Feb. 5: ST. AGATHA, Virgin and Martyr


Feb. 5: ST. AGATHA, Virgin and Martyr St. Agatha (d. c. 251) was born at Catania, Sicily. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Having dedicated her virginity to God, Agatha was persecuted for her Christian faith. “According to the 13th-century Golden Legend (III.15)…

THE NEED TO EDUCATE OUR EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS THROUGH VIRTUE FORMATION.


THE NEED TO EDUCATE OUR EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS THROUGH VIRTUE FORMATION. “Formation in the virtues requires struggle, overcoming one’s own inclination when this is opposed to good acts. This is the part of truth that is contained in the reductionist, “voluntaristic” concept of virtue referred to earlier. But virtue doesn’t consist in the capacity to…

WHAT DOES “BEING A GOOD CHRISTIAN” ENTAIL?


WHAT DOES “BEING A GOOD CHRISTIAN” ENTAIL? “[B]eing a good Christian doesn’t simply mean knowing – at a level appropriate to one’s situation in the Church and in society – the Church’s teaching on the sacraments or on prayer, or on general and professional moral norms. The goal is much higher: immersing ourselves in the…

PRAYER: A SIGN OF GOD’S INITIATIVE. A GIFT FROM GOD.


PRAYER: A SIGN OF GOD’S INITIATIVE. A GIFT FROM GOD. “Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.”[Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2560  citing St. Augustine, De…

4th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME. Mass prayers and readings.


4th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Mass prayers and readings. ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Salvos nos fac, Dómine Deus noster, et cóngrega nos de natiónibus, ut confiteámur nómini sancto tuo, et gloriémur in laude tua. Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our…