31 December 2020 Vespers and Te Deum Pope Francis

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02.01.2021 – சனி – திருப்பலி நற்செய்தி ,மறையுரை – Rev.fr.sundar – TAMIL CATHOLIC TV

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Mary, the Mother of God

The Victor's Place

Virgin and Child

The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God (January 1) is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church as the Christmas celebrations end and a new year begins. Eastern Christian churches have a similar feast honoring the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God at this time.

“Marvelous is the mystery proclaimed today
Our nature is made new as God becomes man;
He remains what he was and becomes what he was not,
Yet each nature stays distinct and undivided.” Canticle, Morning Prayer

Mary’s Son who came “in the fullness of time” blesses all time:
“The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Numbers 6, 22-27)

This January feast honoring Mary begins a month named for the Roman god Janus, the two faced god who looks ahead and looks…

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Totus Tuus, Maria!

The Victor's Place

“The Virgin has given birth to the Savior (4 panels)”
From the Liturgy of the Hours, January 1, Morning Prayer, Antiphon 1
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Totus Tuus (“totally yours” or “all yours”) was the personal and episcopal motto of St. John Paul II. The motto is inspired by the teaching of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort who wrote:

Tuus totus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt...

I am all yours, and all that I have is yours, O most loving Jesus, through Mary, your most holy Mother.

Treatise on True Devotion, n. 233

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The Widow’s Mites

Things Paul & Luke

widow's mite from Google Images

After the religious debates of Luke 20 and Jesus silencing all his enemies, Luke seems to imply that Jesus simply looked up from where he taught in the previous chapter (Luke 21:1). However, Mark seems to say Jesus moved to a position near the place in the Temple treasury where Jews deposited their offerings (Mark 12:41), and there he observed what was done. Nevertheless, whatever actually occurred, the fact is that Jesus had to call his disciples to himself (Luke 21:3), and this does indicate Jesus was no longer formally involved in teaching them. So, the debates were over, and Jesus moved on to something else.

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Quote for a New Year – Dag Hammarskjöld

My Pastoral Ponderings

For all that has been –
To all that shall be –

Dag Hammarskjöld

This has always seemed like a perfect quote to begin a new year, this year more than ever before! But this is a quote that is easier to post on a blog than to actually do. To thank God for all that has been, even the suffering and pain that we may have endured? To say Yes! to God for all that shall be, without any idea of what that might mean? This is the work of faith, and the work of a lifetime. It does not come easy, and can’t be done all at once. Day after day, we take up our cross in faith and in trust, and we follow the One who showed us how to live in faith, before dying to forgive us.

This quote is by Dag Hammarskjöld, a…

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15 Ways To Simplify Your Life in 2021

Mind. Beauty. Simplicity

Resolutions are a funny thing. We set these “goals” before the start of the new year to become a better version of ourselves. And I’m all for setting goals & improving one’s self, but can someone just wake up an entirely new person? I don’t think so. I think it takes time & with a set of changes put in place. When I started on the journey of minimalism, I didn’t just wake up & say “I’m getting rid of everything I own!” It took time & reflection to get where I am today. And I’m here to let you in on some of the secrets to simplify your life this coming new year.


Wholistic Health YYC | goal setting

Instead of choosing one main goal for the entire year, why not break them down into smaller ones each month or even each day. In the past, I talk about the importance of

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The Church Fathers and the Mother of God

Catholicism Pure & Simple

BySt. John Henry Newman


Madonna and Childby Giovanni Benelli, c. 1470

Now I have said all I mean to say on what I have called the rudimental teaching of Antiquity about the Blessed Virgin; but after all I have not insisted on the highest view of her prerogatives, which the Fathers have taught us. You, my dear Friend, who know so well the ancient controversies and Councils, may have been surprised why I should not have yet spoken of her as the Theotokos; but I wished to show on how broad a basis her dignity rests. independent of that wonderful title; and again I have been loth to enlarge upon the force of a word, which is rather matter for devotional thought than for polemical dispute. However, I might as well not write to you at all, as altogether be silent upon it.

It is…

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