Show Notes – A Good Habit 10/8/14

A Good Habit Show Notes

We’re a little behind on our show notes for last week, and since we had some great topics we wanted to get these notes up for you.

As you likely know, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR passed away on the evening of Oct 3, the  Transitus of Our Holy Father Francis.  His funeral was held last Friday, and if you weren’t able to see it on EWTN you can watch it here.

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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

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.

The world asleep

The Mosul imagery is so arresting. It’s reminiscent of what we saw in Europe in the build-up to the Second World War or the ethnic cleansing witnessed during the Balkans in the early 1990s, where there is an attempt to systematically wipe out an entire civilisation and culture. It’s as if the world is asleep and doesn’t care. I’m surprised there hasn’t been condemnation and calls for solidarity.  

Francis Campbell, former British Ambassador to the Holy See

We’d like to open this post by saying you’ve probably been saturated with news about the  persecuted Christians in Iraq, but the fact is western media has remained quiet about the Continue reading

A testimony to unconditional love

Pope Francis delivers Easter Urbi et Orbi messageToday Pope Francis delivered the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing to the city of Rome and the world.  Here is the English translation of his message:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not Continue reading

Enrich your life with lectio divina

Have you ever been at Mass, or perhaps listening to the homily, only to realize you have no idea what the Gospel, or any of the readings, were even about?  It’s easy for our minds to wander without even realizing it.  One thing that may help you stay focused is lectio divina, a prayerful reading of scripture.  It’s an important part of our life, but many lay people devote time daily or weekly to lectio divina as well.

Making lectio a part of your daily life can seem daunting, so a good place to start might be the Sunday Mass readings.  We were happy to discover that each week Zenit publishes a lectio article focused on the Gospel reading from Sunday.  Not only can it help your prayer life, it will also enrich your experience at Mass as well, opening up the scriptures in a whole new way.  Click here for a prayerful reading of this Sunday’s Gospel from Zenit.  They usually post the articles on Friday, so bookmark it and you’ll have plenty of time to come back each week and read it before Mass on Sunday.

A Pope Under Our Lady’s Mantle

Almighty God and his holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs…These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by her light, strengthened by her food, guided by her spirit, supported by her arm, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other… By word and example they will draw all men to a true devotion to her and though this will make many enemies, it will also bring about many victories and much glory to God alone. 

– St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

Today is the feast day of Bl. Pope John Paul II.  Only last year was it approved as an optional memorial in the US, and next year it will be celebrated as the feast of Saint John Paul II.  For those of you who pray the liturgy of the hours, the proper texts for today’s optional memorial can be found here.

The Little Flower Basilica will be celebrating a Solemn Mass for his feast day today at 5:30pm.  If you are in the San Antonio area it would be a nice way to end the day, commemorating this great saint who visited San Antonio in 1987.  Just recently we visited Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in St. Hedwig, outside of San Antonio.  This beautiful church, built by Polish immigrants in 1868, has, as you can imagine, a fervent love for John Paul II.  They are actually the guardians of the Papal chair which the pontiff used during his historic visit to San Antonio.  It was a privilege for us to offer up a prayer while standing before a chair used by the 263rd successor of St. Peter, one of the greatest saints of our time.

O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the blessed John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns.