If I were pastor, the Mass would be totally Christ-centered and the homily would strive to teach the Faith by using solid apologetics.
Which apostle do you identify with? Of all the apostles, I think I identify most with Peter. Peter was stubborn to the point of obstinacy. So am I. Peter was prideful, even arrogant, at times. I can be, too.
My daughter, . . . I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.
I still remember being eleven years old, watching in wonder as Pope Benedict XVI gave the declaration of canonization for St. Rafael Arnaiz Baron. At the time I thought monks only existed in Buddhism, and was pleasantly surprised to find that monks are a vital part of the Catholic Church.
It is always a challenge to enter more deeply into the spirit of Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion. I often feel as if I cannot get where I want to be. As if the celebration of the passion of the Lord doesn’t penetrate my heart and life as much as it should—or as much as I want it to.
Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò released an explosive letter on March 25th that powerfully details the evils perpetrated on humankind under the pretext of the pandemic.
Was it absolutely necessary for Jesus to be brutally crucified on a Roman cross in order to redeem humankind? Could God have chosen some other way? Perhaps. But I cannot think of a better way.
The key to finding peace and joy consists in focusing on who and what is really important in our lives, and expressing gratitude to God for his many gifts that far surpass the deceptive and distracting “wants” of this world.