Feasts, holy days, holidays

First Time in History… a world-wide holy hour with the Pope (It’s short notice for some, but maybe you can join in!)

A few days ago, Pope Francis announced he would lead a world-wide holy hour in honor of Corpus Christi Sunday. And while other Popes have offered holy hours regularly with large audiences on television, (such as at World Youth Day), a unified effort to invite all Catholics to a global holy hour is a first. It is…

Read More

This makes me think… about why I have the luxury of a day off today…

This is the US flag that waves over the Mall near the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. Underneath is the flag that remembers POWs and MIAs. And this is one that flies just at the foot of the memorial, left by a passerby. Memorial Day remembers the deaths of those serving in the United…

Read More

For Mother’s Day… a little spiritual mothering for the Moms out there…

Sage wisdom and a video hug for all the Moms of children from author Sally Clarkson… Some goodness is always found on the MomHeart blog. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Read More

Motherhood: On raising saints for heaven — an excerpt from “Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.”

Happy Mother’s Day! From my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: The maternal mission is also the basis of a particular responsibility. The mother is appointed guardian of life. It is her task to accept it with care, encouraging the human being’s first dialogue with the world, which is carried out precisely in the symbiosis with…

Read More

How the Solemnity of the Annunciation teaches about Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at…

Read More

Everything you could ever want to know about Divine Mercy in one great website: thedivinemercy.org

  Bookmark TheDivineMercy.org You can watch live coverage from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy on EWTN or online. (Today, 12noon Eastern.)

Read More

From our home to yours… A Joyous Easter!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia! Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia! Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia! But the pain which…

Read More

When you need a prayer that wraps you like a blanket from God — Pray what St Patrick prays.

  Lorica of Saint Patrick I arise today Through a mighty strength, the Invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation. I arise today Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial, Through…

Read More

From my archives: Polycarp — An Unusual Name, A Remarkable Story

Today is the feast of St Polycarp, bishop and martyr. His story is one of the earliest martyr accounts from the early Church. This is reprinted from my column at Patheos. Subscribe to the column here. ::: Polycarp is not a fish. He was an amazing Greek Bishop from Smyrna. (Ok, so maybe you knew…

Read More