We have been given a special gift by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
On March 3rd 2018, he declared a new feast day, the Memorial of Mary, Mother of The Church. It will be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost, which for the first time is May 21st 2018. This celebration was first granted by Pope Paul VI to a few countries at Vatican II, and has now been shared with the entire Body of Christ.
Perhaps we’ll see Pope Francis’ prayer added to the Rosary at some point? Continue reading “Mary, Mother of The Church”
Here we are, the traditional “birthday” of the Church. It’s interesting that we view this as attached an event of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit – not of one of the apostles.
It’s about the complete mental flip they had to make. From follower to leader. From focusing on the Jesus they had lived with for three years, to a much, much bigger picture.
Continue reading “The Holy Catholic Church”
Over 100 years ago, Our Lady appeared over the course of 5 month to some children at Fatima, Portugal.
That’s the story, but like many others I have mixed feelings about it. There’s different stories, and people read many different things into the events.
Maybe even that there was no miracle at all.
Continue reading “Our Lady of Fatima”
I am immortal.
Oh, sure, I’ll die from this life, but the important thing is that my immortal soul will live forever. In heaven with God, I hope, but forever either way.
That’s why my choices in this life are so incredibly important.
The decision I get to make in this life is deceptively simple: Continue reading “Ever shall be”
There’s no question that our Blessed Mother is holy.
Actually, I was a bit puzzled about this when I converted to Catholicism. I guess I’d assumed that the word “holy” was the same as “divine.” Godly. Not of this world, but of heaven.
What I’ve learned is that holiness is something that each of us – every person – is called to be. And can achieve.
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This is Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter. We don’t tend to think very deeply about the term Shepherd, treating it as just one of the many names we use for Christ.
But we are the sheep in this metaphor. And sheep aren’t, well, very honored. We view them as rather dumb.
Which is actually appropriate. When it comes to spiritual wisdom, we tend to rate rather poorly. Well, maybe it’s just me.
Continue reading “Lead us to heaven”
I’ve been doing an interesting little experiment lately.
I try changing the prayers from talking about us/we/our to instead talk about I/me/my. It’s just an experiment, to help me see how it feels.
There’s a fascinating result: It feels like I’m taking more ownership and accountability for my relationship with God, Jesus, and Mary.
Continue reading “Forgive me my sins”
We rely on God’s love and mercy every moment of every day. And boy, do we need it!
But mercy isn’t exclusive to God, as we find in a couple of our prayers.
We name Mary as mother of mercy, which can mean two things. First, she’s the mother of Jesus, and Jesus embodies mercy in action. And second, we honor Mary’s role in heaven as a pathway to receiving mercy from God and the Son.
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Today is the Third Day.
We are here, in joyous hope and unbelievable gratitude for what our God has given us.
And it’s for me, personally, not just the big picture of Saving Humanity. Which is great, of course.
Continue reading “He arose again”
There are lots of ideas about why Jesus descended to Hell between His death and resurrection. I’m no theologian, so I read some of the discussions but I confess that I don’t really know what was going on there.
And I’m OK with that. My understanding will continue to develop. And maybe this is one of the things I won’t understand until I’m on the other side of death myself.
For me, though, I’m pondering the idea that … Jesus went to Hell, yes, but then He came back.
Continue reading “He descended into hell”