Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Matthew 5:6 Before becoming a world-famous theologian, Thomas Aquinas was kidnapped by his own family and locked in a tower for trying to join the new “wild and crazy” Order of Preachers. As noble cousins of the Holy Roman Emperor, they wanted nothing to do with these mendicant riff-raff, and they certainly didn’t want their brilliant son wandering off with them after he had been groomed to become the abbot of Monte Cassino. While Thomas was locked away, one of his sisters would sneak up to see him and talk about spiritual matters. One day she asked Thomas: “What does it take to be a saint?” With not so much as a pause Thomas replied, “To really wantto be one.” As we continue our journey through the beatitudes, today we...

Mother Most Amiable

Mother Most Amiable

Mary Queen of the Apostles   A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself. (SIRACH 6:14-17) The heart that loves without waiting for a reward is a chaste heart. One of the Marian titles that we find in the Litany of the Virgin Mary is “Virgin most amiable”. Mary is amiable because her heart is virginal, pure, and able to give and receive love. Purity and intimacy are intertwined. For this reason we can look with admiration upon the relationship between Mary and Joseph. For many centuries Joseph was represented in...

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness

The Beatitudes Matthew 5:10 Fr. Pino Puglisi was a priest of the Diocese of Palermo, Italy, who was killed by the mafia on September 15th, 1993, on the day of his 56th birthday and on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. When interrogated during the trial, one of the killers said that Fr. Pino’s last words when he saw them approaching were “I’ve been waiting for you”. Fr. Pino was well aware that the help he had been offering to the people of his parish was a real disturbance to the mafia establishment. Since his arrival at the Brancaccio neighborhood three years prior, he had tirelessly been preaching to his people that they could say “no” to violence and thus be freed from the slavery of ignorance and criminality. He knew that a Gospel preached and lived out in...