Mary’s Birthday: A Day of Universal Joy

Wednesday, September 8th, is the feast of the Nativity of Mary, the Mother of God. It was the great Greek Church Father, St John...

Labour, Leisure and Life

Labour Day – which, we might all admit, is a rather prosaic name for the last holiday of summer - why not, 'blow out...

Saint Teresa’s Dark Night

September 5th is the feast of St Teresa of Calcutta, this year on a Sunday, but a few words may be in order, as...

Baptism and Hearing the Word of God

‘Ephphatha,’ that is ‘Be opened.’ And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly (Mk. 6:51). ⧾ At the...

Listing to Heaven

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil intentions:  fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly....

The Late, Great, Saint Augustine

On August 28th, we celebrate with great joy the feast day of St Augustine of Hippo, the great doctor of the Church. This fourth and...

Father Marco Testa’s Series on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Compiled

A faithful reader mentioned that she had difficulty finding Father Marco Testa's wonderful, sublime, but also very pragmatic and a propos series on the...

Saint Bartholomew, aka Nathaniel, In Whom There Was No Guile

A blessed feast of Saint Bartholomew! Like many of the Apostles, we don't know all that much about the life of today's saint. Our...

The Holy Mass Part VII: The Culmination of the Sacrifice

This Sunday’s reflection is the seventh in a series of meditations on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with specific references to the Ancient...

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux: The Mellifluous Doctor

GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 21 October 2009 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to talk about St Bernard of Clairvaux, called...