Keeping Up Catholic

Keeping up with your Catholic faith can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be!

We all have busy schedules. Between work, school, responsibilities and social lives, where can we squeeze in the time to focus on developing a deeper relationship with Our Heavenly Father? That’s why Sacred Heart Parish has brought you the one spot where you can pray, learn and reflect!

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Prayer of the Day

  • Prayer for Choosing a State of Life # 2: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, August 09, 2022 - O Lord, I beseech Thee to grant me Thy Divine Light, that I may know the designs of Thy providence concerning me, and that, filled with a sincere desire for my soulÂ?s salvation, I may say, with the young man in the Gospel: What must I do to be saved? All states of life are before me; but, still undecided what to do, I await Thy commands, I offer myself to Thee without restriction, without reserve, with a most perfect submission. Far be it from me, O Lord, to ... Continue Reading...
  • Each New Day: Prayer of the Day for Monday, July 25, 2022 - Let me pause as I begin this new day to give it to You, Lord. Before the tumult of activities breaks in; before breakfast plates crash through my still sleepy mind; for this last moment in my bed, thank you, Lord. Let me hold Your promise of new life. Keep me from slipping back for I know that what is forgiven is as if it never were. Each new day, Your grace gives me a fresh start to walk in Your light again. May the Lord support us all the day long, till the ... Continue Reading...
  • A Student’s Prayer (by St. Thomas Aquinas): Prayer of the Day for Thursday, July 21, 2022 - Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through ... Continue Reading...
  • Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - Breathe into me Holy Spirit, That all my thoughts may be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us ... Continue Reading...
  • A Prayer for Peace of Mind (by Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini): Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - FORTIFY me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will. Continue Reading...

 

Saint of the Day

  • St. Edith Stein: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, August 09, 2022 - Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)Virgin and Martyr Edith Stein, born in 1891 in Breslau, Poland, was the youngest child of a large Jewish family. She was an outstanding student and was well versed in philosophy with a particular interest in phenomenology. Eventually she became interested in the Catholic Faith, and in 1922, she was baptized at the Cathedral Church in Cologne, Germany. Eleven years later Edith entered the Cologne Carmel. Because of the ramifications of politics in ... Continue Reading...
  • St. James the Greater: Saint of the Day for Monday, July 25, 2022 - Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to St. James' name to help distinguish him from the Apostle James "the Less," who is believed to have been shorter than James "the Greater." Saint James the Greater was one of Jesus' first disciples. James was fishing with his father and John the Apostle when Jesus came to the shores of the Sea of ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Lawrence of Brindisi: Saint of the Day for Thursday, July 21, 2022 - Caesare de Rossi was born at Brandisi, kingdom of Naples, on July 22nd. He was educated by the conventual Franciscans there and by his uncle at St. Mark's in Venice. When sixteen, he joined the Capuchins at Verona, taking the name Lawrence. He pursued his higher studies in theology, philosophy, the bible, Greek, Hebrew, and several other languages at the University of Padua. He was ordained and began to preach with great effect in Northern Italy. He became definitor general of his Order in Rome ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Margaret of Antioch: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - Nothing certain is known of her, but according to her untrustworthy legend, she was the daughter of a pagan priest at Antioch in Pisidia. Also known as Marina, she was converted to Christianity, whereupon she was driven from home by her father. She became a shepherdess and when she spurned the advances of Olybrius, the prefect, who was infatuated with her beauty, he charged her with being a Christian. He had her tortured and then imprisoned, and while she was in prison she had an encounter with ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Arsenius the Great: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - Confessor and hermit on the Nile. Arsenius, who was born in Rome in 354, was the tutor of the children of Emperors Theodosius I the Great, Arcadius, and Honorius. At that time, Arsenius was a Roman deacon recommended for the office by Pope St. Damasus. lie served at Theodosius' court in Constantinople for about ten years and then became a monk in Alexandria, Egypt. Inheriting a fortune from a relative, Arsenius studied with St. John the Dwarf and became a hermit in the desert of Egypt. In 434, ... Continue Reading...

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Daily Reading

  • Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time - Reading 1 EZ 2:8—3:4 The Lord GOD said to me: As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you: be not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you. It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on it was:  Lamentation and wailing and woe! He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you; eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat. Son of man, he then said to me, feed your belly and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you. I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. He said: Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them. Responsorial Psalm PS 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 R. (103a)  How sweet to my taste is your promise!In the way of your decrees I rejoice,as much as in all riches.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!Yes, your decrees are my delight;they are my counselors.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!The law of your mouth is to me more preciousthan thousands of gold and silver pieces.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!How sweet to my palate are your promises,sweeter than honey to my mouth!R.  How sweet to my taste is your promise!Your decrees are my inheritance forever;the joy of my heart they are.R.  How sweet to my taste is your promise!I gasp with open mouth,in my yearning for your commands.R.  How sweet to my taste is your promise!   Alleluia MT 11:29 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,for I am meek and humble of heart.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel MT 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father. What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.  In just the same way, it is… Continue Reading...

Daily Reflection

  • Am I One Of The Greatest? / ¿Soy Yo Uno de los Mejores? - Click here for daily readings “Who is the greatest?” Who is the richest? Who is the fastest? Who is the thinnest? Who has the most followers? Who is the most beautiful? Who has the most “likes”? Who is the best? These are very human questions, which the world tries to keep us focused on – being better, stronger, richer, happier, more attractive, MORE EVERYTHING, GREATER. And Jesus is repeatedly turning these worldly ideas upside down, just like he overturned the tables of the moneychangers. He keeps saying: YOU’VE GOT IT ALL WRONG. YOU’VE GOT IT ALL BACKWARDS. LOOK AT ME. The disciples are still trying to understand the realities of the Kingdom Jesus came to establish, but they are still looking at it through very human lenses. They are still looking at what “greatest” means in human terms, making comparisons with the leaders of human kingdoms. And Jesus keeps turning their human ideas upside down. He keeps saying: You still don’t get it. Let me show you. When they ask him who is the greatest in the Kingdom, Jesus points to the very last person they would have had in their minds, calling a child over as an example to them (and to us). We must become like trusting children who know they are loved, who rely on their Father for everything, respond promptly when called, and expect to be protected because they can do nothing on their own! This is what it should be like to walk with Jesus in His Kingdom. The humblest are the greatest in this Kingdom, because they have not put any of their own ego, desires, belongings, resources, abilities, social pretenses, or achievements in the way of what GOD wants to do in them. We are all called into the Kingdom, we do not enter it by our own initiative. We cannot take one step forward without God’s grace and support. And we certainly cannot get into Heaven by our own efforts. We must be saved, and being saved demands malleability, gentleness of character, profound loving trust, spontaneous obedience, and availability to whatever God is asking of us in the moment. The disciples were wondering in one moment about rank and authority, but in the next moment Jesus is showing them that unless they reject that whole mentality – unless they reject all self-reliance, self-promotion, self-assertion, self-protection, and self-love – they can’t even get IN to the Kingdom, much less earn some kind of “rank” in it. Only the anawim – the poor in spirit, the little ones – are free enough to pass through the eye of the needle. Only those who become humble like Mary understand that He casts down the mighty from their (self-appointed) thrones and sends the rich away empty; it is in bowing low that we are lifted up, because they rely wholly on Him. Contact the author “¿Quién es el mejor?” ¿Quién es el más rico? ¿Quién es el más rápido? ¿Quién es el más delgado? ¿Quién tiene… Continue Reading...