True fasting is putting away evil deeds. Forgive your neighbor his offences, forgive him his debts. “Do not fast in judgments and fights.” You may not eat meat, but you devour your brother. You may not drink wine, but you do not refrain from offence. You may wait till evening to take food, but you spend the day in places of judgment.
O God, who in your providential design willed that your Church be built upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other Apostles, look with favour, we pray, on Francis, our Pope and grant that he, whom you have made Peter’s successor, may be for your people a visible source and foundation of unity in faith and of communion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
If I did not have the cultural heritage of being a “RomanCandle”, I would choose to be a “RussianCandle”. Whenever I have the opportunity whether at home or abroad, I like to pop into Orthodox churches to visit my neighbours from the East. My overriding reason for visiting Orthodox churches, particularly Russian Orthodox Churches, is that I like the glory and grandeur of their services and buildings. Some people may not be aware that Orthodox churches have no seating for churchgoers, other than … [More]
Ten piedad por aquellos que hacen del mal porque caminan en la oscuridad y no son capaces de ver el bien que da alegría y felicidad. Recemos por los que atacan la iglesia en la persona del Santo Padre. ¡Viva el Papa!
If you have never had the opportunity to listen to the music of D. Bortniansky, please access this video; you will certainly not regret doing so. This Ukrainian national composed a series of cherubic hymns that are unsurpassed for their spacious composition. His style is unmistakably Ukrainian! You may wonder what exactly is a cherubic hymn? It is the “song of the angels” that is sung in the Divine Liturgy after the Gospel reading to herald the “Great Entrance” (cherubic hymns are not sung on … [More]
Fr Slavko Barbarić was awarded his Doctorate in Religious Pedagogy in 1982, a specialism that made him eminently qualified in the teaching of the faith to children. He was then providentially assigned to the parish of St James in Medjugorje in 1983. Fr Barbarić was skeptical about the visions that were occurring in the area known as Medjugorje, and prudently ensured that the visionaries of Medjugorje were examined by professionals in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and parapsychology. His … [More]
As children of Mary, let us learn to love. If we hate anything, let it be our own sinfulness and selfishness. As Christians, we are called to be icons of Christ. Do others see the love and light of Christ in us? Or do they only see the hatred and darkness of Hell? If we hate we choose the land of the eternal night, if we love we choose the land of the eternal light.
In keeping with Jewish custom, betrothal of Jewish girls occurred between the ages of 12 to 18. In all likelihood, Mary was betrothed at the age of 15. The legal ages for marriage were 12 for a girl and 13 for a boy. Palestinian children married very young.
It is the month of Ramadan and the perfect time to circulate a video featuring the eloquent testimony of an 11-year old Muslim girl speaking about the plight of Yemeni child brides. Not unsurprisingly the video of Nada al-Ahdal has gone viral, and has recently been uploaded on this website by two forum members (Miscelánea / ChristusDeus).
When I see any video with the “imprimatur” of MEMRI, I know I am going to view a video that will portray Muslims in a wholly negative manner. MEMRI presents … [More]
“Better a stupid and unlettered brother who, working the good things he knows, merits life in Heaven than one who though being distinguished for his learning in the Scriptures, or even holding the place of a doctor, lacks the bread of love.”