St. George was born in Cappadocia, at the close of the third century, of Christian parents. In early youth he chose a soldier’s life, and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of tribune. When, however, the Emperor began to persecute the Christians, George rebuked him at once sternly and … Continue reading
By Elise Harris Vatican City, Apr 20, 2018 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and actions of the Church, saying without Christ’s love and self-sacrifice, everything would be done in vanity, since everything Jesus did was … Continue reading
St. Therese of Lisieux
“If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15
By: Ashley Blackburn
The other morning I was at mass when the Emmaus Story really came alive for me. In this gospel account, the resurrected Jesus meets two disciples on the road to Emmaus and at first the disciples were unable to recognize who Jesus was. Jesus walks with them and listens to their story, in which he realizes they had a very limited understanding of scriptures and thus a limited understanding of his death and resurrection. After the disciples finished speaking, Jesus then began to explain the scriptures to them, which opened up their understanding to the fullness of Salvation History and gave them a thirst for more. What the…
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Gerard David – The Wedding Feast at Cana
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27
***Warning*** I have written some graphic content in this piece.
In my prayer, as I am sure many people have also felt, the Lord has impressed upon me the importance, to an overwhelming degree on my soul, of marriage.
You all know I have been taking classes on Kingdom and Covenant. I learned a lot in this last class discussing marriage. In learning about covenant, we understand that a blood sacrifice is made, and we know that the Eucharist is the most Sacred and Profound covenant God made…
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Basilica of St. Peter
The present Church of St. Peter stands upon the site where at the beginning of the first century the gardens of Agrippina lay. Her son, Caius Caligula, built a circus there, in the spina of which he erected the celebrated obelisk without hieroglyphics which was brought from Heliopolis and now stands in the Piazza di S. Pietro. The Emperor Nero was especially fond of this circus and arranged many spectacles in it, among which the martyrdoms of the Christians (Tacitus, “Annal.”, XV, 44) obtained a dreadful notoriety. The exact spot in the circus of the crucifixion of St. Peter was preserved by tradition through out the centuries, and in the present Church of St. Peter is marked by an altar. Directly past the circus of Nero ran the Via Cornelia which, like all Roman highways, was bordered with sepulchral monuments. In Christian times a small…
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Vatican City, Apr 18, 2018 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops’ conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances. Austrian news site kath.net has reported that Vatican sources say … Continue reading
By Orlando Hernandez
Starting with the Friday of last week, and continuing all the way through the 3rd Week of Easter, the daily masses offer the readings from Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. I have been led into meditation and prayer by these readings all week long. Here is a humble sharing, dear friends.
Last Friday’s Gospel (Jn 6:1-15) presents the wonderful story of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. This is the verse that struck me this time : “ When Jesus raised His eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to Him, He said to Philip, ‘ Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?’” (Jn 6: 5) I imagine myself near the top of the mountain, where Jesus sits with His disciples, apparently engaged in prayer, lost in the Love of Abba, planning with the Father what He was…
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Beware of becoming vexed or impatient at the faults of others, for it would be folly when you see a man falling into a ditch, to throw yourself into another to no purpose. -St. Bonaventure Cardinal Cesarini, a man of most gentle disposition, having been told that the mule he usually rode was lost, through … Continue reading
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre was born in the village of Amettes, near Boulogne in France, on March 26, 1748. He was the eldest of a family of fifteen children. From his earliest years he manifested exceptional piety, and was particularly attracted to the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. His early education was confided to one of his uncles, who was the parish priest of Erin, in view of his future ordination. He was not certain, however, that he was called to the priesthood, and said, It is very beautiful to be a priest, but I fear losing my soul while saving others. He desired the contemplative life and entered the Carthusian Order. But it was not long before his Superiors decided he did not have the vocation to that Order.
After making several more requests to enter monasteries where he might serve God…
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In today’s Gospel, John 6:22-29, we find Jesus in conversation with a large crowd that has been following Him. Jesus says to them – and to us His present day followers, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you.” The crowd says to Him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” Jesus says to the crowd – and to us today, that we are to set priorities in this life. He tells us that we are to believe in Him, the Son sent by the Father, and that we are to seek to live out His teachings.
Our goal is not to see this life as the end all but rather as…
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