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Life is Worth Living MP3: yours FREE! You just pay shipping and handling!

In conjuction with our friends at Catholics Come Home, we are offering this MP3 Disc.

After twenty-six years of reproducing these programs by Archbishop Sheen, Saint Joseph Communications has uncovered a pristine set of vinyl recordings of Life is Worth Living. Digitally re-mastered with state-of-the-art technology, these recordings are the cleanest, best-sounding presentations by Fulton Sheen available anywhere. In fact they sound even better than the originals! You won’t believe your ears!

Life is Worth LivingDiscover the Catholic Vision of Life
Archbishop Sheen was well known as a sophisticated prelate with a rock-solid theological background. But he also had the ability to relate complex concepts with great insight and wit in a way that appealed to everyone, from theological scholar to the typical Catholic-in-the-pew! Perhaps that’s why his words are still fresh and inspiring today, and continue to change the lives of thousands-even non-Catholics!

This magnificent series is the most comprehensive explanation of the Catholic vision of life ever offered and every Catholic home in America should have a copy. That’s why Saint Joseph Communications is offering this phenomenal series at the unbelievable price of $89.95-that’s less than $2 per talk! Order now and rediscover why Life is Worth Living!

Program Titles in this series:

The Anxiety of Life
The Unbearable Repartee
The Divine Invasion (Good and Evil)
Puppets or Men?
Line Up the Claimants (Good and Evil)
Eternity Claiming the Past (Truth)
The Earth’s Most Serious Wounds
My Four Writers
Love En-fleshed (Christ’s Divinity)
Does God Know What It Is to Suffer?
It Takes 3 to Make Love (Blessed Trinity)
Nature’s Solitary Boast (Mary)
Lengthening Shadows of the Cross Bar
By His Wounds We Are Healed
Beyond the Space Age (Ascension)
Something Too Deep for Words
The People of God (Body of Christ)
The Rock Man (Peter Vicar of Christ)
Authority and Infallibility
Freedom and License (Communism & the Church)
The Great Battle in Heaven
The World’s First Revelation (Original Sin)
How We Got That Way (Original Sin)
Leading a Double Life (Sanctifying Grace)
The Seven Rivers of Life (Sacraments)
The Twice Born (Baptism)
No Man is an Island (Confirmation)
Love’s Deepest Intimacy(Eucharist)
God’s Road Company (The Eucharist)
Drama with Three Acts (Mass)
Hurting the One We Love (Sin)
The Moment of Truth (Penance)
Psychoanalysis on its Knees
Healing the Gateways of the Soul
Men, Not Angels (Holy Orders)
The Five Tensions of Love (Marriage)
Our Love (Marriage)
Sex is a Mystery
Mutual Self-Giving & Self-Recovery (Birth Control)
For Better or for Worse (Marriage)
The Lovable Are Adorable
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? (Commandments)
Is Christianity Easy?
Ultimate in Computers(Death and Judgment)
Washing Our Baptismal Robes (Purgatory)
Heaven is Not So Far Away
The Hell There Is
The True Feminine Mystique (Mary)
Prayer is a Dialogue
World, Soul and Things

Praying Backward

What is your prayer time structured like?

woman-praying-with-bible-featured-w480x300-300x187“Our private prayer is meant to mirror the public prayer of the Church—the liturgy. In the first part of the Mass, our prayer is devoted to listening to God’s Word: the Liturgy of the Word. In the second half of the Mass, we participate in the most beautiful prayer of thanksgiving: the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Sandwiched cozily in between listening to Scripture and giving thanks, we lift up our petitions to God, what we call the Prayers of the Faithful. But here’s the thing about our petitions: they make up a mere fraction of the entirety of the liturgy. Almost all of the Mass, we are listening to God and giving thanks and praise to God, and for just a few brief moments, we are telling Him what we need.”

Read more here. Can you relate?

For Catholic Moms and Dads

Check out these articles, recently published on IntegratedCatholicLife.org and TheRadicalLife.org.

mother-and-daughter-walking-featured-w480x300-300x187Article for Catholic Moms: 10 Lessons from My Mom on How to Be a Great Mother

It is amazing how much my pregnancy has given me pause for reflection on my relationship with my own mother, and on the qualities that make her the most remarkable role model in my life. I can honestly say that my mother is the most saintly person I know — an unmatched giving, loving, patient, faithful, prayerful woman who knows her life’s work is to be a wife and mother, and boy does she live out her vocation well.
If I am half as good at being a mother as my mother is, than I think my children will be exceedingly blessed. But I certainly have my work cut out for me. Fortunately, after observing my mother’s graceful living over the past 24 years of my life, I’ve picked up on some of her unsaid but well-lived tips for being a great mom. Read more

Article for Catholic Dads: It’s My Fault

Being a father is a radical responsibility. One that’s been neutered of its uniqueness and weight and reduced to a mere luxury of the human economy. Well, we may have produced an economy of hard working men (and women), but we’ve also enabled a generation of slacker dads. Even the “good dads” are slackers. And I’m intent on not being one of them. Read more

New Commercial in Production: “Heavy Burdens”

Dear Friend of CatholicsComeHome.org,

Catholics Come Home® is blessed to announce another new evangomercial and a family coming home story!

Catholics Come Home® announces production of a new evangomercial: “Heavy Burdens”!
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “The New Evangelization begins in the Confessional.” Taking that to heart, Catholics Come Home® is in production of a new website dedicated to Confession and will start production on a new evangomercial called “Heavy Burdens” this November, to be released on Ash Wednesday. Please keep our production process in your prayers! This effort is also inspired by our dear friend Jeff V. Jeff, who was diagnosed a short time ago with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), was given 2-5 years to live. He is spending the last years of his earthly life drawing near to God, frequenting the Sacraments of Confession and the Holy Eucharist, and spending time with and providing for his family. We hope you too are inspired by a short clip from his recent interview with me.

Please help us fund our “Heavy Burdens” commercial!

Mary and her family return home with the help of Catholics Come Home®!
Please take a moment to read this powerful and beautiful story, sent to us by our new friend Mary from Trenton, New Jersey:

Mary_AB_family.1Our family—my husband, my three teenaged sons and I—has heard the call of Catholics Come Home and we have received this invitation. I was not raised as a Catholic as my husband had been, but became a Catholic just prior to our wedding. It was wonderful to belong and worship the Lord but I was new in my Christian faith, had much to learn and felt the draw to seek church experiences elsewhere. Just before my third son was born, we began to move away from the Catholic Church where we were married and where our first two sons were baptized. We spent some time visiting various churches, but no matter how long or in what manner of worship we tried, we just weren’t home. I had felt God leading me back to the Catholic Church but didn’t know where to begin. Our church traveling lasted for fifteen years.

I prayed for guidance and turned in faith to the Catholic School of our home parish. They welcomed us with open arms and this was the beginning of our return.

It was just a few months ago that the “Catholics Come Home” campaign had begun to catch my attention. The website was intriguing and had enough information to encourage me to visit often. I especially loved to watch the Evangomercials. I was a born-again Evangelical Christian who had finally realized that the Catholic Church was my home; it is vibrant, relevant and deeply steeped in Christian tradition. The journeys I had made through the other denominations were nice places to visit, but I couldn’t manage to make them a permanent home. The website, book (Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life) and Facebook page “Catholics Come Home” have been instrumental in guiding me back, in guiding my family back.

As I have made my full circle journey back home to the Catholic Church I now find that my love for the LordMary AB Solo is complete. The Bible tells us to” Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” and seeking has brought me back to the Catholic Church and my family with me. We are no longer searching for spiritual fulfillment but have found our hope, our comfort and our faith in the Catholic Church once again.

Returning was easy, I walked into the rectory office, explained that we were moved by the “Catholics Come Home” campaign and would like to return. To my surprise there was no questioning, no condemnation or accusations, there was simply…welcome back. You can go home again and it is my heartfelt desire for people to come to know Jesus Christ and His Gospel, to place their faith in Jesus and experience Him through the Catholic Church. Thank you for the invitation; this Catholic has come home.

GK Chesterton once said, “The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Let us continue to pray that more souls like Mary and her family will rediscover the goodness, beauty, and truth of Catholicism. With your help, we can continue airing Catholics Come Home® evangomercialsTM, particularly our newest “Heavy Burdens” ad, which will help souls all over our country find the peace and healing that only comes from God!

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our mission to invite Catholics and non-Catholics home to the Catholic Church.

Happy Feast of St. Faustina!

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska is remembered along with the Feast of Divine Mercy and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Learn more about here life here.

To celebrate her feast day, reflect on these beautiful quotes from her diary:

“Let Souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy.”

“When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.”

“I have found that the greatest power is hidden patience. I see that patience always leads to victory, although not immediately; but that victory will become manifest after many years.”

St. Faustina, help me to trust in Jesus as you did and to glorify His mercy every moment of my life. St. Faustina, pray for us!

 

Happy Feast of St. Matthew!

“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard it, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.'” -Matthew 9:9-13

Feast of the Queenship of Mary

“The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.” -read more from AmericanCatholic.org

Where in Scripture do we see Mary as Queen Mother? Check out CCH theological advisory board member Dr. Scott Hahn’s article: Mary, Holy Mother.

How are you celebrating Mary’s Queenship in your life and home today?

What is Jesus’ Concept of Happiness?

CCH Theological Advisory Board Member Dr. Peter Kreeft writes about Jesus’ concept of happiness:

To our desire for wealth, Christ says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” To our desire for painlessness, he says, “Blessed are those who mourn.” To our desire for conquest, he says, “Blessed are the meek.” To our desire for contentment with ourselves, he says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” To our desire for justice, he says, “Blessed are the merciful.” To our desire for sex, he says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” To our desire for conquest, he says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” To our desire for acceptance, he says, “Blessed are the persecuted.” And to our desire for more life, he offers the Cross. And now this man carrying his cross to Calvary even dares to tell us, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Read more of his article.

How are you striving for the kind of happiness Christ wants for you?

Happy Feast of St. Padre Pio!

St. Padre Pio beautifully teaches us, by his words and most especially by his life, about redemptive suffering.

Reflect on some of his thoughts today, and ask him to intercede for you in your own sufferings.

“Jesus said to me; ‘How many times would you have abandoned Me, my son, if I had not crucified you. Beneath the cross, one learns love, and I do not give this to everyone, but only to those souls who are dearest to Me.” -Secrets of a Soulpadre pio

“When Jesus wants me to understand that He loves me, He allows me to savor the wounds, the thorns, the agonies of His passion…When He wants to delight me, He fills my heart with that spirit which is all fire; He speaks to me of His delights. But when He wants to be delighted, He speaks to me of His sorrows, He invites me — with a voice full of both supplication and authority — to affix my body [to the cross] in order to alleviate His suffering. Who can resist Him? I realize how much my miseries have caused Him to suffer, how much I have offended Him. I desire no other than Jesus alone, I want nothing more than His pains (because this is what Jesus wishes).” -Secrets of a Soul

St. Padre Pio, pray for us!