Trinity Sunday

We Are Baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit What an enormous privilege and dignity we receive in becoming adopted sons and daughters of the “Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” John Grondelski BlogsMay 30, 2021 From the National Catholic Register As noted in the … [Read more…]

Father’s Day Message

St. Joseph Provides Silent Witness to Responsibilities of Fatherhood and Faith By Patrick E. Kelly  COMMENTARY: A father can have no higher responsibility than ensuring his children’s education in the Catholic faith, leading to the formation of their spirituality and the development of a deep relationship with God. Not a single word uttered by St. … [Read more…]

Phoenix Bishop Defends Speaking Out on Communion: ‘The Care of Souls Is Our First Concern’ 

From the National Catholic Register, May 14, 2021 The bishop of Phoenix said on Thursday that he is protecting the Eucharist, not “politicizing” it, by teaching that Catholic politicians cannot support abortion and receive Communion.  In an interview with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly that aired on Thursday, Bishop Thomas Olmsted was asked to respond to claims that speaking … [Read more…]

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…]