“God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God’s purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in […]
Are you familiar (at the deepest possible level as able) with sacred Scripture? Daily, it is recommended, to spend time doing lectio divina. While John Paul is addressing members in consecrated life, the teaching is fitting and prudent for the laity, too. “As the church’s spiritual tradition teaches, meditation on God’s word, and on the […]
Today is the 51st anniversary of Pope Saint Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, Humanae vitae.
Today we remember St. Phocas the Gardener. He is the patron of farmers, fieldworkers, agriculture, and gardeners. He was a man connected to his land and to his neighbor, and who understood ecology in the deep sense of not living just for oneself but for all. He was both a bishop and a simple farmer, […]
The Church, East and West, liturgically honor St Mary Magdalene. She often bears the titles of “The holy myrrhbearer”, “equal of the apostles” and as scripture shows, she was “apostle to the apostles.” These titles give a deeper perspective on this woman called by Jesus. The Byzantine Liturgy sings this kondakion for the feast: Today, […]
I didn’t know of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne until several years ago when a friend of mine, Father Ambrose, gave me a tutorial these great nuns. For him, the death of these Carmelites are an example of demise of the Gospel in culture and in the personal life the baptized. The courage and faithfulness of […]
“I am always thinking of you and helping you to secure Eternal Life.” As Pope Pius XII wrote “Christ is the way; Mary reflects the way; her scapular is our keepsake on the way.”
Today, July 11, is the blessed feast of St. Benedict of Norcia, patriarch of western monasticism, and one of the patrons of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation. St. Benedict gives inspiration to us not to build a frozen model of Christian or one that forgets the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Tradition of […]
“As Mothers, We Live the Works of Mercy Each Day in Our Homes” Blessed is She is an online community of women living the Gospel and the faith in their particular context. Daily we are called to be protagonists in the works of mercy. Here is a resource.
Happy Fourth of July –US Independence Day The Mass Collect for Independence Day is given below to help orient our prayer today. Pray for our country and her leaders. We have much to be grateful for, much to ask for forgiveness and much hope for the future. “Father of all nations and ages, we recall […]