Spirit of service

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 interaction with others. The word indicates that love BENEFITS and HELPS others. For this reason, it is translated as “kind”; love is EVER READY TO BE OF []

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 Sunday).   On HOLY THURSDAY, we celebrate THE EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER during which three principal mysteries are commemorated, namely:   the institution of the []

Pope Francis’ General Audience. ON THE ARROGANCE OF POWER, ABUSE OF AUTHORITY, POLITICS, SERVICE & GOD’S MERCY.

Pope Francis’ General Audience. ON THE ARROGANCE OF POWER, ABUSE OF AUTHORITY, POLITICS, SERVICE & GOD’S MERCY. Dear brethren in Christ, below you’ll find a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Feb. 24, 2016. In it, Pope Francis underlined that: “Wealth and power are realities that can be good and useful to the common good, if put at the service of the poor and of all, with justice and charity. However, as []

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 blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as “Candlemas”. The presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and, with the offerings of the Virgin []

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

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT C. 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). If we are to recall the previous events, Mary had just received God’s message through Archangel Gabriel that she was going to be the Mother of []

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 using the purple vestments, PINK priestly vestments will be utilized (if the church has them). The Church encourages us to be glad and happy and for what []

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 recalled the beatification in Barcelona on Saturday of Bl. Federico da Berga and his 25 Companions, who were martyred during the course of the Spanish Civil War []