St. Joseph the Worker
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
One of the more common prayer intentions we get at the Shrine is for those looking for employment. So for them on this day of St. Joseph the Worker, patron of laborers and those searching for employment alike, let us ask his help especially for all those who are unemployed or underemployed, that they might […]Read More
Major Rogation Day
Thursday, April 25, 2019
As we continue our Easter Novena, we recall that today, April 25th, is the traditional “Litania Maior”, “The Greater Litany” or Major Rogation Day, which was a traditional day for asking for God’s blessings on His people and their lands. “An Old English Martyrology” describes it thus: “On the twenty-fifth day of the month there […]Read More
The Meaning of Christ’s Life, Passion, and Death
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Christ chose to have parents who were poor but perfect in virtue, lest anyone should glory in his noble lineage and the riches of his parents. He lived a life of poverty to teach others to spurn riches. He lived an ordinary life having no high position to recall others from an inordinate greed for […]Read More
Laetare – Rejoice!
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Today is “Laetare Sunday,” which takes its name from the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice” (“Laetare”) “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning;” Cf. Is 66: 10-11 Because of that uptick in joy in Lent, the liturgical color is lightened to Rose from Violet. The history of the liturgical color […]Read More
A “Happy” Death?
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Today, upon learning of a friend of our friars who was now in hospice care, we offered a “Mass for a Happy Death” for her. It sounds a bit macabre, does it not, a “happy” death? What’s so “happy” about it? Part of it comes from the vagaries and history of the English language, the […]Read More
Friday, March 8, 2019
One of the things we often mention about St. Jude is how he was “oft-forgotten” and thus not invoked much until later. Thus, he would seem to be a “lesser” saint in some respect. But should we ever “bother” with lesser saints? In the Supplement to the Third Part of the Summa, St. Thomas Aquinas […]Read More
St. Jude — as never seen before!
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
One of the things that our visitors often ask for is something with our own St. Jude statue on it. We have the holy cards, of course, but many people were looking for something more tangible and sizable, so we commissioned a 3-D scan of our St. Jude statue, which involved removing St. Jude from […]Read More