Posted: October 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him, saying, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And he said unto him, “What is written in the law? how readest thou?” And he answering said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” And he said unto him, “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” (Luke 10:25-28)

LOVE OF OUR NEIGHBOR: He who hopes to be saved must love God with all his heart, and his neighbor as himself. Of the love of God we shall speak in the next chapter: this chapter deals principally with the love of our neighbor, the qualities of which our Lord shows us in His beautiful parable of the Good Samaritan.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)


My encounter with saints | iPadre Catholic Podcasting.

Nice post from Fr. Jay Finelli. I also was blessed to assist as deacon at Saint John Paul the Second’s Mass in Queens, New York, but who knew he would be canonized so soon back then. I also en-counted Blessed Pope Paul the Sixth, back in the sixty’s, when he came to New York. I met Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen in an elevator, as he was preparing to shoot one of his TV shows too. It’s a small world! I always wondered how many Saints I have met? Most of them have not been canonized but are surely in heaven, like Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who gave us New York deacon’s a retreat back a number of years ago, my friend Joey Lomangino, the great apostle of Our Lady, who went  around the world giving talks on the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparitions and on St. Padre Pio and yet, was blind, and of course my wife Marianne, who was a great Pro-Life worker and spent her life saving babies from being slaughtered! Hopefully, I can join all these Saints when I leave this planet on my birthday into heaven! :-)

In just a few days, 1 November, we celebrate the Solemnity of all Saints. On this great feast day, we celebrate those men, women and children who are in heaven, but not on the Roman Calendar. Reality is that we don’t have to be canonized by the Church to go to heaven. Canonization is a formal process that declares that a person lived heroic virtue and is worthy of the “cult of saints.” Not “cult” in the sense of a false religion. For Catholics, the word cult means a form of worship or honor. There are two kinds of cultus in the Catholic Church. One is called dulia and the other latria. Latria is worship and adoration given to God alone. “I am the Lord your God, you shall have no gods before me.” (Ex. 20:3) But, there is also something we call dulia. Dulia is a theological term signifying the honor we pay to the saints and the prayerful intercession we ask of them. Hyperdulia is the veneration we offer to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

So, dulia and hyperdulia in a worldly sense is like the pictures of our loved ones sitting on the bookshelf in our homes. We look upon the picture of our deceased grandmother with great love and veneration. We know that she is not God, we still love her with all our hearts. God comes first in our lives and our loved ones follow behind. But we still have that connection with our saints that has been given to us by our loving Father. They are our family in heaven, praying for us, rooting for us, giving us their examples of total self giving to the Lord and doing all the God allows them to do to help us get to heaven.

Sometimes we look at the world around us and see all that is bad, all the is evil. And, there sure is a lot of that today. But, we often fail to see what is good, true and holy. I have been blest by the Lord to know at least a few saints. And I’m sure you have known at least one.

The first picture is a week or so after my ordination to the priesthood. I made a pilgrimage to Rome to visit our family friend Cardinal Ciappi in the next picture. I had the awesome blessing of concelebrating with Saint John Paul, II in his private chapel in the Papal Apartments. The second picture is during that visit to Rome when I concelebrated with Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, O.P., Theologian of the Papal Household. One is canonized and the other is not, at least yet. Cardinal Ciappi was indeed a very holy and saintly man. I believe he is in heaven. If you would have know the good Cardinal, I think you would believe the same. So as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, let us give thanks to the Lord for the good example of all those unnamed saints, who lived their lives quietly in their little corner of the world and made a difference, even if no one else saw it.

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Posted: October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither He Himself was about to come. And He said unto them, “The harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth labourers into His harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no wallet, no shoes: and salute no man on the way. And into whatsoever house ye shall enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if a son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall turn to you again. And in that same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye shall enter, and they receive you not, go out into the streets thereof and say, ‘Even the dust from your city, that cleaveth to our feet, we do wipe off against you: howbeit know this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh.’ “ (Luke 10:1-11)


1. so that they could bear witness to the miracles wrought. “In the law it is written that the testimony of two men is true” (John 8:17), and therefore men would more readily believe the word of two together than of one alone. 2. That they might practice mutual love and unity of spirit, and be thus better able to preach the Gospel of love and peace.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)



Thanks for your openness, Clare:
Actually, I enjoyed your telling of this dream. For me it had some special meanings, like persevere and stay with Mother Church; stay close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; and after the Warning (Illumination of souls), many will seek to enter the Church as Catholics, i.e., protestants, Jews, Moslems, and even atheists, but will there be enough priests and deacons to baptize them? Let us pray for an increase of Vocations . . .
God bless+

Originally posted on Faith in our Families:

I was so exhausted last night. I fell asleep in my clothes, face down in the middle of a chapter of John Paul II Love and Responsibility. I had the weirdest dream…

We were in the park and suddenly the ground started splitting like this:


And then magma started coming up out of the cracks in the ground like this:


There were so many people everywhere and they were all running around hysterical and panicking, trying to get away from what seemed to be the end of the world. But I was ready! I had been over this scenario so many times in my mind I knew exactly what to do – I had to get to my church. I walked my kids up the hill to the church where we saw hundreds of people desperately trying to climb over the wall to get into the church grounds. 

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I guess I’m not on their mailing list because I haven’t heard from “Deacon’ Digest” in years. Maybe I move too much :-)

Originally posted on Deacons Today: Servants in a Servant Church:

Deacon Digest CoverThis afternoon I received the current issue of Deacon Digest (November 2014), the only national magazine dedicated to the ministry of deacons.  Every November issue is provided to every deacon and deacon candidate in the United States.  This year, Brother Silas Henderson, the Managing Editor of the Digest, writes that this national distribution is not only a chance to connect with the diaconate and formation communities in the country; “it also gives us an opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ for the important ministry you are doing for and with the Church.”

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Br. Silas

This November’s issue is a double issue, with columns and articles by an impressive list of contributors, lay and clergy, on the theme of “Reflecting the Love of Christ the Servant.”  Included are: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Bishop Richard B. Higgins, Fr. James Martin, SJ, Deacon Bill Ditewig, Sr. Honora Werner, OP, Mr. Jeff Cavins, Deacon Joseph…

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[Video] To Jesus Through Mary

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized



Posted: October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


Forgive us dear Mother Mary, for hurting Your Maternal Heart, by offending God with our sins.