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Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Born at Capernaum, St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, was working as a tax collector when he was called by Jesus. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew and is said to have preached in the East [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast of Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21), Liturgy of the Hours]. He was the son of Alpheus and is known as Levi in the... Read More

Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

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Feast of St Mark the Evangelist St Mark the Evangelist, copyright 2013 by Corbert Gauthier St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark's gospel. Mark is said to be the founder of the church of Alexandria [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast... Read More

Holy Saturday

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Holy Saturday “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 633, referencing the Council of Rome and Pope Benedict XII)   “Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden, we read in an ancient Homily: ‘What has happened? Today the... Read More

Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

St Joseph's Life of Faith Presence of God – In your school, O glorious St Joseph, I desire to learn how to live by faith, guided in all things by divine Providence. MEDITATION The fundamental disposition of St Joseph’s soul was one of complete confidence and abandonment to God, which had its source in his faith. St. Matthew called him “a just man” (Matthew 1:19); now Sacred Scripture teaches... Read More

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2nd “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways‘ [Psalm 91:11]. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side,... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

“Suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek.”[1] Today's feast commemorates Jesus' presentation in the temple by Mary and Joseph, the first time He enters the temple, 40 days after His birth. “Who is this king of glory? The Lord of hosts,”[2] a light to the nations and the glory of Israel.[3] To celebrate this event fittingly, the Church today blesses candles... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Prayer & Art

Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’* “Merciful and gracious is the Lord,... Read More

Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

December 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

“The family has an essential role in the divine plan of salvation. Not only was it ‘willed by God in the very act of creation' (Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio-The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, John Paul II, 1981), Jesus himself was part of the Holy Family, ‘where he grew and became strong [and was] filled with wisdom' (Luke 2:40a), and where he sanctified... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

December 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Christmas, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

“Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.” (Invitatory Antiphon for Christmas Day, Liturgy of the Hours) “Today our Savior is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life… Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God's own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition. Bear in mind who is your head and of whose... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Transferred)

December 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Meditations, Prayer & Art, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After having cursed the insidious... Read More

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