His Infinite Suffering

Palm Sunday 2020 Holy Week begins with Our Lord’s triumphal entrance into His city, Jerusalem.  The outpouring of fervor by the pilgrims there for the Passover was increased by the recent raising of Lazarus from the dead.  The city, which did not welcome Him when the Magi came and announced His birth, did so now…

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Let Me Praise You, O Holy Virgin

Palm Sunday 2021 In response to a recent statement that the Virgin Mary’s title of Co-Redemptrix is “foolishness” we have this special message. It is a brief and powerful defense of our Blessed Mother’s title of Co-Redemptrix with a simple explanation of its meaning and how important it is for the Church’s prayer and life.…

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O Happy Fault

Passion Sunday 2021 Today is also the feast of St. Benedict whose influence has had such an impact on western civilization.  Later this week we have St. John Damascene who defended our use of images of the saints.  The liturgical year is our response to Our Lord’s command at the Last Supper to “Do this…

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Stational Churches And Bible Types

Conference On First Friday, March 2021 Lent has a special Mass for each day and a church in Rome for its celebration.  The catechumens and penitents were instructed on the faith and penance.  The texts chosen taught how the Old Testament pointed the way to the Messiah and His upcoming sacrifice on the Cross.  They…

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Warning Signs Of The End

First Friday Conference December 2020 Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas and the second coming of Christ.  The sacred liturgy has the ability because of God’s power to relive a past event like the Nativity, bring its graces to us in the present and prepare us for its fulfillment in the future with…

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Our Mother Of Perpetual Help

Seven Sorrows Of The Blessed Virgin Mary 2020 Our Lord addressed His Mother as “Woman” from the Cross as a title of reverence and honor but also a reminder of Eve, the first woman, who was mother of the living.  Our Lady is Mother of all those alive with sanctifying grace.  Today recalls her seven…

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Carry The Cross Bravely

Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2020 We rejoice to be able to honor this feast day with a High Mass.  The chant was full of enthusiasm and devotion which is reminder of St. Augustine’s adage that “he who sings prays twice”.  This is an ancient feast commemorating the dedication in Jerusalem of the basilica on…

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The Triumph Of His Blood

Feast Of The Precious Blood 2020 This feast marks a victory and stands in thanksgiving for it.  Pope Pius IX was exiled from Rome in 1848 by an army of the enemies of the Church.  He promised to honor the Precious Blood of Christ after God would restore him to Rome and that happened on…

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Understanding Is The Gift Of Easter

Easter Sunday Morning 2020 English speaking Catholics call this “Easter” Sunday because it is another example of the power of the Church and the liturgy to Christianize even evil pagan elements. The glory of the risen Savior will be ours one day but many saints were transfigured even in this life.  We are “eighth day…

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She Is In Bitter Grief

Good Friday 2020 The Church mourns the death of God in an even more dramatic way this year.  The Solemn Liturgical Action expresses this loss through the Passion of St. John and the two prophecies.  Then we join with Christ on the Cross for His universal prayers for all.  We venerate our means of salvation…

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