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Our Lady of Sorrows

In September the Church celebrates the feasts of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14th) and Our Lady of Sorrows (15th). On today's podcast we prepare ourselves for the celebration of these feasts with the help of Our Lady by observing her example during the Passion of her Son and contemplating her at the foot of the Cross. Our Lady of Sorrows places us at her side, before Jesus on the Cross, to help us mature in our share in the mission of her Son. Bringing us to the Cross means helping us...


Jesus is Present in Peter's Boat

On today's podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo, Vicar of Opus Dei in the Midwest (USA), offers a timely reflection on the current crisis in the Church and how we can respond to all of it by turning our sadness and anger into prayer. Like the disciples who were fearful that they would perish in the great storm (ref. Mark 4:38-41), we too should instinctively look to Jesus for help as we face the waves of scandal that leave us profoundly perplexed. Within the silence of our hearts, the Holy...


Mary, The Most Sweet Name

On September 12th the Church celebrates the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On today’s podcast we reflect on Mary's role and mission as a mother to give us the very best: To help us in all of our needs- physical, emotional, and spiritual. To unite us with her Son, Jesus Christ. To win for us the grace to desire to be saints. Mary shows us that we can have confidence in her intercessory prayers when she spoke to the servants at the wedding in Cana, “Do whatever he...


To Whom Shall We Go

Today on the podcast… Faced with the present crisis of the Church, we are guided in this reflection to look to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Truth, for light and hope. Today we find ourselves in a similar situation as the Disciples of Jesus when he unveiled his teachings on the Eucharist in the Gospel of John (Jn 6:60-71). Many of the disciples felt that what Jesus was teaching was a hard saying and they turned away from him. What we see going on in the Church today is in a certain sense a...


A Holiness that Exceeds that of the Pharisees

Today on the podcast… The Lord asks that our holiness exceed that of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-36). We recall that the Pharisees were a virtuous people who lived the moral law, prayed many times throughout the day along with fasting and almsgiving. But the Lord wants us also to love as He has loved—a love that reveals through our actions that we are His disciples. Desiring union with the love of Christ requires that we prioritize the formation of our heart's mission: to be humble,...


The Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On August 22nd the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On today’s podcast, we reflect on the coronation of our Mother as Queen of the Universe. And, how as children of this Heavenly Queen we can learn to follow her example of reigning: • Mary our Queen trusted all that the Lord spoke to her, and her answer remained a constant yes. Teach us to respond to the Lord with complete trust. • Mary our Queen serves-- for to reign one must serve. Teach us to be...


Faith the Ingredient for Miracles

Today on the podcast… How does God want us to view the virtue of faith? If we look to the Gospels, our Lord shows us many examples that will help us to see, like the Apostles (Lk 15:5-10), that the virtue of faith is connected to miracle working. Our Lord wants us to see that He needs our faith—our life of fidelity and self-giving—to work miracles: Our faith and correspondence to God allow us to become instruments in the ultimate miracle, which is conversion-- personal transformation through...


The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2018)

In a few days, on the 15th of August, the Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother. She is the woman clothed with the sun, the moon is beneath her feet, and is crowned with twelve stars. We love her tenderly and through her actions she shows us what a life of faith looks like. What it means to become filled with trust and a joy that unable to be disturbed by difficulties. How does this life of Faith begin? Follow Mother Mary’s example: • When the Blessed Virgin...


Pray Without Ceasing

Today on the podcast... How can we achieve a constant dialogue with God to help us live our Christian vocation to discipleship? Our Christian vocation by virtue of baptism is to spread the Kingdom of God--to attract people to Christ. This work of discipleship and evangelization is a work of a lifetime. To carry out this work, we need a daily plan to help us keep in constant dialogue with God--praying without ceasing--pushing ourselves realistically, expanding our hearts, to live a life in...


The Transfiguration of the Lord

On August 6th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. On today's podcast, we listen and reflect on the “background” and meaning of the Transfiguration, and how contemplating the scene of the Transfiguration continues to transform us today: — The Transfiguration of Jesus encourages us in our commitment to discipleship. — When we commit to protracted prayer—deep, silent, concentrated—we can see God through the eyes of our soul and heart. — The Transfiguration...



Today on the podcast… We explore the characteristics of having true contrition for our sins: When we are truly sorry for our sins and receive forgiveness we have an interior peace; a serene joy. We are supple, joyful, and approachable. We not longer give excuses for our improper behavior. ______________________________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please leave a rating or review here on SoundCloud and on iTunes:...


Bringing the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

Today on the podcast… We look to St. Josemaria Escriva to contemplate what it truly means to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth: • Devotion to the Holy Spirit to strengthens our love, joy, prayer, and our desire to be close to Christ. • Personally give witness to the Gospel and bring it to others no matter what the cost. • Desire that the Gospel be heard everywhere so that Jesus will be known by everyone. ______________________________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR...


Putting on the Heart of Christ

Today on the podcast… We look to St. Josemaria Escriva and consider what he learned from the divine inspiration he received on October 2, 1928: As a priest he would bring the Gospel to the world in much the same way the Apostles were commissioned at the Ascension. That Jesus desires to be with us; that is why he is in the Eucharist today. The importance of dialogue with Christ all of the time helps us stay united with Christ....


A Revolutionary Message

Today on the podcast… We are invited to listen and contemplate: How eternal happiness begins here on earth and is brought to its fullness in Heaven. Why it is a good idea to study the lives of the saints. The meaning of the “revolutionary message” revealed to St. Josemaria Escriva: to bring Christ into the heart of the modern world. At the end of our reflection and prayer, we ask Our Lady to help us learn to live each day imitating the saints....


"Freedom: God's Gift to His Children"

Today on the podcast… We are asked to evaluate our appreciation for the precious gift that God gives to us so generously; our freedom. Msgr. Frederick Dolan helps us to understand which actions of ours make us free and which ones will hold us back from being free. And as we consider our actions to remember that we are not self-created; that we are creatures of a loving God. He ends with encouraging us to call on our Mother Mary to obtain many graces for our country....


Our Call to Holiness

Reflection…“Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church.” Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhotation: GE 9 The keys of holiness are Grace and Freedom. The freedom to choose the vocation in which we desire to make the presence of Jesus come alive in our hearts and in the heart of the world. And the grace to aid us in living the Beatitudes where the heart of Jesus opens up to us the many ways we can imitate him in our desire to become saints. Let us invoke Our Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit...


The Sacred Humanity of Jesus

In today’s podcast we ask the Lord to help us to not be satisfied with being a bystander, that we allow his words to enter deep into our hearts and change us. In the words of St. Josemaria Escriva: “We only love what we know well.” Therefore, let us look to the lives of the saints and the life of Jesus himself in an effort to come to know God well; imitating daily, through our actions, a genuine love of neighbor. ______________________________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR...


Exercising My Priestly Soul

In this reflection we are called to consider Jesus Christ as the High Priest and how all of us are called to participate in that priesthood according to our vocation in life. We are each called to a specific way of life and those who have chosen the priesthood as their vocation have additional responsibilities regarding the care of God’s people. There are acts that the priest must do on behalf of the people as they work on guiding them towards the right path. And yet, every priest needs and...


Being Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Today on the podcast, we are invited to reflect and pray about: What is the ordinary and how can it help us to be extraordinary? Jesus’ life growing up was not written down. There is no account of his activities after Joseph and Mary found him in the Temple until his baptism in the River Jordan. Jesus was so ordinary that there is nothing written about what a typical day might have been like for him; only a summary by Luke mentioning that Jesus grew in stature and grace before God and man....