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Fr. James Marshall Weekly Blog

Fr. James Marshall Weekly Blog

Sacred Music

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 9/27/18

The song Ave Verum Corpus, a Eucharistic hymn most famously put to music by Mozart, is commonly attributed to Pope Innocent VI. It was sung during the elevation of the Host at Mass in the Middle Ages, and was also sometimes used during Benediction. Read the lyrics below. Think of the ... Read More »

KNOW THYSELF

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 9/11/18

This article by Fr. James V. Schall S.J. gives good advice to all of us. We should always try to be honest with ourselves especially when it comes to bad habits that we cannot seem to overcome. It is only with the help of God's grace that we can ... Read More »

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 9/02/18

Teaching Virtue: The Dot and the Lin by   Andrew Seeley 0 2226 (Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Andrew Seeley as he examines how The Dot and the Line can help teach us virtue as a concept key in  Christian education. ... Read More »

THE ASSUMPTION

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 8/13/18

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

In the section of the catechism dealing with Mary’s Motherhood with regard to the Church we read that, “Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. ‘This union of the mother with the ... Read More »

THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HUMANAE VITAE

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 7/19/18

July 25th marks the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae (On Human Life). Pope Paul VI upheld the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church on the immoral use of contraception. It was wrong two thousand years ago and it is wrong now regardless of what the so called experts may ... Read More »

Are You A Gnostic?

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 7/17/18

Every parent with children in the public schools should listen to this!!!!

The Grand Inquisitor

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 7/03/18

[N]othing has ever been more insufferable for man than freedom!

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Grand Inquisitor

As we approach Independence Day we should consider what it means to be truly free. When Saint John Paul II visited the United States in 1995, he said this:

Surely it is important for ... Read More »

PENTECOST THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/18/18

PENTECOST

The feast of Pentecost brings to an end the Easter season. What began on Easter Sunday with the bodily resurrection of our Lord culminates with Jesus’ ascension into heaven and initiates the gift of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost.

The Catholic catechism puts it this way:

“The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the “dispensation of the mystery” – the age of the Church, during which Christ manifest, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, “until he comes.” 1Cor. 11:26. In this age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in what the common Tradition of the East and West calls “the sacramental economy”; this is the communication (or “dispensation”) of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church’s “sacramental” liturgy.” CCC ... Read More »

Apostolic Succession

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/14/18

This is an excellent commentary on apostolic succession by Dr. John Bergsma. I met this man at a priest’s conference in West Virginia. He comes from a protestant tradition that rejected the Catholic teaching on apostolic succession but came to believe through his study of Church history that the ... Read More »

Happy Mothers Day

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/12/18

The greatest gift that God has imparted to men and women is the gift of life. So it stands to reason that we would honor the God-roles of men and women as fathers and mothers united in the sacrament of holy matrimony and sharing in that gift of life ... Read More »

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