•   The Pharisees and Scribes were a certain class of Jews who in outward habits were most scrupulously correct. They fasted, prayed publicly in the Temple, and gave ostentatious alms. Our Lord knew them: He could see into their hearts, and knew that they were not sincere. Therefore He said: "[...]
  • "Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name: Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full." This was the secret that Our Lord today revealed to His disciples, by means of which they might get anythi[...]
  • Our Lord was so kind to all, and worked so many miracles, that His fame traveled far and wide; from all quarters of Judea the people sought Him and crowded about Him in immense and ever-increasing numbers. His words bore with them so much grace, that they melted every heart, even the hardest. He[...]
  • This Gospel is a most consoling one, for it speaks of the mercy of God. Often a sinner who hears himself menaced with the terrible chastisements of that great Last Judgment Day, or with sudden death, or with the never-ending tortures of hell, is not at all moved, but continues in his sins. B[...]
  •   GOSPEL. Luke xiv. 16-24. At that time: Jesus spoke to the Pharsees this parable: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many. And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready. And they began a[...]
  • Corpus Christi ‘Even if we open the heavens, and look into the Heaven of heavens, we shall find there nothing more holy, nothing greater than what Jesus Christ Himself has placed upon our altars.’ – St. Chrysostom These two words, Corpus Christi, mean Body of Christ. The feast kept on the fi[...]
  •   The great lesson to-day, my good young people, is, that we should be kind-hearted, merciful, and charitable. The saints, the friends of God, were charitable. What did they do for their fellow-men? Did they possess a thing and not give it away? Did they spare themselves in any way in their [...]
  • The disciples and the Blessed Virgin were assembled in the cenacle. For ten days they had been meditating and praying in unison with God, when of a sudden a great noise was heard, as of a violent hurricane, which shook the house in which they were, and then they saw that fiery tongues settled down o[...]
  •   You have heard, my dear young people, that our good Lord and Redeemer promised today the coming of the coming of the Holy Ghost.  He foretold, at the same time, the great persecutions that were to follow His leaving this world; but with the grace of the Holy Ghost His people would be abl[...]
  • After Our Lord had consoled the Apostles by appearing to them at different times, and by wishing them peace, He declared at last that He was about to leave this world and ascend to heaven "to prepare a place for them." On this day, for the last time, He came to visit the Apostles. He promised t[...]
  • The Strength of Prayer “Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.  Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name: Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.”  This was the secret that Our Lord today revealed to His disciples, by mea[...]
  • THE CONSOLATION WHICH CHRIST GAVE THE APOSTLES BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE FROM THIS WORLD   The disciples are to be pitied for the desolation they felt at the approaching separation from their good Master. He tells them that now He is about to leave the world to go to heaven, there to be united [...]
  •   “I am the Good Shepherd.”  This Our Lord says of Himself.  Our Lord had other titles, as Jesus, Saviour, Redeemer, Master, Advocate, King of peace, Our Reconciliation, all signifying His love for mankind.  Are you, my dear young people, glad of the title of Good Shepherd, which Our Lor[...]
  • No longer are there tears in our eyes; no longer are heard wailings of grief, but hymns of the greatest joy. Our Lord is risen. Jesus, the good God, is risen glorious and triumphant from the tomb. Let us rejoice! Let those tremble and despair who are His enemies! The Jews bragged of the success of[...]
  • GOOD FRIDAY   GOSPEL - John xviii and xix.   At that time Jesus went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. And Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place: because Jesus had often resorted thither together with his disci[...]
  • Splendid was the triumphal entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem. Among that crowd of people who welcomed Our Lord, there were a large number of children of the Jews, attracted no doubt by the enthusiasm of their parents. These young ones were, if possible, even more enthusiastic than their elders. T[...]
  • (March 19.) Gospel. Matt. i. 18-21. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her: was minded to put her away privately. But while [...]
  • Gospel. John viii. 46-59. At that time, Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: Which of you shall convince me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe me? He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God. The Jews therefore answe[...]