Great Ball of Fire - The celebrant in the Ambrosian Rite on a martyr’s feast day lights a huge cotton wool ball aflame. It is called a “faro” meaning “beacon” in English. I am very glad that I don’t have to say an Ambrosian Mass — I have enough troubles with regular candles and the charcoal in the thurible.
St. Lawrence statue (at Saint Mary’s Seminary)
Sacred Heart of Jesus (at Saint Mary’s Seminary)
Lent is not a time to do something you already should be doing
Lent is a time to give up a luxury
Lent is not a time of self improvement
Lent is a time of sacrifice
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Saint Margaret of Cortona pray for me
Saint Therese of Lisieux pray for me
Saint Philomena pray for me
Saint Agatha pray for me
Saint Dymphna pray for me
Saint Mary of Egypt pray for me
Saint: Clare of Montefalco pray for me
Saint Maria Goretti pray for me
Mary, the Mother of God pray for me
"Before, by yourself, you couldn’t. Now, you have turned to our Lady, and, with her, how easy it is!"
St. Josemaria Escriva
6 FebruarySt Paul Miki (1564/6 - 1597) & Companions.
He was born in Japan between 1564 and 1566. He joined the Society of Jesus and preached the gospel to the Japanese people with great success. When a persecution of the Catholics arose he was arrested together with twenty-five others. Mocked and tortured, they were eventually taken to Nagasaki on 5 February 1597, bound to crosses and speared.
If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when He suffered He did not threaten; He was led like a sheep to the slaughter and He did not open His mouth.
Oratory of the Confraternity of Sorrows, Málaga, Spain