Today, Pope Francis appoints Father Carl Reid, 68, as the second Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia. The appointment does not note Father Reid will to receive episcopal consecration. The press release can be read here.
The Church invites us today, through the figure of St. Benedict, to choose the path of an uncompromising holiness: to forsake our own treasures, so as to receive in return the hundredfold promised by Jesus, and as our inheritance, eternal life. If the Church applies to St. Benedict the reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus […]
The Abbey of Mater Ecclesiae announced that Mother Anna Maria Cànopi died this morning, the first full day of spring and the Transitus of Our Holy Father Saint Benedict. Mother Anna Maria, 87, abbess emeritus of the cloistered monastery of the island of San Giulio, a community she had founded 46 years ago and led […]
Today is the Feast of St. Joseph. We know him to be the earthly father of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin, a just and wise man, a man of obedience to the Divine Will, the patron of good and holy death, and the patron of the Universal Church. He is the patron saint of […]
Today, we liturgically honor our father among the saints, Cyril, patriarch of Jerusalem. Cyril was listed as one of the fathers at the Second Ecumenical Council in 381 in Constantinople. He was pastor of the Holy City for nearly half a century, and twice suffered exile. He left a rich legacy in his Catechetical Lectures. […]
Today is the feast day of St Gertrude of Nivelles, a 7th century Benedictine Abbess who lived in present day Belgium; she is not to be confused with another Gertrude who has the title of “the Great.” St Gertrude is the patron saint of cats. Given that in the USA the Irish celebrate St Patrick with […]
An enduring question in the spiritual life is knowing God. In fact, many, many people, even the “professional” Christians struggle with this question and more startling how to answer it that is reasonable, truthful and otherwise satisfying. Who is God to you? How do you know God exists? What is the source of your certainty? Or, […]
And Demeter dances for joy! There’s no turning back! The darkness recedes! The warmth returns! My honey bees are ’bout their business. Hooray!
The Latin Church begins the holy season of Lent with joy and sobriety today. Eastern Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar began their lenten observance on Monday past. The priest prays at the prayer after communion: “Pour out a spirit of compunction, O God, on those who bow before your majesty, and by your mercy […]
For March, the Pope’s prayer intention is: That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.