Today is the 51st anniversary of Pope Saint Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, Humanae vitae.
Today we remember St. Phocas the Gardener. He is the patron of farmers, fieldworkers, agriculture, and gardeners. He was a man connected to his land and to his neighbor, and who understood ecology in the deep sense of not living just for oneself but for all. He was both a bishop and a simple farmer, and he devoted everything he grew to be given to the poor.
He is also the patron of hospitality. When soldiers came looking
The Church, East and West, liturgically honor St Mary Magdalene. She often bears the titles of “The holy myrrhbearer”, “equal of the apostles” and as scripture shows, she was “apostle to the apostles.” These titles give a deeper perspective on this woman called by Jesus.
The Byzantine Liturgy sings this kondakion for the feast:
Today, let us sing a special hymn in honor of that friend of the Lord who was the first to anoint him in death. Let
I didn’t know of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne until several years ago when a friend of mine, Father Ambrose, gave me a tutorial these great nuns. For him, the death of these Carmelites are an example of demise of the Gospel in culture and in the personal life the baptized. The courage and faithfulness of the nuns in the face of terrifically sinister men is quite striking. In every period of time, martyrdom always seems to catch the heart.
St. Benedict gives inspiration to us not to build a frozen model of Christian or one that forgets the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Tradition of the Church.
Saint Benedict educates us by demonstrating for us not to prefer anything
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Daily we are called to be protagonists in the works of mercy. Here is a resource.