Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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Baptism of Our Lord

Matthew 3:13-17 describes the baptism ofJesus, including John the Baptist’s objection that Jesus should be baptizinghim. Why did Jesus want to be baptized, anyway?This question was raised by Christians alreadyin the first century, which is probably the reason that it is recorded here—unlikethe baptism accounts in Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-22. John the Baptist haddisciples […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost was the Greek name for the Jewish festival of Shavuot, which occurred fifty days after Passover and celebrated the beginning of the early wheat harvest. This meant that Pentecost always fell sometime during the middle of the month of May or occasionally in early June. We celebrate Pentecost on the seventh Sunday after Easter, […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Ascension Day

When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon […]

Trinity Sunday

Understand by Father Greg Friedman, OFM We’re told that the great Saint Augustine was once walking along the seashore trying to figure out the mystery of the Trinity.  He came upon a child filling a hole with bucket after bucket of water from the ocean.“You can’t empty the whole ocean into that hole,” the […]

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

The Anima Christi is a mystical, ecstatic prayer to the Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Attributed to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, it is probably older than he was. Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, […]

“Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict