St. Mary Magdalene, Apostles to the Apostles

St. Mary Magdalene, Apostles to the Apostles

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, by request of Pope Francis, the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene was elevated in the liturgical calendar to the level of a feast day. The greatness of this saint, who was already acknowledged by St. Thomas Aquinas as Apostola apostolorum — the “Apostle to the Apostles” — is now celebrated on July 22 as a feast day on the same liturgical level as the other Apostles. Mary Magdalene has been given this eminent title of “Apostle” because of her unique and singular privilege of being the first to have witnessed the Risen Christ. Why has her feast been given this dignity? It is because the Church wants to give special attention to this woman, who showed an immense love for Christ and who was immensely loved by Christ. We see in...

St. Francis of Assisi: Apostle of fatherhood and brotherhood

St. Francis of Assisi: Apostle of fatherhood and brotherhood

The Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and have mercy. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace. The Lord bless you, brother Leo.  St. Francis pronounced these words of blessing to his companion and friend, Brother Leo, in a time when Leo was going through spiritual desolation. I would love this month to have St. Francis accompanying us in our journey with the saints and repeating this blessing with that same love and strength. Interestingly enough, the centuries that separate us from his life could not erase the memory of his words of blessing that we can still read nowadays on the parchment kept intact in the lower basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Francis borrowed these words from Scripture that in the book of Numbers...

“Woman, why are you weeping?”

“Woman, why are you weeping?”

http://nikerosherunshop.comlouis vuitton bagsJohn 20: 11-18 But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”...