THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE . Considerations and prayer. CONSIDERATION The gift of fortitude sees difficulties as exceptional conditions in which to grow […]
FIGHT SLOTH. STRUGGLE AGAINST LAZINESS. Sloth or laziness, is a capital sin which perhaps, is the easiest path to go to hell. […]
Sept. 15: OUR LADY OF SORROWS. The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Stabat Mater. Audiovisual summary and text.
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FIVE GREAT LESSONS FROM SOME RIO OLYMPIC ATHLETES Dear brethren in Christ, after the two-week long Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, […]
MAN UP! TAME YOUR TEMPER. CONQUER YOUR LAZINESS. STOP COMPLAINING. Uncontrolled anger, exasperating laziness, non-stop finger-pointing, frequent irritable moaning…some characteristics of a weak-willed person, slave of one’s passions and thereby resulting not only to childishness, immature and irresponsible personality but graver evils at that: vengeance, violence, egotism, lust, impurity, pride, desperation… The remedy, nevertheless, is at the hand. We must MAN OURSELVES UP! We must start acquiring the virtues of TEMPERANCE AND FORTITUDE by struggling daily against the “OLD MAN” in […]
A SALUTE TO THE “HIDDEN HEROES” OF THE HOLY WEEK IN SEVILLE: THE “COSTALEROS”. They are the 30 men or more who carry the very heavy processional float for hours during the procession. This one weighs 1400 kg without the statue, silver vertical bars and other decors of the float and just finished a 5-hour long procession and is on its way to the “garage” for safe-keeping till next year. Truly an enormous sacrifice done out of devotion. Some finish with a […]
JANUARY 6: THE EPIPHANY (MANIFESTATION) OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. WHAT IS THE EPIPHANY ALL ABOUT? “And behold, the star that they […]
Nov. 10: Saint Leo the Great Pope and Doctor of the Church St. Leo (d.461) was a vigorous defender of the unity of the Church and pushed back the onrush of the barbarians under Attila. During his pontificate, the Council of Chalcedon (451) defined that there is in Christ one divine person and two natures, divine and human. It was a confirmation of his Epistola Dogmatica (Tomus) to the Patriach Flavian of Constantinople. During the disintegration of the Western Empire, when heresy […]
Sept. 15: OUR LADY OF SORROWS. “O sweet Mother! Font of love, touch my spirit from above, make my heart with yours accord. Make me feel as you have felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ, my Lord (from ‘Stabat Mater’).”
Sept. 15: Our Lady of Sorrows Today’s feast has its origin in that Christian devotion which associates Our Lady with the Passion of her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Pius VII extended this devotion to the whole Church and, in 1912, St. Pius X fixed the feast on this day, within the octave of the Nativity of our Mother the Virgin. God extolled Mary entrusting to her the highest mission ever given to any creature: to be the Mother of God. […]