This year March falls entirely within the liturgical season of Lent. The Feast of St. Joseph falls on March 19. It is a month of penance, mortification and contrition dedicated to St. Joseph, the great foster father of Jesus Christ. It is a month for meditation on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, as the protector of the Church, the Eucharist, and the Christian family. March is also when Catholics celebrate St. Patrick’s feast, a popular feast for the Irish (and who isn’t on St. Patrick’s Day).
“We must plead with St. Joseph to guard the Eucharistic Lord and the Christian family during this time of peril” -- John Paul II
DECEMBER 2015: MONTH OF DIVINE INFANCY
December, the month of Divine Infancy, celebrates the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. The pairing of words in this title is a reflection of the mystery of Jesus' nature. We each are one person with one nature. However, Jesus is one person with two natures. He is fully God and fully man, that is, He is 100% God and %100 man, not 50/50, or any other percentage. Jesus' Incarnation is one of the most important moments in history and its memorial is prepared for in the liturgical season of Advent, a four week anticipation. more...
NOVEMBER 2015: MONTH OF SOULS IN PURGATORY
November, the month of Souls in Purgatory, is dedicated to all the souls who have died, but have not yet been admitted into Heaven. Jesus' Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection, allowed for admittance into Heaven, but because of "free will" every person can chose whether they want to be with God. Every moment in life is the opportunity to say yes or no to this. When someone dies, Jesus looks at his/her life and sees how much they loved Him. If they didn't love Him, He lets them continue in that choice and allows them to go to Hell. If they loved Him perfectly, He allows them to abide in Heaven. If they loved Him, but imperfectly, in His Mercy He allows them to enter Purgatory where the imperfect love is made perfect through purging. Purgatory is a tempory state and will pass away. It is a place of Mercy. more...
OCTOBER 2015: MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
October, the month of the Holy Rosary, celebrates the spiritual beauty of the Rosary, emphasizing the need for prayer, fasting and sacrifice. The Rosary is a prayer. The rosary (notice lowercase) is a tool for this specific prayer. The Rosary is a Christocentric setting for Lectio Divina, that is, a meditation on the Life of Christ, particularly His Ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Rosary is the prayer of the saints, and has a is easy to pray. It offers hope and healing.Dates in BOLD are Holy Days of Obligation for October:
Oct. 1: St. Therese Lisieux
Oct. 2: St. Leger
Oct. 3: St. Menna
SEPTEMBER 2015: MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
September, the month of Our Lady of Sorrows, remembers the suffering of Mary, Jesus' Mother. There are seven sorrows, seven afflictions that pierced her heart. Catholics commonly reflect upon each and they say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Mary's for each.
- The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35)
- The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
- The loss of the child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43–45)
- Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary.
- Jesus dies on the cross. (John 19:25)
- The piercing of the side of Jesus, and Mary's receiving the body of Jesus in her arms. (Matthew 27:57–59)
- The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb. (John 19:40–42)
AUGUST 2015: MONTH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
August, the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, remembers the miracle of Redemption through the participation of the faithful. Mary, Jesus' Mother, said yes to God perfectly. This came about as a result of grace, and no sin stained her soul, her heart. From Conception to her Dormition, Mary remained Immaculate. Her love for God, "her fiat" and beautiful interior life, is honored by Catholics. There are a variety of devotions available for consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Traditionally, her heart is depicted pierced with seven wounds or swords, in reverence to her seven sorrows. more...
July 2015: Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
July, the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus, reverences the Blood of Jesus Christ as the fountain of salvation. By it we are made clean from Original Sin and personal sins. Blood is the life source of every creature. The Incarnation-- when God became man-- came about because God wanted to share with us His life source. In His Passion and Death, He gave us His Body by the shedding of His Blood. According to St. John, in the Apocalypse, mankind regained His innocence by this act:
“These that are clothed in white robes, who are they?” The Lord answers: “These are they that have washed their robes, and have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”
The Precious Blood of Christ is part of the on-going healing of every soul; Christ asks us to enter into full Communion with Him. We do this in the Eucharist when we follow Jesus' command:
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." more...
June 2015: Month of the Sacred Heart
June, the month of the Sacred Heart, focuses on the the entirety of Jesus as a person, that is, in His divine essence as the Son of God the Father. Jesus became Incarnate out of pure love for us, and only wishes us to love Him with our entire being in return. It is no surprise then, that this month emphasizes personal conversion through consecration. This means an attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and His saving work. This isn't done to earn "heavenly points", rather devotion to the Sacred Heart, as all the other devotions of the Church are to help one develop a health relationship with Jesus. He is a person; it is easy to forget this. Do we talk to him daily, is he involved in our lives or do we treat him as a dead object? Do we only call on him when we need something? June, the month of the Sacred Heart calls us to attention to look at how we treat Jesus; it encourages us to heal the parts in our lives where we do not allow Jesus to be present. more...
May is honored as the month of Our Lady; it is also the month honoring mothers. The Lady honored is Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ. At Jesus' crucifixion, He gave her to His beloved disciple, John: "Behold your Mother; woman, behold your son." In this moment, Mary became the mother of all mankind. This is why Jesus called his mom, "woman". He wanted to emphasize that she is the new Eve and the woman referenced in Revelation-- which was written by St. John. St. John clearly saw Mary as the woman that fulfills the prophecy in Genesis.
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." Genesis 3:15
"A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” -- Revelations 12: 1-5
April is honored as the month of the Holy Eucharist. This year, April 2nd, is Holy Thursday, the day that the Church commentates the Institution of the Eucharist in a special way. For on the night before Jesus' Crucifixion, Jesus met with His apostles, broke bread, and blessed wine. He asked that his followers do these in memory of Him. Catholics believe that when Jesus broke bread and said, "This is my Body", the bread became Jesus' Body and not in a figurative sense; likewise, Catholic believe that the wine when blessed, becomes Jesus' Blood. His command: "Do this in memory of Me", has been adhered to by Catholics for over 2000 years. The mystery of how mere bread and wine can and does transform into Jesus' Body and Blood is called "transubstansiation" and it explains how there is a real substance transformation, while the matter retains its form, taste, etc.,. There have been many Eucharistic miracles and the Holy Eucharist is the most treasured belief and source of grace that Catholics have. more...
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