Suffering—A God’s-Eye View of Adversity (click on title to view entire posting)

On February 20, 2014, in God's Love, Uncategorized, by claretian

Why is it almost impossible to smile when you’re in extreme pain? Simply because the mind is overwhelmed with the grief or anguish. Such distress is a negative emotion that can eclipse any effort to elicit a positive emotion—unless the action of God’s grace activates faith to see hidden benefits in the hurt. Many persons […]

Muslims and Christians –Is Unity Possible by the “Chr – Islam” Movement?

On June 13, 2013, in Uncategorized, by claretian

In this ecumenical issue, several distinctions need to be made. First, as Pope Francis said,, even atheists can be saved by virtue of their sincerity of conscience; for those atheists who have a sincere but doctrinally erroneous conscience; their sincerity “excuses” them in God’s eyes, as St. Paul says (Rom. 2:15)–but only if they have […]

CONSECRATION PRAYER TO OUR LADY

On July 19, 2011, in Uncategorized, by claretian

CONSECRATION PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE EUCHARIST AFTER COMMUNION Mary is called Our Lady of the Eucharist, because without her, there would be no physical Body of Jesus to be present in the Eucharist. (See John 6:51) Most kind Mother, we consecrate to you our bodies, which have just been honored and sanctified by […]

OPEN TO THE LORD – BY JOHN H. HAMPSCH,C.M.F.

On April 6, 2011, in God's Word, Uncategorized, by claretian

When the famous preacher, George Whitefield, was preaching outdoors to a great throng, a hardened but curious unbeliever watched from atop a near-by tree, while resisting the teaching by keeping his ears plugged with his fingers. A fly lit on his nose, forcing him to remove his finger from one ear to shoo it away, […]

The End of the Age—7 Signs to Look For

On March 16, 2011, in Uncategorized, by claretian

It is important to be aware of the proximity of Jesus’ Second Coming so as to be able to explain to others why Christians believe what we believe. Romans 13:11 Peter writes: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give […]

CONSECRATION PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE EUCHARIST AFTER COMMUNION

On May 25, 2010, in Uncategorized, by claretian

Mary is called Our Lady of the Eucharist, because without her, there would be no physical Body of Jesus  to be present in the Eucharist. (See John 6:51) Most kind Mother, we consecrate to you our bodies, which have just been honored and sanctified by the presence of your Divine Son, our souls which have […]

YOUR CROSS by St. Francis De Sales

On May 25, 2010, in Uncategorized, by claretian

Your Cross The everlasting God has in his wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross he now presents to you as a gift from his inmost heart. This cross he now sends you he has gazed at with his all-knowing eyes, understood with his divine mind, tested with his divine justice, warmed with his loving arms, […]

To everyone who visits this site…

On January 24, 2010, in Uncategorized, by claretian

Hello and a belated Happy 2010. I thought you might like to know about the author of all the material that gets posted to Catholicbooks.net. His name is Fr. John H. Hampsch, CMF. He is a Claretian (Clair-e-shun) Missionary Priest. He was ordained in 1952 and was one of the very first Catholic priests to […]

Why is Mary so revered in Catholic teaching and tradition?

On December 5, 2009, in God's Word, MARIOLOGY, Uncategorized, by claretian

By bringing God to the human race, Mary became the model of the Church in that same function – a function for which it is called to be “without stain … holy and blameless” (Eph. 5:27). It was thus appropriate for God to predestine her to pattern his ideal for the Church, by keeping her […]

Just a thought….

On November 26, 2009, in Uncategorized, by claretian

For those of you that are wondering about the “fear of the Lord” — The correct definition is: “A fear of offending God” Not a Fear of God…… Happy Thanksgiving