The Pain of Healing

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Mar 8, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Editorial note: This blog is the second in a six-part series featuring our free Lenten resource, "A Scriptural Pilgrimage to Christ Through Lent," written by Lenny DeLorenzo.

“May we bear the wounds of your Son, for through his body he gave us life.”

That’s a hard prayer to pray, but that’s what the Church instructs us to pray on Wednesday morning in the second week of Lent. Who could possibly beg to receive wounds? We are much more comfortable praying to be relieved of our wounds. And yet, the wounds of Christ are the source of healing for our own wounds. To accept his wounds is to be healed of ours.

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Topics: healing, Lent, leonardjdelorenzo, downloadable resources, liturgical year, truth, vulnerability

The Risk of Presence

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Mar 1, 2020 6:30:00 AM

Editorial note: This blog is the first in a six-part series featuring our free Lenten resource, "A Scriptural Pilgrimage to Christ Through Lent," written by Lenny DeLorenzo. 

In the center of Notre Dame’s campus is a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The words “Venite Ad Me Omnes” are engraved on the pedestal beneath the figure of Christ with outstretched arms. This is the Son of God who descended from the Father to become one with us. He went all the way down to the bottom of who and what we are, all the while beckoning: “come to me, everyone.”

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Topics: Lent, leonardjdelorenzo, trust, downloadable resources, trusting in God, liturgical year, truth, vulnerability

Celebrate Our Lady of Loreto

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Dec 10, 2019 10:28:44 AM

For the first time, the universal Catholic Church will have the option to celebrate the memorial of the Blessed Virgin of Loreto on December 10. This past October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Cardinal Robert Sarah announced that Pope Francis had decreed that the celebration should be inscribed on the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial. 

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Topics: Mary, feast days, liturgical year

Guardian Angels: Messengers of Divine Grace

Posted by Elizabeth Tomasek on Oct 2, 2019 7:06:00 AM

There is a rich tradition in the Church surrounding guardian angels that goes far beyond the image of a tiny angel perched on one shoulder, opposing the devil perched on the other. Though guardian angels were not given an official feast day until Pope Paul V declared it one in the early 1600s, the Church’s teaching on guardian angels is rooted deeply in both Scripture and Tradition.

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Topics: feast days, liturgical year, guardian angels

Singing to the Queen

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Aug 22, 2019 10:09:16 AM

Our newborn son cried out with terror in the hospital. In order to run a test, they needed to obtain a vial of blood. They couldn’t find a vein. So, they continued to poke him here and there and, at least to his limited experience of the world, everywhere.

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Topics: liturgical music, Queenship of Mary, Mary, liturgical year

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