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Readying Ourselves For Heaven

Chances are many of you have seen, or at least heard about, a movie currently playing called Heaven Is For Real. It’s based on the true story of a boy named Colton who supposedly had a life-after-death experience while undergoing emergency surgery; afterwards, using simple language and images, he claimed to have seen angels and […]

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The Beauty Of Heaven Lasts Forever

Several centuries ago a beautiful young woman from a wealthy family was sent away to a boarding school; soon afterwards, she wrote home, asking her mother to send her a looking glass. Knowing her daughter was somewhat vain, the mother—a devout Catholic—wrote back, saying, “I am sending you a parcel containing three mirrors. The first […]

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(2013-11-01) ONE Community in Heaven

Sermon titled “ONE Community in Heaven” given on Friday November 1, 2013. Size: 4 MB; duration: 11:34.

Heaven is the end for which all members of the Church are aiming. Those who have reached the end must help those who have not just as an parent help…

Will we have free will in heaven?

By Jimmy Akin |
Will we have free will in heaven?

If so, does that mean we might sin and fall again?

If not, what kind of free will would we have there?

And if God can harmonize our free will and sinlessness in heaven, why doesn’t he do so…

Are Canonized Saints the Only People in Heaven?

By Mark Shea |
A reader writes:

I have a query for you which i have been pondering for a while.

“Are all those who are in Heaven.. Saints? Then what is the difference between Saints canonized by Catholic Church and all “other…

Time to Meet the Angels – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts187

Time to Meet the Angels – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts187

Dr. Miravalle reminds us of the reality of the angelic world and how much they can help us if we ask, since one of the tasks of the angels is to help us to get to heaven. To ask questions regarding …

John Paul II, Heaven, and Hell

By Mark Shea |
A reader writes:

I’d like your take on something, if you please.  I’ve heard many Christians (John Paul II among them, if memory serves) state that heaven and hell are states of being rather than actual geographic locations up…

Jan 03, Midmorning Prayer for Thursday of the 1st week of Christmas

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
Ordinary: 658
Proper of Seasons: 530 (reading, concluding prayer)
Complementary Psalter: 1091 (Series I, Midmorning)

Midmorning Prayer for Thursday before Epiphany, using Complementary Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.


Father, Lord of earth and heaven,
King to whom all gifts belong,
Give your greatest Gift, your Spirit,
God the holy, God the strong.

Son of God, enthroned in glory,
Send your promised Gift of grace,
Make your Church your holy Temple,
God the Spirit’s dwelling place.

Spirit, come, in peace descending
As at Jordan, heav’nly Dove,
Seal your Church as God’s anointed,
Set our hearts on fire with love.

Stay among us, God the Father,
Stay among us, God the Son,
Stay among us, Holy Spirit:
Dwell within us, make us one.

“Father Lord of earth and heaven” by Erika Provinzano; Melody: Drakes Boughton 87.87; Music: S. P. Waddington; Text: James Quinn, S.J.


Ant. 1 Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.

Psalm 120
Longing for peace

Be patient in suffering, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12)

To the Lord in the hour of my distress
I call and he answers me.
O Lord, save my soul from lying lips,
from the tongue of the deceitful.

What shall he repay you in return,
O treacherous tongue?
The warriors arrows sharpened
and coals, red-hot, blazing.

Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech,
dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Long enough have I been dwelling
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak,
they are for fighting.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people

Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 122
The holy city, Jerusalem

You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
I rejoiced when I heard them say:
Let us go to God’s house.
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgment
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends
I say: Peace upon you.
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.

READING Ezekiel 20:41-42a

As a pleasing odor I will accept you, when I have brought you from among the nations and gathered you out of the countries over which you were scattered; and by means of you I will manifest my holiness in the sight of the nations. Thus you shall know that I am the Lord.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

The Lord has remembered his gracious promise, alleluia.
He has kept faith with his people, Israel, alleluia.


O God, who by the Nativity of your Only Begotten Son
wondrously began for your people the work of redemption,
grant, we pray, to your servants such firmness of faith,
that by his guidance they may attain the glorious prize you have promised.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.


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Saint Athanasius on Mary, Mother of God

  O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall I compare you, O Virgin? You are greater than them all. O Ark of the New] Covenant, clothed with purity instead of gold! […]

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

Vatican City, Dec 25, 2012 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi” or, “The city and to …