The Promises of the Sacred Heart

I am in my office right now. Thankfully I do not sit in my office very often, but I have to do that every now and then to have a presence. Also it helps to keep my desk fairly organized and not looking too sloppy.
I am organizing my First Friday communion calls (which I spread out over several days), and I thought, perhaps I should post the 12 promises of our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque which jump started this devotion.

We need to be constantly converted to the Heart of Jesus.

“Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.”

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Homily by St John Chrysostom

I wanted to share this second reading from today’s Office of Readings in the Roman breviary. I thought it was worth sharing, especially for those who do not pray the Office.

From a homily on the first letter to the Corinthians by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop

(Hom. 4, 3. 4: PG 61, 34-36)

The weakness of God is stronger than men

It was clear through unlearned men that the cross was persuasive, in fact, it persuaded the whole world. Their discourse was not of unimportant matters but of God and true religion, of the Gospel way of life and future judgment, yet it turned plain, uneducated men into philosophers.
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Fraternal Correction

Last evening I was with some brother priests and we were bantering back and forth about what time we wake up to begin our days. Recently I also have been getting some input from another brother priest about the need to make sure I have some down time each week to rest and recuperate a little bit. This, combined with the feast of today, St Bartholomew, has made me really think about fraternal correction, both being the recipient, but also being able to give fraternal correction. I have been praying about this, and I was doing some looking online to see what I could find.
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A typical day

This morning when I looked ahead at my day I should have suspected it would not be nearly what I expected it to be.

Before my eyes I didn’t have anything planned until a 1:00 parish staff party to celebrate some birthdays.

Of course, the day began much earlier…5:30am the alarm clock sounded. I began the morning routine of shower, coffee, some spiritual reading. Right now I am reading “Frequent Confession” by Benedict Bauer. Then off I went to the local adoration chapel for my daily Holy hour.
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Ordination to the Priesthood, Mass of Thanksgiving

I am realizing how long it has been since I posted. I was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on May 27th at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral by the Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The next day I offered a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. I offered the Mass of Paul VI/Novus Ordo ad orientem. A schola sang some beautiful palestrina parts, andI had an assistant priest, two deacons, about ten servers, and thirteen concelebrants. At the end I was speechless, I was so profoundly moved. My good friend and [now]brother-priest, Fr Ananias Buccicone who was my assistant priest, just gave me a big hug.
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

After a little hiatus…I am back at posting! One of these days I will start posting about my daily life as a priest and some of the amazing experiences. I remember reading such blogs when I was discerning very early on and found them helpful. Maybe they would be helpful to others as well…

Today the Church rejoices. Why do we rejoice? This day we celebrate the dogma of faith that our Blessed Mother was taken, body and soul, into heaven. Right now, she is in Heaven. She is right here with us present to us, even if we do not see her.

In 1950 Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary to be a divinely revealed truth that “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”
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Saint John Neumann

These days I have though a lot about vocations, and with the gospel passages we have been hearing, I have thought a lot about the vocations of the Apostles our Lord called. These twelve were the first bishops of the Church, the first ones who our Lord entrusted with certain authority and the ability to confer the sacraments. What would your life be without the sacraments? What would my life be like? I think we would probably be in agreement: it is hard to imagine life without the grace of Baptism, Confirmation, confession, the Holy Mass. 
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