Good Example

Today is also the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist and the day for the Greater Litanies, which are more ancient than St. Mark’s day.  St. Peter in the Epistle is asking the faithful to practice the Faith and thereby be models for non-Catholics and poor Catholics.  He reminds us of practicing the virtue of…

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Gospel Of Faith

Low Sunday 2021 The Easter Octave is completed today and our recently baptized neophytes put aside their baptismal garments and now begin the life as one of the faithful.  This is particularly done by following Our Lord in the Liturgy in our prayers. The Paschal candle is Christ with us now and lights the way…

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Guardians Of The Liturgy

Easter Sunday 2021 We gather at the stational Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary because she was the first to see her Risen Son Who truly died and rose again.  At this Mass we join with those from last night’s vigil in renewing our baptismal promises and the renouncing of Satan and all his…

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Easter Vigil Baptisms

Easter Vigil 2021 During this Vigil in anticipation of Our Lord’s Resurrection at midnight we begin outside in the darkness by lighting the Paschal Fire.  Then we carry the Light of the World in through His Candle which is praised in the exquisite praeconium called the Exsultet.  Prophetic readings and the Litany of the Saints…

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Father Of God

Feast Of St. Joseph 2021 The Incarnation and the Redemption depend also on the head of the Holy Family, St. Joseph, who was the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the father, although not the biological father, of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Without St. Joseph our salvation would not have been accomplished. …

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To Serve God Is To Reign

St. Matthias 2021 (Profession Day) Today marks a step closer to the Sacred Priesthood as our brother officially becomes a member of our community with his profession.  Religious life is a secure path to holiness and happiness in this life which will blossom in heaven.  In recalling the first stirrings of a vocation one can…

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Prayer and Fasting

1st Sunday In Lent 2021 Jesus Christ leads us by example as we begin Lent.  He sanctified the forty days we have begun by first spending that number of days in prayer and fasting in the desert before He started His public life.  Upon its completion He overcame Satan and his temptations.  We will do…

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Ultimately Penance Is Love

Ash Wednesday 2021 Neglect of practicing penance during Lent is a cause of the problems we experience in the world today.  The virtue of penance is a power from God which makes us hate sin, be sorry for it, make reparation for it and convert because sin offends God Who loves us.  Penance spurs us…

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Purity of Intention

Quinquagesima Sunday 2021 In preparation for Ash Wednesday and Lent there is a review of the laws concerning fast and abstinence.  Today is also the feast of St. Valentine and his impact in our own day.  The Epistle for this Mass is taken from St. Paul and teaches us the importance of doing all our…

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The Conversion of St. Paul

3rd Sunday After Epiphany 2021 The showing of of Our Lord’s divinity through the time after the Epiphany continues this Sunday with His cures of the leper and the centurion’s servant. Tomorrow is the feast of the conversion of St. Paul and because Christianity hinges on this event it is described in detail for us…

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Servants of the Holy Family