A Call for Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the Sins of our Clergy

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Like yours, my heart is sick and aches at the horrific news of abuse and complicity by members of the clergy of our Church.  I despair that the darkness and evil of the world has infected our Church.  I feel righteous anger and want to demand accountability and transparency from the temporal stewards of our one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I want to do something, but that “something” must be positive.  So what to do?  Looking to Micah 6:8 I am reminded: “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Our Lady with incomprehensible patience reminds us that the way forward in every crisis of faith is prayer.  As the Saints demonstrate emulating the example of our Lord on the Cross, prayer is always made better with sacrifice.

With that in mind, in reparation for the sins of our clergy, I plan to fast and offer a Rosary on the fourth Fridays of the month.  There is, of course, more that you can do.  You can join in the already underway 54 Day Rosary Novena for our Nation (www.novenaforournation.com/54-day-novena).

In prayer, we should always look to Saint Joseph.  As Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches. “There are many saints to whom God has given the power to assist us in the necessities of life, but the power given to St. Joseph is unlimited:  It extends to all our needs and all those who invoke him with confidence are sure to be heard.”

To thee, O blessed Saint Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity where with you are united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that you would look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old you did rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of his life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

The Psalms too are always a powerful source of prayerful sustenance.

Psalm 43:1-5

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from deceitful and unjust men deliver me!

For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Oh, send out your light and your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my savior and my God.

I urge you to join in Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the sins of our clergy.  Saint John Paull II calls on all of us to evangelize.  Let this be one example our devotion to our Lord and His Church.

Please join me in The Fourth Friday Fast and Prayer for Reparation.

God bless,

Frank

Fun Nun Bowl September 23, 2018

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Calling: Ephesians 4:1-32

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Catholic Study Bible

Ephesians 4:1-32

1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8 Therefore it is said, ” When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,and he gave gifts to men.”
9 ( In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.
17 Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their minds;
18 they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart;
19 they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness.
20 You did not so learn Christ! –
21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.
22 Put off the old man that belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
24 and put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice,
32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Summer First Friday Networking Lunches

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On this day we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus it is fitting to share the First Friday Devotion, which was the inspiration for scheduling the Carolina Catholic Professionals’ First Friday Fellowship and Networking Lunches.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION

Nine consecutive Fridays in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (1647-1690), a French nun in the Visitation Order, and gave her the special task to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart at a time when religion was growing cold in the hearts of mankind.

He said to her:

“Behold this heart which, notwithstanding the burning love for men with which it is consumed and exhausted, meets with no other return from most Christians than sacrilege, contempt, indifference and ingratitude, even in the sacrament of my love [the Eucharist]. But what pierces my heart most deeply is that I am subjected to these insults by persons especially consecrated to my service.”

Jesus asked for special prayers and practices to make amends (reparation) for this great neglect to the proper reverence owed to God. For those who did this faithfully, he made what St. Margaret Mary referred to as the “Great Promise” which was the last and greatest of the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“I promise you in the unfathomable mercy of my heart that my omnipotent love will procure the grace of final penitence for all those who receive communion on nine successive first Fridays of the month; they will not die in my disfavor [the grace of final repentance], or without having received the sacraments, since my divine heart will be their sure refuge in the last moments of their life.”

CONDITIONS TO FULFILL THE FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION

The specific conditions to receive the Great Promise of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are:

1. Receive Holy Communion on nine consecutive first Fridays of the month (this assumes that the person is in a state of grace, having made a sacramental confession for any mortal sins prior to receiving communion).

2. Having the intention, at least implicitly, of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for all the sinfulness and ingratitude of men.
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We are suspending our First Friday lunches for the summer.  We will resume in September.  Our speaker will be Fred McKay, Principal of Charleston Catholic School.

Wishing you and your families the Lord’s blessing for a safe and pleasant summer.

Recap June 2018 First Friday Networking Lunch

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Danny Kassis shares how his Catholic Faith has informed and guided his executive career in the gas and electric power generation and distribution industry.

Research Brief from Institute for Family Studies: “Meaning in Modern America”

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The Institute for Family Studies May 2018 Research Brief:  Meaning in Modern America by Clay Routledge.

Click “Meaning in Modern America” to read the entire publication.

Reminder: First Friday Fellowship & Networking Lunch This Friday, June 1, 2018

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CCP will host a First Friday Networking and Fellowship Lunch at the Diocese Chancery Meeting Hall on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 11:45am to 1:15pm.  This event is open to both members and non-members.  Lunch will be $15 for members and $25 for non-members.  

Our speaker will be Daniel F. Kassis, Vice President of Customer Relations and Renewables for South Carolina Electric and Gas Company.  For more information on Mr. Kassis, click Kassis Bio (PDF).

Our theme for these lunches is how we engage the world in faith and bear witness to the Gospel in the way we live our lives.  With one foot in the Church and one in the world we are all on the same journey.  We ask our speakers to discuss their personal journey of faith and their work in the world and what they see to be meaningful trends and developments in our community, state, and nation.

Thank you to those who have already reserved a space!  For those who have not, please RSVP online today!

The Diocese Chancery Meeting Hall is at 901 Orange Grove Road Charleston, SC 29407.

A Horrifying and Heartbreaking Cry of the Desperate Need for Christ’s Merciful Love

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A horrifying and heartbreaking cry of the desperate need for Christ’s Merciful Love in our very own state, for without Him, there is only darkness.

Recap of May 2018 First Friday Networking Lunch

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Deacon Dan Powers shares his journey of faith and reminds us that we are called to open our hearts to those around us.

 

 

Save the Date! CCP Dinner with Conor Gallagher October 25, 2018

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Join us for an evening of Catholic Christian fellowship, faith, and ideas on October 25, 2018.  Mr. Conor Gallagher will share his lecture, “Still Amidst the Storm” followed by a dinner.

In Mark’s Gospel (4:37-41) we see the apostles trapped in a mighty storm and their fishing boats on the bring of capsizing. And Jesus slept. This confused, scared,
and even angered the apostles who could not fight back the storm. Author, CEO and father of twelve, Mr. Conor Gallagher, relates this short passage to the anxieties of modern life. The chaos of our lives and the demands of those with whom we live and work can leave us feeling as helpless as those apostles in the boat. The world, however, only offers fake solutions to these real problems: over-medication, spurts of carnal pleasure, and “time management” techniques that never suffice.

Conor Gallagher looks to three remedies that underlie all others: First, encountering God in the present moment while avoiding past resentment and future
anxiety; second, listening to the voice of God only found in exterior and interior silence amidst the constant drum of deafening noise; and third, resting in serene
stillness as the stir-crazy spirit of the world goes by.

Mr. Conor Gallagher earned both his Masters in Philosophy and Juris Doctoris from The Catholic University of America. He began his professional career as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Conrad, Chief Judge of the Western District of North Carolina. He has been an adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Political Philosophy at Belmont Abbey College, and is currently the Executive Director of the Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College.  He is also Publisher of Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books.  He and his wife Ashley, are the proud parents of twelve wonderful children (all homeschooled!!).

Saint Benedict Press is a Catholic publisher that helps parishes, dioceses, and Catholic schools engage parishioners and lead them into a deeper and more active Catholic faith. Our products and programs are developed with one primary goal: to help people become saints. We publish Bibles, ministry resources, Sacramental and Catechist gifts, informative, entertaining, and state-of-the-art video programs from today’s Catholic experts on a variety of topics.

Our name pays tribute to the guiding influence of the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey, a short distance from our headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Our mission is to reflect the charisms of joy, spiritual development, zeal and fraternal charity.

Saint Benedict Press publishes under several imprints, including TAN Books.

Since its founding, TAN Books has been committed to the preservation and promotion of the spiritual, theological and liturgical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. TAN Books publishes over 500 titles on Thomistic theology, traditional devotions, Church doctrine, history, lives of the saints, educational resources, and more. All designed to help you Become a Saint.

Visit us at SaintBenedictPress.com or TANBooks.com

Location: Chancery Meeting Hall

Time:  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm