Via Catholic Restoration THE MONTH OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Since the 16th-century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The Church traditionally encouraged the month of April for increased devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. “The Church in the course of the centuries has introduced various forms of this Eucharistic worship which … Continue reading April Devotion: The Most Blessed Sacrament
Happy Easter everyone! This is my reflection from a couple of years ago but it is just as prevalent today. He is truly risen, alleluia, alleluia! He is not here, He is risen. Behold the place where they laid Him.Mark 16:6 Happy Easter! My family and I had the privilege to attend the Easter Vigil … Continue reading Easter Sunday: Alleluia! He is Risen!
It can be tempting on this day to jump straight to Easter. But it's important to take this day to meditate on the Lord's Passion and Death and wait prayerfully for the Resurrection. On this day, Christ descended to the gates of hell in order to free those who died a just death under the … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Waiting at the Tomb
What do you think of when you see a crucifix? On Good Friday, we are invited to spend the day gazing upon Jesus Christ on the cross and meditating on what He has done for us and the price He paid for our salvation. Yesterday, on Holy Thursday, we celebrated the Mass of the Last … Continue reading Good Friday: Gazing Upon the Crucified Christ/The Seven Last Words
Now that we have completed the celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper in most places and commemorated the institution of both the priesthood and the Eucharist that Christ gave to us out of love for us and to keep Him with us until the end of time, it is time to enter the … Continue reading Holy Thursday and Entering into the Garden with Jesus
As we prepare to begin the Sacred Triduum, I would like to share with you links to the Stations of the Cross with reflections by St. Alphonsus Liguori as well as the Seven Dolors of Mary. These are a beautiful way to enter into both the Passion of Our Lord and reflect on the sufferings … Continue reading Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) by St. Alphonsus Liguori and the Seven Dolors (Sorrows) of Mary
To honor the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which celebrates Mary's Fiat and the Eternal Word becoming man for our redemption, I am reposting my reflection on the Annunciation which was part of a larger reflection on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. As She sat quietly working and meditating, the Virgin Mary was suddenly visited … Continue reading The Solemnity of the Annunciation
These last two weeks of Lent are traditionally known as Passiontide, a time where the Church enters even more deeply into contemplation of the Passion and Death of Christ. This week, the fifth week of Lent, is known as Passion week and every day of the week is preceded by the word ‘Passion.’ This week … Continue reading Passiontide
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and foster father of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. St. Joseph is the perfect example of masculinity and paternity, as well as what being a husband and protector of the family is really meant to be, especially in today’s society where these qualities … Continue reading Litany of St. Joseph
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?