For the Love of St. John

By Terri Aluise / December 27, 2016 /

“God is love” 1 John 4:8 Today, we celebrate the feast of St. John the Evangelist. He is the “Beloved Disciple,” the son of Zebedee, brother of James, who was allowed to rest on the breast of Jesus during the Last Supper. St. John is the author of the Fourth Gospel, 3 Letters, and the Book of…

Read More

Why we need 12 Days of Christmas and How the Catholic Bishops Robbed us of Them

By Dustin P.J. Murphy / December 27, 2016 /

Many in America tell us God has no place in the public sphere. Especially Jesus. Nativity scenes are forbidden on Government property, unless it’s one of a hundred different displays. Christmas is preceded by months of advertising. The “you need this” advertising of vehicles and jewelry now began soon after Halloween.  Christmas is secularized.  To top…

Read More

Feast Day Ramblings

By John M. DeJak / February 7, 2016 /

I admit it. I’m a decadent Roman. While I admire my friends of the Oriental Catholic persuasion who celebrate “Cheesefare Sunday” today in preparation for Lent (and have already whittled away their meat intake a week ago), I myself will hold out until Ash Wednesday to begin my fasting. Indeed, on this last Sunday before Lent, the burying of the “Alleluia” is…

Read More

Eating Gyros on Good Friday? Kiril Sends Message to Francis on the Easter Date

By John B. Manos / June 24, 2015 /

Being half Greek and enjoying a gyro, while at the same time enjoying the meat-free Great Lent can cause some peculiar cravings once Easter season arrives each year. My Polish half cannot fathom  Easter Sunday without ham. Kielbasa is nice, but ham. Ham. Ham with horseradish. Ham with hard boiled egg. Ham slice on babka bread. There’s always a little tension, however,…

Read More

Do Something to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus Today on the Feast

By John B. Manos / June 12, 2015 /

Today, the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, is the feast of the Sacred Heart. Sometimes, the feast is held on this following Sunday. The short story of the feast is explained in my trusty old catechism: A single word of Christ would have fully sufficed to redeem us, but it was not enough to…

Read More

The Strength of His Arm

By John M. DeJak / December 3, 2013 /

Every time I’ve been to Rome, I’ve always made a point to visit the Church of the Gesu. Perhaps the best example of baroque art and architecture in the world, it is a monument to a triumphant Church confident in the truths of the Creed and in the Kingship of her Lord. It appeals to the senses…

Read More

The Feast of Christ the King (2013)

By John M. DeJak / November 24, 2013 /

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year–The Feast of Christ, King of the Universe. In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite today is celebrated the Last Sunday after Pentecost, Our Lord speaks of the end of time, of the need to beware of false Christs and false prophets, of the “abomination of desolation”…

Read More

A Modest Proposal to Pope Francis—Restore the Ember Days!

By John M. DeJak / September 18, 2013 /

Recently, our Holy Father Pope Francis called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn Syria. In a sight that we haven’t seen in recent memory, Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist was exposed in St. Peter’s Square for this prayer vigil on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady’s birth.…

Read More

Ember Days

By John M. DeJak / September 18, 2013 /

Those of you who follow the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Liturgy, you will know that today is Wednesday in Ember Week.  The Ember Feasts are days that follow closely the changing of the seasons and are set aside for partial fasting and penance.  This liturgical custom has seen a renewed interest and practice in…

Read More

Happy Feast Day!

By John M. DeJak / September 17, 2013 /

Collect from Today’s Mass: O God, who adorned the Bishop Saint Robert Bellarmine with wonderful learning and virtue to vindicate the faith of your Church, grant, through his intercession, that in the integrity of that same faith your people may always find joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with…

Read More