The Feast of the Archangels

Today is the wonderful Feast Day of those three great and mighty Archangels of God,
Michael, which means Who is like God, Gabriel, Strength of God, and Raphael, Healing or Medicine of God.
Let us salute and thank them for all they do, and let us ask these great and noble beings for their continued help and assistance.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, Oh Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 

Prayer to St. Raphael
Blessed Saint Raphael, Archangel, we beseech thee to help us in all our needs and trials of this life, as thou, through the power of God, didst restore sight and give guidance to young Tobit. We humbly seek thine aid and intercession, that our souls may be healed, our bodies protected from all ills,and that through Divine Grace we may be made fit to dwell in the eternal Glory of God in heaven. Amen.

 

Prayer to St. Gabriel
Oh Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

 

Show Notes – A Good Habit 9/3/14


A Good Habit Show Notes

Good afternoon, everyone!  It’s a rainy Wednesday here in San Antonio (for which we are so grateful), and while we’re glad we didn’t have to venture out into the storm today, we do miss all of you, and look forward to being back on the air next week.  This week Guadalupe Radio Network is having their Fall Share-a-thon, so if you have not yet had the opportunity to pledge your donation, please do it today!  This Catholic radio station is only able to stay on the air because of the generous support of faithful listeners like you. Click here to donate now.

On our last episode of A Good Habit we were joined by Mary Jane Fox of the Pilgrim Center of Hope, who talked with us about a topic very dear to her heart and Continue reading

The Stigmata of St. Francis

tumblr_maierrjNZG1rrutr7o1_400In the year 1224 St. Francis of Assisi was given a gift of grace which no one could have imagined: the sacred stigmata.  St. Francis, the ardent lover of Christ crucified, now bore in his own body the wounds of the Passion.  On this day all Franciscans celebrate the Feast of the Stigmata of Our Holy Father Francis, which was first instituted by Pope Benedict XI.  Below is the second reading from today’s office of readings

From the Legenda Minor of Saint Bonaventure

Two years before Francis, the faithful servant of Christ, gave his soul back to God, he was alone on the top of Mt. Alverna.  There he had begun a fast of forty days in honor of the archangel Michael and was immersed more deeply than usual in the delights of heavenly contemplation.  His soul became aglow with the ardor of fervent longing for heaven as he experienced within himself the operations of grace.

As he was drawn aloft through ardent longing for God one morning near the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and was praying on the mountainside, he saw what appeared as a seraph with six bright wings gleaming like a fire descending from the heights of heaven.  As this figure approached in swift flight and came near the man of God it appeared not only winged but also crucified.  The sight of it amazed Francis and his soul experienced joy mingled with pain.  He was delighted with the sight of Christ appearing to him so graciously and intimately and yet the awe-inspiring vision of Christ nailed to the cross aroused in his soul a joy of compassionate love. Continue reading

Ego-centric vs Christo-centric

The ego-centric way vs the Christo-centric way.  Do I make God the locus of my life, or do I try to force Him to conform to my ways.  This is the constant struggle which each one of us, like St. Peter in today’s Gospel, must face. But in undertaking this struggle, decreasing more and more so that the Lord can increase in us, we become evermore conformed to  Christ.  It doesn’t come easy, though, which makes it rather unpopular.  

Pouring out my life like a libation is a lot harder than taking the path of least resistance against myself and just doing what makes me “happy.” And because of our fallen nature, it’s not always easy to recognize that we are being self-centered or self-serving in our relationship with God.  The truth is, God desires so much more for us than just being “happy.”  The list of what He wants to give us could take up an entire book, but a good place to start (which is the first thing that comes to mind) is from one of the psalms: “fulfillment and endless peace in Your presence.”   That’s just a little morsel of what God wants to pour into our souls here on earth and in eternity.

Now that you’ve seen the ego-centric way to “serve” God, read The Pope’s Sunday Angelus address, below, for a far better guide on how to conform to Christ, not the world.

Dear brothers and sisters, Good Morning!

In the Sunday itinerary with the Gospel of Matthew, we arrive today at the crucial point in which Jesus, after confirming that Peter and the other eleven had believed in Him as the Messiah and Son of God, “began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly…,and be killed and on the third day be raised.” (16,21).

It is a critical moment in which Jesus and the disciples’ way of thinking emerges. Even Peter feels compelled to reproach the Master, because he cannot attribute such a shameful end for the Messiah. Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 8/27/14


A Good Habit Show Notes

Hello, everyone!  Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend.  I’ve been neglecting the show notes over the last month, so I want to make sure I get them up for last week’s episode of A Good Habit.

Firstly, many of you have let us know that you’re having trouble accessing the podcasts in iTunes.  Hopefully that will get fixed soon, but in the mean time we’re going to put it on the blog as well, and hopefully there won’t be any trouble listening.

Here is A Good Habit from Wednesday, August 27th, 2014.

If you’re interested in going on the EWTN/Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament pilgrimage October 7-11 with Ken and Debbie Felder, you can email them at kenDOTdebDOTfelderATattDOTnet.  It’s a great opportunity to see the EWTN studios, as well as the Shrine, including the John Paul II Eucharistic Center (which we hope to see some day, too).

We spent a lot of time talking about what a great time we had at the Fullness of Truth Conference last weekend here in San Antonio.  We met so many people from all over Texas, and although we didn’t actually get a chance to listen to any of the speakers (because we were too busy talking with everyone), we heard lots of good things from the attendees.

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The next Fullness of Truth conference is in Corpus Christi next month, and it’s their very first Marian conference.  The theme of the conference is: Mary: the New Eve, Heaven’s Strategy for Spiritual Warfare. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.  They are going to have some fantastic speakers, including Dr. Michael Barber and Dn. Harold Burke-Sivers, – it’s definitely worth your time.

We mentioned meeting The Classical Theist at the conference last weekend, and were excited to see what he’s doing to bring the intellectual patrimony of the Church to everyone.  Here is the link to his website if you want to learn more: The Classical Theist

And, speaking of St. Augustine and smart people, we wanted to mention that Taylor Marshall is working on his next book, Saint Augustine in 50 Pages: A Quick Layman’s Guide to Augustinianism.  It’s a follow up to Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages, which is available for free at taylormarshall.com  Keep him in your prayers as he works on the book.  When it’s finished it will be available for free on his website.  Don’t you just love stuff that’s free and feeds your soul?

A Model of Joyful Praise

 

Our best model of prayer, praise, and joy is Our Lady, and today we celebrate the feast of her Queenship.  She is the model of true joy, for she was the Mother of Our Lord, Who is the source of all our hope and joy.  Her joy and gratitude to God overflow from her soul so beautifully in the Magnificat that Christians have repeated her words in praise of God since the earliest days of the Church.

Our beautiful Mother is a Queen because she is the Mother of the King of Kings, and she loves to teach us how to praise her Son.  Today we want to share this video from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament’s Facebook page (our old home) – it is guaranteed to lift your spirit and bring joy to your heart.  Like Our Lady with her hymn of praise to God, these radiant ladies are overflowing with love for Jesus.  They made our day, and we hope you enjoy them, too.

Inviolate and Incorruptible

The Assumption of the Virgin Bergognone, Ambrogio di Stefano da Fossano, Italian, Milan ca. 1453–1523

The Assumption of the Virgin by Bergognone (Ambrogio di Stefano da Fossano), c1453-1523 

This painting is so beautiful, we can’t stop looking at it.  Click on it and you’ll be taken to the Metropolitan Museum website where you can zoom in super close to see all the beautiful details .

 

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Gratitude and joy – those are the emotions that define this day for us.  Gratitude to God for the gift of Our Lady, and joy because we feel her maternal solicitude each day.

The second reading today from the Office of Readings is taken from Pope Pius XII’s Apostolic Constitution defining the dogma of the Assumption.  It’s a beautiful explanation of why we celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady.  To read the entire document click here.

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