Traditional Catholic Lessons and Prayers
Living the Joy of Pentecost
A reflection from Pope Benedict XVI
Getting to Know St Joseph Better
On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Last Day of the Year of Saint Joseph, we welcome Fr Matthias Sasko of the Franciscans of the Immaculate with some insight into the life of St Joseph and how to approach a relationship with him.
Lenten Reflection - 7 Last Words
As we head through Lent towards Good Friday and then onto Easter. It can be power to meditate on what is called the 'Last 7 Words of Christ'.
1) Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
2) Today you will be with me in paradise.
3) Woman, behold, thy son! Behold, thy mother!
4) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
5) I thirst.
6) It is finished.
7) Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
St Joseph - Advent Reflection Minute
St Joseph is mentioned in all the Gospels, but no words of his are ever recorded in scripture. You could say St Joseph is the strong silent type. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that when Mary was betrothed to him but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit, and Joseph since he was a righteous man, and unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly., but then an angel appeared in a dream and told him not to be afraid. St Joseph did as the Lord commanded when he awoke. It must have been a stressful situation for him. Advent can be a stressful time, but if we take St Joseph as our model, we can find some holy silence, listen for Our Lord and Not be Afraid.
Waiting - Advent Reflection Minute
Advent comes with some challenges …for us in the northern hemisphere the days are now short and dark. Another challenge especially for children is patience. Waiting for those wrapped gifts under the tree to be opened. Celebrating Advent means learning how to wait. We hear in Psalm 130 - My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for daybreak. But what if Advent is the opportunity YOU have been waiting for? That time to grow in your faith, to better know your faith, to make that commitment to a regular time of prayer each day? In the famous hymn Joy to the World. We hear the words” Let every heart prepare him room” this is not just a line directed at the innkeepers of Nazareth that had no room for in at the inn, but rather a reminder for all of us, especially at this busy time of year to turn our waiting into a time to prepare a room for God in our hearts.
Begin Again - Advent Reflection Minute
Happy New Year! Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year in the Church. Do you have a New Years Resolution for this New Liturgical Year? Let me recommend a simple one… To Begin Again.
Venerable Bruno Lanteri, who founded the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, had a popular phrase he often used… Begin Again.
What a great phrase to embrace for Advent. Each Year we have an opportunity to Begin Again with each Advent. If we have struggled in the past year to become better Christians, if we feel like we have stumbled in our faith, now is the time to Begin Again.
St Paul in the 3rd chapter of his letter to the Philippians encourages us to focus on one thing:
Forgetting what lies behind and instead devoting our efforts forward to what lies ahead.
This Advent let us find the courage to Begin Again as our New Liturgical Year’s Resolution.
Great Traditional Stuff
I really enjoy this podcast, especially the Advent and Lent Reflections. I wish he posted stuff more often and some of their older interviews seem to have disappeared . 🙏
Miracles of Guadalupe
A truly inspiring talk about Our Lady of Guadalupe. Thank you for such wonderful information.
Kinow the Faith.
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