“See I Told You She Would Come”: Testimony of an Eye Witness at Fatima 12

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Things become old much too quickly.

Imagine my delight, then, when last Friday I met someone who told me his Grandmother was present on October 13, 1917 at Fatima; she was personally present at the moment when the sun danced and fell out of the sky.

Suddenly Fatima jumped out of history like the sun did that day and became relevant and modern to me. More…

Monk Mode, Spending More Time with God in Lent 7

By Br Eric Wandrey
About seven miles off western coast of Ireland, a lonely island looms out of the sea, the tip of a massive oceanic mountain. 54 acres and 715 feet high, Skellig Michael is home only to a colony of Northern Gannets, but there was a time when this remote outcropping hosted more than seabirds. For over 600 years, it was home to Irish monks who sought complete solitude and close communion with God. More…

Wimp-less Fridays 12

Yesterday, I posted on the 5 ways to live the Call to Prayer during the Year of Faith. One of the things the bishops asked (i.e., strongly suggested) was abstinence from meat and fasting on all Fridays this year.  (By the way, Friday starts tomorrow — just a reminder).

That’ right. You read it. You know what that means.  More…

5 Ways to Participate in the Call to Prayer during the Year of Faith 4

FAITH-CALENDAREarlier this month, the USCCB issued a “Call To Prayer For Life, Marriage, And Religious Liberty” on it’s website, encouraging Catholics to join in prayer and sacrifice during this Year of Faith (Dec. 30, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2013).

The two motives underscoring the bishops’ call to prayer are the HHS Mandate, More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part II: The Opening of the Heavens 4

by Fr Jason Smith

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice. More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part I: Jesus’ Prayer 5

by Fr Jason Smith

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice.

The importance of this remarkable moment can not be underestimated. Not only was it pivotal for Jesus himself but also for the early Church, More…

A Prayer, Tears, and Embrace 15

There are some moments when no words will suffice. Only prayer, tears, and an embrace.

Our heart and prayers at Biltrix go out to the children, parents, and community in Newton, CT. May the Lord console and help them as they recover from this horrible tragedy.

Prayer of Saint Francis More…

2 Cents Worth 12

Just another Sunday Gospel Reflection…

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

My friend Brent — we’ll call him — used to work for a local newspaper in a small Northeastern town. He had a peculiar relationship with the paper’s editor, who always made it a point to tell people, “Pray a lot.”  More…