On the fourth day of Christmas, the Church gives to us a somber memorial which concretizes what could very possibly become, thanks to elves and snowmen, an overly sentimental feast of Christ’s birth. Claire Dwyer reflects on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
A woman’s heart, a woman’s soul is created to be like Mary’s — a refuge, a hiding place, a ‘shelter in which other souls may unfold’ in the words of St. Edith Stein. Elizabeth was that safe place to fall and to find hope for everyone who knew her. Claire Dwyer continues the series today with a look at spiritual motherhood.
“Choose mortifications that don’t mortify others.” Claire Dwyer expounds on this saying of St. JosemarÍa Escrivá in today’s reflection.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity lived a Eucharistic life, wherever she was, whatever she was doing. “You have no need of the Sacrament to come to me,” she said. Claire Dwyer resumes her series.
Some join for a day, others for a lifetime. Some hold whole handfuls of people they long to see in full reconciliation with Christ. All who become members of this club, however, wish they weren’t members. The first step in turning this pain from a defining ache in your heart into an act of giving and prayer, is to name the reality of the hurt.
Marriage is not only a beautiful earthly reality but also a mystical sign and symbol of something greater than itself. David Torkington expands our understanding of this sacrament.