“Christ our light” the priest, deacon or cantor chants as the paschal candle is brought into a darkened church after being lit by the blessed bonfire. The awaiting faithful in the church respond, “Thanks be to God.”
Bishop Michael G. Duca’s appeal of “no hurricanes” during the recent Hurricane Mass on June 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge was met with a resounding “Amen” from people as we warily tread deeper into the season.
St. Joan of Arc is considered by many a heroine in both France and the community of saints. But this humble servant, called “the handmaid of Orléans” is a true example of following God with a simple, bold obedience. One of her most well-known sayings is, “Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God; all will be well.” Her feast day is May 30.
As you sweat and toil out in the field or spring vegetable garden you glance heavenward and pray for God’s mercy that you will have an abundant crop to send to market or bask in pride while dishing up your homemade vegetables at dinnertime.
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” which first appeared in Amsterdam in 1947 and published in English on April 30,1952 under the title “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” is one of the most widely read books in the world.
As scenes of utter chaos and destruction unfold in the Ukraine, the Ukrainian faithful know they can find shelter and comfort in the veil of Mary, particularly under the title of Our Lady of Theotokos, which means “Bearer” or “Mother of God.”
Getting away for a 30-day prayer retreat and spending time on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius may seem blissful, yet impossible. But even in today’s busy world, there’s still a way to make the commitment and find peace through the 19th Annotation.