If you spend all week looking forward to Friday, you’re not alone. It’s common practice to view Friday as the end of the work week and the gateway to the weekend, which means it is time to let loose and relax. No doubt, people really mean it when they say, “Thank God it’s Friday.”
The final day in the Octave of Easter is known in the Church as the Second Sunday of Easter, or Sunday of Divine Mercy. This has not always been the case—the observance of this day as Divine Mercy Sunday was not proclaimed until 2000. The proclamation at that time was a rare and special event for the Church.
It cannot be denied that we live in a time of violence, persecution, and hardship for many people around the world, including our Christian brothers and sisters. In the face of trials like these, it may seem frivolous or even foolish to focus on the arts. Yet, for centuries, religious leaders in the Church as well as laypeople have agreed on the importance of valuing the arts. What keeps bringing us back to this idea, even in the face of great trials?
the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
- Matthew 20:28
This week, the heart of St. Padre Pio is visiting the Archdiocese of Boston, marking the first time a major relic of the saint has left Italy. Catholics in the Archdiocese are thrilled to have the opportunity to venerate a relic of this saint of modern times.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is observed each year on December 8. This holy day of obligation is an important day in the liturgical calendar, and it celebrates a centuries-old doctrine that was officially defined by the Church in 1854. Even though it is so important, there is still often misunderstanding about this holy day.