…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Month: January 2015

Saint John Bosco

Today we have the liturgical memorial of Saint John Bosco. Prayers of gratitude for his witness and that of the Salesians. “Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means […]

Criminal escapes Capuchin friary

I laughed and laughed and laughed this morning when I read the story of a criminal serving his sentence with Capuchin friars pleading to be sent back to prison… because Capuchin life is too hard, he claimed! The reason for the humor is that Capuchins aren’t too known for their austerities today in North America; the Capuchin order […]

Chiara Lubich’s cause for sainthood opened

Today, word was received that the Most Reverend Raffaello Martinelli, bishop of Frascati, opened the diocesan process for the cause of beatification for Chiara Lubich, foundress of the Opus Mariae (Work of Mary) – Focolare Movement. On 7 December 2013, the formal request was made by the current president of the Focolare Movement, Maria Voce, the direct successor to Chiara, […]

Jaroslav Pelikan recalled

The question was asked: Who was Jaroslav Pelikan, and why does his work remain so important for serious Christian scholarship today? First Things published this essay of Timothy George, “The Legacy of Jaroslav Pelikan”: Pelikan was a seminal and inviting thinker. He did his work as a ministry and not merely making his academic […]

Sainted Cistercian founders: Robert Molesme, Stephen Harding and Alberic

From e hymn for evening Vespers for the holy founders of Citeaux: “Bold leader of this vast array, Saint Robert, intercede today. God grant us hearts to dream anew, and strength his kingdom to pursue. Fond lover of that hallowed place, where brothers lived as one by grace, Saint Alberic, pray we may be one […]