"Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, ‘What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?’ Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so that they might arrest him. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’ When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus." Jn 11: 55-57.12:1-11
Saint of the Day
Saint Isidore of Seville
Isidore was literally born into a family of saints in sixth century Spain. Two of his brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, and one of his sisters, Florentina, are revered as saints in Spain. It was also a family of leaders and strong minds with Leander and Fulgentius serving as bishops and Florentina as abbess.
This didn't make life easier for Isidore. To the contrary, Leander may have been holy in many ways, but his treatment of his little brother shocked many even at the time. Leander, who was much older than Isidore, took over Isidore's education and his pedagogical theory involved force and punishment. We know from Isidore's later accomplishments that he was intelligent and hard-working so it is hard to understand why Leander thought abuse would work instead of patience.
Pope sends video message ahead of Holy Week
Pope Francis sends this video message to Christians around the world as we prepare to celebrate Holy Week in an unusual manner due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. He prays especially for those suffering and for all the families whose lives have been upset in this difficult time.
Pope Francis Sends a Video Message for Holy Week
April 04, 2020. ‘I have in my heart all the families, especially those who have a loved one who is sick or who have unfortunately experienced mourning due to the coronavirus or other causes.’
Archbishop Follo: Palm Sunday â€“ Year A â€“ April 5, 2020
April 03, 2020. With the invitation to unite, today and during Holy Week, our passion – due above all to Covi.19 – to the Passion of Christ so that we can share the joy of Easter with him.
Preacher of the Papal Household: Fourth Sermon of Lent
April 03, 2020 . Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., Reflects on Spiritual Maternity of Mary.
â€˜Letâ€™s Think of Our Lady of Sorrows & Thank Her for Accepting Being Mother,â€™ Says Pope (Full Text of Pope Francisâ€™ Morning Homily)
April 03, 2020. At Casa Santa Marta, Reminds Mary Never Asked Anything for Herself, Only for Others.
FEATURE: During Coronavirus, TV2000 â€“the TV that Made Over 13 Million Italians Pray
April 03, 2020. Listening ‘Boom’ for Italian Bishops TV channel.
Look & Pray to St. Teresa of Calcutta (Full Text of Pope Francisâ€™ Morning Homily)
April 02, 2020. At Casa Santa Marta, Prays for the Homeless & Those Hidden in Cracks of Society.
Fanatics in Iraq Still Dream of Removing Christians
April 02, 2020. Warning from Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel Moussa.
Pope Greets Young People, the Sick, the Elderly, and Newlyweds
April 01, 2020. ‘May the last part of the Lenten season we are living be able to foster an appropriate preparation for the celebration of Easter’.
John Paul II: A Saint to Pray to In â€˜These Difficult Timesâ€™
April 01, 2020 . April 2: Fifteenth Anniversary of His Death.
Pope: Let God Purify Our Hearts & Experience Fullness of Joy (Full Text of General Audience)
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)
April 01, 2020. At Casa Santa Marta, Prays for Media & Reminds That Being a Disciple Frees Us.
â€˜Contemplate, Pray & Give Thanks:â€™ Our Proper Response for Jesus Having Born Our Sins (Full Text of Pope Francisâ€™ Morning Homily)
March 31, 2020. At Casa Santa Marta, Prays for the Homeless.
Live the Eucharist in the Time of the Coronavirus
March 31, 2020. ‘The greatest suffering of the laity is the privation of the Eucharist’
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’.
In Vatican, Flags at Half Mast in Mourning
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’.
â€˜An Opportunity to Share in Sufferingâ€™ â€” Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Angelo De Donatis, Tests Positive for Coronavirus
March 31, 2020. In Hospital, But in Good Condition, Cardinal Says He Is Serene, Confident, & Entrusts Himself to the Lord.
Missionaries in Spain Concerned for Hungry Poor During Pandemic
March 31, 2020. Testimonies Collected by Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Spain.