19 August, Thursday — True conversion

Aug 19 – Memorial for St. John Eudes, priest, religious founder John Eudes (1601-1680) established seminaries, and founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary Eudists to promote virtuous secular parochial clergy not bound by vows, but dedicated to improving the clergy through seminaries and missions. He also founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity... Continue Reading →

18 August, Wednesday – Generosity of God

Wednesday of Week 20 in Ordinary Time Jgs 9:6:15Mt 20:1-16 Why be envious because I am generous? One of the most compelling documentaries I have ever watched, College Behind Bars, offers a glimpse into the lives of prisoners who are also college students. Under the Bard Prison Initiative, a select number of prisoners are taught... Continue Reading →

10 July, Saturday – To Save Our Soul

Saturday of Week 14 in Ordinary Time Gen 49:29-33,50:15-26Mt 10:24-33 "fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell" In shows with supernatural themes, it is not uncommon to come across a storyline where a character sells their soul to the devil in return for something they want in this world. It... Continue Reading →

9 July, Friday – To Save Our Life

Jul 9 – Memorial for St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest, & companions Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly. The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and... Continue Reading →

8 May, Saturday – We Are All Chosen

Saturday of the 5th Week of Eastertide Acts 16:1-10Jn 15:18-21 “...my choice withdrew you from the world” Throughout my decade-long career in education and now during postgraduate studies, I have always spent a fair amount of effort charting my own path. If I set my sights on an endeavour, I will explore and assess all... Continue Reading →

24 April, Saturday – The Bread Of Life

24 Apr – Memorial for St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest & martyr St. Fidelis Sigmaringen (1577-1622) was a lawyer and teacher of philosophy. Disgusted by the greed, corruption, and lack of interest in justice by his fellow lawyers, Mark Rey abandoned the law, became a priest and a Franciscan friar with his brother George. He changed... Continue Reading →

21 April, Wednesday – Journeys’ End

21 Apr – Memorial for St. Anselm, bishop & doctor St. Anselm (1033-1109) was born of Italian nobility. After a childhood devoted to piety and study, he wanted to enter religious life, but his father prevented it, and Anselm became rather worldly for several years. Upon his mother’s death, Anselm argued with his father, fled to... Continue Reading →

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