Monday ~ First Week of Lent

Then an argument broke out among the apostles about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors;’ but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you […]

St. Isabel of France

She was born into royalty, the daughter of a king, the sister of a ing, and the cousin of a king. Yet Isabel of France chose to live a decidedly unroyal life. She refused offers to marry. She chose to live simply, fasting three times a week, and sending her dinner to the poor. She […]

Daily Gospel – MT 25:31-46

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will […]

Start with the ‘poor’ poor

One Lent many years ago, Bishop ken Untener issued a decree at the annual Chrism Mass: “For the next three months, any meeting held in the diocese, no matter how large or how small, should begin with the question: How will what we are about to do affect the poor?” On the Sundays in Lent, […]

Start with the ‘poor’ poor

One Lent many years ago, Bishop ken Untener issued a decree at the annual Chrism Mass: “For the next three months, any meeting held in the diocese, no matter how large or how small, should begin with the question: How will what we are about to do affect the poor?” On the Sundays in Lent, […]

Poverty in the United States

According to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, 46 million Americans live in poverty, which is about 15 percent of the U.S. population. In the United States, Mississippi ranks as the 51st poorest state (Washington DC is included in the study), with an overall poverty rate of about 24 percent. Other 2012 statistics note: -The […]

Daily Gospel – MK 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God […]

Saturday After Ash Wednesday

“And yet behold, the hand of the one who is to betray me is with me on the table; for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed.” And they began to debate among themselves who among them would do such a […]

Legend of the Pelican

A legend or a fable is a story that doesn’t pretend to be historical, but simply teaches a lesson. The events surrounding the suffering and death of Christ gave raise to many legends. The pelican is associated with Lent as a symbol of Jesus’ giving of his life for the world’s redemption. Legend says that […]

Daily Gospel – LK 5:27-32

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees […]