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.
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