Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Pope John Paul II loved young people. He created World Youth Day as a place for young Catholics from all over the world to unite in their faith. I had the blessing to attend World Youth Day 1997 in Paris, France with my parish, Our Lady of the Snows, when I was 16 years old. This site is lovingly dedicated to Pope John Paul II.
Monday, December 3, 2007
St. Ann is the grandmother of Jesus and the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Ann's in Scranton is the largest pilgrimage site in the world to St. Ann.
Below is the text for the Novena prayers:
THE NOVENA SERVICE
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(Priest) Incline unto my aid, O God.
(People) O Lord make haste to help me.
(Priest) Let us pray.
(Priest and People together) O Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of all good gifts, we kneel before you to honor you in your Saints; and to seek their intercession in our many needs. We are truly sorry for all our sins; and humbly ask your pardon.Please grant our requests and a full measure of the indulgences granted by your Vicar, the Pope and draw us ever nearer your divine heart. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT ANN
(Priest and People Together) O glorious St. Ann, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer. Heavily laden with the weight of my my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection.
Here mention silently your intention
Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus so that he may being it to a happy issue. Please continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face and with you and Mary and all the saints, praising and blessing him for all eternity. Amen.
Say the follwing prayer three times:
Good Saint Ann, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness, and our hope. Pray to her for us and obtain our requests.
PRAYER TO ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS
O glorious St. Paul of the Cross, you who in meditating on the Passion of Jesus Christ did attain to such a high degree of sanctity on earth and of happiness in Heaven and did, by preaching the same holy Passion, offer to the world a most efficacious remedy for all its evils, obtain for us that we may ever have that Passion, so deeply engraven on our hearts that we may gather similar fruits in time and in eternity. Amen.
PRAYER IN HONOR OF ST. GABRIEL
O God, who did teach St. Gabriel, your confessor, the constant remembrance of the sorrows of your loving Mother and through her did crown him with the glory of sanctity and miracles, grant us, by his intercession and example, so to share with your Mother in her sorrows that through her maternal protection we may gain everlasting salvation. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
The Rosary is one of the most beloved prayers of Catholicism. In this videoclip, pilgrims to Medjugorje, a popular site for Marian apparitions, pray the Rosary.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Mary is the Mother of the Catholic Church. She gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation (when the Angel Gabriel came and told her she was with child) and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross. Ever since, her motherhoodher motherhood has extended to the brothers and sisters of her Son "who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties." Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer. Mary, his mother and ours, shows us the way to her son. We become closer to both Jesus and Mary by praying the Rosary.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
An excerpt from the book "Rediscovering Catholicism" by Matthew Kelly, known for his writings designed to inspire young adults everywhere, regardless of their religion. "Rediscovering Catholicism" is a book that all Catholics should read, in particular young adults.
The World Needs the Church
"As I have already said, it seems the only acceptable prejudice in this hyper-sensitive, politically correct, modern climate, is to be anti-Catholic. This prejudice is growing and growing, as it is subtly nurtured by the arts and the media, and furthered by the way prevailing philosophies undermine Catholicism.
In the midst of the obviously anti-Catholic environment that our culture has created, it is easy to overlook some fundamental and practical realities. The world needs the Church today more than ever before. In a modern schema where people are becoming more self-absorbed and completely fixated on the fulfillment of their own desires, the Church is only going to be needed more and more.
The Catholic Church feeds more people, clothes more people, houses more people, and educates more people than any other organization in the world. And when the modern media and the secular culture have finished tearing down the Church as best they can, let me ask you, who then will take our place? Who will feed the hungry? Who will clothe the naked? Who will visit the lonely and imprisoned? Who will house the homeless? Who will comfort the sick and dying? Who will educate the masses?
The world needs the Church. Even your hardened and cynical politicians with nothing in mind but personal gain recognize this reality with alarming clarity. If for no other reason than from an economic standpoint, they know they couldn't pick up the broken pieces that would be left if the Church disappeared from their community.
The Church may be massively unappreciated and woefully persecuted, but we must press on all the same. After all, that is always the way it has been. Jesus didn't promise an easy way. He promised that we would be ridiculed, persecuted, and unappreciated as he himself was, but that we would nonetheless experience joy and fullness of life.
We should not try to forget that when Jesus was on the cross, he didn't turn to the man next to him and say, "You did the crime, now pay the price." No, he offered him a better life. That is the responsibility that now falls to our shoulders as followers of Jesus. The mission of the Church is to offer people a better life.
They key word of all of this is "offer". The Church doesn't force people to do things. The Church is a lover who comes to propose to the beloved. The Church proposes to you a certain course of action for certain situations. The Church proposes to you and me a certain way of life. And each of us, like the beloved who is proposed to, must accept the proposal or turn down the proposal. But, whatever our decision, we must live with that decision forever."
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
As Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. Eucharistic Adoration gives us the opportunity to spend some quiet time with Christ, either in prayer, silent meditation, or even a personal conversation with Him.
At http://www.savior.org/, Catholics do not need to wait for Adoration at their respective parishes. They can simply visit the website and adore Christ whenever they choose.
To me, this is like having a conversation with a friend via webcam. It is still the same person, just a different experience of that person. Obviously, it would be preferable to physically attend adoration but some Churches don't even hold adoration on a weekly basis. The online adoration gives people the opportunity to remember Christ at all times in their lives: at work, at home, at a webcafe... anywhere... after all, isn't Christ with us wherever we go anyway?
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Letters To A Young Catholic is a book that every Catholic, regardless of age, should read. The title was clearly taken from Ranier Maria Rilke's "Letters To A Young Poet", written at the beginning of the 20th century in response to one of his fans who wrote to him asking about the lifestyle of a poet. In that same vein, Weigel's book discusses the Catholic lifestyle. While Rilke wrote his letters in poetic verse, Weigel writes in a more journalistic tone, fitting since he has a syndicated newspaper column, "The Catholic Difference".
Weigel takes his readers on a journey through the Catholic world, starting with American Catholic writer Flannery O'Connor's Georgia home and travelling all over the world until ending in Krakow, Poland-- the home of Pope John Paul II.
Here is one of my favorite excerpts from "Letters To A Young Catholic" about the Catholic worldview that I hope you enjoy!
"'If you live today, you breathe in nihilism... it's the gas you breathe,' wrote Flannery O'Connor; 'if I hadn't had the Church to fight it with or to tell me the necessity of fighting it, I would be the stinkingest locical positivist you ever say right now.' So, I expect, would I. So, perhaps, would you. So here's one more way to think about Catholicism and its distinctive optic on the world and on us: Catholicism is an antidote to nihilism. And by 'nihilism', I mean, not the sour dark, often violent nihilism of Neitzsche and Sartre, but what my friend, the late Father Ernest Fortin (who borrowed the term from his friend, Alan Bloom), used to call 'debonair nihilism': the nihilism that enjoys itself on its way to oblivion, convinced that all of this-- the world, us, relationships, sex, beauty, history-- is really just a cosmic joke. Against the nihilist claim that nothing is really of consequence, Catholicism insists that everything is of consequence, because everything has been redeemed by Christ.
And, if you believe that, it changes the way you see things. It changes the way everything looks. Here is Flannery O'Connor again, refelecting on the Catholic difference in her own artistic and spiritual life, and that of fellow author Caroline Gordon Tate:
I feel that if I were not a Catholic, I would have no reason to write, no reason to see, no reason ever to feel horrified or even to enjoy anything. I am a born Catholic, went to Catholic schools in my early years, and have never left or wanted to leave the Church. I have never had the sense that being a Catholic is a limit to the freedom of the writer, but just the reverse. Mrs. Tate told me that after she became a Catholic, she felt she could use her eyes and accept what she saw for the first time, she didn't have to make a new universe for each book but could take the one she found.
To be sure, Catholicism wants to change the world, primarily by converting it. At the same time, Catholicism takes the world as it is-- Catholicism tries to convert this world, not some other world or some other humanity of our imagining-- because God took the world as it is. God didn't create a different world to redeem; God, in the person of His Son, redeemed the world he had created, which is a world of freedom in which our decisions have real consequences, for good and for evil."
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The generation of young adults from age 25-40 seems to be somewhat forgotten by local parishes, which tend to focus on teens and youth. Plus, average mass attendance seems to be predominently that of senior citizens. The young adult generation wants, and needs, more. We want to become more active in our parishes and, as a result, further develop our faith. We cannot do this alone-- we need as many resources as possible geared toward our age group-- that is where CYA Central comes in. This blog aims to provide articles, podcasts, and other online media to Catholic young adults, or anyone who is interested, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Where necessary, core Catholic beliefs, taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, will be posted. This is also an interactive blog and users are invited to click on the Message Board link to the left to chat with other Catholic Young Adults or leave their comments in the "comment" section after each post.
Thank you for visiting and God bless!