It never gets easier to see faces of love ones recede into the distance.
by Fr. Jeff Loseke Devotionally speaking, Pentecost marks the fulfillment of the original “novena” prayed by the early Church in anticipation of the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus’ Resurrection, He spoke repeatedly to His Apostles about how He would send the Holy Spirit to remain with them after He ascended into heavenly glory. The Acts of the Apostles recounts how Mary, the Apostles, and other disciples returned to the upper room and remained there in prayer and supplication. The total number of days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday is nine. This is the reason the Church’s…
by Paula Zwenger One hundred years ago today a miracle occurred amid the hills of Portugal – I wonder, have you heard of three young children tending sheep on hillsides near their town who witnessed our dear Lady when from heaven she came down? An angel came before her to prepare the children’s hearts. She then appeared five times to them – a message to impart. She came to see the children, sweetest Mother of Our Lord. She came to see the children for she knew that they adored and loved their Savior very much; but sinners as we…
Just as it is the ordained Priest’s vocation to give a physical face to Jesus Christ in the world today, so also it belongs in a special way to mothers to give a physical face to the Church.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima, then, we recommit ourselves to personal prayer and to doing penance so that all souls, especially those most in need of God’s mercy, will be saved.
My husband and I are tired of struggling alone with all this technology. For once, I’d like to make a shout out to other parents!!! Will you band with us and make the tough choice to rid the world of kids with technological appendages?
In God, love is always unitive and creative. It is always faithful, free, total, and fruitful.
Each day within the Octave of Easter is ranked as a solemnity, the highest liturgical designation on the Church calendar. That means for the next eight days, right up to Divine Mercy Sunday, we’ll be celebrating as if each day is Easter Sunday!
Jesus’ Resurrection is not an event to be recorded in a history book. It is not something to be studied through the scientific method. The Resurrection of Jesus is a relational encounter that we have in faith.
This week, during the Sacred Triduum, the Church invites you to participate in the very mysteries that merited salvation for you and for all.