Lenten readings: CONTEMPLATING CHRIST’S PASSION (St. Leo the Great).


Lenten readings: CONTEMPLATING CHRIST’S PASSION (St. Leo the Great). True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognising in him our own humanity.   The earth – our earthly nature – should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks – the hearts of unbelievers – should burst asunder. The…

Lenten readings: IN PRAISE OF CHARITY (St. Leo the Great).


Lenten readings: IN PRAISE OF CHARITY (St. Leo the Great) In John’s gospel the Lord says: By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples. In a letter by John we read: My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten…

4th Sunday of Lent (LAETARE SUNDAY). Mass prayers and readings.


4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare or Rejoice Sunday). Mass prayers and readings. In this Mass, the color violet or rose is used. Instrumental music is permitted, and the altar may be decorated with flowers. On this Sunday the second scrutiny in preparation for the Baptism of the catechumens who are to be admitted to the Sacraments…

POPE FRANCIS ON THE PARABLE OF THE BARREN FIG TREE.


POPE FRANCIS ON THE PARABLE OF THE BARREN FIG TREE. Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave March 24, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Lent, before  praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Before the Angelus:  Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The Gospel of this Third…

Lenten readings: “THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD” from St. Irenaeus.


“THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD” From the Treatise “Against the Heresies” by St. Irenaeus. Our Lord, the Word of God, first drew men to God as servants, but later he freed those made subject to him. He himself testified to this: I do not call you servants any longer, for a servant does not know what his…