Category: Prayer

Respect Life homily

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.

God owns the world…

“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…

Feast of the Holy Family

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.

Gaudete Sunday

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…

Mass Obligation for Christmas Day

This year is an interesting year with Christmas falling on a Monday. That means Christmas Eve is on a Sunday. Father Z wrote a good explanation, and the original post can be found here I like his point about going on Sunday and then…

Saint Juan Diego

Today is the feast of Saint Juan Diego. It was on December 9 that the Blessed Mother first appeared to him. Here is his biography taken from the Vatican website: St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548). Little is known about the life of Juan Diego…

Immaculate Conception

Nothing is impossible for God! The words of the Angel Gabriel should ring in our ears as well. Nothing is impossible for God! Not even sparing our Blessed Mother from falling into the state of original sin. This dogma of the Faith–something we must…

Monday of the First Week of Advent

I thought sharing this writing by Saint Charles Borromeo, as it is found in the Office of Readings for today, could be helpful. The Office of Readings is one of the “hours” of the Divine Office that priests pray everyday. From a pastoral letter…

Advent? What is that?

As I drive through the area, it is not hard to see: people are already anticipating Christmas. Decorations are already up, and the stores are going wild. The Turkey from Thanksgiving didn’t even get a chance to go cold this year before the Christmas…