Holy Saturday: a visit to the dead

A Handmaid Lent, News

This year, Holy Saturday will be like none other in recent history. Millions of Catholics will not attend the Easter Vigil. No fire. No lighting of the Paschal candle. No sung exultet. No sequence of readings walking us through salvation history until the coming of the Messiah and final conquering of suffering and death in the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and …

The Long Good Friday

A Handmaid Lent, News

The Long Good Friday We’ve shared in the past the phenomena of Good Friday in the monastery, not simply the traditions and rituals of the Triduum, but the hard to describe ache and longing nuns, especially those dedicated to Eucharistic adoration, feel in the tangible absence of the Blessed Sacrament on that one Holy Day of the year when Mass …

The Right Hand that Blesses has a Nail in it.

A Handmaid For Priests, News, Priests

A reflection for priests: Father, you’ve got a nail in your hand. right there. Between the radius and the ulna bones below the wrist. That nail is capable of bearing the weight of a body hanging in crucifixion. Grab onto that nail, Father. Never quit. Never let go of it. That nail, painful as it is, conforms you to The …

Easter Guarantees

A Handmaid Easter, News

Paschal tide is the season to relish the victory of Life over death, Good over evil, sanctity over sinfulness. Easter does not remove suffering and pain, but it does give all of it meaning. At the beginning of Holy Week the world watched Notre Dame burn as people prayed and sang hymns in the street. Suddenly, something taken for granted …

Newsletter Winter 2018

A Handmaid Advent, News

We are happy to share our Winter Newsletter with our families, friends, and benefactors. Please feel free to send us your prayer requests for our upcoming Christmas Novena! Just use our prayer request contact form! God bless you and have a blessed Advent and joyous Christmas Season!

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

A Handmaid News, Ordinary

On Good Friday two men stand in the King’s presence. Pilate and the young Apostle John. Pilate has been appointed procurator of Judea. This office brings him the honor and privilege of authority, but also the responsibility and obligation to rule wisely with justice, impartiality, prudence, and truth – intent on defending the innocent and punishing the guilty. Pilate recognizes …

Freedom for Martyrdom?

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Whither the Fortnight? For the last five years, U.S. Catholics, led by the U.S.C.C.B., have marked the two weeks leading up to the American celebration of Independence Day as a period of prayerful reflection on our cherished Freedom of Religion as enshrined in Article 1 of the Bill of Rights. Members of the hierarchy have sought to lead the faithful …

Unbridled Passion or True Freedom?

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Final Day – Independence Day John Adams and Our Constitution John Adams, second President of the United States, is often quoted as follows: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral …

Too Free?

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Thoughts from Pascal “It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.” Blaise Pascal

Reducing Religious Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pope Benedict’s Remarks to American Bishops “…it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to …

On Human Liberty

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pope Leo XIII’s Advice About Liberty, Law, and Freedom from 129 years ago. From this it is manifest that the eternal law of God is the sole standard and rule of human liberty, not only in each individual man, but also in the community and civil society which men constitute when united. …

A Catholic Look At Liberty

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July A Catholic Look at Liberty “…However, it is your duty as a Catholic…so to order your life that all reasonable men must come at last to know that in your heart, love of God, Church, and Country, love of Christ and fellow men, are all one harmonious whole, that you love your …