Today’s the feast of the North American Martyrs, French Jesuits who evangelized North American in the 17th century, including in New York. Although they were viciously persecuted, they did not give up their drive to bring Jesus to people. I find them great heroes of the faith.(more…)
There is a litany of prayer I say every morning that I’d like you to join me in saying. I think of it today on the feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to whom Jesus revealed His Sacred Heart to. We should put all our trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
All for Thee, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in your love…
Do you remember when we celebrated the feast of Saint Therese, the Little Flower? Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Teresa of Jesus, also known as Saint Teresa the Great? She went through a lot of setbacks in her life, but loved Jesus with her whole heart and soul.(more…)
Since the re-opening of our churches last Summer, I’ve made it a point to visit, unannounced, various parishes, in order to celebrate Mass and spend some time with parishioners. At each visit, I am not allowed to enter the church until my temperature is taken; ushers are there to distribute facemasks to anyone who has left theirs at home. Hand sanitizing stations are located around the church, and social distancing and crowd limitations are enforced. When Mass is over, I slip back into the church, and always find eight or so parishioners already hard at work, scrubbing and sanitizing the pews, door handles, and altar area…
While it’s not the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, today is the anniversary of the last day of her apparitions. That day she called us back to the Gospel and invited us to a conversion of heart. While there may be tough times ahead in our world, we can always turn to Jesus. (more…)
Have you read the encyclical from Pope Francis? It’s on fraternity & friendship. The point is we’re all brothers & sisters who should treat each other with immense dignity and respect. Can you imagine the implications if we really believed that? I’ll talk more about that tomorrow.(more…)