“Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in Rome

  Two summers ago, we took a trip to Italy, and after emerging from the Catacombs, we stumbled onto the Quo Vadis church. “Quo Vadis?” (“Where are you going?”) refers to a story about St. Peter, passed down through pious tradition.  In this story, Peter is fleeing Rome, where persecution is rampant. As he walks down […] Source: “Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in...

Ten Biblical Meditations for Making a Good Confession

One of the greatest blessings and gifts that flow out of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord is a mercy that is expressed most deeply through the Sacrament of Confession. This Sacrament is also sometimes called the Sacrament of Pardon, Reconciliation, Penance, as well as Sacrament of God’s Mercy. Words that produce inexplicable peace, joy, […] Source: Ten Biblical Meditations for Making a Good...

Parents Of The Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints

$27.95 Author: Patrick O’Hearn Description Additional Information As parents, helping our children get to Heaven is of the utmost importance. The only other alternative is Hell, and both destinations are for eternity. As we look back through history and study the lives of the Saints, it is oftentimes easy to forget the role that the parents of these holy men and women played in their formation and ultimate salvation. In this book, discover the hidden heroes behind Sts. Faustina, Giana Molla, Josemaría Escrivá, Pope John Paul II, Maximilian Kolbe, Padre Pio, Thérèse, and countless others. Learn how over 100 parents formed their children into great Saints by way of their virtuous lives. There are seven hallmarks we can associate with the success of these saintly parents:  Sacramental Life Surrender Sacrificial love Suffering Simplicity Solitude Sacredness of Life Each chapter of this book examines a particular hallmark in depth. If we want our children to get to Heaven, there are few examples we should pay more attention to than the ones put forth here. The time is now to fulfil our vocations as parents and lead our children down the straight and narrow path to...

Buona notte – Sanctity depends on the fulfilment of one’s duties in joy

Sanctity depends on the fulfilment of one’s duties in joy EAO Good Night Talk (80) Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam 01 November 2020 Dear Superiors, confreres, members of the Salesian Family and friends, We are going to the close of October, the month dedicated to pray for the missions of the Church. We congratulate our confreres in the Delegation of Mongolia, belonging to our East Asia Oceania Region for completing a new chapel in Shuwu, a little town or village, 40 km’s from Ulaan Bataar. Our Salesians have succeeded to lay seeds and make grow the early Christian community over there. A few years ago, I had an opportunity to celebrate the Sunday Mass in this village, in a small room, with 5-6 baptized and some catechumens. Today, the community has grown with 76 baptized. We can clearly see the blessing of God upon our Salesian missionaries in this missionary country They have labored to nurture the faith and inculturate the Salesian charism into this nomadic people. Indeed, they labor very hard to overcome so many difficulties, weather, very cold weather, and language. Mongolian is one of the most difficult languages. It is very difficult, even for those who...

PALM SUNDAY – PASSION OF THE LORD

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD PALM SUNDAY – PASSION OF THE LORD March 20, 2016 From the Word of the Day Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”  The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?  And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  (Luke 23: 39-43)  How should we live this Word Palm Sunday introduces us to Holy Week, the greatest week of the Liturgical Year.  Today’s Liturgy has two parts: the first part symbolizes the olive branches or palms that the faithful carry in procession in an atmosphere of joy and festivity.  The second is the Holy Mass dominated by the reading of the Lord’s Passion, in an aura of sadness and deep emotion that is intense and dramatic. Today, we will look at the episode...