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Pastor's Corner

June 7

I invite you to listent to Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries and his Fire on the Earth series. He can be heard every weekday on Sacred Heart Radio 740AM at 12:45pm. You can also listen to his episodes anytine by going to and clicking on 'Fire On The Earth.' He is a light in the darkness. He is a very good speaker on the power of the Holy Spirit and our need for renewal in Christ Jesus our Lord.



June 4

Let nothing trouble you

Let nothing frighten you

Everything passes

God never changes

Patience obtains all

Whoever has God wants for nothing

God alone is enough.

St. Teresa of Avila



May 1

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Praise and prayers to St. Joseph, member of the Holy Family. May all turn to the Holy Family for the true model and goal of every family, hushand and wife, and God willing, children, with Jesus Christ as the center of the family.


Today the Bishops of the US will reconsecrate our country to Mary, the Mother of the Church. May we all join by praying the rosary at 3pm today. We need her intercession and prayers for the conversion of our country and to end this pandemic.





Divine Mercy Sunday

How many spouses know that to love is to suffer?

How many parents know that to love is to suffer?

God, Jesus Christ, loves each one of us with an infinite love.

He loved us to the end on the cross where he suffered and died - for us.

When he appeared to his disciples, he showed them how much he loved them, he showed them his wounds and his side opened with a lance.

Yet his wounds are the source of mercy for us.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we relfect that love costs, but the reward is mercy and the infinite love of God that we are invited to share in.

May we return His love with our love.

Because then we can say Jesus I trust in you.





May 22

St Paul to Timothy.
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.


Sept 16

This weekend at Catholic Masses throughout the world, believers will once again hear the invitation from the Lord Jesus, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

It’s been heard so often, in one form or another or in one way or another, that the rawness of the cross has been tamed. Have Christian believers domesticated the message of the cross? Do we still understand the starkness of its summons?

At the time of the Lord Jesus, the cross was feared by the peoples who were occupied by the Roman Empire. It was a brutal form of torture and death that was used for extreme offenses against political stability or the collection of taxes. Rome’s usual sense of civility was suspended in its periodic barbaric use of the cross.

People who were under Rome’s authority trembled at the possibility of the cross and imperial Rome relied on that fright for the facilitation of control and commerce.

The cross was so savage that by Roman law no formal citizen of the empire could be crucified. The Roman philosopher Cicero argued that no civilized person should even utter the word “crucifixion” since it was such an affront to civilization and decency.

It might help us to understand the cruelty of the cross by realizing that the English word “excruciating” comes from the Latin word for cross.

And yet, in the forum of this heinous and infernal reality, the Lord Jesus - gentle and humble of heart - calls his followers to “take up their cross.” We can only imagine the initial shock and disbelief of the original listeners to his message.

This teacher wants us to take up the cross? Is he serious? Is this rabbi sane?

While the cross is incomparable in its depravity, it might help us to apply the same message in a more contemporary context. What if Jesus Christ were to say to us today: If you want to follow me, you must come and sit on my lap in the electric chair and fry with me. What would be our immediate reaction?

And while disturbing, even this modern day verbiage is nothing compared to the invitation to take up a cross with all its torture, pain, humiliation, and indignity.

The crowds around the Lord Jesus during his public ministry understood exactly what he was saying. And while they didn’t hesitate to ask, or even demand, signs, miracles, and healings from him, it’s no surprise that less than one hundred people accepted the call to become his disciple.

It light of this realization, it might also help us to appreciate why the imagery of the cross was not predominant in Christian worship or art until Christianity was given legal tolerance in the fourth century. Up until that time, the popular images of the Lord Jesus were of him as the Good Shepherd or the Good Teacher. Even Christians, who accepted the hypothetical of the cross, feared its reality and avoided its depiction.



And yet, the cross is what the Lord gives as a condition to following him. How is such an invitation to be understood?

The cross stands as the world spins. It strips away any romanticism, idealism, or any such fluff. It cuts to the core of our fallen world. It lifts up the thin veneer of civilization and implodes artificiality. It shows us - in all its severity - the darkness and nothingness of sin and the real capacity for evil in our own hearts and in our world.

The Lord is not a divine handy man. He does not offer false comfort or empty promises. He does not commit himself to remove suffering from us. The Lord offers the cross and he asks his disciples to accept it.

For those who have the faith and love to embrace the cross, however, the Lord gives power to convert darkness into light, brokenness into beauty, and sorrow into joy. These are not cheap blessings that fall from the sky, but hard blessings - because they’re real - that are fought for and received by grace in the midst of the cross, with all its sufferings and hardships.

Rather than one more self-help guide, the message of Jesus Christ is a radical call to embrace what is most feared and evil, so that they can be fought and conquered from the inside out. The Christian way of life is an empowerment by God’s grace to boldly announce good news to despair and generous redemption to sin.

The life of the Christian believer is one marked by the acceptance of the cross, in imitation of the Lord Jesus, so that goodness can be championed and glory can be revealed.



May 1

Happy St. Joseph the worker day!

Reading Bishop Robert Barron's book "To Light a Fire on the Earth" "Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age.  Of the many good things he says, he says we have lost the sense of wonder. How true! It is similar to what Fr. John Klockeman said in his Mission in Lent. Fr. Klockeman wrote "We can live scattered lives on the surface, distracted by endless responsibilities and remain foreign even to ourselves. Our lives become flat and we are lulled inward into a world no bigger than ourselves because we lack a personal vision given by God. We can unknowingly permit our greater call to share in the radiant glory of God to be robbed from us!"

Mary Queen of heaven and earth, pray for us!



Dec 28

Prayer to the Holy Family


Dear Lord, bless our family. Be so kind as to give us the unity, peace, and mutual love that you found in your own family in the little town of Nazareth.


St. Joseph, bless the father of our family. Obtain for him the strength, the wisdom, and the prudence he needs to support and direct those under his care.


Mother Mary, bless the mother of our family. Help her to be pure and kind, gentle and self-sacrificing. For the more she resembles you, the better will our family be.


Lord Jesus, bless the children of our family. Help them to be obedient and devoted to their parents. Make them more and more like you. Let them grow, as you did, in wisdom and age and grace before God and man.


Holy Family of Nazareth, make our family and home more and more like yours, until we are all one family, happy and at peace in our true home with you.  Amen.




Nov 14

If you give the devil an inch, he will be your ruler.

Somehow this marquee message came to me when I hear of Sunday morning sporting events.


Aug 29

Speaking Truth to Power.

In 2012, Benedict XVI taught about the martyrdom of the Baptist in a General Audience.  He said, “Celebrating the martyrdom of St John the Baptist reminds us too, Christians of this time, that with love for Christ, for his words and for the Truth, we cannot stoop to compromises. The Truth is Truth; there are no compromises. Christian life demands, so to speak, the ‘martyrdom’ of daily fidelity to the Gospel, the courage, that is, to let Christ grow within us and let him be the One who guides our thought and our actions. However, this can happen in our life only if we have a solid relationship with God.”

Speaking of speaking truth to power, to paraphrase Edmund Burke (+1797), in Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770), the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  United in prayer and our Faith, we must together bear witness to the Truth in our troubling times, as martyrs and confessors did in theirs.



Dec 8

During this Season of Advent, this Season of Grace, we pause to honor Mary under title of the Immaculate Conception. So today is a special day. Many many years ago, St. Ambrose wrote a beautiful piece.on Mary, In part he wrote, "God is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. Gos is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God's Son, nothing could exist, without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed.

Celebrate today.

An important teaching of hte Immaculate Conception is that Mary gave Jesus what no other woman in alll of time could do, a sinless body. Mary was Immaculately conceived as pure gift from God through the merits of her Son Jesus Chirst,  and therefore gave her son the gift of a pure spotless body, free from all stain of sin. Mary still suffered in life as we know, but never sinned. She said 'yes' to God all her life, she cooperated with God all her life. We will never be sinless like Mary, but we can try our best to live a holy life. The best way to live.

Returned from a retreat at St. Meinrad. You never know what God has in mind when you are mostly alone and out of the normal routine and everyday distractions.

Nov 14

"The task of Christians is not "directly to change the face of the earth, resolving its problems," but "to bring Christ, that is, to sow in the world the seed of the solution" of these problems."



April 17th - Good Shepherd Sunday

From Partners in Faith -  Why do Catholics need priests? A priest manifests the love Christ has for the Church by his life of self-sacrifice. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a priest is a spiritual father who is responsible for all the souls in his parish. Priests are needed to celebrate Mass and consecrate the Eucharist. They also administer other sacraments through whcih we receive many graces. Therefore, "the ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church" (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1547).

God our Father, move the hearts of men and please send us more priests.



First Sunday of Lent

Let us go into the desert and face our demons, not alone but with the Lord. The demons may be outside of us, but maybe the most powerful are those inside of us. Let us call upon the name of the Lord and with the help of the Lord, we are assured of victory. Let us believe and live what we believe.

A priest spoke about frequent examination of conscience, principle faults, confession of sins in kind and number, and making plans to deal with them. He explained that temptations and struggles are not sins.  You sin when you give in to the temptation.  Temptations can be moments of grace.  We have to have a plan for when we are struck by our temptations towards principle faults.  We have to be willing to suffer during the temptation.

George Weigel writes:

Lent divides rather readily into two parts. Ash Wednesday, the days immediately following, and the first two weeks of the season have a penitential character and invite us to a daily examination of conscience: Am I living as a witness to the Kingdom of God now among us? How well have I fulfilled the commission as a missionary disciple that I received at my baptism? What needs purification within me, if I am to deepen what Pope Benedict XVI always insisted was the essence of Christianity – friendship with Jesus Christ?

The third, four, and fifth weeks of Lent have a baptismal character: they’re a kind of annual catechumenate, in which all Christians are called to live more fully in the imitation of Christ. The three great Johannine gospel passages of this period – Jesus and the women at the well, Jesus and the man born blind, Jesus and the raising of Lazarus – all summon us to live today, now, in the new life of the Kingdom, through prayer, mission and service, and confidence in Christ’s power to conquer sin and death.

And thus we are prepared to enter the drama of Holy Week and fully experience the joy of Easter, which extends throughout its octave until Divine Mercy Sunday.


Catholic Schools Week is coming up!

Holy Family - pray for us!

St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - pray for us!.

Following is a favorite quote from Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus in his talk to U.S. Catholic Educational Leaders in 2008:  Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News. First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth. This relationship elicits a desire to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ and his teaching. In this way those who meet him are drawn by the very power of the Gospel to lead a new life characterized by all that is beautiful, good, and true; a life of Christian witness nurtured and strengthened within the community of our Lord's disciples, the Church.





Homily of Pope Francis - Christmas Midnight Mass 2015

Tonight “a great light” shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus’ birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: “You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing” (9:2)! Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for the promise has been at last fulfilled. Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God. There is no room for doubt; let us leave that to the sceptics who, by looking to reason alone, never find the truth. There is no room for the indifference which reigns in the hearts of those unable to love for fear of losing something. All sadness has been banished, for the Child Jesus brings true comfort to every heart.

Today, the Son of God is born, and everything changes. The Saviour of the world comes to partake of our human nature; no longer are we alone and forsaken. The Virgin offers us her Son as the beginning of a new life. The true light has come to illumine our lives so often beset by the darkness of sin. Today we once more discover who we are! Tonight we have been shown the way to reach the journey’s end. Now must we put away all fear and dread, for the light shows us the path to Bethlehem. We must not be laggards; we are not permitted to stand idle. We must set out to see our Saviour lying in a manger. This is the reason for our joy and gladness: this Child has been “born to us”; he was “given to us”, as Isaiah proclaims (cf. 9:5). The people who for two thousand years has traversed all the pathways of the world in order to allow every man and woman to share in this joy is now given the mission of making known “the Prince of peace” and becoming his effective servant in the midst of the nations.

So when we hear tell of the birth of Christ, let us be silent and let the Child speak. Let us take his words to heart in rapt contemplation of his face. If we take him in our arms and let ourselves be embraced by him, he will bring us unending peace of heart. This Child teaches us what is truly essential in our lives. He was born into the poverty of this world; there was no room in the inn for him and his family. He found shelter and support in a stable and was laid in a manger for animals. And yet, from this nothingness, the light of God’s glory shines forth. From now on, the way of authentic liberation and perennial redemption is open to every man and woman who is simple of heart. This Child, whose face radiates the goodness, mercy and love of God the Father, trains us, his disciples, as Saint Paul says, “to reject godless ways” and the richness of the world, in order to live “temperately, justly and devoutly” (Tit 2:12).

In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this Child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential. In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice, to discern and to do God’s will. Amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer.

Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God. And in his presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: “Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation” (Ps 85:8). Amen



Nov 8

The widows in the readings today teach us about generosity and trust, a reckless generosity and trust in God. This kind of trust is seemingly rare. It is not built overnight, it comes with time. A great example in modern times was Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Many books speak give many examples of her reckless trust in God, and how God worked miracles, many miracles in her life.

God is reckless, he loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for us. Imagine that, the Creator came to die for his creature. That is reckless love.

May we grow in our generosity, trust  and love of God, and maybe sometimes in a reckless way.

Nov 5

God's mercy is effective, not just affective. God's mercy doesn't just make us feel good, it changes us. It makes us realize we are sinners and that we have to repent, as Jesus repeatedly and consistently said in the Gospels. We have to change our lives to be more like Christ. That is to become holy, humble, charitable, seeking the truth, living the truth, and loving the Truth. Jesus said, "If you want to be my disciple, deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me." To be a disciple of Chist is not easy, but with the help of God's grace, all things are possible.


Sept 8

Happy Birthday - Blessed Virgin Mary

A paragraph from an article on J R Tolkien and C S Lewis I found interesting:

Tolkien's and Lewis's reaction to these horrors of war (WWI) was to hold onto the  possibility of goodness amidst them - goodness and greatness. As authors, they sought to recover the romantic and mythic traditions based on the struggle between good and evil. And yet, their mythic imagination only partly accounts for their influence... It is their moral imagination that exerts a unique power: the proposition that every person is caught up in an epic contest between Light and Darkness. In the worlds of Tolkien and Lewis, the choices of the weak matter as much as those of the mighty. Here we are not left as orphans, for a force of Goodness stand ready to help.

Sept 5

In the magazine "Spirit of Carmel" I find this:

"Let nothing upset you,

let nothing startle you.

All thingspass;

God does not change.

Patience wins

all it seeks

God Alone is Enough."

- Saint Teresa's bookmark


Sept 1

With all the violence we have seen recently, seeminly more than usual, one priest remembers Mother Terea saying: "I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'abortion', because it is a war against the child... a direct killing of the innocent child, 'murder' by the mother herself... and if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts..."





May 22

As we approach Pentecost, following are some words of wisdom from St. Padre Pio: Peace is the simplicity of spirit, the serenity of conscience, the tranquility of the soul and the bond of love. Peace is order, it is the harmony in each one of us, it is a continual joy that is born in witnessing a clear conscience, it is the holy joy of a heart wherein God reigns. Peace is the way to perfection, or, even better, in peace dwells perfection.

And the devil, who knows all this very well, does everything possible to cause us to lose our peace. The soul need be saddened by only one thing: an offense against God. But even on this point one must be very prudent. One must certainly regret one's failures, but with a peaceful sorrow and always trusting in Divine Mercy. One must beware of certain reproaches and remorse against oneself which most of the time come from our enemy who wants to disturb our peace in God.

If such reproaches and remorse humble us and make us quick to do the right thing, without taking away our confidence in God, we may be assured that they come from God. However, if they confuse us and make us fearful, distrustful, lazy or slow to do the right thing, we may be sure that they come from the devil and we should consequently push them aside, finding our refuge in confidence in God.


April 28

Watching and listening to what is happening in our country and culture, one priest talks about living as a Christian in a post Christian society and quotes St. John Paul II who wrote in the encyclical "The Gospel of Life" the following at the end of section 19. ...Freedom negates and destroys itself, and becomes a factor leading to the destruction of others, when it no longer recognizes and respects its essential link with the truth. When freedom, out of a desire to emancipate itself from all forms of tradition and authority, shuts out even the most obvious evidence of an objective and universal truth, which is the foundation of personal and social life, then the person ends up by no longer taking as the sole and indisputable point of reference for his own choices the truth about good and evil, but only his subjective and changeable opinion or, his selfish interests and whim.

20. This view of freedom leads to a serious distortion of life in society. If the promotion of the self is understood in terms of absolute autonomy, people inevitably reach the point of rejecting one another. Everyone else is considered an enemy from whom one has to defend oneself. Thus society becomes a mass of individuals placed side by side, but without any mutual bonds. ..

Jesus, Mary and Joseph Holy Family, pray for us


Feb 13

Mesage of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015  (first and last paragraph)

    Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all, it is a time of grace. God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. We love because he first loved us. He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure.... Our heart grows cold.

    As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficeiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XVI called a formation of the heart. A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself for others. During this Lent, then brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: Make our hearts like yours. In this way, we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference. It is my prayerful hope that this Lent will prove spiritually fruitful for each believer and every ecclesial community. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you.

Pope Francis

Jan 24th

Something I read that bears remembering:

"Christ is Lord of History, when the Church appears strong then it is weak, when it stands before the Cross then it is strong. Huge numbers lead to complacency and self referentialism, the barren Cross is our only hope."


Jan 3rd

On January 1, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, Pope Francis celebrated Solemn Mass in the Basilica of Saint Peter. Following is his homily.

Today we are reminded of the words of blessing which Elizabeth spoke to the Virgin Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” (Lk 1:42-43).

This blessing is in continuity with the priestly blessing which God had given to Moses to be passed on to Aaron and to all the people: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num 6:24-26). In celebrating the Solemnity of Mary the Most Holy Mother of God, the Church reminds us that Mary, more than anyone else, received this blessing. In her the blessing finds fulfilment, for no other creature has ever seen God’s face shine upon it as did Mary. She gave a human face to the eternal Word, so that all of us can contemplate him.

In addition to contemplating God’s face, we can also praise him and glorify him, like the shepherds who came away from Bethlehem with a song of thanksgiving after seeing the Child and his young mother (cf. Lk 2:16). The two were together, just as they were together at Calvary, because Christ and his mother are inseparable: there is a very close relationship between them, as there is between every child and his or her mother. The flesh (caro) of Christ – which, as Tertullian says, is the hinge (cardo) of our salvation – was knit together in the womb of Mary (cf. Ps 139:13). This inseparability is also clear from the fact that Mary, chosen beforehand to be the Mother of the Redeemer, shared intimately in his entire mission, remaining at her Son’s side to the end on Calvary.

Mary is so closely united to Jesus because she received from him the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of faith, nourished by her experience as a mother and by her close relationship with her Son. The Blessed Virgin is the woman of faith who made room for God in her heart and in her plans; she is the believer capable of perceiving in the gift of her Son the coming of that “fullness of time”(Gal 4:4) in which God, by choosing the humble path of human existence, entered personally into the history of salvation. That is why Jesus cannot be understood without his Mother.

Likewise inseparable are Christ and the Church; the salvation accomplished by Jesus cannot be understood without appreciating the motherhood of the Church. To separate Jesus from the Church would introduce an “absurd dichotomy”, as Blessed Paul VI wrote (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 16). It is not possible “to love Christ but without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church, to belong to Christ but outside the Church” (ibid.). For the Church is herself God’s great family, which brings Christ to us. Our faith is not an abstract doctrine or philosophy, but a vital and full relationship with a person: Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God who became man, was put to death, rose from the dead to save us, and is now living in our midst. Where can we encounter him? We encounter him in the Church. It is the Church which says today: “Behold the Lamb of God”; it is the Church, which proclaims him; it is in the Church that Jesus continues to accomplish his acts of grace which are the sacraments.

This, the Church’s activity and mission, is an expression of her motherhood. For she is like a mother who tenderly holds Jesus and gives him to everyone with joy and generosity. No manifestation of Christ, even the most mystical, can ever be detached from the flesh and blood of the Church, from the historical concreteness of the Body of Christ. Without the Church, Jesus Christ ends up as an idea, a moral teaching, a feeling. Without the Church, our relationship with Christ would be at the mercy of our imagination, our interpretations, our moods.

Dear brothers and sisters! Jesus Christ is the blessing for every man and woman, and for all of humanity. The Church, in giving us Jesus, offers us the fullness of the Lord’s blessing. This is precisely the mission of the people of God: to spread to all peoples God’s blessing made flesh in Jesus Christ. And Mary, the first and most perfect disciple of Jesus, the model of the pilgrim Church, is the one who opens the way to the Church’s motherhood and constantly sustains her maternal mission to all mankind. Mary’s tactful maternal witness has accompanied the Church from the beginning. She, the Mother of God, is also the Mother of the Church, and through the Church, the mother of all men and women, and of every people.

May this gentle and loving Mother obtain for us the Lord’s blessing upon the entire human family. On this, the World Day of Peace, we especially implore her intercession that the Lord may grant peace in our day; peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among the nations. The message for the Day of Peace this year is “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters”. All of us are called to be free, all are called to be sons and daughters, and each, according to his or her own responsibilities, is called to combat modern forms of enslavement. From every people, culture and religion, let us join our forces. May he guide and sustain us, who, in order to make us all brothers and sisters, became our servant. 





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