31 May, Monday – Obedience of Mary

May 31 -- Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary This day is called the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary because on it Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, whom, as the angel had told her, God had blessed with a son in her old age. Patron Saint Index Rm 12:9-16Lk 1:39-56 ...a... Continue Reading →

30 May, Sunday — Childlike Faith

Trinity Sunday It is the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, and the Sunday of Pentecost in Eastern Christianity. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Wikipedia Dt 4:32-34,39-40Rm 8:14-17Mt 28:16-20 “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father... Continue Reading →

28 May, Friday — Bearing Fruit

May 28 -- Friday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time Ecc 44:1,9-13Mk 11:11-26 “ …the fig tree you cursed has withered away.” At first reading of the Gospel today, it seems that Jesus was being unreasonable. How can a fig tree bear fruit when it is not in season? To curse it and have... Continue Reading →

27 May, Thursday — Meaning of Faith

May 27 – Memorial for St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop St. Augustine (d. 605) was a monk and abbot of St. Andrew’s abbey in Rome. He was sent by Pope Gregory the Great with 40 brother monks, including St. Lawrence of Canterbury, to evangelize the British Isles in 597. Before he reached the islands, terrifying... Continue Reading →

26 May, Wednesday — Zeroes and Heroes

May 26 – Memorial for St. Philip Neri, Priest St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) came from a poor family, though he was related to Italian nobility. His father, Francisco Neri, worked as a notary. Philip’s brother died in childhood, but his two sisters, Caterina and Elisabetta survived. He was a pious youth, and was taught humanities... Continue Reading →

25 May, Tuesday — Chosen and Sent

May 25 – Memorial for St. Bede the Venerable, Priest and Worker; Memorial for St. Gregory VII, Pope; Memorial for St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin St. Bede (672-735) was born around the time England was finally, completely Christianized. He was raised from age seven in the abbey of Sts. Peter and Paul at Wearmouth-Jarrow,... Continue Reading →

24 May, Monday — Behold, Your Mother

May 24 – Mary, Mother of the Church In Roman Catholic Mariology, Mother of the Church (Latin: Mater Ecclesiae) is a title officially given to Mary by Pope Paul VI. The title was first used in the 4th century by Saint Ambrose of Milan, as rediscovered by Hugo Rahner. It was also used by Pope Benedict XIV in 1748 and then by Pope Leo XIII in 1885. Pope John... Continue Reading →

23 May, Sunday — When God draws a line in the sand

Pentecost The Christian holiday of Pentecost is a moveable feast, which is celebrated on the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). The holiday is also called ‘White Sunday’ or ‘Whitsunday’... Continue Reading →

22 May, Saturday — WFH

May 22 – Memorial for St. Rita of Cascia, Religious St. Rita (1386-1457) was the daughter of Antonio and Amata Lotti, a couple known as the Peacemakers of Jesus; they had Rita late in life. From her early youth, Rita visited the Augustinian nuns at Cascia, Italy, and showed interest in a religious life. However,... Continue Reading →

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