From the feast of the Ascension to Pentecost, the Church recalls the days the Apostles spent in prayer awaiting the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. Christian custom urges us to pray also in a special way these days for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can pray for strength, to know ourselves better, or for a particular petition. In any case, we all need the gifts that the Holy Spirit promises! (more…)
This prayer is a good reminder of Lent and also the possibility to always renew our hearts in the Lenten spirit, even if we are late in Lent right now. Here is a prayer given to me by my spiritual director, and I believe he is the author of it. It is a very helpful prayer!
Yesterday I was blessed to able to ride a bus to Washington, DC for the 45th annual March for Life. This march is of course to bring awareness to the need to overturn a court decision that allows for abortion at any time. (more…)
“I read a proverb which is very popular in some countries: “God owns the world, but he rents it out to the brave”, and it made me think.
—What are you waiting for?”
-Saint Josemaría Escrivá
The new year, 2018, is upon us. How many will be making some resolutions this year. When doing this, we should always keep in mind that God calls us to be daring. Oftentimes that daring takes place in very little ways; in praying even when we are tired, in completing the task at hand well and with great love, turning off the distractions and going to pray or serve and help another person. In inviting another person to return to the Sacraments. Living the virtues of chastity, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, which are so often neglected these days. The true rebels are those who boldly live for God. (more…)
I remember when I spent my first summer in Johnstown as a seminarian. I remember being struck by one thing about Johnstown which seemed very different from my hometown. Families. Grandmas, Grandpas, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles. Cousins. People had roots here.
You may have noticed a little different color scheme today! Yes, the Church celebrates the third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. Thus the color of the vestments is rose–the color of hope. Traditionally in the liturgy, today is also the one day that flowers are allowed and the organ is played. This comes from the entrance antiphon for the Mass:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.”
This comes from the original latin: “Gaudete in Domino semper Dominus prope est.” (more…)