Simone of Cyrene: Forced to Follow

Simon of Cyrene is a man mentioned in all of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26). He is the man forced to help Christ carry the heavy cross that would be used as the vehicle for his murder. Simon is minding his own business, attempting to see what all of the commotion…

Something Strange is Happening

Something strange is happening. Every Holy Saturday, the second reading of the Office of Readings found the Liturgy of the Hours begins with these words taken from an ancient homily. This reflection offers the Church a mystically powerful meditation of Christ’s descent into Hell, where he rescues those who have died prior to his Resurrection.…

St. Joseph: A “Just” Man

Photo by Michael O’Sullivan — We do not have a tremendous amount of details about the step-father of Jesus, and he actually never speaks a word in the Scriptures. However, one description that best encapsulates his life is this: Joseph was a “righteous man” (Mt 1:19). This term is highly specific to the Jewish Bible.…

COVID-19 & Interruption

Pictured above are the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at my parish, Notre Dame (also my favorite prayer spot in the church). — In a worldly sense, interruption is seen as a bad thing. When we are interrupted during work, study, reading, prayer, or anything else of importance to us; we are often annoyed, sometimes…

St. Patrick: Pray in Captivity

Many people know several facts about St. Patrick, and his feast day has become a national phenomenon. Guinness, the parade, corned beef, and much more have become staples of celebrating this saint who helped convert Ireland over fifteen hundred years ago. What often escapes notice is the early life of Patrick. Born in Britain, St.…