"to the Praise of His Glory!" (Eph 1:14)

+Original HomePage -- kept updated (mostly!)
+What's New on site?
+Outline of Pages
+Praise of Glory BookCenter

The Father's Love

+The Gift of a Savior
+The Gift of the Holy Spirit
+Filioque/and the Son
+The Novena To The Holy Spirit 
+The Gift of a Mother
+The Church: Communion of Love
+"On Reconciliation Within the Church"
+That All May be One

+The Sacrament of Love
+New Evangelization
+The spiritual movement of A.A
+A Great Cloud of Witnesses
+Words to Live By
+The Song of Songs


New Liturgical Movement

+New Liturgical Movement
+Crisis in Liturgical renewal
+Translation problems
+Problems with reformed rites 
+Before and after "renovations"
+Signs of Hope
+The classical Liturgy lives! 
+Blessed Oases 
+Light from the East
+Deepening Liturgical Life--NOW!  
+Final Hope


Some 'Saints': God's Works of Art

+Saints: Sublime Extravagance
+Elizabeth of the Trinity -The Praise of Glory
+Love Among the Saints
+St Anselm of Canterbury
+A St Francis of Assisi Page

+The Silence of St Thomas Aquinas
+St Thomas Aquinas (Chesterton)

+St John of the Cross (von Balthasar)
+St Philip Neri
+St Therese's "Little Way" (von Balthasar)
+Vincent McNabb, OP
+Takashi Nagai
+Dorothy Day
+Pope John Paul I
+Origen


Bridegroom Pages

+The Bridegroom 
+The Chin Chuck
 +The Circumcision
 +True God *and* True Man
+The Throne of Grace


Jubilee 2000

+Pope's Letter as Jubilee Year ends and New Millennium begins
+Jubilee 2000: Holy Door
+Jubilee for Christian Unity
+Jubilee Asking for forgiveness
+Pope at Western Wall in Jerusalem


The Youthful Church

+The Youthful Heart
+Pope to Young of Heart
+
Pope's Mass with Youth in Holy Land
+World Youth Day 2000: Opening Address of Pope
+WYD Rome 2000 (and Woodstock)
+The "Children of Vatican II"


Various Pieces

+A More Excellent Way
+A Short Story of the Anti-Christ (Soloviev)
+Soloviev on the Papacy
+The Romance of Orthodoxy
+"I Call You Friends"--on Friendship
+Simplifying Life
+Throne and Throning One (Guardini)
+Lukewarm
heart
+On Christian Joy
+The Way of Beauty: Letter to Artists, JP II
+The Fathers, the Scholastics and Ourselves (von Balthasar)
+Letter of Robert Louis Stevenson Defending Fr Damien of Molokai
+The Church of Love and the Church of Office
+One God in Three Divine Persons
+Most Blessed Trinity
+Love: A Poem


Seasonal Offerings

+Advent 2000
+Christmas/Nativity Pages 2000
+Easter/Pascha Pages 2000
+Way of the Cross (Guardini)
+The Sacred Heart of Jesus for June 2000
+Say It With
Ros(ari)es!
+
The Rosary of Our Lady (Guardini) 
+Rosary Page Oct 2000
+Purgatory (Guardini)


A bit more...

+"My Buddy and Me"
+New Photos of "My Buddy"
+The Parish church of my baptism
+The magnificent interior of its upper church
+A selection of letters received before Guestbook
+A review of site from Envoy
+Praise of Glory BookCenter
+Monastic Book & CD Center  


Some Major Sub-Pages

+The Wesleys
+Pope's new Chapel


+A Farewell Blessing 


+SIGN OR VIEW GUESTBOOK!



 

ABSOLUTE LOVE .....
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"The first thing that must strike a non-Christian about a Christian's faith is that it is all too daring. It is too beautiful to be true: The mystery of being, unveiled as absolute love, coming down to wash the feet and the souls of its creatures; a love that assumes the whole burden of our guilt and hate, that accepts the accusations that shower down.. all the scorn and contempt that nails down his incomprehensible movement of self-abasement -- all this absolute love accepts in order to excuse his creature before himself......"

(Hans Urs von Balthsar)
image above: Georges Roualt's Ecce Homo

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised!
Little is the Lord and greatly to be loved!

 


Welcome! This site, a 'labor of love,' begun Aug. 18, 1996, is dedicated to all those who have lavished love on me, family and friends (the best in the world!), living and deceased: and to Him whose Heart is the font of all love, the Heart of the world:

JESUS CHRIST

To Him be glory forever!


For those who prefer the more "meandering" original Welcome Page (Aug 1996-June 2000), you can still use it as it does offer more materials than this newer version. The original Welcome Page is kept updated -- for the most part.


This Catholic Page for Lovers is an attempt to offer a site on the Internet for prayer and reflection, and for warming hearts...and for the increase of joy and gratitude for the great gift of faith. 

"The mercies of the Lord are never exhausted; the mercies of the Lord are never spent; but they are *new* each morning.  Great is Thy faithfulness!" (Lam 3:22)

I hope your visit will refresh your own heart and renew faith, hope, and love! And I hope you'll revisit since, God willing, I hope to keep this site ever expanding and updated, and this Catholic Page for Lovers contains several "webs within webs" -- e.g. The New Liturgical Movement, The Bridegroom Pages. I may be an unrealistic "romantic" -- but I really hope you will visit this site with a measure of stillness and quietness of heart (yes, even on the net!). 

This site is perhaps a bit like a garden with many nooks and crannies--and you can browse and pluck a flower or two from the great abundance of our magnificent tradition.

I think of the wonderful prayer of Dame Gertrude More (original spelling kept):

"O lett me sitt alone, silent to all the world and it to me, that I may learn the song of love."

"Be still! And know that I am God!" (Ps 46:10)

And how grateful I would be if you would, while prayerfully visiting this site (and "sitting alone" at your computer), say a prayer for me. I commit myself, as well, to pray for all those who visit this site!

"Cor ad cor loquitur."  Heart speaks to heart.

"My child, give me thy heart." (Prov 23:29)

On these pages I have attempted as well to "wed" text to image--believing as I do that works of art are "not only aesthetic representations, but genuine sources of theology." (Pere Marie Dominique Chenu, OP, quoted by Pope John Paul II in "The Way of Beauty"). This website attempts to proclaim "the beauty of holiness and the holiness of beauty".....

"The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced, and the art which has grown in her womb. Better witness is borne to the Lord by the splendor of holiness and art which have arisen in the community of believers than by the clever excuses which apologetics has come up with to justify the dark sides which, sadly, are so frequent in the Church's human history. If the Church is to continue to transform and humanize the world, how can she dispense with beauty in her liturgies, that beauty which is so closely linked with love and with the radiance of the Resurrection? No. Christians must not be too easily satisfied. They must make their Church into a place where beauty--and hence truth--is at home. Without this the world will become the first circle of Hell."

(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger)


 

LENTEN REFLECTIONS 2001


THREE RECOMMENDED LENTEN BOOKS -- THAT CAN CHANGE A LIFE!!!

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A Gift for the New Millennium!

 Our great Pope's daring pastoral approach to the New Millennium in his Apostolic Letter

NOVO MILLENNIO INUENTE



Gerard Serafin   

My Guest Book!
added Jan.12, 1998

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"The warmth of faith, full of the Holy Spirit!"
(Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit--now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen! Glory to the Ever-Greater Triune Love of God, One God in Three Divine Persons, the Mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity! Glory to Jesus Christ, the Heart of the world!gkchrist1.jpg (34515 bytes)

Let us pray!

Father of mercies and God of all consolation, You gave us the loving Heart of your own beloved Son, because of the boundless love by which You have loved us, which no tongue can describe. May we render You a love that is perfect with hearts made one with His. Grant, we pray, that our hearts may be brought to perfect unity: each heart with the other and all hearts with the Heart of Jesus....and may the rightful yearnings of our hearts find fulfillment through Him: Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

(Collect from St John Eudes' Mass, Gaudeamus, 1668)
image above: Christ Pantocrator, monk Gregory Kroug


***DO NOT READ GOOD BOOKS--
READ GREAT BOOKS!***

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Called to Spousal Love!

"You shall be called by a new name...
you shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall they call you "Forsaken,"
or your land "Desolate."
But you shall be called "My Delight,"
and your land "Espoused."
For the LORD delights in you,
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride,

so shall your God rejoice in you."

(Isaiah 62: 2-5)


One thing more (the crowning gift!)

Lord,Thou hast given so much to me:
One thing more I ask: a grateful heart.
Not thankful when it pleases me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart whose every pulse may be:
Thy praise.

(George Herbert)

And may his poem "Love" set the tone for your visit!


O my God, the saint of the burning heart, Augustine of Hippo, wrote these searing words: "You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You." Dare I add, O my God, that YOUR HEART is restless until it rests in me?

"Set me as a seal on your heart."
(Song of Songs 8:6)


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Gerard Serafin

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My Guest Book!
added Jan.12, 1998

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+Boston's Basilica of OLPH: "The Mission Church"
+The Feast of All Saints
+Third Order Preachers
+St Michael Russian Catholic Church in NYC
+The Society of St John Chrysostom from Istanbul
+St Alphonsus Catholic Church in Baltimore
+St Benedict Parish in Baltimore
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