Readings this Week

  • st. saint patrick patrick's day confession March 19

    Confession of Saint Patrick

    St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on March 17 for fifteen hundred years since it is the day that Patrick, the missionary bishop who evangelized Ireland, passed from this world to eternity. This excerpt from his autobiographical work called the Confession makes clear that eternity was what he lived for and what he sought to bring to pagan Ireland -- the Kingdom of God as ushered in by Jesus Christ...

  • solemnity of saint st joseph day March 19 fourth 4th sunday of advent cycle A faith

    St. Joseph’s Claim to Fame – Father of Faith

    Saint Joseph always appears in Manger scenes during Advent and Easter time and even has a special Solemnity or Feast in his honor, St. Joseph's Day, March 19. This essay makes a case that St. Joseph teaches us some crucial things about the nature of faith that we can't afford to forget....

  • St. Photini samaritan woman at the well 3rd third sunday in lent A B C evangelization witness S. Fotini samaritana donna al pozzo terza domenica di quaresima A B C evangelizzazione testimone

    Meaning of Lent & the Samaritan Woman

    The original meaning of Lent in the early Church and how Jesus' dialogue with the Samaritan woman at the well can help us add another dimension to our understanding and experience of the Lenten Season. In the early days of the Church, Lent was not so much a time to focus inward. It was time for Christians to focus outward. It is a time not just for personal growth, but for growth of the whole Church as the Body of Jesus Christ. We ought to recover this ancient tradition and do penance for and with those who will enter or return to the Church at Easter. But there is something else that we should do. There are millions more who should be returning or entering. We need to tell them about Jesus....

  • transfiguration tabor abraham hope faith hardship second 2nd sunday of lent

    Hope in Hardship – Abraham & the Transfiguration

    The call of Abraham and the Transfiguration of Jesus are presented to us on the 2nd Sunday of Lent because they teach us about how to approach hardship and suffering with faith and hope....