"While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you. ‘But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the market-places. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.’ One of the lawyers answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.’ And he said, ‘Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you build their tombs." Lk 11: 37-48
Saint of the Day
Saint Mary the Egytian
The primary source of information on Saint Mary of Egypt is the Vita written of her by St. Sophronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (634 - 638). Most of the information in this section is taken from this source. Saint Mary, also known as Maria Aegyptica, was born somewhere in Egypt, and at the age of twelve ran away to the city of Alexandria where she lived an extremely dissolute life, prostituting herself. In her Vita she states that she often refused the money offered for her sexual favors as she was driven "by an insatiable and an irrepressible passion," and that she mainly lived by begging, supplemented by spinning flax. After seventeen years of this lifestyle, she travelled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. She undertook the journey as a sort of "anti-pilgrimage," stating that she hoped to find in the pilgrim crowds at Jerusalem even more partners in her lust.
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April 01, 2020. Praying We Are Preparing Well for Easter, Says That We Must Free Our Hearts From Our Deceits.
Whatâ€™s Most Important Is Remaining in Jesus, Reminds Pope (Full Text of Morning Homily)
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March 31, 2020. At Casa Santa Marta, Prays for the Homeless.
Live the Eucharist in the Time of the Coronavirus
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Santa Marta: Full Text of Popeâ€™s Sunday, March 29, Homily
March 31, 2020. ‘Jesus can’t see the people and not feel compassion’.
Cardinal Nichols on â€˜Easter Dutiesâ€™ and Forgiveness of Sins
March 31, 2020. Easter in 2020 will be ‘Different’.
Message to Canadians from Religious Leaders in Canada in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 31, 2020. ‘Hope, Gratitude, and Solidarity’.
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March 31, 2020. ‘to express its closeness to victims of pandemic in Italy and world, their families and all fighting generously to put an end to it’.
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March 31, 2020. Testimonies Collected by Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Spain.
Cardinal Tagle Calls for Covid-19 â€™Jubileeâ€™
March 30, 2020. Need to Forgive Debts of Poor Nations.
More than 100,000 Volunteers from Polish Dioceses Help Those in Need
March 30, 2020. Response to Coronavirus Pandemic.
Be Ashamed of Being a Sinner But Trust in Godâ€™s Great Mercy, Suggests Pope Francis (Full Text of Morning Homily)
March 30, 2020. At Casa Santa Marta, Reminds the Church Is the Mother of All
Pope Offers Special Thought for Persons Confined in Groups
March 29, 2020. Especially for Those in prison
Santa Marta: The Sunday of Tears
March 29, 2020. ‘Cry with your people who are suffering right now’
Pope Francis Joins Call for Global Ceasefire in Light of Coronavirus Pandemic
March 29, 2020. ‘It’s necessary to overcome antagonisms and oppositions through dialogue and a constructive search for peace.’
Angelus Address: Fifth Sunday of Lent: The Resurrection of Lazarus
March 29, 2020. ‘Jesus Makes Himself Seen as the Lord of Life, Who Is Able to Give Life also to the Dead’
Santa Marta: Pope Prays for the Hungry
March 28, 2020. ‘We’re beginning to see people who are hungry because they can’t work’
Popeâ€™s Urbi et Orbi Blessing in Light of Coronavirus (FULL TEXT)
March 27, 2020. ‘Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?’
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