Jul 26 – Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary By tradition, Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary’s father and mother come… Continue Reading →
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Kgs 4:42-44Eph 4:1-6Jn 6:1-15 Bear with one another charitably… I have always found the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 extremely rich in its teaching. What strikes me most is how it was a little boy from whom Jesus took the loaves in order to feed the multitudes…. Continue Reading →
Jul 24 – Memorial for St. Charbel Makhluf, Priest St. Charbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858. Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, St. Charbel taught the value… Continue Reading →
Jul 23 – Memorial for St. Bridget of Sweden, Religious Coming from a noble yet religious background, St. Bridget (1302-1373) was friend and counsellor to many priests and theologians of her day. As chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Blanche of Namur, she counselled and guided the Queen and King Magnus II. She was harassed by others… Continue Reading →
Jul 22 – Memorial for St. Mary Magdalene There is actually very little solid information about her, and both scholars and traditions differ on the interpretation of what we do know. She was a friend and follower of Jesus. Filled with sorrow over her sin, she anointed Christ, washed his feet with her hair. He… Continue Reading →
Jul 21 – Memorial for St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, religious, doctor St. Lawrence (1559-1619) joined the Capuchin Friars in 1575. He studied theology, the Bible, French, German, Greek, Spanish, Syriac, and Hebrew. He was an effective and forceful preacher in any of his several languages, founded convents and wrote catechisms. As the chaplain of… Continue Reading →
Tuesday of Week 16 in Ordinary Time Ex 14:21-15:1Mt 12:46-50 Whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven We can only DO the will of God when we are unattached to all things, including (and especially) our own self. Only in this detachedness are we free to think only of God. Because of this detachedness, Mary… Continue Reading →
Monday of Week 16 in Ordinary Time Ex 14:5-18Mt 12:38-42 …we should like to see a sign from you Sign: an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else. So often when I am making a decision, big or small, I pray for God to give… Continue Reading →
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jer 23:1-6Eph 2:13-18Mk 6:30-34 ….and he has broken down the dividing wall In Ephesians today we hear, “…For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility,…” The dividing wall is a metaphor taken from the wall that divided the… Continue Reading →
Saturday of Week 15 in Ordinary Time Exo 12:37-42Mt 12:14-21 “Here is my servant who I have chosen…I will endow him with my spirit, and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.” As ‘cradle Catholics’ (not ready for the grave yet), we know that our Lord gave us two commandments. One is to… Continue Reading →
Jul 16 – Memorial for Our Lady of Mount Carmel The Church celebrates on this day the feast of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. The scapular, which derives its name from the Latin word scapulæ, meaning shoulders, is a dress which covers the shoulders. It is best known among as the name of two little… Continue Reading →
Jul 15 – Memorial for St. Bonaventure, bishop, religious, doctor St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) entered the Franciscan Order when he was 22. At the age of 35 he was chosen General of his Order and restored a perfect calm where peace had been disturbed by internal dissensions. He did much for his Order and composed The… Continue Reading →
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