Jesus, Light of the world, you were baptized in the Jordan… Purify us through your holy descent. Maronite Liturgy
Image: Sculpture from Manila Cathedral of the Baptism of Christ by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr
Dec 8, Feast of The Immaculate Conception
“Blessed are you, Virgin and Mother, sanctified from your conception".
"Just as Jesus is described as the New Adam, Mary is the New Eve. Ephrem wrote: “The two women were pure and simple, Mary and Eve. One of them, however, became the cause of our death and the other, the cause of our life. Eve, by hearing the word of the serpent conceived evil and brought death. Mary, by hearing the Word of God, conceived Jesus and brought life”.
More about the Immaculate Conception dogma HERE.
If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon Our Lady. Just say this simple prayer, “Mary, mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.” I must admit, this prayer has never failed me. – Mother Teresa
Happy Mother's Day.
Image: Catholic Church England and Wales @ Flicker
The Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
"The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it."
Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis.
In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Today, we know that feast as Divine Mercy Sunday, named by Pope St. John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000.
O Christ our God, you are the Ocean of mercy and compassion. Maronite Liturgy
Click HERE to learn more about The Divine Mercy Sunday.
Christ Has Risen.
The resurrection of the Lord is the central event of our salvation, the one that gives meaning to who we are and what we do. The resurrection is the feast of feasts.
Image: Resurrection Maronite icon
As we prepare for the great week of the Lord's passion and death, and as we follow the Lord on the way to the cross, may we remain ever faithful to Him who is our Savior and Lord.
In our hands we carry olive branches and with love sing along with the children: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Hosanna Sunday Morning, second prayer, Maronite Liturgy.
Image: Hosanna Sunday Maronite icon.
Today is the Feast Day of Saint Rafqa.
" May the sick, the afflicted, the war refugees and all victims of hatred, yesterday and today, find in Saint Rafqa a companion on the road so that, through her intercession, they will continue to search in the night for reasons to hope again and to build peace."
From the homily of Saint Pope John Paul II during the Canonization of Saint Rafqa.
Tomorrow is the Feast Day of Saint Rafqa, the Maronite nun.
“Suffering always tormented her during the last twenty-nine years of her life. By it, Saint Rafqa always manifested a generous and passionate love for the redemption of her brothers, counting on her union with the crucified Christ for the strength to voluntarily accept and love the suffering as an authentic path to sainthood.” From the homily of Saint Pope John Paul II during the Canonization of Saint Rafqa.