9 Items you’ll find in a French Catholic home

These centuries-old traditions are held dear by many French faithful.   Catholics around the world are united, but different cultures have traditions that set them apart. In France, a country whose Catholic faith runs deep through the ages, there are many beautiful customs that traditional faith-filled families hold dear. Religious objects are given pride of place… Continue reading 9 Items you’ll find in a French Catholic home

In Iraq, Pope Francis returns important prayer book to Syriac Christians

The manuscript from the Middle Ages was nearly destroyed by ISIS.   While on his historic trip to Iraq, Pope Francis had the opportunity to meet with members of the Syriac Church. At the town of Qaraqosh, the pontiff returned an important prayer book that was saved from ISIS’ hands. The manuscript had been safeguarded and… Continue reading In Iraq, Pope Francis returns important prayer book to Syriac Christians

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (TUESDAY, MARCH 9)

Saint Frances of Rome Prayer for the Morning   To you I lift up my soul, O Lord my God!   Glory to the Father…. Amen.   Hymn   Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life: Such a Way as gives us breath; Such a Truth as ends all strife; Such a Life as killeth… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (TUESDAY, MARCH 9)

Saint of the Day: St. Frances of Rome (TUESDAY, MARCH 9)

Patron Saint of Benedictine Oblates. Widow and Foundress (1384-1440) Her life + Francesca Busssa de’ Leoni was born to an aristocratic family in Rome. She was married at the age of 12 to Lorenzo de’ Ponziani and the couple had three children during their 40 years of marriage. + With her sister-in-law, Frances visited the… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. Frances of Rome (TUESDAY, MARCH 9)

PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (MONDAY, MARCH 8)

Prayer for the Evening   By Christ’s wounds, we were healed: let us give thanks and praise!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Lord, whose love in humble service Bore… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (MONDAY, MARCH 8)

This grieving girl witnessed her father travel from purgatory to heaven

All because she had three Masses said for the repose of his soul.   During the 17th century, a grieving young girl approached Benedictine Abbot Millán de Mirando at the monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. She begged the abbot to say three Masses for her deceased father. Suffering Soul in Purgatory   The young… Continue reading This grieving girl witnessed her father travel from purgatory to heaven

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (MONDAY, MARCH 8)

Saint John of God Prayer for the Morning   With humble, contrite hearts, let us adore the Lord!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Jesus, Lover of my soul, Let… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (MONDAY, MARCH 8)

Saint of the Day: St. John of God (MONDAY, MARCH 8)

Patron of those with heart disease. Founder of the Hospitaller Brothers (1495-1550) His life   + John was born in 1495 and spent his early years working as a shepherd. + In 1522, he enlisted as a soldier, losing the piety of his youth during his years of service. After he was released from the… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. John of God (MONDAY, MARCH 8)

Pope meets dad of Syrian boy whose lifeless body on the beach moved the world

A handout picture released by the Vatican media office on March 7, 2021, shows Pope Francis talking to Abdullah Kurdi, father of Alan, the Syrian boy who made global headlines when his drowned body washed up on a beach in Turkey in 2015, in the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region Arbil. 3-year-old Alan who was found on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, along with his brother Ghalib and mother Rehanna, on September 2, 2015 and his image became a tragic symbol of the 2015 refugee crisis.

Francis expressed God’s deep participation in the man’s suffering.   Along conversation took place between Pope Francis and the father of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy who became a symbol of the tragic crossings of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. Alan drowned off the Turkish coast together with his mother and brother as… Continue reading Pope meets dad of Syrian boy whose lifeless body on the beach moved the world

Virgin Mary statue marred by ISIS to be blessed by Pope Francis

The blessing will take place at a stadium Mass celebrated by the pope during his visit to Iraq.   During his historic trip to Iraq, Pope Francis will bless a statue of the Blessed Mother that was desecrated by ISIS. The pope will conduct the blessing at a public Mass at a stadium in Erbil today. Expert… Continue reading Virgin Mary statue marred by ISIS to be blessed by Pope Francis

Remember, remember: Jesus’ righteous anger is directed at those who’ve forgotten

Let us cleanse the temples of our hearts …   Remember, remember, remember. One of the greatest themes of the Old Testament is that God calls his beloved people, Israel, to remember his love. God’s providential care—which led Israel out of Egypt, cared for this people in the wilderness, and settled this nation in the… Continue reading Remember, remember: Jesus’ righteous anger is directed at those who’ve forgotten

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PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (SUNDAY, MARCH 7)

Prayer for the Evening   Jesus Christ is the new temple of God: come, let us worship!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Where high the heavenly temple stands, The… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (SUNDAY, MARCH 7)

DAILY MEDITATION (SUNDAY, MARCH 7)

MEDITATION OF THE DAY The Radiant Purity of Christ Jesus again and again, day after day, gives us the Eucharist as sacrament and sacrifice which is celebrated perpetually every minute of the day, over the whole surface of the earth, wherever the sun rises. It is the unceasing manifestation of Christ’s merciful love, answering the… Continue reading DAILY MEDITATION (SUNDAY, MARCH 7)

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PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, MARCH 6)

First Saturday of the Month Prayer for the Morning   Let us give thanks to God for ever and ever; let us tell his praise from age to age!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, MARCH 6)