Tag: Blessed Virgin Mary

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… Continue Reading “Pray the Rosary!”

Jesus heals the Leper

Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Gospel is Mark 1:40-45. We live in an age of programs. I was talking with a young man the other day who was telling me about a new workout program that is extremely intense but… Continue Reading “Jesus heals the Leper”

In Praise of the Virgin Mary

Today’s guest writer is St Bernard of Clairvoux, whose writing appears in the Office of Readings for December 19: The image is The Annunciation (1644), by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674) From a homily In Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot (Hom. 4:8-9;… Continue Reading “In Praise of the Virgin Mary”

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… Continue Reading “Gaudete Sunday”

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… Continue Reading “Saint Juan Diego”

Immaculate Conception Novena

The joy of a feast day is too great to contain within one day. That is why we often have entire liturgical seasons and octaves. For example, after Christmas Day we have the octave of Christmas–eight days of Christmas, followed by an entire season… Continue Reading “Immaculate Conception Novena”