Archive for March, 2015

Patience and Forgiveness

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over (Matthew 26:14-16). “How […] [Read more]

Christ’s Anointing at Bethany, Our Anointing in Baptism

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the […] [Read more]

Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

In Holy Week, the Church more fervently meditates on the Paschal Mystery. We begin today, Palm Sunday, with our Lord Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Exult greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! Behold: your king is coming to you, a just savior is he, Humble, and riding on a donkey, on […] [Read more]

Via Crucis in 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

In his Message for Lent, Pope Francis warns of a growing problem which we as Christians need to confront – a selfish attitude of indifference to one another and to God which has taken on global proportions. Our Redeemer who gave himself on the cross is not indifferent to the human condition and neither can we […] [Read more]

Women Religious Manifest the Faith and Love of the Virgin Mary, Bride and Mother

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

When we look to the scene of the Annunciation, we find the archangel Gabriel sent by God to a humble daughter of Israel, Mary. She is told of God’s plan for her, and on her response would depend the fate of all mankind. Here was the focal point of all creation, “the fundamental event in […] [Read more]

“Picturing Mary” in our Lenten and Easter Journeys

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

At the heart of Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna of the Book is the sadness that pervades the face of Mary as she looks on the child Jesus in her arms. Her hand rests on the Bible, which has already announced that the Messiah would be the suffering servant of God. The painter intends us to see […] [Read more]

God’s Mercy

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Life is a great mystery.  We all are capable of marvelously good actions. Through art and industry, the human family has worked wonders that delight the imagination and advance the common good.  At the same time, the sobering and sad fact of life is that we do not always live as we should. Sometimes we […] [Read more]

The Sinful Vices that Lead Us to Other Sins

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

In preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, do you ever feel dejected because you just cannot seem to stop committing certain sins? This kind of thinking reminds us that against the virtues which dispose us to do good, deep within us is a tendency to struggle against God so that even with the best of […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph and the Gospel of the Family

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Leading up to the ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family this October, which takes up the work begun at the Synod of October 2014, Pope Francis has dedicated a series of his general audience talks to marriage and the family. These magisterial teachings and the work of the Synod are greatly needed in our […] [Read more]

Pope Francis’ Second Anniversary

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Sitting there in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Mass celebrated with the new cardinals at the recent consistory, I was touched as Pope Francis said to us, “The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for eternity; [but] to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it […] [Read more]