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Lent: April 2nd

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent; Optional Memorial of St. Francis of Paola, hermit

St. Francis was born at Paula in Calabria; after living as a hermit for five years (from the age of fourteen to nineteen) he gathered around him some companions with whom he led the religious life. This was the origin of a new order, to... More

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Lent: April 1st

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with... More

Lent: March 31st

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Like the Pharisees we are quick to condemn the faults of others, often as a means of justifying ourselves. We cannot expect Christ to approve self-righteous indignation at our neighbor's weakness. He gives us the example of prudent... More

Lent: March 30th

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Historically today is the feast of St. John Climacus, a learned abbot and great spiritual director. He was a monk of Mount Sinai and wrote The Ladder to Paradise which described the thirty degrees to religious perfection. It is... More

Lent: March 29th

Fifth Sunday of Lent

‘Out of the depths I call to you O Lord: Lord hear my cry. Listen attentively to the sound of my pleading!’ (Ps 129:1-2). In this, the fifth Sunday of Lent, the Church invites us to turn our attention to the realities that... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Lent: March 28th

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"There were many lepers in Israel at the time of Eliseus the prophet, and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian." Naaman's cure, an anticipatory figure of baptism, also declares in advance the universality of salvation. Naaman... More

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Lent: March 27th

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"There were many lepers in Israel at the time of Eliseus the prophet, and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian." Naaman's cure, an anticipatory figure of baptism, also declares in advance the universality of salvation. Naaman... More

Lent: March 26th

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:20)." The need to make reparation is a vital, inescapable urge of a free person. His very nature cries out for... More

Lent: March 25th

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Again Lent's austerity is interrupted as we solemnly keep a feast in honor of the Annunciation. The Annunciation is a mystery that belongs to the temporal rather than to the sanctoral cycle in the Church's calendar. For the feast... More

Lent: March 24th

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on More

Lent: March 23rd

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent; Optional Memorial of St. Turibio de Mogrovejo, bishop

St Toribio, or Turibius Alphonsus Mogrobejo, a Spaniard, served God from his infancy. Appointed Archbishop of Lima, he landed in South America in 1581. He died March 23, 1606, having, by his indefatigable zeal and by the boundlessness of... More