Padre Pio’s Persecution by Church Authorities and his Response

The Vatican initially imposed severe sanctions on Pio in the 1920s to reduce publicity about him: it forbade him from saying Mass in public, blessing people, answering letters, showing his stigmata publicly, and communicating with Padre Benedetto, his spiritual director. The Church authorities decided that Pio be relocated to another convent in northern Italy. The local … [Read more…]

Mary, Mother of the Church Memorial

Today’s Memorial specifically commemorates Mary’s motherhood of the Church rather than her motherhood of God, celebrated on Jan. 1st. Mary mothered Jesus, Jesus then gave life to the Church with water and blood from His side, and the Church then mothers us into existence through baptism. Devotion to Mary goes hand in hand with devotion … [Read more…]

The Ascension of the Lord

We tend to think along a sequence, especially when it comes to the passing of time. One hour follows another; one year follows another, and so on and so on. Ever since most of us had a watch of our own, the passing of time becomes noticeable to us. We glance at watches and clocks … [Read more…]

What is the Easter Duty and is it still required?

The Easter duty is the requirement of a Catholic to receive Holy Communion worthily at least once a year.  It is a minimal requirement, not the optimal practice in receiving the life-giving spiritual graces given in this Sacrament. The Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 had mandated Holy Communion to be received annually at Easter time. … [Read more…]

French Sister’s Miracle Astounds Medical Experts, Becomes 70th Official Healing at Lourdes

By Joan Frawley Desmond from the National Catholic Register In 2018, on the 160th anniversary of the apparition, Sister Bernadette’s healing was declared the 70th official miracle effected at Lourdes. When Franciscan Oblate Sister of the Sacred Heart Bernadette Moriau made the roundtrip journey for her 2008 Lourdes pilgrimage, she was transported from her … [Read more…]

The Easter alleluia

From a discourse on the psalms by Saint Augustine, Bishop Our thoughts in this present life should turn on the praise of God, because it is in praising God that we shall rejoice for ever in the life to come; and no one can be ready for the next life unless he trains himself for … [Read more…]

6th Sunday of Easter B: The Elixir of Love

Back in the Middle Ages alchemy was popular.  It believed that transmutation, the changing of some essential element into a superior form, could be possible. For example many alchemists tried to change lead into gold through various experiments using heat and the mixing of liquids.  They also tried to concoct various elixirs to cure diseases, to … [Read more…]

Motherhood’s Greatness

By Erika J. Ahern from the National Catholic Register Mother’s Day is likely to be a time of reunion and even greater appreciation for moms than before 2020’s pandemic. Thankfully, many families are emerging from pandemic restrictions that brought both imposed and prolonged isolations and, on the opposite extreme, many hours of quality, or not-so-quality, … [Read more…]

5th Sunday of Easter B: Pray to be Prunned!

By Father Dominic Ryan, O.P. We Christians like to use images to better understand the relationship Christ has with us. Sometimes, for example, we speak of Christ as the head of the body which is the Church and ourselves as members of that body. Other times we describe ourselves as people who have heard the … [Read more…]