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A reflection on Easter

A reflection on Easter

The ultimate among Solemnities, the greatest among Feasts – Easter is the day we celebrate the crowning, central truth of our faith in Jesus Christ.

A Valentine from Saint John of the Cross

A Valentine from Saint John of the Cross

 The Living Flame of Love by St. John of the Cross   O living flame of Love That tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest center! Since now You are not oppressive, Now perfect me if it be your will: Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!   O sweet cautery,...

Novena – Day 9 | Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés

Novena – Day 9 | Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés

Blessed Josepha is an especially wonderful role model because she herself lived in the secular world, and well understood its distractions and attachments. Despite these allurements, she chose to follow God’s will in all the ordinary circumstances of daily life.

Novena – Day 8 | Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

Novena – Day 8 | Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

On July 23rd, Mercedes, together with another sister were arrested. The two sisters endured hours of questioning, intimidation and threats, yet they refused to recant their statement that they were religious sisters, fully aware that for this, they would suffer the penalty of death.

Novena – Day 7 | Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

Novena – Day 7 | Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

Civil war from 1833 to 1839 in Spain brought with it disruption and widespread religious persecution. However, Francis never wavered in his commitment to his vocation, and continued with his theological studies.

Novena – Day 6 | Blessed Mary of the Incarnation

Novena – Day 6 | Blessed Mary of the Incarnation

In 1601, Barbara was introduced to the writings of St. Teresa of Ávila, and shortly thereafter began having mystical experiences with the saint, who told her that God wanted her to introduce Discalced Carmelite nuns in France.