Below is a sublime liturgical reflection from the pen of my favorite spiritual writer, Abbot Prosper Guéranger. It is an excerpt from The Liturgical Year for the Tuesday of Quinquagesima Week, where that profound Benedictine master writes about the hatred we … Continue reading
When the Blessed Virgin Mary, the spouse of the angelic Joseph, the royal son of David, was fourteen years, six months and seventeen days old, there occurred to her, and for her and through her, the greatest event that ever … Continue reading
In the long history of our Holy Catholic Church, the Carmelite Order is the only group of religious that can trace its beginnings back to Old Testament times. From the age of the prophet Samuel, there existed in the Holy … Continue reading
For the better part of eight hundred years, Catholic Spain fought to liberate herself from Islamic occupation. The Reconquista, or Reconquest, as this war of liberation was called, began to make great strides in the second half of the eleventh … Continue reading
Eternal Love, Spirit of Light and Truth, make a way into my poor mind and allow me to penetrate as far as it is possible to a wretched creature like myself, into that abyss of grace, of purity and of … Continue reading
And the Virgin’s name, wrote Luke, was Mary. Let us speak of this name for a few moments. It is said to mean “star of the sea,” a name applied most appropriately to the Virgin Mary. She is compared most … Continue reading
In Catholic piety, worship of the Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary are usually seen as two separate things. There are religious orders dedicated to promoting each.
In an earlier issue of From the Housetops (No. 51), Brother Francis wrote an article on the four senses of Holy Scripture. The piece was intended to help readers study Scripture by employing a traditional method used throughout the ages … Continue reading
In November of 1955 a plane carrying 27 passengers crashed. All died except one young lady.
Editor’s Introduction: The following is excerpted with permission from Emmanuel d’Alzon: Apostle for our Time , by Father Wilfrid J. Dufault, A.A. Just as the great monastic reformers like Dom Guéranger and Dom Columba Marmion had a refined, sublimely theological … Continue reading
We read Holy Scripture in order to learn God’s ways in His dealings with men, ways which invariably prove to be mysterious and baffling to our thoughts and expectations. Most especially do we find ourselves both challenged and bewildered by … Continue reading
Introduction By Brother Francis, M.I.C.M. Perhaps the most challenging words Our Blessed Lord uttered on the earth were those by which he proclaimed the reality of the Eucharist: Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you; Except … Continue reading
The Mother of God made this astounding promise to a humble Carmelite Monk, Saint Simon Stock, in England more than 700 years ago. Most Catholics have learned the story of Saint Simon and the scapular, and were probably enrolled in … Continue reading
Editors Introduction: This is the transcription of a talk that Brother André gave at the 2003 Saint Joseph Forum Conference. The talk is available on CD or MP3. I. Introduction — Why this topic? As I begin this talk on … Continue reading
(From her Autobiography, Chapter VI) Finding myself so crippled and so young too, and earthly doctors having failed to cure me, I looked to heavenly physicians for help… I took for my advocate and comforter the glorious Saint Joseph, and … Continue reading