Sacraments

POPE FRANCIS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR BAPTISM AND DIVINE FILIATION.


POPE FRANCIS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR BAPTISM AND DIVINE FILIATION   Dear friends, here you have the ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address on Jan. 10, Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ, at noon to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. I was happy to read that the Pope invited us to find out the day when we got baptized  in order to celebrate it coinciding to what I have written in my previous post https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2016/01/10/1367/). The Pope said: []

ON THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM. DO WE KNOW WHEN IS OUR BAPTISMAL DATE? HAPPY FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!


ON THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM. DO WE KNOW WHEN OUR BAPTISMAL DATE? HAPPY FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! Dear friends, HAPPY FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! Today’s feast is a great occasion for us to thank the Most Blessed Trinity for having received the Sacrament of Baptism as well. Our day of Baptism is perhaps the most important day of our life. Our faith teaches us that upon receiving this sacrament of Christian iniitation, []

ON ADVENT (2): INTERIOR PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS. Make Baby Jesus Happy By Going to Confession This Advent!


ON ADVENT 2: INTERIOR PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS In a talk I gave last year to Grade 1 (7 yr-old) girls, I asked them what they were doing to prepare for the Coming of the Child Jesus. A blonde, chubby girl answered: “I’m preparing the Nativity Scene in our house”…Another girl with pony tails said: “I helped Dad and Mom decorate the Christmas tree.” I told them that all these things are quite all right but there is something more important than the []

Pope Francis on the Generosity of the Poor Widow.


Pope Francis on the Generosity of the Poor Widow. Dear friends: In yesterday’s Nov.8, Angelus Address, the Holy Father commented on the Gospel of the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, denouncing the vices of pride, hypocrisy, and greed which are incompatible with Christian life. At the same time, he praised the trusting generosity and abandonment of the poor widow, characteristics which we should live in our daily life as Christians. Let us not be stingy in our self-giving to God and to []

POPE FRANCIS ON FOLLOWING CHRIST: Being a disciple of Jesus means to take up one’s cross and accompany him in an uncomfortable path which leads to true freedom and full life with God.


POPE FRANCIS ON FOLLOWING CHRIST: Being a disciple of Jesus means to take up one’s cross and accompany him in an uncomfortable path which leads to true freedom and full life with God. Dear friends, in his Angelus speech last Sept. 13, Pope Francis, after recounting some Gospel passages of the corresponding Sunday Mass, reminded us of the following points  on what it takes to be a disciple, a follower of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He said: “To undertake the discipleship of []

CHURCH AND MASS ETIQUETTE: Loving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist


CHURCH AND MASS ETIQUETTE: LOVING JESUS IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST Do I properly conduct myself inside the Church and attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with love, affection, attention, taking care of the details of piety which Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is really present in the Holy Eucharist, deserves from me? Dear friends: today, we shall take up some simple but very important reminders regarding CHURCH AND MASS ETIQUETTE.  As St. John Paul II once said directing himself to the []

THE FIRM & UNDOUBTING FAITH OF JAIRUS AND THE WOMAN WITH HEMORRHAGE. 13TH Sunday of Ordinary Time (B).


THE FAITH OF JAIRUS AND THE WOMAN WITH HEMORRHAGE. 13TH Sunday of Ordinary Time (B). This Sunday’s Gospel presents to us two wonderful miracles performed by Our Lord: the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman sick with hemorrhage for 12 years. Both Jairus and the sick woman as well manifested their FIRM FAITH AND ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE IN JESUS’ OMNIPOTENCE: “Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, HE FELL AT HIS []