Easter Sunday 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, In his powerful discourse delivered on Solomon’s porch near the Temple of Jerusalem following Pentecost, Saint Peter plumbs the depths of misery and joy that constitute the Paschal mystery: [Y]ou … Read More

Maundy Thursday 2021

Before the festival day of the Pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end. … Read More

Annunciation 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, The Annunciation or “announcement” to Mary, proclaiming God’s decision to make her the very Mother of God in the mystery of the Incarnation, is not only a scene from the … Read More

St. Benedict Transitus 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, Today we celebrate the transitus of Our Blessed Father Saint Benedict, that is to say, his death, which was for him the “transit” or “transition” from mortal existence on this … Read More

Christmas 2020

But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, So deep is the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God, that even the trivial … Read More

Immaculate Conception 2020

Dominus possedit me in initio viarum suarum…The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made anything… (Book of Proverbs, chapter 8) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, It seems clear that we … Read More

All Saints 2020

And when [the Lamb] had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, … Read More

Assumption 2020

Pulchra es et decora…Thou art beautiful and comely, daughter of Jerusalem, terrible as an army in battle array. (5th Antiphon of Laudes. Song of Songs 6:4) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, Later this year, on … Read More

St. Benedict 2020

At that time: Peter said to Jesus: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have? (Matthew 19:27) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, The Holy Rule, written by Saint … Read More

St. Peter and Paul 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very Dear Sons, The color for today’s solemnity, as we are all well aware, is deep red, symbolizing the blood of martyrs. It is no secret that the Holy Apostles died the death … Read More

Corpus Christi 2020

Ecce panis Angelorum…Lo, upon the altar lies, / Hidden deep from human eyes, / Bread of Angels from the skies, / Made the Bread of moral man. (Lauda Sion, Sequence of the Mass, composed by Saint Thomas Aquinas.) Dear Brothers … Read More