Padre Pio and the Story of a Vocation

This Thursday 23 September is the liturgical feast day of St Pio of Pietrelcina. It was also twenty eight years ago that Jesus, through Padre...

Homily of Pope John Paul II on Padre Pio’s Canonization

CANONIZATION OF ST PIO OF PIETRELCINA, CAPUCHIN PRIEST HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II Sunday, 16 June 2002 1. "For my yoke is easy and my burden light"...

Matthew’s Marvelous Metanoia

Saint Matthew, also known as Levi, presents Christ as the new Moses, leading His people from the darkness and slavery of sin into the...

Conformity to God, Not To the World

The godless say, ‘let us wait for the righteous one, who makes life inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; who reproaches us for...

Hail, O Cross, Our Only Hope!

Ave Crux, Spes Unica! When I was a post-novice, at the Floriana Capuchin friary, it always touched my heart the beautiful beneath the niche at...

Without the Cross, There is No Church, and No Salvation

Whoever wants to become my disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Mk. 8:34). It is by the Cross...

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...