The Immaculate Conception of Mary

(Please note that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2019 is transferred to Monday, December 9th, this year and is not a holy day of obligation.) A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th … [Read more…]

Explaining indulgences and practices Catholics can do during the month of November for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

DIRECTIONS:  It is during November that the Church meditates on the Communion of Saints, which is the charitable link with the faithful who have already reached heaven (Church Triumphant), the faithful departed who are still expiating their sins in Purgatory (Church Suffering) and of the pilgrim faithful here on earth (Church Militant). “In this wonderful … [Read more…]

33rd Sunday C: Running with the Lord

Two weeks from now the season of Advent will begin.  That’s when the most important preparation for Christmas begins.  This preparation is meant to help us to celebrate God becoming Man.  Advent celebrates the two comings of God-made-Man, His physical coming in the flesh at Bethlehem and His spiritual coming as King of the universe … [Read more…]

32nd Sunday C: Do Not Be Afraid!

The first reading for this Sunday is intense.  In 165 B.C., a new King, Antiochus Epiphanes decided that everyone in his domains should follow Greek practices.  Many Jews went along without complaint as they wanted to be part of the new modern Hellenistic culture.  They built gymnasiums where they would exercise in the rather immodest … [Read more…]