Category: Jesus

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

Image: Chair of St. Peter February 22 is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. The Church has celebrated this occasion since at least the mid-4th century. This feast day celebrates St. Peter as the first bishop of Rome and the teaching authority of the Vicar of Christ. St. Peter St. Peter is consistently shown in the Scriptures to be the head...

Ash Wednesday: Entering into the Desert

  Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Joel 2: 12-13 On Ash Wednesday, the ashes placed on our forehead invite us to begin a...

Thirty Days’ Prayer to Saint Joseph

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you,...

Saint Agatha: Patroness of Breast Cancer

The saint of the day for February 5 is Saint Agatha, the patroness of those who suffer from breast cancer. Agatha was born in Sicily, the daughter of rich and pious parents. At a young age, she consecrated herself to God. She grew to be a virtuous Christian woman, known for her remarkable beauty, but resisted the advances of men. The Roman Senator Quintianus, who...

Stirring Slumbering Souls: A Book Review

Stirring Slumbering Souls by Mr. Michael Seagriff, O.P. is a collection of 250 Eucharistic reflections designed to “set hearts, minds, and souls aflame with love and reverence” for Christ in the Eucharist. He shares quotes from the spiritual giants of our time, some of which include: St. Padre Pio, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa...

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Candlemas

On February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy. The Feast of the Presentation, often called Candlemas, commemorates the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the...

The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Happy Feast day of the Conversion of Saint Paul! The conversion of Saul, persecutor of the early church, was of pivotal importance for the worldwide development of Christianity. Paul means much for our faith and for the New Testament. Today we celebrate that significant event on the road to Damascus when Saul, fallen to amazement at a great light from heaven, spoke with the risen...

St. Marianne Cope: Patroness of Outcasts

January 23 is the feast of St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918), a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, who was canonized on October 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. St. Marianne Cope is the patroness of lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS, and Hawaii. Marianne was one of ten children born...