By Fr. Dominic Feehan, SHM
On August 21, 1879, at approximately 8 o’clock in the evening, fifteen people from the village of Knock in Coounty Mayo, Ireland, witnessed an apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, a Lamb and a cross on an altar at the gable wall of their Parish Church. The witnesses watched the apparition in the pouring rain for two hours, reciting the Rosary. Although they themselves were drenched, not a single drop of rain fell on the gable wall or vision.
By Clara Martínez Gomariz, LHM
This past December 2nd, 2018, the Papal Nuncio, Mons. Renzo Fratini, opened the Holy Door of the Basilica of the Cerro de los Angeles in Getafe (Madrid) and inaugurated the Jubilee Year granted by the Holy See in order to commemorate the first centennial of the consecration of Spain to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
By Martha Pezo-Marin
If we are sure of something in this life, it is that sooner or later we are going to die. We like it or not, I think that we should meditate upon death, and specifically, meditate upon our death.
By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, S.H.M.
Primae noctis never existed in medieval Europe. There is no need of presenting manuscripts to declare it. In fact, common sense is enough to confirm this thesis without hesitation.
By Fr. Ángel Mª Rojas, SJ
Edgar Lobel, an expert in papyrology from the University of Oxford, has dedicated his life to the study of papyri found in Egypt. The extremely dry climate in the greater part of Egypt has led to the conservation of a multitude of fragments of very ancient papyri, including texts from millennia ago, in Greek and Coptic. In many cases, the papyri help to confirm the dates of texts that had been conserved through successive copies o translations.
By Sr. Estela Morales, S.H.M.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae. Today, discordant voices seem to rise up once again against this prophetic document, whose author refused to give in to the demands of the sexual revolution and the contraception market originated in the United States.
By Sr. Miriam Loveliand, SHM
Man is a unique being in the universe. In the Creed, we profess that God is Creator of everything “visible and invisible.” In a way, man appears as a synthesis of these two dimensions: he is composed of a spiritual soul and a material body.
By Sr. Estela M. Morales, SHM
It has become even more frequent to go into a school gym and see students in the lotus flower position, or lying on a tatami mat with their eyes closed and with silly smiles on their faces practicing mindfulness.
During the last years, hundreds of manuals concerning this have been published and conferences, retreats, and talks about mindfulness have multiplied, presenting it as a compliment to prayer or as a way of dealing with anxiety or stress.
Unfortunately, this has extended even to the Church and we can find these techniques practiced in retreat houses and even taught as school subjects.
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Sr. Eva Luz González : I know that Sr. Clare has already begun her mission here on earth, especially by reminding each consecrated soul that God alone suffices, and that we must dedicate ourselves to Him with all of the strength of our heart.