Heart

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Saint Stephen the Great of Hungary (969–1038) was the first king of that nation, helped bring Christianity to his nation a thousand years ago and helped popularize the ancient custom of Read the rest of this entry »

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Travel Light

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Most tabernacles these days are pretty fancy places, far removed in size and style from the original dwelling place of God, which was a modest tent in the desert. Moses built it, but the master architect was God, who delivered the blueprint on Mt. Sinai. It served as Read the rest of this entry »

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Unity Is Stronger

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Virgin Mary in Glory with Archangel Gabriel, and Saints Eusebius of Vercelli (seated), Saint Sebastian, and Saint Roch, by Sebastiano Ricci (1 August 1659 – 15 May 1734).

Saint Eusebius of Vercelli (c. March 2, 283 – August 1, 371) lived at a time when bishops were elected by acclamation of the people. The people of Vercelli, in modern-day Italy, chose Eusebius because of his humility and his commitment to unity at a time of great division in the early church. Eusebius emphasized the faith that unites us rather than the opinions that divide us. When you find yourself in a disagreement with someone, ask if you are clashing over fundamental truths or merely over personal opinions and preferences. If we Read the rest of this entry »

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Pearls Come With A Price

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pearls are unlike other precious materials: Metals and gems are formed in the Earth; pearls come from a living creature. Also, pearls do not need to be cut or polished — they’re beautiful just the way they are. The actual science of how they are formed is profound: Pearls begin as a minor irritant inside the heart of the oyster, which in response to the irritant, secretes layer upon layer until the source of the irritation is encased in lustrous coatings. What a perfect Christian metaphor for the redemptive value of suffering — that trials leave one with beautiful treasure.

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Friendliness Is Godliness

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Even the savior of the world needed a place where He could put His feet up and let His hair down. The home of Martha, her sister Mary, and their brother Lazarus was just such a place for Jesus. They were His good friends, people with whom He likely shared laughs and good times and perhaps on occasion a good cup of wine. When Lazarus died, Jesus without hesitation put His own life at risk by raising him from the dead. Friendship is fundamental to the spiritual life and to our well-being, yet Read the rest of this entry »

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Where Is Jesus?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, July 28, 2017

Where does God “live”? Where do you go to find God? Jesus declared that He was the new temple, the new dwelling place of God in creation. So wherever Jesus is, God is present, too. In His body, which is the church; in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist; in love of and service to others, and in Read the rest of this entry »

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Name Your Faith

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Saint James the Greater, by Guido Reni (1575–1642), c.1636-38, located at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; size Height: 132.4102 cm (52.13 in). Width: 98.7552 cm (38.88 in). For additional details, see: Guido Reni, Italian (Bolognese), 1575–1642, ‘Saint James the Greater’ at the Museum of Fine Art’s site.

James has many nicknames. Besides “apostle,” he is “the Greater” to distinguish him from the other, younger apostle also named James. He was “son of Zebedee,” which identified his fishing roots. He and his brother John the Apostle were Read the rest of this entry »

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Be A Faithful Doubter

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 3, 2017

Legends abound about the apostle Thomas, including of his preaching in what is now Iran. Most often he is linked with India and credited with bringing the faith there. When the Portuguese arrived Read the rest of this entry »

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We Are Resurrection People

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, July 2, 2017

New life from apparent barrenness. Life out of death. Finding life by losing it. The readings you will have heard in church this weekend seem to present a contradictory message, but they actually present a truth: Read the rest of this entry »

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An Early Champion Of Native American Rights

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, July 1, 2017

A baptism conducted by California mission friars is shown in a sketch displayed at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala in San Diego, California July 27, 2016. This drawing is part of a collection of sketches depicting mission life by California artists A.B. Dodge and Alexander Harmer rendered in the early 1900’s. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Today, Catholics recognize the life and work of Junípero Serra, a Franciscan priest who in 1776 was working in California to demonstrate the love of Christ. In 1988 Pope John Paul II beatified him, and in 2015 Pope Francis canonized him in Washington, D.C. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during his first visit to the United States. Among the most famous of the 9 missions Fr. Serra established is San Juan Capistrano, which today is renown for the beautifully massive annual migration of swallows from from Argentina, which occurs March 19, when they establish nests in the ruins of the Great Stone Church. Fr. Serra was born on the Spanish island of Majorca 1713, and up until the time he entered priesthood aged 35, he had been a professor. Inspired by the story of the missionary work of Saint Francis Solano in South America, he traveled across the Atlantic to a largely unknown land, and landed in Vera Cruz, Mexico, where he and a companion friar followed Read the rest of this entry »

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Give Thanks For The Odd Couple

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peter and Paul might not have appreciated sharing a feast day. We mean to honor two giants of Christianity, without whom we might not have the church at all. But two more different men would be hard to find. Peter was Read the rest of this entry »

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Tinfoil Hats Not Required

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Saint Irenaeus, who grew up in Smyrna (not Tennessee), near Ephesus, in the area which is now western Turkey, was the Bishop of Lyons in southern France in the early second century, is considered a Father of the Church, and was mentored by people who knew the first disciples, including the Apostolic Father, Saint Polycarp, who was the Apostle John’s disciple. Recall that Jesus the Christ called James and John “Sons of Thunder,” who were the sons of Zebedee. That might explain the confidence he felt to write five treatises in Greek on detecting and debunking heresies, which is commonly entitled in Latin as “Adversus haereses” (Refutation of Heresies), and according to the translation of its title, devoted to the “Detection and Overthrow of the False Knowledge.”

Irenaeus studied Gnostics’ writings in depth, and refuted them in meticulously painstaking detail. Gnosticism, which arose in Irenaeus’ era, was considered Read the rest of this entry »

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Can you bear to see the divine?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Doctor of the Church, (c. 375-444) was a bigoted tyrant, a divisive and headstrong leader for most of his life. He forcibly closed the churches of the Novatianists, destroyed pagan temples, and the monastaries of monks whose views differed from his own. His terroristic behavior was very much like modern radical Islamist sects including the Taliban, or ISIL. His sermons and denunciations created the climate of hate that led to the murder of Hypatia, a renown, highly respected, elderly, virtuous female philosopher and teacher of neo-Platoism who was also a friend of Orestes. She died at the hands of a mob led by Read the rest of this entry »

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Count To Ten… Blessings

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, June 25, 2017

During those dark moments in your life when you are sure God has forsaken you, follow this simple practice endorsed by Jesus: Read the rest of this entry »

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Respond To Your Deepest Calling

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 24, 2017

The birth of Saint John the Baptist, c.1680, by Luca Giordano (1634-1705), oil on canvas, from the Collection of Count von Bruhl, Dresden

Today is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. The name John is derived from Hebrew, and broadly means “God’s gift.” Such was John the Baptist. John received Read the rest of this entry »

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Heartfelt Communication

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, June 23, 2017

When a businessman turned 40, he began to realize he wasn’t really a self-made man, and he sought out his third-grade teacher to Read the rest of this entry »

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Loss Can Lead To Gain

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saint Paulinus of Nola (ca. 354-431) was praised by such well-known contemporaries as Saints Augustine, Jerome, Melania, Martin, Gregory the Great, and Ambrose. Born near Bordeaux, he was the son of the Roman prefect of Gaul, who had extensive property in both Gaul and Italy. Paulinus became a distinguished lawyer, held several public offices in the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the most important Christian Latin poets of his time. With his Spanish wife, Therasia, he retired at an early age to a life of cultured leisure. As the wealthy and privileged son of the Roman prefect of Gaul, Paulinus and Therasia moved to her estate in Spain. They seemed to have it all. After many childless years, they had a son who died a week after birth. That loss changed them profoundly, and was Read the rest of this entry »

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Vocation of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, c.1650, by Guercino (1591–1666)

Today marks the summer solstice. It’s an appropriate moment to honor Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-91), who barely reached the summer of his life. Aloysius was born into a noble family and thereby was entitled to many great things. He chose Read the rest of this entry »

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