The famous sun miracle at the Church approved apparition in Fatima, Portugal on Oct. 13, 1917 remains a topic of discussion among many Catholics. Over a hundred years have passed since it occurred, yet we are still deriving great fruit from it. In this conversation, guest Angela Winfield will shed some light on the Carmelite connections to this great miracle and what it means for us today.
On Oct. 15, 2020, Fr. John MacQuarrie gave this homily at the Feast Day Mass of St. Teresa of Avila.
What is piercing your heart? Is it the anger and confusion of our times in this world, in the church, in politics? Or is it the flaming arrow of God’s love? Fr. John MacQuarrie leads us in a reflection on this feast day of St. Teresa of Avila by recalling the great statue by Bernini of St. Teresa in ecstasy. The description of this supernatural event involving St. Teresa can be found in “The Book of Her Life” Ch. 29 verse 13. Regarding the times we are living in, she has great advice: “Whoever lives in the presence of so good a friend and excellent a leader, who went ahead of us to be the first to suffer, can endure all things. The Lord helps us, strengthens us, and never fails; He is a true friend.” [Life, Ch. 22:7].
Mountains are a privileged place of prayer. Jesus often went up the mountain to pray. In Hebrews 12:22-24 we are invited to come to Mt. Zion, the City of the Living God. What is this call? How should we answer this call? What is our responsibility in answering this call? Mt. Zion is a place of prayer, consolation and growth. But…don’t just stay there! We have work to do! Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS, shares his reflection on Mt. Zion to help us answer those questions.