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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
The Catholic faithful celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ on June 10. This Eucharistic celebration, which is also called Corpus Christi, is a solemn commemoration of the institution of that sacrament. It is also the Church's official act of homage and gratitude to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist gave to the Church her greatest treasure.
We Catholics believe that the historical event of Jesus' Last Supper, described in each of the four Gospels, is one of the greatest mysteries of our holy faith. During that evening, the Lord Jesus, while he ate with his disciples, took bread, blessed it, broke the bread and gave it to them saying: "Take; this is my body". He then took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them. And all drank from it. "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many"
The observance of Corpus Christi, therefore, accents the joyous aspect of Holy Thursday. The wondrous mystery of the Lord's real presence under the Eucharistic celebration is also carried out in the transubstantiation. May we venerate then this wonderful sacrament by a special form of adoration as we share Jesus' joy in His resurrection.
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On Mary's Month and Brazil Pilgrimage
"I would like to entrust to the Holy Virgin, Mother of the Church, my apostolic voyage to Brazil March 9-14." Pope Benedict XVI delivered his address for the month of Mary on May 6 before reciting the Regina Caeli in St. Peter's Square. Below is a copy of his message as translated by Zenit. * * *
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The month of May began several days ago. For many Christian communities this is the Marian month par excellence. As such, in the course of the centuries it has become one of the peoples' dearest devotions and has been valued by pastors as a propitious occasion for preaching, catechesis and community prayer.
After the Second Vatican Council, which emphasized the role of Mary most holy in the Church and in salvation history, Marian devotion underwent a profound renewal. And the month of May, coinciding at least in part with the Easter season, is quite propitious for illustrating the figure of Mary as the Mother who accompanies the community of disciples united in prayer in expectation of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:12-14).
TEACHING CATHOLIC FAITH
THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.
The feast of the Sacred Heart was approved for specified dioceses by Clement XIII in 1765, and extended to the whole Church by Pius IX in 1856. In 1889 Pope Leo XIII elevated it to the rank of first class, and through an encyclical letter in 1899 dedicated the whole Catholic world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
According to the Scriptures, the term "Sacred Heart of Jesus" denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The "Sacred Heart" is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.
Specifically, the Gospel of St. John recounts the showing of the Lord's hands and his side to the disciples and of his invitation to Thomas to put his hand into his side. This event has also had a notable influence on the origin and development of the Church's devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is then a wonderful historical expression of the Church's piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work.
Hence, the faithful are invited to penetrate the mysteries of Christ by contemplating the wound opened in his side. As St. Augustine writes: "Access is possible: Christ is the door. It was opened for you when his side was opened by the lance. Remember what flowed out from his side: thus, choose where you want to enter Christ. From the side of Christ as he hung dying upon the Cross there flowed out blood and water, when it was pierced by a lance. Your purification is in that water, your redemption is in that blood".
"Receive the Holy Spirit!" John 20:19-23
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."2 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
LIVES OF THE SAINTS
T. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was..Read More »
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times. Read More »
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.Read More »
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian familyRead More »
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.Read More »
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.Read More »
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul. When his father died.. Read More »
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.Read More »
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him. It was to Juan Diego ..Read More »
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.Read More »
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.Read More »
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico. The heavenly visitor came..Read More »
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.Read More »
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.Read More »
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.Read More »
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.Read More »
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.Read More »
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.Read More »
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard. He was born in France..Read More »
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.Read More »
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer. To please him, young Peter..Read More »
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.Read More »
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk. Seeing how intelligent their son was, Read More »
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701. Her father died in 1708 ..Read More »
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.Read More »
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.Read More »
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.Read More »
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.Read More »
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.Read More »
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.Read More »
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.Read More »
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.Read More »
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