Monthly Archives: February 2018

JESUS HEALS OUR BODIES AND SOULS – Feast of Our Lady and World Day of the Sick

(AsiaNews) – Pope Francis delivered his Angelus message today, feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick.

He told the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square that “With our hearts turned toward the cave of Massabielle (near Lourdes), we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls – Jesus, whom God the Father sent into the world to heal humanity, marked by sin and its consequences.”

HAVE MERCY ON US, O LORD – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

LENT A-COMING — Christian mortification

Aurelio Porfiri

Today one can speak about almost everything and no one would dare interrupt. I say “almost,” because of course there are topics that challenge the politically correct atmosphere and represent a threat to the single thought that imposes what is acceptable and what is not. These trends are not alien in religious circles where certain words that were considered landmarks of Christian faith only few decades ago are now seen with the highest suspicion. One of these is “mortification,” Christian mortification.

APOLOGIA (12) – Can we affirm that the Catholic Church is worshiping the true God?


Objection 1: The Jewish people worship the one God but they are not turning Catholics and maintain their uses, worship and traditions. So why do we have to believe that the God worshiped by Catholics is the same one worshiped by  Jews?

EVERYTHING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD – 11 February 2018 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leviticus 13:1-2, 45-46; Ps. 32:7, 1-2, 5, 11; 1 Cor 10:31-11.1; Mk 1:40-45
Shiu Lan

Leprosy carried with it a social stigma in Old Testament times. Because of the infectious nature of the disease, the laws of Moses stipulated that the inflicted person “shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of their head be disheveled” and cry out “Unclean, unclean” so that people could keep a safe distance so as not to catch the disease from them (Lv 13:1-2).

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (51) – Does grace violate freedom?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

Let us take a step beyond philosophy. We have seen that human virtues are a liberating force: they help us exercise our freedom. Moreover, a person who has been baptized can achieve even more because he receives grace, he receives the theological virtues, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. All these make us more free.


Silvana De Mari

We are also our dark side. Without our dark side, we are not perfect, we are incomplete, atrociously lame and we say “lame” and not “differently able.” The Gospel writes lame, blind and dumb: those are words of pain, because pain can be consoled and can also make us strong as are the steel swords tempered in the fire, but this happens when we do not to deny it, when we look at it in the face.

MAGISTERIAL AUTHORITY AND LITURGICAL REFORM (6) – Renewal that will last till the end of time

Rev José Mario O Mandía

One of the forgotten recommendations of Sacrosanctum Concilium is the use of Latin and Gregorian Chant. It actually declared that “the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites”  while it also said that “the use of the mother tongue … may be extended” (SC 36, 63a). “Nevertheless,” it added, “steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them” (SC 54).

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (11) – The Davidic Covenant: Established on Zion (2 Samuel) – Found Him

The second book of Samuel detailed in the life of David which the most important significance of David’s kingship was the reception of the eternal covenant from God, the covenant in which Jesus Christ would fulfill in the New Testament.

A BRAZILIAN IN ULAN BATOR – Footballer and missionary

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Jardel da Silva, a native of Curitiba, state of Paraná, Brasil, opted for distant Mongolia to live. Or rather, “to fulfill the mission that is destined for me,” in his own words. In addition to being a footballer, Jardel is a missionary.