Issue 002: Laetare! The Annunciation, St. Joseph, & St. Patrick
Feature: The Annunciation: Our Lady’s Obedience
Obedience has fundamentally to do with our response to God’s will, and we ought not to balk at what He asks us. Instead, doing God’s will ought to be a joy—for it is a privilege. This difficult lesson, so necessary to learn for our salvation, can be learned from the ideal teacher: Our Lady.
Read the full reflection here.
St. Joseph: Masculinity and Virtue
We know that St. Joseph was not afraid to suffer patiently and to endure difficulties for great goods in his life. Read the full article here.
Viewpoint: Synodal Aspirations: The Church We Need
We need the Church to be what it exists to be: the Body of Christ that exists to draw all men to that Body. Read more here.
Faith and Liturgy Corner: Holy Women to Remember during Women's History Month, Part I
On Genevieve’s way, she prayed at a dangerous tree in the river where many wrecks had happened; two demons fled the tree. Read more interesting female saint stories here.
Laetare Sunday (March 27, 2022)
This coming Sunday, Laetare Sunday, is “Mid-Lent” (mediana). It is named after the first words of the Latin Introit for Mass: Laetare Jerusalem, “Rejoice, Jerusalem.” A day intended to encourage the faithful during a season of strict penance, the liturgy is lighter and more joyful, though still greatly restrained, and the liturgical color lightens to rose. It is also called the “Dominica de Rosa” or Sunday of [the] Rose, referring to Christ being the flower sprung from the root of Jesse; an ancient tradition has the Holy Father carrying a golden rose back from the day’s liturgy. Other names for the day are Refreshment Sunday or the Sunday of the Five Loaves (referring to the Gospel from the 1962 Missal); and Mothering Sunday (referring to the Epistle).
Reflection: St. Patrick’s Humility
My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. Are we honoring St. Patrick’s Day in the way he would wish it? Read on!
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