Saint Gregory of Narek, a monk of the tenth century, knew how to express the sentiments of your people more than anyone. He gave voice to the cry, which became a prayer, of a sinful and sorrowful humanity, oppressed by the anguish of its powerlessness, but illuminated by the splendor of God’s love and open […]
Every day we have the opportunity of renewing our commitment, our energy, our intention and creative talents to the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth. Though this work is a process, it implies acknowledging and affirming our true identity: that we are members of the Body of Christ — Christ’s mystical body — […]
Blessed feast of our Mother among the saints, Scholastica Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate. One day […]
Rejoice, O full of grace, Mother of God and Virgin, for from thee has risen the sun of righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who dwell in darkness. Rejoice you too, righteous watchman, that you have received in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, who also gives us the Resurrection.
St John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”: THE Angel-lights of Christmas morn, Which shot across the sky, Away they pass at Candlemas, They sparkle and they die. Comfort of earth is brief at best, Although it be divine; Like funeral lights for Christmas gone, Old Simeon’s tapers shine. And then for eight long weeks and […]
Earlier today at the Sunday Angelus in Rome, Pope Francis announced World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly to be held on 4th Sunday of July, the Sunday closest to July 26th feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Blessed Virgin Mary, grandparents of Jesus. The first world day will be July 25, 2021. […]
Good news! This morning Pope Francis recognized heroic virtue of the Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune, born on 13 June 1926 at Montrouge (Francia) and died in Paris (France) on 3 April 1994. This advancement in the cause in the canonization process carries the title for Lejeune, Venerable Servant of God. Now we wait for […]
January 21 is the Feast of Saint Meinrad. Still in the early days of 2021 I am mindful that we need his intercession as we in our country chart a renewed course of charity and hospitality! Prayers for the monks and oblates of the Archabbey of St Meinrad.
Today was a beautiful January day in Connecticut. It was a most pleasant day to take a walk in Chatfield Hollow State Park (Killingworth, CT) with fellow friends who follow together in Communion and Liberation –an ecclesial movement in the Church. It’s been years since I’ve been in Chatfield Hollow. It was a melancholy day […]
The 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme is “Abide in My Love…You Shall Bear Much Fruit.” It was discerned by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland and finds its origins in the Gospel of John (cf. John 15:5-9). The Week of Prayer is January 18-25. “Jesus gave his life for all out […]