August 22: QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

August 22: QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Today we celebrate the joyous memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother. It was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1954 based on the fact that that Mary is intimately associated with the Redemption carried out by her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ….

POPE FRANCIS ON THE KINDNESS OF LOVE.

POPE FRANCIS ON THE KINDNESS OF LOVE. As a continuation of Pope Francis’ explanation of the Pauline Hymn to Charity, he affirms in “Amoris laetitia,” nn. 93-94 that love, which is KIND, is at the SERVICE OF OTHERS. “’Patience’ is not a completely passive attitude, but one accompanied by activity, by a dynamic and creative…

HOLY THURSDAY: “HE LOVED THEM TO THE END (Jn 13:1).”

HOLY THURSDAY: “HE LOVED THEM TO THE END (Jn 13:1)”   The Sacred Paschal Triduum begins during which the Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption by means of special celebrations of the Last Supper (Holy Thursday), the Passion and Death of Our Lord (Good Friday), and His Glorious Resurrection (Easter Vigil, Easter…

February 2: THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD

  February 2 THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD Happy feast of the Presentation of Our Lord! This feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as “The Encounter”. It would later be observed in the West during the 6th century, wherein in Rome, it acquires a more penitential character, whereas in Gaul (France) with solemn…

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. MARY’S FAITHFUL FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WILL.

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. MARY’S FAITHFUL FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WILL. The Gospel of last Sunday presented to us the figure of St. John the Baptist  . During this 4th Sunday of Advent, the Gospel presents to us the figure of Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary  during her visitation to her cousin, Elizabeth (Lk 1:39–45)….

3rd Sunday of Advent: “GAUDETE” OR REJOICE! SUNDAY

3rd Sunday of Advent “GAUDETE” OR REJOICE! SUNDAY. This coming Sunday marks the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also known as “Gaudete” (Latin for “Rejoice!” or “Be glad/happy!”) Sunday. This is the reason why in some ADVENT WREATHS, there is a PINK CANDLE which differentiates it from the rest. In some Churches as well, instead of…

POPE FRANCIS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

POPE FRANCIS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE   (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called for all the faithful everywhere to pray for persecuted Christians on Sunday. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists gathered beneath the window of the Papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace, which overlooks St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father…

29th Sunday of O.T. (B) SERVIAM! I will serve!

29th Sunday of O.T. (B) Serviam! I will serve! “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.” Dear friends, the words written above comprise the opening prayer of this Sunday’s Mass in which our Mother Church wishes to remind us of our VOCATION AND…