Reflection 85: Interior Mortification – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

[ad_1] One of the greatest gifts we can give to our Divine Lord is our willfulness.  We often want what we want, when we want it.  Our will can become stubborn and obstinate and this can easily dominate our whole being.  As a result of this sinful tendency toward willfulness, one thing that delights our Lord greatly, and produces an abundance of grace in our lives, is an interior obedience… Read More »Reflection 85: Interior Mortification – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

Pope prays for people in financial difficulty because of pandemic

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered prayers for everyone, particularly families, facing financial difficulties because of the pandemic. “Let us pray today for people who are beginning to experience economic problems because they cannot work due to the pandemic, and all of this falls on the family,” he said at the start of Mass March 23. Nearly 25 million jobs may be lost worldwide due to COVID-19, the… Read More »Pope prays for people in financial difficulty because of pandemic

St. Nicholas of Flue

[ad_1] March 22, 2020 Nicholas was born on March 21, 1417, in Switzerland. He was the eldest son of peasant parents who were very devout Catholics. Nicholas later took his name, Flue, from the name of the Flueli River, which flowed near his birthplace. As a young man, Nicholas was very fond of praying and also practiced mortification. When he was twenty-one years old, he joined the army and was… Read More »St. Nicholas of Flue

Reflection 81: Power and Mercy

[ad_1] Imagine a dictator of a country who has absolute power and is also a very angry, malicious and vengeful man.  This is not someone you would want to upset.  Now imagine the opposite.  Imagine one who has absolute power and is also blessed with a heart of pure Mercy.  This is our God.  And in addition to our God having these qualities, He passes them on to His Mother. … Read More »Reflection 81: Power and Mercy

Chinese diocese donates masks to Vatican, Italy, to help fight COVID-19

[ad_1] HONG KONG (CNS) — A Catholic diocese in China’s Shaanxi province has donated thousands of face masks to communities in the Vatican and Italy to help them fight the coronavirus. Ucanews.com reported Xi’an Diocese has donated 24,000 disposable medical masks to the Vatican and religious communities and dioceses in Italy such as Milan and Bologna. “When mainland China experienced the epidemic, the Holy See and the Italian church group… Read More »Chinese diocese donates masks to Vatican, Italy, to help fight COVID-19

The Deer’s Song: Lorica Of St. Patrick

[ad_1] A few years ago, I attempted a translation on the Breastplate of St. Patrick. In this latest attempt, I want to stir a sense of both the spiritual battle as well the power of the Creed that is part of the very structure of this great prayer.  Indeed, there are even hints of the Eastern liturgies of Egypt that live in this prayer if a soul is attentive enough… Read More »The Deer’s Song: Lorica Of St. Patrick

Feasting on a Fast — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “Christ in the Desert (detail)” by Ivan Kramskoy In this season of preparation for the arrival of Easter, there is one particular practice that seems to get a lot of attention, most of it negative. This should not be surprising since the practice is all about denying ourselves something we have all become quite accustomed to – food. The practice of course is fasting. “But he said to them,… Read More »Feasting on a Fast — Integrated Catholic Life™

Update: Vatican says public will not be admitted to papal Holy Week liturgies

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican office that distributes free tickets to papal events has posted a notice on its website that “the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful.” While public gatherings, including Masses, have been banned in Italy through April 3, Holy Week begins with the Palm Sunday liturgy April 5, so the notification from the Prefecture of the… Read More »Update: Vatican says public will not be admitted to papal Holy Week liturgies