Archive for April, 2014

Saint John Paul II

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Church today canonizes two holy men of our age, Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II.  Each gave profound witness to the Gospel, and this moment of grace provides an opportunity to express our appreciation for their lives, love and guidance.  A couple of days ago on this blog we reflected on the […] [Read more]

Saint John XXIII

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Known for its beauty, art and architecture, one of the grandest structures of Venice is the Basilica of Saint Mark, the saint we commemorate today.  Traditionally believed to contain the relics of the Evangelist, the Basilica is the cathedral for the Patriarchate of Venice.  It was from here that the Cardinal-Patriarch Angelo Roncalli departed to […] [Read more]

Jesus, I Trust in You! The Divine Mercy of the Lord Endures Forever

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

God, who is rich in mercy, sent his only begotten Son so that we might be reconciled to him and attain life everlasting.  Traditionally during the eight days beginning with Easter Sunday, the Church meditates upon this infinite mercy of God.  Saint Augustine called this period “the days of mercy and pardon,” culminating on the […] [Read more]

He is Risen! Alleluia!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

“Christians, to the Paschal Victim Offer your thankful praises! A Lamb the sheep redeems; Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father. Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal. Speak, Mary, declaring What you saw, wayfaring. ‘The tomb of Christ, who is living, […] [Read more]

The Lighting of the Easter Candle

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

“Christ yesterday and today The beginning and the End The Alpha and the Omega All time belongs to him And all ages To him be glory and power Through every age and forever” (Roman Missal, Preparation of the Paschal Candle at the Easter Vigil)   [Read more]

Moving From Death to Life

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

“As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Antiphon, Evening Prayer, Holy Saturday)      Reflection Question: How are you preparing to move from death to life? [Read more]

Come, Let Us Adore

Friday, April 18th, 2014

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reflection Question: How do I show my gratitude to Jesus for his loving mercy? [Read more]

Glory in the Cross

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

“The Lord Jesus…took bread and…said, ‘This is my body that is for you.’ In the same way, also the cup…saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this in…remembrance of me’” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Reflection Question: How do I renew my faith in the mystery of the Eucharist? [Read more]

Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

  “Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. “For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. “Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Lenten Penitential Practice of Fasting

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Why does the Church say that we ought to give up something for Lent, including abstaining from meat on Fridays and fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday? In his Letter to the Romans which we heard at Mass last Sunday, Saint Paul urges us to live not according to the flesh, with a concern […] [Read more]