1. ANGELIC TRISAGION.
i. An indulgence of 100 days, once a day, to all thus faithful who, with
contrite hearts adoring the Most Holy Trinity, shall devoutly recite
ii. The same indulgence three times on every Sunday, as well as on the Festival and during the Octave of this Most holy Trinity;
iii. A plenary indulgence for ever, once in a month, to all these who throughout the same month shall have said daily this Angelic Trisagion as above; to be gained on any one day when, after Confession and Communion, they shall visit some church, and pray according to the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus exercituum: Plena est terra gloria tua: Gloria Patri, Gloria Filio, Gloria Spiritui Sancto.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, earth is full of Thy Glory. Glory be to the Father, Glory be to the Son, Glory be to the Holy Ghost.
Monday Night at the Movies
2. Cecil B. DeMille, King of Kings, 1927.
Franco Zefferelli, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 1972.
72, Verse 5
they FEAR you with the sun, and before the moon, through all
This psalm is
all about the glory of Christ’s Holy Catholic Church for the church defends the
oppressed among the people and seeks to save the children of the poor and crush
the oppressor; for it is our church who rescues the poor when they cry out, and
the oppressed who have no one to help. It is our church that shows pity to the
needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor from extortion and violence
for precious is their blood in His sight. Yes, the apostates of the world mock
us for our faith in a man that rose from the dead and in His representative
Peter; nevertheless, they shutter with fear before this church in the miracle
of the Sun in Fatima. Life is delightful to God and the Church.
Respect for Life
To understand more fully
how to defend and protect human life, we must
first consider who we are, at the deepest level. God creates us in his image
and likeness, which means we are made to be in loving relationship with him.
The essence of our identity and worth, the source of our dignity, is that we
are loved by God: "We are not the sum of our weaknesses and
failures; we are the sum of
the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his
Son." We are called to divine intimacy, true communion with God, and we
can grow in this closeness with him through daily prayer, reading the
Scriptures, and frequent participation in the sacraments, especially Confession
and the Eucharist.
Our Mission as Christians
The knowledge and
realization of how deeply we are loved by God elicits a response of love that
simultaneously draws us closer to God and, at the same time, impels us to share
his love with others and embracing a relationship with God means following in his
footsteps, wherever he may call. Just as Jesus invited St. Peter and St. Andrew
to become his disciples, he invites us to do the same: "Come after me, and
I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Being a disciple of Jesus
naturally includes sharing the Gospel with others and inviting them into a
deeper relationship with God. As Christians, our identity and our mission are
two sides of the same coin; like the apostles, we are called to be missionary
This doesn't necessarily
mean quitting our jobs or moving to foreign countries. For most of us, our
mission field is daily life: "Christ teaches us how to evangelize, how to
invite people into communion with him, and how to create a culture of witness:
namely, through love. A Christian life lived with charity and faith is the most
effective form of evangelization." The first step towards living this life
is allowing Jesus to meet and transform us daily. If we respond to his grace,
our lives will show we have something beyond what the world offers: we follow a
person whose love changes our lives, so we want others to also experience his
transforming love. When we live in union with God, open to his prompting, we're
more able to see the opportunities for witness and his guidance in responding
to these opportunities. We may fear doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong
thing, but we do not need to be afraid. Jesus promised his disciples, "I
am with you always, until the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
As a society and as
individuals, we often measure ourselves by false standards: by what and how
much we do, our successes or failures, how others treat us, the degree of our
pleasure or independence, etc. And when these changeable substitutes prove to
be insufficient, or when we are faced with challenges and suffering, we may
feel helpless, alone, or abandoned; we may be tempted to feel as though our
lives have decreased value or worth. But God's love—individual, real,
unchanging—is the true source of our worth, identity, and dignity. It really is
not a question of who we are, but rather whose we are. Because his
love will never change, nothing can reduce our God-given dignity, and nothing
can diminish the immeasurable worth of our lives.
When someone is facing
great trials, we need to meet them where they are, walk with them on their
journey, intercede for them, and be open to sharing Christ's love however he
directs. When a woman becomes pregnant, and her boyfriend threatens to leave if
she continues the pregnancy, we need to lovingly walk with her. When family
members or friends become seriously ill, we need to assure them that God still
offers them something in this life, and they still have purpose. We need to
consistently be with them every step of the way. Sometimes our actions speak
for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus
knows how to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow where he
A Culture of Life
This is how we answer our
missionary call. This is how we build a culture of life, a culture that
joyfully proclaims the truth of God's love, purpose, and plan for each person.
Changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts
and includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to
Jesus—the source of joy and love. When we encounter Christ, experience his
love, and deepen our relationship with him, we become more aware of our own
worth and that of others. His love for each person is cause for great joy, and
growing understanding of this priceless treasure motivates us to share his love
with others. Our lives are often changed by the witness of others; so too,
others' lives may be changed by our witness and authentic friendship with them.
Let us go, therefore, and not be afraid. God is always with us.
Why should I fear evil days when my wicked
ensnarers ring me round?
According to John McCain a person
or nation’s character determines its destiny. McCain points out in his book
Character is Destiny the person who most exemplifies the characteristic of
fairness is that of Martin Luther King, Jr.
said of King:
From a jail cell he wrote a letter that is one of the most celebrated
documents in American history and summoned his country to the cause of justice. “My Dear Fellow Clergymen,” it began. Recognizing that his correspondents
were “men of genuine good will and your criticisms sincerely set forth,” he
promised to respond in patient and reasonable terms. They were reasonable
terms, and undeniably fair, but patient they were not.
We have waited for more than
340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. . . . Perhaps it is easy
for those who have never felt the stinging dark of
segregation to say, “Wait.” But when
you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown
your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen
curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the
vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight
cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find
your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your
six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has
just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when
she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds
of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her
beginning to distort her personality by developing unconscious bitterness
toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son
who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when
you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night
in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept
you; when you are humiliated day in and
day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name
becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your
last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the
respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the
fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite
knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer
resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”
then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time
when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be
plunged into the abyss of despair.
America still struggles internally and externally to arrive at the place
Dr. King had summoned us to, that exalted place that had been the highest
ambition of our Founding Fathers and the highest value we recommend to the rest
of the world; the place where all people are recognized as equal and endowed by
their Creator with inalienable rights. African Americans recognize the debt
they owe Dr. King’s courage, wisdom, and unshakable sense of fairness. But
Americans of European descent owe him a greater one. At the cost of his life,
he helped save us from a terrible disgrace, the betrayal of our country, and
the principles that have ennobled our history. And that is a debt we must happily bear forever.
Luther King Facts & Quotes
Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
1964. He was 35 years old, which made him the youngest Peace Prize winner
at that time.
I have a dream that my four little children will one
day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What
are you doing for others?
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Luther King Top Events and Things to Do
Visit thekingcenter.org to find out about local events and ways you can
help promote unity, justice, and fight racism.
Become a mentor to an underprivileged person in your
community through Big Brothers, or another similar organization.
Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. For
more info see the Official memorial website.
Donate to the United Negro College Fund or other charities that
promote college degree attainment by minorities.
Watch a movie about MLK. Some popular films include:
Our Friend Martin (1999), Selma (2014) and The Witness (2008)
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER TWO-THE HUMAN
Article 2-PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE
II. The Common Good
1905 In keeping with the social
nature of man, the good of each individual is necessarily related to the common
good, which in turn can be defined only in reference to the human person:
Do not live
entirely isolated, having retreated into yourselves, as if you were already
justified, but gather instead to seek the common good together.
1906 By common good is to be
understood "the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either
as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more
easily." The common good concerns the life of all. It calls for
prudence from each, and even more from those who exercise the office of
authority. It consists of three essential elements:
1907 First, the common good
presupposes respect for the person as such. In the name of the common good,
public authorities are bound to respect the fundamental and inalienable rights
of the human person. Society should permit each of its members to fulfill his
vocation. In particular, the common good resides in the conditions for the
exercise of the natural freedoms indispensable for the development of the human
vocation, such as "the right to act according to a sound norm of
conscience and to safeguard . . . privacy, and rightful freedom also in matters
1908 Second, the common good
requires the social well-being and development of the group itself. Development
is the epitome of all social duties. Certainly, it is the proper function of
authority to arbitrate, in the name of the common good, between various
particular interests; but it should make accessible to each what is needed to
lead a truly human life: food, clothing, health, work, education and culture,
suitable information, the right to establish a family, and so on.
1909 Finally, the common good
requires peace, that is, the stability and security of a just order. It
presupposes that authority should ensure by morally acceptable means the
security of society and its members. It is the basis of the right to legitimate
personal and collective defense.
1910 Each human community
possesses a common good which permits it to be recognized as such; it is in the
political community that its most complete realization is found. It is the role
of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society, its
citizens, and intermediate bodies.
1911 Human interdependence is
increasing and gradually spreading throughout the world. The unity of the human
family, embracing people who enjoy equal natural dignity, implies a universal
common good. This good calls for an organization of the community of nations
able to "provide for the different needs of men; this will involve the
sphere of social life to which belong questions of food, hygiene, education, .
. . and certain situations arising here and there, as for example . . .
alleviating the miseries of refugees dispersed throughout the world, and
assisting migrants and their families."
1912 The common good is always
oriented towards the progress of persons: "The order of things must be
subordinate to the order of persons, and not the other way
around." This order is founded on truth, built up in justice, and
animated by love.
National Bagel Day-Munch on this doughy, holey bread at every
meal, bake your own or host a bagel party to sample a variety of delicious
fillings and toppings.
National Hat Day-National Hat Day seeks to celebrate the different styles and types of hats. This day encourages everyone to wear their favorite hat whether that be one that is comfortable, stylistic, or that stands out. People have worn hats for thousands of years whether to protect themselves from the elements or to show status. Today, people still wear hats for similar reasons. No matter the reason, on National Hat Day all hats are celebrated today.
Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels
 McCain, John and Salter, Mark. (2005) Character is destiny. Random
House, New York.