Ember Days or the Quatuor Temporas are a traditional time of harvest fasting “four times” per year. The Ember days are the Wednesday, September 19, Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22. This is a time to ask God for the gift of holy priests for the harvest of souls. Let us voluntarily take up […]
Dear Father Abbot Primate, Sister Judith Ann and Benedictine nuns and sisters, Welcome to Rome! I thank Father Primate for his words of introduction: I have told him that his Italian has improved! Your Symposium is a good occasion for Benedictine nuns and sisters from all over the world to experience together a period of […]
Exercising a motherly care for her poor children in all things and through all things the Virgin Mother calms our trembling fear, enlivens our faith, supports our hope, drives away our distrust, encourages us in our hesitancy. Adam, you were afraid to approach your Father; you were terrified at the mere sound of his […]
“Work is a good thing for man – a good thing for his humanity – because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes ‘more a human being’.” Laborem Exercens (1981) St. John Paul II […]
Br. Roberto Genuin of the Province of Venice elected General Minister of the Friars Minor Capuchin. He was elected at the 85th General Chapter of the Order. Genuin succeeds Br. Mauro Jöhri of Switzerland. The term of office is six years.
The St. Meinrad Oblates from the greater NYC area gathered as you know, for the 78th annual retreat this past weekend. As part of our Spiritual Exercises we have a Eucharistic Holy Hour. This year we prayed during this time for the Church which is currently in crisis as the consequence of clergy sexual abuse […]
The September Prayer Intention of the Pope: That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.