St. Agnes, a young virgin martyred in Rome at the tender age of twelve or thirteen, is a unique and unrepeatable saint whose principled conviction, fidelity and dedication to Christ leaves men of the world, then as now, fascinated yet perplexed.
Old Mass, New Mass… Could we not benefit from cutting out man-centered liturgical innovations from the Novus Ordo and integrating God-centered Catholic traditions as a remedy to this crisis?
Old Mass, New Mass. Traditional Latin Mass, Novus Ordo. This has been quite a controversial topic of late. Is one “right” and the other “wrong”? Or could they be mutually beneficial?
Through these latter days of Christmas, remember that Jesus is born to us sinners. He did not come because we earned it, but because of his extravagant love.
Anti-Catholic sentiment remained quite virulent in America at the time; therefore Elizabeth knew the decision to become Catholic was sure to cause alienation from friends and family—a very serious consequence, since as a widow with children she was in dire need of financial support.
We often set off on an unceasing quest to distance ourselves from every anxiety, and thus begin to live in such a way as to constantly seek change for “the better.” There is a self-inflicted stress in such a life; a nervous movement toward some savored goal.
I’m sure you’re familiar with homesickness. Perhaps you, like me, feel a little homesick right now. Perhaps you, like me, feel as if you’re never really home, no matter where you go, no matter where you live.
“When you looked at me your eyes imprinted your grace in me; for this you loved me ardently; and thus my eyes deserved to adore what they beheld in you”—St. John of The Cross