Snapshots of True Devotion to Mary 18

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Fr Jason Smith

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Biltrix, but now that I’m ready to get back in the swing of things, I can think of no better way than starting off with the Blessed Virgin Mary. She has meant so much to me that I’ve found I can’t help myself but snap pictures with my iPhone of the beautiful statues where I’ve offered an Ave. More…

“But Holy Father, Bread Does Not Bleed, Unless….” 2

Fr Jason Smith, LC

In the year 1263 Fr Peter of Prague stopped at Bolsena to celebrate Mass while on his way to Rome.  He is known to have been a good priest but not one without doubt in Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist.

After speaking the words of consecration, to his great surprise, blood began to seep from the consecrated host and trickle over his hands and onto the altar and the corporal. More…

Why The Lord’s Ascension is More Important Than We Think 1

The Ascension by Benjamin West

By Fr Jason Smith, LC

The Liturgy on the feast of the Ascension  presents us with the apostles staring awestruck at the sky as Jesus ascends out of sight; so much so, that we get the impression that they would have remained for days in this stupor, had not two messengers been sent to shake them up. More…

Jesus is the Good Shepherd When We Humbly Accept We are His Sheep Reply

Fr Jason Smith

Last Sunday after Mass I was talking with a young family.  One of the children said to me, “Did you know my daddy can lift me up on his shoulders?” As if on cue, her dad did just that. Then, with a big smile, the child said, “He is so strong he can even lift a house.” To which I replied, “I know, I saw him do it once!” Her eyes got real big.

Every child feels safe in their parent’s arms. Here they find love, care, and security. More…

What It’s Like Hearing Confession 19

Fr Jason Smith

A good friend of mine asked me to write about what it’s like to hear confessions.

The truth is, a priest can’t say much about the content he hears in confession, but in nearly every confession I have heard, I have said the following: More…

“Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock.” William Holman Hunt’s Light of the World. 10

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William Holman Hunt: Light of the World

“At every time and in every place God draws close to man. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church.”

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The seventh word: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!” 1

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” With a last sigh your head drops slowly towards us, with your chin just above the breast-bone. We can now look up at your face; finally it is relaxed and calm, illuminated with the gentle majesty of God. More…