For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 4, Easter Monday)

It’s Monday morning and many of us head back to work or school following the Feast Day of Easter.  This past weekend, many catechumens and candidates were brought into union with the Church. Joyful news! Now Our Lord requests that in our prayers we remember the many who do not yet know him, [Read more...]

For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 3, Easter Sunday)

A glorious Easter morning to you! The tomb is empty! Our Lord and Savior is alive! In the midst of this joyous celebration, Our Lord has a request for us, [Read more...]

For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 2, Holy Saturday)

Admittedly, I jumped into this novena at the last minute. But do you see the words at the bottom of the Divine Mercy portrait? Jesus I Trust in You. Just so, I trust that suitable complementary material on the Divine Mercy will be forthcoming to share with you. [Read more...]

For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 1, Good Friday)

This is kind of last minute, but better late than never. Divine Mercy Sunday is nine days away so we have just enough time to start this novena and wrap it up before then. Join me, won’t you? My family and I are praying this novena, and it is pretty simple.

I’ll be following this guideline from the good folks at EWTN. We intend to pray the chaplet too. All you need for the chaplet is your rosary, the Apostles Creed, and these handy instructions. [Read more...]

Why I Am Catholic? Because There Is So Much I Don’t Know, But the Church Does…

Salvador Dali’s Christ of St. John of the Cross

 

For instance, on Good Friday, there is beautiful work of art called the Remonstrances that is sung. At least, it was sung. Perhaps we should sing them again. [Read more...]

You Never Know When the Pope Will Show Up and Say Mass…UPDATED

..if you are anywhere near Saint Martha’s House (Domus Sanctæ Marthæ), that is. This is one of those cases where the photographs arrive before the backstory*.

He didn’t just sneak in and worship in the back row, though. He celebrated the Mass too… [Read more...]

Was This the First Time In History That the Bishop of Constantinople Attended the Installation of the Bishop of Rome? UPDATED

A Sign of Peace for the record books! H/T Joseph Susanka

You’ve heard reports about the fact that the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s attendance at the installation of Pope Francis was big news. It would be the first time it had happened in close to a thousand years, we were told. But what if it was the first time ever? [Read more...]

The Homily of Pope Francis at the Inauguration of His Papal Ministry UPDATED

Pope Francis receiving the Fisherman’s Ring… (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Courtesy of the good folks at Vatican Radio, delivered on the most beautiful day in Rome in weeks. Here it is in its entirety,

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude. [Read more...]

The Installation Mass of Pope Francis…

Can be viewed in real time here… [Read more...]

To Pray Like Blessed John XXIII, in Youth and Old Age

On a Fall day in the year 1898, an almost 17 year old future Pope wrote the following in his journal, [Read more...]


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