POPE FRANCIS IN UGANDA “CATECHISTS: YOURS IS A HOLY WORK!” Dear friends: Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave on the evening of Nov. 27, 2015, to a meeting of catechists and teachers in Uganda, taken from zenit.org. The meeting was held at the site of the first martyrdoms of the persecutions against the Church in Uganda. The Holy Father mostly followed the prepared text. Some of his off-the-cuff comments are included in brackets. In it, […]
PRAY FOR THE HOLINESS & FIDELITY OF ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD Nobody in this world is exempt from the snares of the devil and his temptations. As Jesus Himself was tempted in the desert for 40 days, MEN AND WOMEN WHO −FOR LOVE!−, HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES FULLY TO THE SERVICE OF GOD, THE CHURCH AND ALL SOULS, (priests, nuns, monks, missionaries…) ARE NOT IMMUNE TO TEMPTATIONS OF THE EYES, THE WORLD AND THE FLESH. This inevitable fact should […]
Pope Francis On How Wordliness Destroys Christian Identity and Leads to Apostasy In his Nov. 16, 2015 Homily at Santa Marta, the Holy Father commenting on the 1st reading taken from the first Book of Maccabees, how worldliness, justifying to act and live just like what others are doing, leads to the dissolution and destruction of Christian identity which will eventually lead to losing one’s faith and apostasy. We, Christians, should live in the middle of the world, without being worldly, […]
33rd Sunday O.T. (B) THE 2ND COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD We’re almost approaching the end of the liturgical cycle as we celebrate the penultimate Sunday of Ordinary Time. This is the reason why the readings of the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time present to us the 2nd coming, — glorious and definitive—, of Our Lord Jesus Christ, thus marking the end of the world and of its history, and […]
Sept. 28: St. LORENZO RUIZ & COMPANIONS, Martyrs. Patron saint of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), of the Filipinos and of the Philippines
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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. […]
August 27: ST. MONICA. Patroness of Mothers, Married Women and Widowers Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Monica. She is the persistent, determined, patient and loving mother of St. Augustine who never threw the towel on her son’s waywardly life, who as we know was a great sinner but later got converted to the Catholic faith after passing through turbulent years of sincere search for the truth, until he finally found what his heart was looking for in the Catholic Church. […]
August 25. ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ, Founder of the Piarists (Escolapios). Universal Patron of all the Christian popular schools in the world.
August 25. ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ, Founder of the Piarists. Universal Patron of all the Christian popular schools in the world. Today […]
August 11. St. CLARE OF ASSISI. Founder of Poor Clares. Sister of St. Francis St. Clare (1193-1253) followed the footsteps of her brother, St. Francis of Assisi, especially in the way St. Francis lived the virtue of poverty; she was remarkable for her penitent life. She founded the Order of the Poor Clares. BRIEF PROFILE “Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called “Poor Clares.” When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, […]
JULY 22: ST. MARY MAGDALENE. Perseverance in Our Search for Christ Dear friends: As I was praying the Divine Office for today’s memorial, I was convinced that I just couldn’t let the day pass without sharing with you St. Gregory the Great’s very beautiful homily on St. Mary Magdalene which speaks about Mary’s ardent thirst and her persevering love towards Jesus, who with her tears of intense love and contrition, was able to finally see Christ. We, too, should foster this intense […]