Category: Liturgical Seasons

7 Quick Takes: Easter Joy, Divine Mercy

Happy Easter to all of you! As Catholics, we celebrate the Easter season for fifty days. I hope and pray that your heart is filled with the joy of the Resurrection of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! This week’s Seven Quick Takes will be primarily a photo journal of my some of my activities and joys of the past few weeks. Enjoy!...

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

​Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.​” ~ John 11: 25-26​​​

Good Friday: Divine Mercy Novena Begins

    Divine Mercy Novena Prayers First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena Intention: Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me. Novena Prayers: Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on...

The Easter Triduum: Entering Into the Heart of Our Faith

Today begins the holiest and most important time of the Church year — the Easter Triduum. It commemorates the heart of our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sacred Triduum begins with Holy Thursday, which marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday,...

Wednesday of Holy Week — Spy Wednesday

Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally known as “Spy Wednesday” because Judas made a bargain with the high priest to hand over Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:13). Judas’s betrayal directly leads to Jesus’ being taken into custody, followed by the way of the Cross, and ultimately the crucifixion – all for thirty pieces of silver. We, too, like Judas, have betrayed Jesus....

Tuesday of Holy Week: Love, Denial, and Betrayal

Readings In his Last Supper story, John interweaves two contrasting strands: the apparent failure and ultimate triumph of Jesus. Even among the Twelve, one close follower would betray Jesus; another would deny him, and in general they did not grasp what he tried to tell them on the eve of his Passion. But the Evangelist knows that Jesus himself faced this supreme trial with a...

Seven Quick Takes: My New Book on Fatima

1. I am so excited to share with you my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. It is now available for pre-order at TAN Books and at Amazon. Here is a description of my book: Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady...

Ash Wednesday: Beginning the Journey 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 It’s that time of year again — the time of both internal and external recollection...

Lenten Reading 2017

With Lent upon us, it’s time to consider what you will be reading to help you grow in holiness. Here are my recommendations: 1. Bringing Lent Home with St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle –This is one of my all-time Lenten favorites. You can read my review at the National Catholic Register.   2. How To Be Holy: First...