Within His great Divine (and liturgical) Providence, our Lord has aligned the Great Feast of the Annunciation to be our precursor for this joyful Sunday of the Holy season of Lent. How fitting that the first of the Joyful mysteries be celebrated on the heals of Laetare Sunday, for today the Church exhorts us to … Continue reading Rejoice, O Jerusalem! O Virgin Mary!
Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. On this third Sunday of the season of Lent, Holy Mother Church lends to us propers which admonish and encourage us to keep custody of our senses. Indeed, the whole of this season carries with it this message for prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and … Continue reading King of My Heart, Master of My Senses
I besought the Lord that it might depart from me. And He said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee, for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Love endureth all things In the Second Epistle of Blessed … Continue reading Flecte Cor Meum: Sexagesima
Today we dawn the violet garbs at the altar and remove from the Holy Mass the Alleluia and Gloria. Septuagesima refers to the "seventy days" (actually 63 days) before Easter in which we recall the 70 year Babylonian exile of the Old Testament. The psalmist says of this exile: For there they that led us … Continue reading Prepare to Prepare: Septuagesima
No, lest perhaps, gathering up the cockle you uproot the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest... (Matthew 13:30) On this Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in the Extraordinary Form, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is strewn with the consolations of Divine Providence. We as Christians "know that to them … Continue reading Divine Providence: Suffering in Peace
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Luke 1:42). Today we celebrate the ancient feast of Candlemas, the 40th day since the Solemnity of Christmas. While in the 1962 calendar today is named "The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary" and "The Presentation of the Lord" in the 1969 … Continue reading Virgin Fruits