The Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ, the Supreme Pontiff, the Pope, when he is not traveling but is present in the Eternal City, Rome, on Sundays at 12 noon has the beautiful custom of giving a short (only a few minutes) homily which he concludes by praying the famous Marian prayer the Angelus. Upon the conclusion of this beautiful Marian prayer, the Holy Father imparts his papal blessing upon all! What a marvelous way to start off a new week—listening to a brief but inspiring message from the Vicar of Christ, praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and … Read more
The saints are God’s best friends. The saints are also our friends. The saints have left us an illuminating and sure path to emulate and imitate on our pilgrimage towards our eternal home—Heaven! However, it also must be said that the saints are great lovers of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
TITLES OF MARY AS QUEEN. In the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we pray very many Biblical and poetical short prayers to Mary. At the tail end of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there is a series of titles honoring Mary all related to Mary as Queen. … Read more
One of the great women of the Catholic Church, Saint Gertrude the Great, was a Benedictine mystic, writer, intellectual, but most especially a great lover of both Jesus and Mary His Mother. (Born in Germany 1256; died 1301-1302?)
HERALD OF DIVINE LOVE. Saint Gertrude’s literary masterpiece is titled Herald of Divine Love, which is highly recommended to enrich your spiritual life and to put you on a sure path to holiness.
GERTRUDE THE MYSTIC. Saint Gertrude as a Christian-Catholic mystic was gifted by God with the grace of having very special visions. At times she would have a vision … Read more
We are all called to become saints! Jesus said this very clearly in the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom, with these words: Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy. (Mt. 5:48) Also, in one of the Beatitudes the Lord exhorts us: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice (or holiness), for they will be satisfied. (MT 5:6) Saint Paul to the Thessalonians reiterates the same challenge: This is the will of your heavenly father: your sanctification. (I Thessalonians. 4:3) Bible verses constantly remind us of our call to holiness.
If that were not sufficient, the … Read more