St. Philip Neri established the Seven Churches Pilgrimage in Rome around 1553. This Holy Thursday, we’d like to help you participate by offering a “virtual pilgrimage” to the Seven Churches, and invite you to pray with us at each “visit.”
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For the first time in our lives, the usual liturgies and traditions of Good Friday (such as the Veneration of the Cross) will not be available to Catholics except through livestream. However, with a little preparation, we can set Good Friday apart from all other days and truly enter into the Mystery of our Salvation.
On Holy Thursday, we celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood. We also accompany Jesus as His Passion begins in the Garden at Gethsemane. How do can we honor Holy Thursday at home? Here are six ideas.
Blessed Michael Sopocko, Saint Faustina’s confessor, once spoke of additional promises that Jesus made to St. Faustina regarding the Divine Mercy image: "When chastisements for sins come upon the world and your own country will experience utter degradation, the only refuge will be trust in My mercy."
Many of us are saddened by the fact that we will be celebrating Palm Sunday at home this year. One thing is certain: this will be a memorable Palm Sunday. In an effort to live out the mystery of the passion with life and joy, I wanted to share some ideas to help your family have a fruitful Palm Sunday celebration.
So. Your Lent didn't quite turn out the way you expected. I can relate. As I type, I have my earbuds playing some of my favorite music. Yet I had given up music for Lent. I am also eating the chocolate I just purchased for my kids' Easter baskets…This is not the Lent I expected.
Currently most of us are unable to attend Mass because public Masses have been cancelled. But that doesn't mean that we should treat Sunday like any other day of the week. At the same time, what ARE we supposed to do? It feels so strange not to be able to go to Mass! Here is a guide on how to keep the Sabbath holy.
Panic and attempts to stay in control don’t actually help us. But they do promote scarcity of goods that were not going to be scarce in the first place—and they don’t free us from anxiety in any lasting way. Rather than indulge in panic, why don't we pray instead?
In the midst of all of the uncertainty in the world right now, there is good reason to remember the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and to recall the words that Our Lady spoke to Juan Diego. Let's hold onto these powerful words.
Prayer, recollection, repentance, and discipline are all very important, but how much more powerful they become for the entire Kingdom of God when we do them with the heart and mind of a warrior.