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March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday reflection...the last breath of Christ

No matter how many times you read or hear the scriptures read, there is I think (for most of us) a certain Scripture verse that just hits us every time we read it or hear it.

For me, one such verse was in today's Gospel reading...
                       "Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last."
                    [Here all kneel and pause for a short time.]

Jesus' last breath...

Can you imagine that exact moment?

What do you imagine reading/hearing that?

My first thought is that, THAT final sigh of breath must have been the loudest sound heard at that moment.  I imagine even the wind stopped blowing for a moment at the horror of what had just occurred.  The only sound echoing in everyone's ears is the last breath of Christ crucified.

My second thought is of Mary.  She was the first to hear Jesus take his first breath at birth and now she was witness to his last on the cross at his death.

In that moment, I imagine nothing else could be heard- as if the entire world stood still to hear God Incarnate's last breath escape him.

And then the roar of the curtain being torn from top to bottom, the earthquake ripping across the land must have made a horrible sound- but I bet nothing compared to the sound of Christ's last breath on that cross.  How could it?

No matter how many times I read or hear that verse read it always strikes me with awe and horror and a profound love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

March 25, 2015

Feast of the Annunciation with Fr. Paul Nicholson

I simply love listening to Fr. Paul Nicholson's homilies and teachings.  He's a wonderful priest, full of love for the Church and graced with a gift to teach the Faith to others.

If you don't know Fr. Nicholson, please visit his website (below) and his Facebook page:

This years Annunciation homily by Father Paul Nicholson:

Wonderfully said and taught Fr. Paul!

And please don't miss last years 2014 homily "The Most Important Day in History!"- its spectacular!

For more works by Fr. Paul Nicholson go here:

Catholic Meme:


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

Catholic quote of the day...

EWTN Press Release: Film about the Christian Genocide in Iraq

EWTN Documentary Takes You
Behind the Scenes of the Christian Genocide in Iraq

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – As details of genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus began leaking out of Rwanda in 1994, the secular media and Hollywood jumped on the story and dozens of films were made, including the award-winning “Hotel Rwanda.” But who is making a film documenting the “religious cleansing” of hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East? Who is courageous enough to brave the possibility of being beheaded, burned alive or crucified, to bring the world the voices of those Christians whom Muslim extremists have been hunting off the face of the earth?

Enter intrepid Italian filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti, who traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan, site of U.S. bombing against ISIS, in late 2014 to film an EWTN Original Documentary, “Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh’s Christians in Exile.” See the extraordinary results of this investigative journalist’s work at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1. If you want to know more about what is happening with Christians in the Middle East, do not miss this program.

The documentary will be preceded by a special “EWTN Live” with Bishop Yousif Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada. (Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1.)

“[Muslim extremists] are not just displacing, but uprooting the existence of Christianity in the Middle East,” said Bishop Habash said. “They want to exterminate Christians, and nobody is saying anything – not the U.N., organizations, universities.”

During the documentary, you will learn about the fate of the quarter million Christians in Nineveh who miraculously escaped the invading ISIS terrorists on the night of August 6, 2014, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Bishop Habash believes that the slaughter of so many of his countrymen has left no more than 300,000 to 350,000 Christians in the Middle East. Most are living in terrible conditions in Erbil.

The question is: What can be done? Bishop Habash has some answers. To find out more, tune in Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET to “EWTN Live” and at 10 p.m. ET for this extraordinary documentary. 

Note: For information on helping with the relief efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, please visit and Aid to the Church in Need, To purchase your copy of “Voices of the Persecuted” to show to your friends, family, and Church groups, please go to

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 34th year, is available in over 238 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

March 23, 2015

One Blogger's obsession with Michael Voris goes too far

The blogger "Catholic in Brooklyn" does not seem able to discuss much of anything besides Michael Voris (examples here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - you get the picture).

That of course that is her prerogative but not specifically what I am calling attention to in this post.

Instead, I am commenting on what Catholic in Brooklyn wrote in her comment area of yesterday's post about (of course) Michael Voris.

Mary the author of Catholic in Brooklyn declares on her blog that if you disagree with Voris "he will be the first to tell you" that "you are not a faithful Catholic and probably on your way to hell" -what?  Does anyone actually believe this slander?

She is dead wrong and she's gone too far.

How do I know this?  Because I have and sometimes do disagree with Voris and write about my disagreements on this blog (here and here) yet I am fairly sure from my emails with some of the folks at Church Militant TV that they haven't judged me as an unfaithful Catholic or on my way to hell.

How can 'Catholic in Brooklyn' speak for what Voris believes about those who disagree with him?

Crystal ball gazing?  Reading innards?  Tea leaves?  Runes?  Psychic medium Theresa Caputo?

Inquiring minds want to know.

In Christ

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


March 22, 2015

I didn't know Pope Francis had a sense of humor

This made me laugh...

"The Pope had taken the vial with the blood of St. Gennaro - displayed on the altar - in his hands and kissed it. Cardinal Sepe said over the microphone: “It is the sign that St. Gennaro loves Pope Francis: half of the blood turned to liquid.” The pronouncement was followed by a long applause from faithful. The Pope then replied: “If only half of it liquefied that means we still have work to do; we have to do better. We have only half of the saint’s love.” But the blood continued to liquefy until the whole relic had turned to liquid, with many faithful crying out as they witnessed this."

I'm not sure if Pope Francis' quick wit quip is correct about having "half of the saints love" or if perhaps the Saint just approved of the speech he gave:

"Prior to this, the Pope had set aside his written speech and continued off the cuff, describing some personal experiences he had had and encouraging faithful to worship and love the Church (“you cannot love Jesus without loving his Church”) and show apostolic zeal (“The Church exists in order to bring Jesus” to people, he stressed). “We need to start from Jesus and Mary, the Pope urged, before going on to condemn wheeling and dealing in the Church, the “terrorism of gossip” and the attachment to money displayed by some priests and religious. “Wheeling and dealing” in the Church is an “ugly” thing."

Who could find fault with any of that?

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


March 21, 2015

Upcoming Catholic Events

Join us for the 10th annual 
Bi-Lingual Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday, April 12th, 2015

8:30am Bus departs North Haven (sharp)
10:00 am Rosary 
11:00am Mass
1:00 Healing Service with Br. Paul Miller, SFO
2:30pm Bus departs NJ
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet 
Arrive approximately 5:00pm North Haven

Cost:  $30.00 pp (transportation and gratuity) 
Lite snacks will be available.  A brown bag lunch is recommended.  There will be time to venerate the lst class relic of St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Icon. 

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call Barbara 203 605-9845 or visit our website

***Please note:  due to transportation limitations, the bus available CAN NOT accommodate persons with wheelchairs.  


The Relics of the Passion will be exhibited on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church 150 Main Street Hartford Connecticut at 7:00 pm.


A concert in contemplation of Our Lord's Passion, Saturday, March 28, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Legion of Christ College, 475 Oak Avenue, Cheshire, CT


The Stations of the Cross will take place at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, CT 06759 on Good Friday, April 3, at 11:00am, 12:15pm, & 3:00pm.


To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series.

The exhibit, Answering the Call, opens March 14, 2015, with a focus on religious ministry and medical care for soldiers. It also includes a history of the 9th Connecticut, a volunteer infantry regiment whose members were predominantly of Irish ancestry, many of whom were from New Haven. 

The initial presentation in the lecture series will be Religion, Service, and the Meaning of the American Civil War, by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m.

The author of four books, Dr. Warshauer specializes in 19th century political and constitutional history. His book Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival (2011), gives an account of the state’s often turbulent Civil War history. He also edited Inside Connecticut in the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles, a book written by his graduate students.

Dr. Warshauer serves as co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission. His scholarship and work as a historian was recognized by the New England History Teacher’s Association with its 2012 Kidger Award and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History’s 2012 Bruce Fraser Award.

The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.
The Knights of Columbus Museum is located at 1 State Street in New Haven and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information or a schedule of future presentations call 203-865-0400 or visit

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