On Quinquagesima Sunday, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the priest who celebrated Mass for us put the ultimate goal for Lent rather simply: When Easter comes, will we have grown in our love for Christ compared to what it was when Lent started? Three things that will help in achieving this end, which can be … Continue reading Making a Holy and Productive Lent: Do We Love Christ More After Lent than We Did Before?
Today we begin the solemn season of Lent. We begin it by going to Mass and receiving on our foreheads the ashes burnt from palms used the previous Palm Sunday. We do this to remind ourselves and acknowledge to the whole world that we are sinners in need of repentance and God's grace. It also … Continue reading Remember Thou Art Dust, and To Dust Thou Shalt Return
The example of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for our modern society is crucial, especially as confusion about what a family is and its values run rampant. Mary and Joseph show the necessity and benefits of both a mother and a father for a child and Jesus shows the obedience and respect that a child owes … Continue reading February Devotion: The Holy Family
Yesterday was both a tragic and happy day in American history. Tragic because we know the incoming administration will undo all of the good things that our former president did during his time in office, most notably all of the pro-life measures that were previously put in place will reportedly be struck down by new … Continue reading Now What? A Catholic Response to the New Administration
Below is the link to an article by Catholicism Pure & Simple that is a transcript of a sermon by St. John Vianney on the Feast of the Epiphany. It is a very good read and causes us to reflect on the faith of the Wise Men and how we can better imitate them in … Continue reading St. John Vianney on the Feast of the Epiphany
A very blessed and happy new year to you all! As we begin a new year, Holy Mother Church turns our attention toward the power that the Name of Our Blessed Savior holds. Each month of the year has attached to it a certain devotion, and the one for January is the Holy Name of … Continue reading January Devotion: The Most Holy Name of Jesus
*Although this may not be a Holy Day of Obligation this year because of dispensations due to COVID, please make a serious effort to attend Mass. Other than Easter, this is one of the most important days of the year. It is the day of the birth of Our Savior and we owe Him our … Continue reading For Unto Us a Savior is Born: Merry Christmas!
The announcement of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ is most appropriately chanted or recited during first Vespers on December 24. It can also be chanted or recited before the celebration of the Midnight Mass: The twenty-fifth day of December,/ when ages beyond number had run their course/ from the creation of the world,/ … Continue reading The Proclamation of Christmas
From ThinkingFaith.org This evening at Vespers (evening prayer), the Church begins the traditional O antiphons that are recited before and after the Magnificat and highlight the prophecies of the prophet Isaiah regarding the Messiah. They are also paraphrased in the traditional Advent hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." There are 7 of them, to be … Continue reading The O Antiphons
Ember Days are days of penitential nature that acknowledge that we are in debt to God for our existence and everything we have. We ask for God's blessing and thank Him for the many things He has given us. These days occur during different periods throughout the year, and the Advent Ember Days occur the … Continue reading Advent Ember Days