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Be not troubled about those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do. Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot...
Our Blessed Mother had the profoundest influence on the spiritual life of St. John Paul II. Intense devotion to her was always a characteristic trait of Polish mysticism, and so it was for him. Karol...
Following is a homily by Fr. René J. Butleron the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2, 2017, Year A: Resurrection of Lazarus We are faced today with such an embarrassment of riches in the readings, one...
Each Lent I look forward to participating in the Way of the Cross at one particular parish in our diocese which also celebrates a half hour of Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. This parish uses...
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A – April 2, 2017 Roman Rite Ex 37: 12-14; Ps 130; Rm 8.8 to 11; Jn 11, 1-45 Sunday of Lazarus 1) Eternal Love gives eternal life: Christ wants to open our eyes to the...
It’s said that the first person to make the Stations of the Cross was the Blessed Virgin Mary. After her Son ascended into Heaven, everyday she walked the route from the place where Pontius Pilate...
On Lenten Sundays, Catholics might wonder why the Gospel readings are so long. They are long because they are intended to be a biblical course on baptism, preparing for which is the purpose of Lent....
In all things consider the end; how you shall stand before the strict Judge from Whom nothing is hidden and Who will pronounce judgment in all justice, accepting neither bribes nor excuses. And you,...
The Vatican confirmed that a second miracle for Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the little shepherd-seers of Fatima who died during the Spanish Flu Pandemic, has now been approved. It seems...
Pope Francis has written to the United Nations to encourage this week’s talks at the global organization on crafting a new worldwide treaty to ban nuclear weapons, saying in a letter it is time for...
The Pope in Santa Marta: faith is continuing your journey in life, as it is, with joy and without complaining. “Sloth is a sin that paralyzes us and stops us from walking”. Get on with things, live...
O God of all the nations, the One God who is and was and always will be, in your providence you willed that your Church be united to the suffering of your Son. Look with mercy on your servants who...
Whenever I am offering spiritual direction, and the directee laments about a situation, wondering why God has not answered their prayer... I always ask, “How are you praying?” Nine times out of ten...
After the attack in Westminster, Hazrat Mirza Masroor, spiritual leader of the Ahmadi Muslims rejects the violent interpretation of jihad and reintroduces the “dialogue of life” with the other...
These days I find I’m more alert to the grief and sorrow around me than I once was. In part it’s a product of my age, of youth giving way. I’m guessing my situation is not that different from many of...
In the Lenten season, we are called to reflect on our sins and on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the redemption of those sins. The song Lamb of God, by Twila Paris, provides a powerful focus for...
Many Catholic feasts and traditions have developed over time, but the celebration of Lent goes back to the very beginnings of the Church. Fr. John Flader, in his book 150 Questions and Answers on the...
In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the sixth of the seven signs recounted by St. John that announce the fulfillment of the Old...
The Pope spent about three hours in the famous Milan penitentiary. He even took a half an hour “power nap” in the chaplain’s room before the Mass in the park of Monza. A 50 meters long table, set...
The Feast of the Annunciation marks the day when Mary said “Yes” to God. May today be the day we say “Yes” to Him, too. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that when Saint Gabriel announced to Mary...