Check Out Our New "Resources" Page

Please check out our new “Resources” page by clicking on the word “Resources” in the menu at the top of the home page. You’ll find documents to download, popular newspaper columns, homilies, recommended books, periodicals, websites, and retreats and presentations that are available. We would love to get your feedback on these materials, which will be updated from time to time.

Also, we have just added a new podcast on the controversy over the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the subject of Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. It's extremely important for all Christians to understand the issues and what is at stake as leaders in the Church express contrary understandings of the Pope's position.

Catholics and Humor

In a recent podcast available on Twoedgetalk, Deacon Tim and Cyndi discuss Catholics, happiness and humor. Is it a coincidence that two top comedians, Stephen Colbert and Jim Gaffigan, are both Catholics? When he was 10 years old, Colbert's father and 2 brothers were killed in a plane crash.  In a 2015 interview in GQ, Colbert said:  "I love the thing that I most wish had not happened.” The interviewer asked him to explain. Quoting Tokien, Colbert said, "What punishments of God are not gifts?" Colbert knocked his knuckles on the table. “What punishments of God are not gifts?” he said again. His eyes were filled with tears. “So it would be ungrateful not to take everything with gratitude. It doesn't mean you want it. I can hold both of those ideas in my head...It's not the same thing as wanting to have it to have happened. But you can't change everything about the world. You certainly can't change things that have already happened."

Saint Paul of the Cross wrote beautifully about this: "Love is a unifying virtue which takes upon itself the torments of its beloved Lord. It is a fire reaching through to the inmost soul. It transforms the lover into the one loved. More deeply, love intermingles with grief, and grief with love, and a certain blending of love and grief occurs. They become so united that we can no longer distinguish love from grief nor grief from love. Thus the loving heart rejoices in its sorrow and exults in its grieving love."

3 o'clock Devotion

I came across this devotion, to be said daily at 3:00 p.m.:

In His revelations to Saint Faustina, Jesus encouraged the following devotional practice:

“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony: This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.”(Diary, 1320).