The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Joy is a Christian’s first language,” Pope Francis says in this week’s Spiritual Reflection, and his insight is confirmed in the readings for today’s celebration of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year it happens that, just as Pentecost was followed...

Mary Mother of the Church

Yesterday’s solemnity, Pentecost Sunday, is celebrated as the “birthday of the Church.” Where there is a birth, there must be a mother. Today’s memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church was officially added to the liturgical calendar in 2018, so that the day after the...

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary

In the Jewish tradition, the joyful celebration of marriage lasted for one full week. This tradition is reflected in the one-week period which connects the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19) with the Solemnity of the Annunciation...

Our Lady of Sorrows

God planned to save the world and give us eternal life through the saving death of his Son Jesus on the Cross. Yesterday, we focused on the great event of Christ’s “exaltation” on the Cross. Today the liturgy invites us to go back to the same event and to contemplate...

Companion Feasts

Fr. Francis Marino, Founder of the Anawim Community, often spoke of how the Liturgy constantly teaches and forms us. This profound process of “liturgical formation” takes place not only through each day’s readings and prayers, but also through the orderly arrangement...