TRIALS, EFFORT AND VIRTUES.


TRIALS, EFFORT AND VIRTUES. Our life cannot be without sorrow, pain or worry. Nobody can expect to go through life without them. Nevertheless,  a Christian can bring out a lot of good from life’s difficulties, if he or she knows how to take advantage of them with the help of God’s grace. We cannot make…

PRIDE: THE OBSTACLE TO RECEIVE GOD’S MERCY


PRIDE: THE OBSTACLE TO RECEIVE GOD’S MERCY “He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts (Lk 1:51).” The above words are taken from Our Lady’s “Magnificat” wherein Mary praises God for having looked upon the lowliness of His handmaid. Humility is the necessary virtue which…

August 16. St. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY. Short bio + Divine Office 2nd reading.


August 16. St. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY. Short bio + Divine Office 2nd reading. St. Stephen (969-1038) greatly expanded Hungarian control over the Carpathian Basin during his lifetime, broadly established Christianity in the region. He ruled with great wisdom and was outstanding for his justice and piety. He is generally regarded as the founder of the…

August 1: ST. ALPHONSUS MARIA LIGUORI. Short bio + Divine office 2nd reading


August 1: ST. ALPHONSUS MARIA LIGUORI. Bishop & Doctor. Founder of the Redemptorists. Short bio + Divine office 2nd reading OUTLINE Short bio Love of God requires acquiring and nurturing all virtues. 1.      Short bio Born in Naples, Italy, St. Alphonsus (1696-1787) was a lawyer before becoming a priest. He founded the Congregation of the…

FIGHT SLOTH. STRUGGLE AGAINST LAZINESS.


FIGHT SLOTH. STRUGGLE AGAINST LAZINESS. Sloth or laziness, is a capital sin which perhaps, is the easiest path to go to hell. The reason? One does not have to exert effort to do evil actions and to omit good actions. From sloth arise a lot of evils: spiritual indolence, impurity, disobedience, indifference, irresponsibility, anger, despair,…

FIVE INSPIRING LIFE LESSONS FROM THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS


FIVE GREAT LESSONS FROM SOME RIO OLYMPIC ATHLETES Dear brethren in Christ, after the two-week long Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we have witnessed an international event offers us great inspiring lessons useful in our daily life as Catholics striving for holiness. We could learn from the following lessons and apply them in our…