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Celebrate the priesthood – and pray for priests

This Priesthood Sunday, Sept. 25, a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priest as central to the life of the Church, give your parish priests a gift that keeps on giving — a Holy Hour for their intentions!

Heart's Longing

Father Andy Davy, MIC, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Plano, Illinois, also writes poetry. Here, we share some of his work and his commentaries on that work in the latest installment of a series.

 

The Ache

In every ache of the human heart

We wait for the One

Who promised from the start

To light our path,

 

But lost to the numb

That comes from pain,

We can’t see clearly—

There’s too much rain!

 

Yet wait in the ache we must.

For courageous is he

Mercy and Mary work together

Sept. 24 is the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, the title of our Marian province. That title for Mary is also known by the alternative names: Our Lady of Vilnius, Ostra Brama (Polish) or Ausris Vrtai (Lithuanian). The full title is “Our Lady of Mercy of the Dawn Gate.”

Why Padre Pio?

We celebrate his feast day on Sept. 23Padre Pio (1887-1968) - the Italian friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic - is one of the most famous of our 20th-century saints. We can chalk that up to his stigmata - the wounds of Christ visible on his hands, feet, and side. But why Padre Pio? And what does his stigmata mean for us?

Learn from the Marian Fathers’ Founder as Never Before

Ten years in the making, involving the work of Marian Fathers old, new, and in formation, the book Saint Stanislaus Papczyński: Selected Writings is finally available, offering a modern English translation of the majority of the known works of the Founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and one of the outstanding figures in Polish Catholic history and culture.

Our Lady of Sorrows: Rebuke of Pride, Hope of the Humble

Thank God for the gift of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feast we celebrate on Sept. 15, since in some fashion, it’s her sorrows that make her most familiar to us. Without the sorrows of our Lord and Our Lady, the Church would be left tongue-tied in the face of the problems of evil and suffering. 

Lift High the Cross – and make the Stations

Today, the Church marks the Feast of the Exaltation (“Triumph”) of the Holy Cross. It’s a good day to make a Lenten devotion a year-round habit: making the Stations of the Cross. And this year marks the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the magnificent outdoor, life-size Stations of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

A Most Holy Name

Let us never fail to call upon Mary in times of temptation and darkness. Let us faithfully pray the Rosary for peace in the world and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, calling upon the name of Mary with every Hail Mary again and again until we come home to heaven or heaven comes to earth at the end of the world.

Our Lady of Sorrows, rebuke of pride, hope of the humble, pray for us!

Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feast we celebrate on Sept. 15, is a witness to the truth that often when we fall ill or endure suffering, it has nothing to do with whether we’d been virtuous or vicious, prudent or foolish. Suffering comes for us all; sorrow comes for us all. Mary knows intimately our sufferings, and bore similar sufferings with grace.

Joyfully encountering Mary on her birthday

The Nativity of Our Lady, Sept. 8, falling nine months after the Dec. 8 observance of the Immaculate Conception, is a joyous feast day when Maria Gallagher remembers, in a special way, the model of grace that Mary represents. 

"Divine Mirth"

Father Andy Davy, MIC, shares his latest poem, inspired during a zany Nerf gun game being fought around a young man with special needs, whose joy was so magnetic that the game took on a contemplative experience.

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