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…

Jan. 31: ST. JOHN BOSCO, PRIEST. Prayer vid + 2nd Reading (Divine Office)

January 31 SAINT JOHN BOSCO, PRIEST Prayer vid + 2nd Reading (Divine Office) St. John Bosco (1815-1888) founded the Salesian Society, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales, and the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians. His lifework was the welfare of young boys and girls, hence his title, “Apostle of Youth.” He had no…

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…

DON’T BE AN INGRATE. THANK OUR LORD DAILY!

DON’T BE AN INGRATE. THANK OUR LORD DAILY!     Dear friends, are we grateful to God who is the source of all gifts, graces and benefits? Do we thank Him everyday?   In a recent homily, Pope Francis said:     “Look to the Lord, who is never outdone in generosity. We receive so…

MAN UP! TAME YOUR TEMPER. CONQUER YOUR LAZINESS. STOP COMPLAINING.

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,…

January 28 St. Thomas Aquinas. CHRIST ON THE CROSS EXEMPLIFIES EVERY VIRTUE.

January 28 ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, PRIEST AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH Dear friends, today we celebrate the memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274). St. Thomas  received his education at the Abbey of Monte Cassino and at the University of Naples. In 1244 he joined the Dominican Order. Considered one of the greatest philosophers and theologians…