Chosen

The Lord gives to each one exactly what is needed according to the uniqueness of the person: God's Easter word to us: To Mary Magdalene, who witnessed the horror of the crucifixion and was...
Yes, my son, Christ is risen! I have a close friend, a mother of six adults, who says the definition of wisdom is having a lot to say — and not saying it. I am always breaking this rule, which I...
Who am I? There are many ways of answering this question. We are partially forged by our DNA, which directly impacts our biological makeup, like an identity card that grants us membership to society...
Last summer I had the privilege of speaking at all of the family fests at The Apostolate for Family Consecration (AFC) in Bloomingdale, Ohio. For me and my family, it was experiencing a renaissance...
“We are celebrating the feast of the Cross, whereby darkness was dispelled and the light restored.” – St. Andrew of Crete Mark 15:40-47: There were some women watching from a distance. Among them...
In what he himself called an “Armenian Day”, Pope Francis inaugurated, shortly after noon, a bronze statue in the Vatican Gardens depicting Armenian culture’s hero, Saint Gregory of Narek, after...
Pope Bergoglio has cited Hell many times, which is not a place but a state in which one chooses to be by rejecting the love of God. In the first five years of his pontificate, Pope Francis spoke...
Inasmuch as it is an excessive exultation of human achievements and capabilities, triumphalism can only ever be an impediment to the Church’s mission. Any deviation from the path of humility...
The Lord died and arose from the dead to a new life of an absolutely Godlike character. It was that life that was suddenly and mysteriously illuminated for a moment on Mount Tabor. When He was on His...
In the Masses of Easter week, the Gospels recount the various apparitions of the risen Jesus; the first, and one of the most moving, is that to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18). In this episode Mary...
In his Easter message, Pope Francis also appeals for the Holy Land, Yemen, South Sudan, Ukraine, Venezuela and the talks in Korea. The memory of persecuted Christians and children who have been...
The extraordinary 2010 film Of Gods and Men, by the French director Xavier Beauvois, depicts the kidnapping and murder of nine Trappist monks in Algeria by Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. In one of...
“But the glory of the cross led those who were blind through ignorance into light, loosed all who were held fast by sin, and ransomed the whole world of mankind.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem Mark 15:21-...
“Let us then not be ashamed of the cross of our Savior, but rather glory in it… For it was not a mere man who died for us, but the Son of God, God made man.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem Mark 15:1-20:...
The Christian woman unjustly condemned to death prays in prison with the rosary she received from the Pope. In Pakistan, Catholics live the liturgy of the Cross with special devotion. “Father,...
Coena Domini and lavender of feet at the Regina Coeli Prison. “A punishment that is not open to hope is neither Christian nor human”. He reveals that he will have surgery for cataracts and invites...
O Holy Spirit, teach me the value of suffering, so that I may esteem it and love it as a means of sanctification. We must be thoroughly convinced that if the Holy Spirit works in our souls to...
Perhaps the most under-appreciated feast of the general Calendar is the Solemn Feast of the Annunciation. Truly worthy of the title “First Class Feast,” for centuries it marked the first day of the...
The Pope on Palm Sunday, “How hard it is for the comfortable and the self-righteous to understand mercy. No more hatred”. No to those who try to “twist reality and invent stories for their own...
A Holy Gospel reflection for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion This Palm Sunday, would you join in a simple yet revealing spiritual exercise? It involves plunging whole-heartedly into the Gospel and...