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Feast Day of Saint Jerome

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Today is the feast day for Saint Jerome, a Doctor of the Church. We hold him in high esteem for translating the books of the Bible into the common language of the day. He painstakingly translated the books from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. The full translation of all the books of the Bible took 13 years to complete! Yet, this was a task for which Jerome was aptly suited, because he was a biblical scholar, fluent in Greek, Hebrew and Latin. His biblical prowess served him well in aiding the translations of what we now call the Latin Vulgate. By translating the bible passages into Latin, the Bible became more readily available to the general population. Therefore, it is because of Saint Jerome’s efforts, that society in the fourth century onward became more knowledgeable of God, the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit. Saint Jerome, the Man Jerome was born in the mid-fourth century, to a wealthy family from the town of Stridon, a Roman province of Dalmatia. He grew up to …

Abortion acceptance in Mexico: a media lie (Spanish) En México el aborto es rechazado por la mayoría.

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'My Soul Thirsts for God, For the Living God'

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I am as delighted as all other orthodox Catholics that the Spanish Bishops have spoken out against all forms of prayer involving  Eastern meditation techniques and the mindfulness  movement in their document, My Soul Thirsts for God, for the Living God: A Doctrinal Orientation on Christian Prayer (published 3rd September 2019). But is it too little, too late? This spiritual heresy has been deceiving people to my knowledge for over forty years with little official condemnation, leaving the laity in limbo-land,   looking for guidance and looking in vain.     read on....

Free Downloadables

As my mom was going through the end stages of her COPD, I found myself writing prayers.  I have never done that before.

Interestingly, I found my prayers comforting to ME!

I thought if they helped me, maybe they might help you, or someone you know.

If you go to janetcassidy.blogspot.com, you will find a new tab titled "Downloadables."

Click on that tab and it will take you to janetcassidyinspirations.wordpress.com, which is the "container" website where I have posted my prayers.

It is supereasy.  Just look for the link at the bottom of that main page and there is a link to several prayers.

Let me know if you find them helpful.

God bless,
Janet Cassidy
janetcassidy.blubrry.net
email: johnseven38@yahoo.com

How Do You Treat People?

The point to today’s podcast is to encourage us to evaluate our behavior towards other people to be sure that we are not an obstacle to someone coming to faith.
How do you respond when you meet someone whose life choices are contrary to the Gospel?
What about that person who is “unappealing to our senses” or is crushed and broken by life? Do you want them sitting next to you in church?
Will you stare at them, or welcome them?
Jesus called out the leaders of his day, the Scribes and Pharisees, for being hypocritical. 
Surely he wouldn’t ever talk about us this way, would he?
Check out my recent episode of CassidyComments at janetcassidy.blubrry.net.
God bless, Janet

If You Want to Receive Mercy, Give Mercy!

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We live in a “what’s in it for me?” society. We are very quick to receive goodness and gifts from God. At the same time, we are slow to give the same to others. What makes us think that we corner the market on any specific gift from God, like mercy? We welcome God’s mercy on our own souls, but we fail to give mercy to others. Mercy and forgiveness go hand in hand. We must express mercy to forgive others, as we receive God’s mercy to forgive our own sins. Jesus taught us how to give mercy and forgive sins when He taught us the Our Father: Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive others who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen. Based upon what is stated in the Our Father, mercy and forgiveness will be granted to us to the extent that we grant it to others! Think on that for a moment. Jes…

Jesus gives a name to Lazarus but not to the rich man. Sunday Reflections, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Dives and Lazarus, Leandro Bassano [Web Gallery of Art]


Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelLuke 16:19-31 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in th…

A gift from our Mother of Guadalupe for beaten Mexico. (Spanish) Regalo de la Guadalupana para nuestro México golpeado.

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No podría llegar en un momento más acertado este regalo de nuestra Madre a nuestro país que se encuentra más dividido que nunca. AdEmás de estar sitiado por los delincuentes y mafias que cobran vidas por doquier con una impunidad que alarma.
Hermano contra hermano en el camino que debe de seguir nuestro país para conseguir la paz y el desarrollo para todos.
Hermano que abusa del prójimo sin miramiento...

Y el mejor remedio lo viene a proponer y regalar María de Guadalupe que ha hecho suya esta Tierra desde que se apareció en 1531: la conversión de cada corazón a través del perdón de Dios.

Con ocasión de los 125 años de la coronación de nuetra Madre de Guadalupe, el Papa Francisco ha otorgado un Año Jubilar e Indulgencia Plenaria de perdón y conversión para la nación mexicana.

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Tired of the Lies? Seek Truthfulness!

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Anyone who knows me well, knows never to lie to me. When someone lies, and the truth comes out, trust is broken; sometimes irreparably so. For me, I cannot trust someone who I know is a liar. Habitual liars are the worst. I think they get to a point where they cannot discern Truth if they tried. Yet, these folks exist, and we must deal with them. It’s because of the habitual lies, that we must question everything that comes out of their mouths to discern objective truth. We must seek truthfulness. Since President Trump took office, he has told more than 12,000 documented lies! That’s more than 12 documented lies, per day, on average! Now, that’s a habitual liar. I do not trust him. His perpetual violation of the Eighth Commandment is something to be concerned about regarding our very safety, as his lies impact national security. His lies exhaust me; for every lie told, requires us to seek the objective truth to counter each lie.  I’m tired of the lies. Seek Truthfulness Living a life …

Pardon Me

I was reading about the pardoning of the sinful woman (Luke 7:36 +) recently. 
Are you familiar with it?
This story attributed to Jesus is so applicable to us today. Jesus describes a situation where there are two people who were in debt; one owed $500 and the other $50. The creditor to whom they were indebted forgave both of their debts; then Jesus asked Simon a question:
“Which of them will love him [the creditor] more?”Meaning, “Which will be most grateful?” 
Simon responds, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven” and Jesus tells him, “You have judged rightly.”
How is this story meaningful for us today?
Well, don’t think of it as a story about paying a financial debt, but a story that refers to the degree of gratitude one has for a kindness extended.
In our case, in particular, it raises the question, “How grateful am I that Jesus died so that my sins can be forgiven?”
If you do not realize that you sin, it is very likely that you are not especially grateful, but if y…

'You cannot serve God and wealth.’ Sunday Reflections, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Girl with a Pearl Earring, Vermeer [Web Gallery of Art]

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelLuke 16:1-13 [or 16:10-13] (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to the disciples, [‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my m…