Every time we celebrate Holy Mass, we hear echo in our heart
the words that Jesus left with his disciples at the Last Supper as a precious
gift: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you” (John 14:27). How much
the Christian community and the whole of humanity need to taste completely the
riches and the power of Christ’s peace! St.
Most Holy and
Immaculate Virgin, Help of Christians, we place ourselves under your motherly
protection. Throughout the Church’s history you have helped Christians in times
of trial, temptation and danger. Time and time again, you have proven to be the
Refuge of sinners, the Hope of the hopeless, the Consoler of the afflicted,
Pope Benedict XVI with great affection for Saint Benedict of Nursia, the Rule of Saint Benedict and Benedictine spirituality made a visit to Monte Cassino, 75 miles southeast of Rome, today. The Abbey of Monte Cassino was founded by Saint Benedict in 529 and it’s the sight of great holiness and humanity.
Among the various pastoral engagements the Holy Father had, he celebrated Mass for the
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) in the New
England region celebrated the jubilees of three sisters today: Sister Mary
Victoria (75 years), Sister Mary Barbara (50 years) and Sister Maryann (25
years). We also remembered Sister Jeanette who died in December and who was to
celebrated 50 years.
Suppose you were to find yourself in the presence of God and
someone were to give you the command: “Look in that direction.” And suppose
that, on the contrary, God were to say: “I am absolutely unwilling for you to
look.” Ask yourself in your heart what there is, among all existing things, for
the sake of which you ought to take that look in violation of God’s will.
We are firmly living the days of the Paschal Mystery. What God has given us and what the Church faithfully teaches is that nothing is done without the action of the Holy Spirit. Our encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, our prayer to the Blessed Trinity, is firmly rooted in the Pauline belief that it is the Holy Spirit who first places within our hearts the desire for communion with God the Father, God the Son and God