Happy Mother’s Day!
Today in the Roman Martyrology, the Church gives us feast of Blesseds John Rochester and James Walworth: English Catholic priests, Carthusian monks, and martyrs of the Protestant Reformation—hanged at York on this day in 1537, after refusing to sign King Henry VIII’s Oath of Supremacy.
Pope Leo XIII beatified the Fathers in 1888.
You may want to read the description of the painting about Fathers Rochester and Walworth here.
Can we give our lives to Christ and the Church
Music is essential to life. Sacred music –that which is lived and performed in the Liturgy– is crucial important and integral to the worship of God. Yes, we live the text and the notes.
I love music. I love listening to music. I love sharing the experience of listening to music with others. I love purchasing, supporting musicians, and the like. I don’t sing even though I probably have one note (like everybody else).
Job is the archetype of the just man. According to the religious and ethical thought of his time, which viewed material prosperity as evidence of an upright life, Job was expected to be wealthy, and yet he was afflicted with suffering. Modern scholars point out that Job was not a historical person, but an ‘epic character.’ While this
The month of May is traditionally known on as the Month of Mary. The Church holds Mary in the highest esteem; she is venerated but not worshipped by Catholics and Orthodox. A Syrian Father, St Ephrem, –the Harp of the Holy Spirit– the fourth century hymnographer, theologian and deacon as something to offer about the Mother of God.
“As lightning illuminates what is
“The correct Marian devotion guarantees to faith the coexistence of indispensable ‘reason’ with the equally indispensable ‘reasons of the heart,’ as Pascal would say. For the Church, man is neither mere reason nor mere feeling, he is the unity of these two dimensions. The head must reflect with lucidity, but the heart must be able to feel warmth: devotion to Mary (which ‘avoids every false exaggeration on
The May 2019 Prayer intention of Pope Francis is for unity among the African peoples.
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.
May the Holy Family hear and answer our prayers.