Category: Spiritual Life

Thoughts of the Church Fathers on John 6

The Gospel for this Sunday (18th Week of Ordinary Time, B) is John 6:24-35. I was reading Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Cantena Aurea (The Golden Chain) which contains commentary of the Church Fathers on passages from the Gospel. At verses 26 and 27, I saw…

Saint John Vianney: The Curé d’Ars

Today on the Novus Ordo Calendar the Church celebrated the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, the Cure D’ Ars (1962 Calendar is August 8). This is a remarkable Saint, a zealous priest, and the Patron Saint of priests.

Overcome yourself everyday

A little advice from St Josemaria on this Saturday:

Sanctifying Rest

We hear in the Gospel today (16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B) how the Apostles return to our Lord. They are sharing with Him all they have done: the healings they performed in His name, the devils they cast out, the souls they…

St Aloysius Gonzaga

I was asked to preach the feast day Mass for St Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA: After silencing the Sadduccees, (cf. Mt 22:34-39) the Pharisees step up to test our Lord. They ask about the greatest commandment, and he points out that the entirety…

Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit

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…

Pray the Rosary!

Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Readings for the Sunday can be found here. Sometimes we may get the thought that God loves us because we are good or because we do certain things. Rather, the Holy Spirit through the words we hear…

Good Shepherd Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not…

Keep holy…the Sabbath?

“May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit.” That is how we prayed this morning at the beginning of Mass: yes, God wants to renew our tired spirits! He wants to fill us with youthfulness.