Nos autem gloriári: a pastoral epistle for Roodmas 2013

A.M.D.G. In Exaltatione Sanctae Crucis Carissimi, “We should glory… in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through Him we are saved and made free.” [Galatians 6:14] So began the Mass this morning for today’s feast. But how often do Christians really “glory” in the…

A Litany of Syrian Saints

For the day of fasting and prayers for peace called for by Pope Francis tomorrow (Sept 7), some may like to use this Litany of Syrian Saints and implore the prayers of the saints native to the region, the memory of whose witness and example grew the church and has encouraged the faithful there for…

Quid est amor?

A.M.D.G. Feria Quarta infra Hebdomadam XV post Octavam Pentecostes I. Septembris [Ferial] Carissimi, What is love? So often we hear Christians suggesting that “love conquers all” in terms of understanding human relationships – the love of neighbour, the love of a partner – and that “love” outweighs all other considerations when it comes to understanding, interpreting…