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Host – Fr. Charles Connor

Fr. Charles P. Connor, Ph.D., offers an historical overview of the significant events and personages contained within the first 15 centuries of the Catholic Church’s existence. Events include the Church’s founding by Christ in the first century through the Reformation and Counter Reformation in the 16th century.

The Catholic Church through the Ages

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The World in Which the Church Was Born 

Host – Fr. Charles Connor


Fr. Connor discusses the influence of the Roman Empire on the civilization of first century Europe and the Mediterranean Basin at the time of Christ and Early Church.


The Spread of Christianity 

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Fr. Connor discusses the spread of Christianity from the Holy Land to Rome, Greece and parts of Asia Minor largely due to the missionary journeys…

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When you are with someone, you have to see a soul: a soul who has to be helped, who has to be understood, with whom you have to live in harmony, and who has to be saved. (The Forge, 573)

I like to repeat what the Holy Spirit tells us through the prophet Isaiah, discite benefacere, learn how to do good…

Charity towards our neighbor is an expression of our love of God. Accordingly, when we strive to grow in this virtue, we cannot fix any limits to our growth. The only possible measure for the love of God is to love without measure; on the one hand, because we will never be able to thank him enough for what he has done for us; and on the other, because this is exactly what God’s own love for us, his creatures, is like: it overflows without calculation or limit.

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St Kateri


July 14 is the feastday of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha patron of the environment and ecology. She was the daughter of a Mohawk Warrier. She had a life of trial from 4 years old, losing her parents and brother to chicken pox and she survived but with her body disfigured by the chicken pox. She was adopted by family but discovered Jesus and was soon baptized. She suffered a lot of hostility because of her faith and zeal, but she still pursued her christian faith, attending Mass, helping the elderly, sick and poor. Due to poor health she passed away at the age of 24 years.

Her canonization was attributed to a miraculous cure of a little boy Jake aged 5 years, who in 2006 had an accident and was infected seriously by the flesh eating bacteria. He was critically ill and underwent intensive treatment and surgeries. A priest was called to pray for him at the hospital and it so happened that the parish was holding a novena to Blessed Kateri at that time. The priest asked the congregation of the church to pray for Jake. He was miraculously cured. St Kateri was canonized in 2012.

Saint Kateri pray for us!

Here is a photo of Pope Benedict giving Holy Communion to Jake the boy who was cured, at the canonization ceremony in Rome in 2012.


“God most powerful!
No evil can resist you because you are goodness itself,
no smallness can oppose you for you are greatness;
no time, for you are eternity;
no weakness, for you are power;
no ignorance, for you are wisdom;
no hate, for you are love;
no vice, for you are virtue;
no falsehood, for you are truth;
no suffering, for you are glory;
no imperfection, for you are perfection itself.
Therefore can anything resist, deflect, or diminish you? “
– Blessed Raymond Lull (1234-1316), martyr, Feast day June 30

I love this story so much, just got to share!

“As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara.

He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in love with the country and felt God’s call to the religious life there.

That love for language and for God would one day save Brother Johnson’s life. At a recent prayer breakfast in Denver, Brother Johnson recalled the story of Easter Monday, three years ago. He was up in the monastery tower, and, in typical, friendly Colorado fashion, waved hello to some Syrian military men he saw in the hills in the distance.

Immediately the army became suspicious and turned their convoy toward the monastery. When they arrived, they demanded to know who waved at them, and kidnapped Brother Johnson when they found out he was American, thinking him a spy.

“They said what is he doing here, he’s probably just playing like he’s a monk,” Brother Johnson told CNA.

His brothers immediately started praying.

“My community, instead of panicking, they immediately went to the church, began the liturgy, began praying, began Mass,” he said, “and I was in God’s hands, I felt no fear.”

Strangely at peace, joyful even, Brother Johnson began to sing songs of Jesus’ resurrection to his captors in their native language. At first they were taken aback, but then Brother Johnson realized their hearts were softening.

“They said ‘I’ve never heard that before, why don’t you sing that again,’” Brother Johnson recalled one of the soldiers saying. “So I sang again, ‘Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.’”

The soldiers started laughing and clapping along, and decided they would take him back to the monastery unharmed. But first, they had to show their friends the singing American brother.

“They opened the doors (to their camp) and had me sing these songs of the resurrection to a crowd of soldiers, and they all were clapping! I thought I was dreaming! I thought I had entered into an alternate reality!” Brother Johnson said.

While Brother Johnson is sure that his ability to speak in the soldier’s native language helped in his immediate release, he said he is convinced that the prayers of his Brothers and the name of Jesus in the songs he sang is what saved his life that day. That’s why his advice to all who are concerned about the Islamic terrorists in the Middle East is to pray.

“Pray, pray, pray,” he said, “And put all your trust in His wisdom.”

To listen to Brother Johnson’s story, and to hear what it’s like to be a Christian in the Middle East today, watch the video below:


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A man paddles his boat along a marsh in late March on the Pomeroon River in Guyana. (CNS/Bob Roller) A man paddles his boat on the Pomeroon River in Guyana. (CNS/Bob Roller)

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) –- Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth.

“This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

He said he was launching an appeal for people to recognize their “responsibility, based on the task that God gave human beings in creation: ‘to cultivate and care for’ the ‘garden’ in which he settled us.”

“I invite everyone to receive this document with an open heart,” he said at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis said the encyclical…

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Here is the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (recited on Fridays)


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