The dispositions of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and intercession are the four pillars of Eucharistic prayer that Saint Peter-Julian Eymard deemed necessary for one who wishes to adore and serve the Lord perfectly. Saint Mary Magdalene, whose July 22 liturgical Memorial was elevated to a Feast by Pope Francis in 2016, is celebrated as a ‘trueContinue reading “Mary Magdalene: A Heart Filled with Holy Amazement Before The Lord”
Pope Francis on July 19, 2020, reflected on the day’s Gospel from the 13th chapter of Matthew, in particular on the parable of the farmer who sows good seeds in his field — and the enemy who sows weeds. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good day! In today’s Gospel (cf Mt 13:24-43) we once again encounter Jesus whoContinue reading “Don’t Be A Weed”
The profound devotion Pope John Paul II had for the Mother of God was certainly no secret as he bore witness to it daily throughout his entire life. What may not be as well known is his lifelong fidelity to wearing the scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel even though are many photos testifyingContinue reading “The Scapular: “To be clothed in Jesus Christ.””
In his Angelus Address for July 12, 2020, Pope Francis related the different ways in which people hear the Word of God (the seeds) and the type of soil that it falls upon (mens hearts) to receive it. The Holy Father’s address: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! There are many ways to receive theContinue reading “The Mother of All Parables: Matt 13:1-23”
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of a 14-year-old Italian boy who died in 1963. The pope advanced the cause of Angiolino Bonetta, along with four others, following a July 10 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. BonettaContinue reading “A New Heavenly Advocate Young People”
Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday July 5, 2020 Dear brothers and sisters, good day! This Sunday’s Gospel reading (see Mt 11:25-30) is divided into three parts: first of all, Jesus raises a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to the Father, because He revealed to the poor and to the simple the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven; thenContinue reading “Jesus Offers Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving”
Painted in 1961 for the Church of the same name (Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hayes, Middlesex), Mary is depicted as the strong Mother of Mankind. The child, sleeping peacefully on her arm, represents humanity undisturbed by the chaos of the world, shown in the blazing explosion of the background. Mary’s foot crushesContinue reading “Pietro Annigoni’s Immaculate Heart of Mary”
The disputes between the Franciscans and Dominicans had become so intense at one point in history that the Pope had to intervene in their conflict. But it wasn’t so in the beginning with their founders. There are many stories told of the founder of the Franciscans and some are contained in a little book calledContinue reading “Francis or Dominic? Anthony replies.”
The original novena took place after Jesus ascended into heaven and His disciples, (the scriptures tell us about 120 in number), followed Jesus’ instructions by remaining in Jerusalem and waited for the promised ‘gift of the Father’, the Holy Spirit. They gathered in the upper room for prayer, and not insignificant, of these 120 only Mary, the Mother of Jesus is mentioned by name.
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