Redemption

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino

A New Beginning

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Have you ever felt that something you were doing was going so badly that you just wished you could start all over? Or maybe your life is not going that well and you realize that you are just not the person you should be. I would bet that most of us have […]

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Encountering the Word — Isaiah 35:3-4

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God  will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’” (Isaiah 35:3-4) Print this entry

"The Madonna of Carmel and the Souls of the Purgatory" (detail) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

All Souls Day and Prayers for the Dead

I’ll never forget that bleak January day when my father died.  It was very hard to believe in the resurrection as I watched the undertakers carry away his lifeless corpse in a body bag. But imagine this scene.  You are an unborn child who has lived in cozy but cramped quarters with your twin for nine months.  But now you […]

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

“What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon) The Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1286) is October 4. Print this entry

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Encountering the Word — Romans 13:11-12

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the […]

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Encountering the Word — Ephesians 2:19-22

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in […]

Father Hans Urs von Balthasar

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Father Hans Urs von Balthasar

“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.” (Father Hans Urs von Balthasar) Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, considered one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, was named to become a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, but died before the consistory took […]

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Encountering the Word — Revelation 21:5-6

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water without […]