Luke’s Passion and Compassion

Last year on Palm Sunday we heard the passion from Saint Mark’s Gospel, and next year it will be from Saint Matthew. Each is...

Passion Sunday: The Rending of the Veil

While the sun’s light failed…the curtain of the temple was torn in two (Lk.23:45). Palm Sunday begins our observance of Holy Week, the Week of...

Mater Dolorosa: Our Lady of Sorrows

(In the calendar of the usus antiquior, today, the Friday before Holy Week, is the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. In the revisions...

Lassus’ Psalmi Poenitentialis

Orlando de Lassus (ca. 1532 - 1594), a Dutch composer of the late Renaissance, was also one of the most prolific and influential, up...

The Seven Penitential Psalms

When you are old—as I am—a single word or event can release a flood of memories. That happened to me when I noticed that...

Pope Francis Ends His Visit to Malta

On Sunday 3 April 2022, Pope Francis formally drew to a close his 36th apostolic visit which brought him to Malta. There have been...

Fifth Sunday of Lent: The Incarnate Mercy of God

I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Phil. 3:8). ⧾ Our Gospel reading today is taken...

Laetare Sunday: Giving God His Due

So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with...

Senses of Scripture in the Prodigal Son

In 1861, John William Burgon, the (Anglican) dean of Chichester cathedral, preached a sermon in Christ Church cathedral, Oxford, that included the following statement: THE...

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(Here is the text of the Act of Consecration which Pope Francis will pray today, in union with all the bishops of the world....