In her Diary no. 699, Sister Faustina wrote Jesus’ words regarding the feast of the Divine Mercy: “My image is already in your soul.
Once a priest was asked: “Father, what is Easter?” Instead of answering, the priest bursts into singing the “Alleluia.” St. Augustine said: “We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song.”
If you have ever spent any time around boats you will hear the phrase, “never leave the boat.”
St. Catherine of Siena was born in Italy on Mar. 25, 1347. She was the 25th child in her family, however, half of her siblings didn’t live longer than childhood.
Jesus’ disciples huddled themselves like chickens in a locked room for fear of the Jews and the soldiers.
As Jesus hung on the cross, he was mocked by the religious leaders and the Roman soldiers.
It is a story told and re-told over the centuries and never loses steam and substance because it is a true story told firsthand by Jesus’ close friends, Mary of Magdala, Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved.
Leviticus 16 describes the ingenious ritual from which our word “scapegoating” originated. On the Day of Atonement, a priest laid hands on an “escaping” goat, placing all the sins of the Jewish people from the previous year onto the animal.
The story of the Prodigal Son is probably the most relatable story for many of us. As Jose Maria Escriva said, “human life is in some way a constant returning to our father’s house.”
The temple guards of today’s Gospel were simple men.