Pursuit of Perfection

The Beginning of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

Msgr. Aloysius F. Coogan / November 28, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Familiar Friendship with Jesus

Thomas à Kempis / November 25, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Thanksgiving Meditation: Gratitude to Jesus Christ

The Soul Sanctified / November 24, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Inequality in Friendship

Fr. William Rock, FSSP / November 23, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Reflection on the Feast of St. Cecilia

Fr. Alban Butler / November 22, 2022
Lier,,Belgium,-,May,16,,2015:,Stained,Glass,Window,In

Go, and Search Diligently for the Child  

Herod the Great, the King of the Jews – was neither a king nor a Jew.  His mother was an Arab, the daughter of a sheik, and his father was an Idumean (Edomite) from south of Israel.  The name “Herod” isn’t even Jewish, it’s Greek.  It’s a name from Greek mythology.  How did Herod, who…

Saint-adresse,,France,-,August,15,,2019:,Stained,Glass,In,The

Passing on the Tradition of the Christmas Proclamation

Christmas has always been celebrated with extraordinary solemnity, brining to mind the hour when the Holy Mother gave birth to Christ, an event that has been recalled through the centuries with the most fervent prayers and vigil watchings.  Over the centuries the story of Christmas has been recorded in certain select extra-biblical works that are…

The,Annunciation,,By,Botticelli,,1485-92,,Italian,Renaissance,Painting,,Tempera,,Gold

Five Inspiring Reads to Pour Your Soul Into for 2022

“A man’s character is shown by the books that he reads.” -Fr. Lasance (My Prayer Book) With the joy of Christmas continuing through the New Year, one important aspect on the minds of many is the making of resolutions. A rite of passage for many of us, we resolve to counter vices with temperance or…

Rome,,Italy,-,Circa,October,2016,-,Catholic,Priest,Celebrating

The Special Privilege of Three Masses on Christmas

“The custom of saying three Masses on this day is also very ancient, and recalls to our minds the threefold birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity – His eternal birth from the Father before all ages, His temporal birth in Bethlehem, and His spiritual birth in the souls of men.” –The Catholic…

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A Famous Christmas Carol Written by St. Alphonsus Liguori

All Catholics should know of St. Alphonsus Liguori’s (1696-1787) famous Christmas hymn he penned as a young priest entitled, Tu Scendi dale Stelle. The song can be heard here, performed by Luciano Pavarotti in Vienna, Austria. St. Alphonsus was an Italian bishop from the Kingdom of Naples who was a prolific writer and thinker with…

Paris,,France,-,January,10:,Intricately,Carved,And,Painted,Frieze

The Poignant Grief of the Holy Innocents

“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, O God, thou perfected praise because of thine enemies.  O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” -Roman Missal, Introit for Dec. 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents In the midst of the joy of Christmas which fills both heaven and earth,…

Bethlehem,May,20,2018:,Mural,In,The,Franciscan,Church,Of

Let Us Go to the Grotto of Bethlehem

“For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of…

Bethlehem,,Palestine,,June,11,,2018:,Nativity,Church,In,Bethlehem.

The Glow from the Midnight Cave: Memento Bethlehem

“And thou, Bethlehem Ephrata [fruitful, honored], art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the rule in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity.” -Mich. 5:2 Each year the Christmas story brings to the…