The True Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2017 Relics of the true Cross are in our shrine and give us a link to the origins of this feast.  The Cross had its antecedents in the Old Testament but its exaltation began with Constantine’s victory under its banner.  His mother, St. Helen, discovered the true Cross and later…
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Make Us Love What You Command

13th Sunday after Pentecost 2017 The Collect Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost sums up our desire for an increase of the theological virtues and a desire to love God as He wants.  For this, we should pray the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity daily because these virtues are essential for gaining heaven and we can never…
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Be A Man Of Prayer

11th Sunday After Pentecost 2017 We must do good to others and be grateful for whatever gifts we receive.  To live a spiritual life requires prayer more than our natural life needs the air we breathe.  By its power we are enabled to make all the daily sacrifices God requires of us along the path of perfection. …
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Grace, Love And Union

Assumption Day 2017 Through Our Lady’s Assumption God has empowered the Mother of God with extraordinary intercessory power which enables Our Lady at Fatima to promise salvation to those who embrace devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.  The anticipated resurrection of the Blessed Mother is one of the reasons why She can assure heaven to Her…

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Sharing Of His Blood

Feast Of The Precious Blood 2017 The feast of the Precious Blood was instituted by the saintly Pope Pius IX in gratitude for the restoration of Rome to the Holy See.  St. Peter called Our Lord’s Blood Precious in his epistle and It is so because of the hypostatic union which joins Christ’s humanity to…
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By His Stripes We Are Healed

Good Shepherd Sunday The words of today’s gospel:  “I am the Good Shepherd” have a significant meaning for those of us “sheep” who look for protection and guidance from their Shepherd.  There is also a reference to the last three chapters of the Book of Isaiah – prophecies relating specifically to the coming of Christ…
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Believe With Confidence

Low Sunday 2017 Low Sunday is the culmination of the eight-day celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The term Low is intended to indicate the contrast between it and the great Feast one week earlier of Easter Sunday, certainly the greatest of all liturgical feasts. The Octave…
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Help Us, We Are Perishing

4th Sunday after Epiphany 2017 We must settle all disputes we have with our neighbor before we come to the Eucharistic table and to love and care for the souls of our neighbors, whether or not we like them personally.  St. Frances de Sales who had a bad vice, that of an extreme temper, re-channeled the…
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