Writings About Saints
Have your faith and hope been increasing this week? They should be. The two most important public events of the past week have been the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls…
Jesus summoned His disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with Me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”
When the high school students begin their semester exams, and the seminarians begin their rigorosa, and the temple leaders seek to trap Jesus by starting an argument with a false premise—we briefly examine the role of reason and faith as modeled by the early Roman martyr St. Justin.
Brothers and sisters, I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
Writings For Spiritual Growth
Queen Esther was a uniquely pleasing person to behold. We hear this repeatedly throughout her story and, ultimately, are told that she “found grace and favor in the eyes of all who saw her.”
The first Sunday of Lent offers one of the shortest texts for a Gospel in the whole liturgical year. It is only sixty-four words. St. Mark’s account of the Temptation in the Desert takes just two verses and is about as succinct as one can be. Now, I am not the evangelist Mark. So don’t expect a short sermon. Settle in. And listen in.
The thirsty soul that longed for Christ, and finally found Him in the sacraments, must serve Him in loving mercy shown to other sinners. There is a strange satisfaction, prescient of eternal joy, that accompanies works of charity, almost like we’ve touched here and now the infinite joy we’re seeking in heaven.
When we see people staring at ground, we may be tempted to think they’re loitering, just wasting time—like they need some work to do. But today our Lord turns all of our attention to the ground to see what’s happening there.
The person and mission of St. John the Baptist has been foundational to the Norbertine Order from its inception. In the lonely valley of Prémontré, where St. Norbert spent the night in prayer prior to deciding on that deserted place, there was a tiny chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
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