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Being servant is our inheritance

 Pope Francis preached an extemporaneous homily during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which was held at S. Maria della Provvidenza, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the suburbs of Rome. The following is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections on the Lord’s loving act of service, an act which…

Anointed with the Oil of Gladness

 Pope Francis delivered the homily at the Chrism Mass of the Rome diocese on Holy Thursday morning, in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Chrism Mass is the traditional liturgy, during the course of which the oils to be used in the sacraments of initiation, Holy Orders and healing throughout the coming year are blessed. It is…

God’s Answer to the Mystery of Evil, Suffering, and Death

Pope Francis: weekly General Audience, God’s Answer to the Mystery of Evil, Suffering and Death  Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the Wednesday of Holy Week or “Spy Wednesday” as it is called in many parts of the English-speaking world. The Gospel reading of the day recounts Judas’ betrayal of Jesus,…

Glory and Betrayal

       Glory and Betrayal – Father Roger Landry             Today in the readings we have a strong contrast between glory and betrayal and also see the paradoxical connection between them both. Grasping this connection is essential for us to enter into the depth of mysteries we celebrate in…

See What the End Shall Be

See What the End Shall Be – By: Msgr. Charles Pope The Passion, which we read in today’s liturgy, is too long to comment on in detail. We are only able to take a portion and examine it. It may be of some value to examine the “middle range” of problems and personalities involved. The…

“Where is my Heart this Holy Week?” asks Pope Francis

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION ST PETER’S SQUARE 13 APRIL 2014 This week begins with the festive procession with olive branches: all the people welcome Jesus. The children, the young people sing, praising Jesus. But this week proceeds into the mystery of Jesus’ death and his resurrection. We’ve heard the Passion of the Lord….

The Dignity and Value of the Human Person

Pope to physicians: never lose sight of the spiritual dimension of man  Pope Francis on Saturday [April 12, 2014] received in audience participants in a Congress for Surgeons who work with oncological patients. In his address, he quoted Blessed John Paul II pointing out that when caring for the sick it is essential not to…

Start Today

Start today Well, with Palm Sunday occurring tomorrow we begin Holy Week, the solemn days of grace. If we are not careful we will be celebrating Easter and wondering what happened to my time with the Lord. I have a suggestion. Beginning today, Friday, start praying the Stations of the Cross. I was under the…

From Palm Branches to the Wood of the Cross

From Palm Branches to the Wood of the Cross 1) This Palm Sunday Liturgy is framed by two expressions. The first is “Hosanna,” which was shouted at the beginning of Mass. “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The second is “Crucify Him!,” which we…