Do not throw away your confidence.

SAINT ANGELA MERICI, VIRGIN (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) Do not throw away your confidence.  We all know what it’s like to be tempted to give up. Maybe a task seems too hard. Or obstacles seem too high. Or even though we’ve cleared other hurdles, we don’t think we can make it...

Bear your share of hardship for the Gospel.

SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS, BISHOPS (MEMORIAL) Bear your share of hardship for the Gospel.  Timothy and Titus, whom we celebrate today, were two of St. Paul’s most loyal and trusted coworkers. Because he saw the depth of their faith and the strength of their...

I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.

THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE (FEAST) I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting. What was it that changed Paul so drastically? In a blinding moment of clarity, the man who had been schooled in the Law and bent on persecuting Christians became...

Who are my mother and my brothers?

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES, BISHOP AND DOCTOR (MEMORIAL) Who are my mother and my brothers?  Who is your family? If someone asked you this question, you may think of parents, siblings, spouse, or children, or maybe beloved cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. In...

His relatives . . . set out to seize him.

SAINT AGNES, VIRGIN AND MARTYR (MEMORIAL) His relatives . . . set out to seize him. This short Gospel passage highlights a shocking Gospel theme. Many of Jesus’ own relatives failed to grasp his identity as the Son of God. They saw him only as “the carpenter, the son...

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