This week is the autumnal Embertide, a quarterly liturgical emphasis that marks the change in seasons. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of Ember week are days that have a penitential flavor, as we use the change in the season to remind us to call upon God in humility, not taking for granted the the … [Read more...] about Embertide, anew.
Our Lady of Sorrows, Looking Up
Today the Church asks us to meditate on Mary's sorrow at the foot of the cross in fulfillment of Simeon's prophecy on seeing the baby Jesus: "a sword shall pierce your own soul also." Sorrow is typically downward and inward. We're downcast and we feel inward pain. Mary was no different in … [Read more...] about Our Lady of Sorrows, Looking Up