Beloved in Christ, The Holy Gospel presented God as a landowner King who sent servants to invite people into the Feast. It reminds us that God is the highest Authority in our life. Like the Blessed Virgin Mary in her Fiat [cf. Lk 1:38] we must submit ourselves to Him who is a benign Sovereign […]
“Those, therefore, who desert the preaching of the Church, call in question the knowledge of the holy presbyters…It behooves us, therefore, to avoid their doctrines, and to take careful heed lest we suffer any injury from them; but to flee to the Church, and be brought up in her bosom, and be nourished with the Lord’s Scriptures. For the Church has been planted as a garden (paradisus) in this world; therefore says the Spirit of God, ‘Thou mayest freely eat from every tree of the garden,’ that is, Eat ye from every Scripture of the Lord; but ye shall not eat with an uplifted mind, nor touch any heretical discord.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 5:20 (A.D. 180).
“Discipleship is basically described as ‘sitting at the feet of the Master’; listening to his every word to easily remember them, to watch his face to memorize each line and, to familiarize with the tone of his voice and the mannerisms of his body. The disciple can then teach the very ideas of the Master, can embody his spirit so that when on his own the vision of the Master can be transferred to another because the disciple has become a master. A disciple is like a student and a soldier personified in one. As a soldier is expected to work, act, fight and execute the will of his commander to the best of his ability so a Catholic is called upon to do his best in everything that he does for self, family, nation and God.” – Fr. Abe Arganiosa
THE PRIEST IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE LAMB By Rev. Fr. Abe P. Arganiosa One element that makes the Easter Sunday Liturgy unique is the singing of the Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes which is a paean to the Risen Christ as the Triumphator over Satan. That ancient hymn has something more besides the Proclamation of […]
The priests are sharing in the priesthood of God who is the source of all holiness so that in turn they can sanctify the people. Our priests are fountains sharing from the single Well-spring of Salvation that is why the Church sings from generation to generation: “Thou shall draw waters with joy out of the saviour’s fountains” [Is 12:3 Douay-Rheims].
Pope’s Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany VATICAN CITY, January 07, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s homily at the Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Epiphany yesterday morning at St. Peter’s Basilica. * * * “Lumen requirunt lumine“. These evocative words from a liturgical hymn for the Epiphany […]
On the Mystery of the Incarnation VATICAN CITY, January 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! This Sunday’s liturgy re-proposes to us, in the prologue […]
Pope Francis’ Homily at Christmas Midnight Mass VATICAN CITY, December 26, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Here is the text of the Holy Father’s homily at Midnight Mass for the Solemnity of the Birth of the Lord on December 24th at St. Peter’s Square. * * * 1.“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great […]
Vatican City, March 19, 2013 (Zenit.org) | 1574 hits Here is the translation of Pope Francis‘ homily at the Inauguration of the Petrine Ministry Mass, held in St. Peter’s Square this morning. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my […]
“When we journey without the cross … and when we confess a Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord” VATICAN CITY, March 14, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Here is a translation of the homily Francis gave this morning at Mass with the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. He spoke in Italian without […]
Dear Brother Bishops, Dear brothers and sisters! Today, fifty years from the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we begin with great joy the Year of Faith. I am delighted to greet all of you, particularly His Holiness Bartholomaois I, Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Grace Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. A special greeting […]