"Your ordinary contact with God takes place where your fellow men, your yearnings, your work and your affections are. There you have your daily encounter with Christ.” Saint Josemaría
"Your ordinary contact with God takes place where your fellow men, your yearnings, your work and your affections are. There you have your daily encounter with Christ.”
This Sunday is the beginning of Advent, a time to prepare for our Lord's arrival on Christmas. Some resources for drawing as much fruit as possible from this liturgical time.
In his 3 February general audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on prayer, speaking about the encounter with Christ in the liturgy.
"At the heart of the Liturgical year lies the Paschal Mystery, the Triduum of our Lord’s Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection. The whole history of salvation revolves around these holy days."
The free eBook “The Time of God’s Presence” can help us make good use of the riches of the liturgy throughout the upcoming year that starts on the first Sunday of Advent.
"The celebration of Sunday has a festive tone because Christ has conquered sin, and he wants to conquer sin in us."
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Transfiguration, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and Christ the King are the four feasts of our Lord contained in the second part of this article.
"During this time the Church already experiences the joy that our Lord has prepared for us: 'something that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived.'"
On November 2, All Souls Day, the Church reminds us of the need to pray for those who have died and are now being purified.
The feast of Jesus' presentation in the temple forty days after his birth, celebrated on February 2nd, has a long history in the Eastern and Western Church.
For the feast of All Saints on November 1, here is an article about honoring the saints throughout the Church's liturgical year.
October 22 is the feast day of Saint John Paul II. Here is his moving homily at a Mass in the Shrine of Our Lady of Calvary in Poland, during his final apostolic trip to his homeland.
“In celebrating this annual cycle of Christ’s mysteries, holy Church honours with especial love the Blessed Mary, Mother of God, who is joined by an inseparable bond to the saving work of her Son."
A new article about the Liturgical year. "Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, is born to illuminate our path on earth. He shows us the Father’s loveable face and gives us the Holy Spirit."
An article on singing and music in the liturgy. "True liturgical music is prayer; it is liturgy. It does not distract us, nor is it limited to providing us with joyful sensations or aesthetic delight. It helps us to be recollected, to place ourselves in the mystery of God."
On the last day of May, the Church celebrates the feast of our Lady's visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. Some reflections on the canticle Mary entoned to express her great joy: the ‘Magnificat’.
The last Sunday of Ordinary Time is the feast of Christ the King, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in the context of the growing secularization of the world.
Homily of Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica on 29 June 2019, Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. A brief history of how this feast came to be celebrated in the Church.
The first of two articles focusing on the significance and history of four special feasts in the Church: Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, the Annunciation, the Most Blessed Trinity, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
An article on the first Eucharistic Prayer, the "Roman Canon." "The Roman Canon reminds us that we are at Holy Mass not only with our Lord, but also with people of every place and time."
"During Lent the Church again reminds us of the need to renew our heart and our deeds so that we can rediscover the centrality of the Paschal Mystery, a returning to eternal Love." An article on Christian life.