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Octave of Pentecost - Savoring the Encounter with Mary, Mother of the Church

On the Monday after Pentecost in 1970, so the story goes, Blessed Pope Paul VI rose early and went to his chapel to celebrate Mass. Instead of the red vestments he expected, green ones were laid out for him. He asked the Master of Ceremonies, “What on earth are these for? This is the Octave of Pentecost! Where are the red vestments?” “Your Holiness,” replied the Ma...

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What Does the Holy Spirit Do For Us On Pentecost?

Pentecost is one of the three major feasts of the Church’s liturgical calendar, in prominence, next to Easter and before Christmas. Fifty days after Easter and ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the Father and Son send the Holy Spirit, who descends in tongues of fire (Acts 2) and gives birth to the Church, giving all her members life “in the fulness of God.” (Eph 3:19)...

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Our Lady of Fátima, May 13th, 2024

Our Lady of Fatima May 13th every year. We commemorate this day because it is the first time Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal. She appeared to them five more times over the rest of the year until the Miracle of the Sun occurred on October 13, 1917, just as she had promised. The children were Lucia dos Santos, and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Mar...

Pentecost Novena for the Outpouring and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

One of the most profound mysteries of our Faith is that by entering into the rhythm of the liturgical year, we do not simply remember things that have happened in the past and are now over, but we also — in a mysterious way — experience and participate in those very realities, these sacred and eternal things touching us in our own time. We can dispose ourselves to receive specifi...

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Passiontide - March 17th, 2024

We've been walking the desert sands with Jesus the past few weeks, reflecting upon our own sinfulness and doing what we can to make reparation for our sins and the sins of others. This Sunday, however, the Church shifts our focus from ourselves and our sinfulness to Jesus and His Passion. Today, we celebrate Passion Sunday, the beginning of Passiontide. Dom Prosper Gueranger says ...

Epiphany House Blessing - January 6th

Friends, We highly encourage you to participate in the Epiphany House Blessing, a beautiful tradition in our Faith, which symbolizes an invitation and your desire for Jesus' presence in your home. May the Lord bless you and your families in this new year! Illustration: The Adoration of the Magi, Edward Burne-Jones

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A Reflection For Christmas Eve: O Magnum Mysterium

O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia! O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to be...

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Join Us In Prayer! Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle Attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesus!

Carmelites in the News: Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús, a spiritual daughter of St. Teresa of Ávila and a friend to St. John of the Cross. Let's pray for a second miracle and for her canonization. In 1570, Ana de Jesus joined the Monastery of St. Joseph, founded by St. Teresa as the first establishment of the Carmelite refo...

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December 14th - Feast Day - St. John of the Cross

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. John of the Cross. St. John of the Cross was born San Juan de la Cruz in 1542 in Old Castile, Spain. His father was disinherited because he married below his rank, and when his father passed at an early age, Juan was raised by his mother in poverty. He and his two siblings were underfed to the point that his stature was dwarfed. Since his parents ...

December 12th - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (US)

On December 12th, the Church in the United States celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In December 1591, Juan Diego, a Mexican peasant, was on his way to Mass. Our Lady appeared to him, and speaking in Nahuatl, which was Juan Diego's native language ( the language of the fomer Aztec Empire), identified herself as "Mary, Mother of the very true deity" and asked that ...