Tag: mortification

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.

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…

Saint Patrick

In today’s day and age, at least in the USA, the memorial of Saint Patrick is often used as an excuse for debauchery. Cities color their rivers green and people go to bars. Saint Patrick would tell these people to use their energy to…

So run that you may obtain it…

Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an…

Penances

I am reading through “Friends of God” by Saint Josemaria Escriva. Here is an excellent quote, which has some very concrete examples of penances we can offer up with love to our Lord: “Penance is fulfilling exactly the timetable you have fixed for yourself,…