Monthly Archives: June 2013

First Martyrs of the See of Rome

The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some … Continue reading

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Baptism Names The Second Commandment: You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain. 

What does it mean for a Christian to be baptized with a particular name? “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, the person is baptized with a name. The name and the … Continue reading

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Blessed John XXIII : “I will follow you wherever you go”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:51-62. When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered … Continue reading

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St. Peter, First Pope

Simon Peter or Cephas, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of the see of Rome. Peter was a native of Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias, the son of John, and worked, like his brother St. … Continue reading

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What is the meaning of the Sign of the Cross? 

Through the Sign of the Cross we place ourselves under the protection of the Triune God. At the beginning of the day, at the beginning of a prayer, but also at the beginning of important undertakings, a Christian makes the … Continue reading

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The Second Commandment: You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain

Why does God want us to “hallow” his name (that is, keep it holy)? To tell someone your name is a sign of trust. Since God has told us his name, he makes himself recognizable and grants us access to … Continue reading

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Saint Peter and Saint Paul, apostles – Solemnity

See commentary below or click here Saint Clement of Rome: The most ancient historical testimony to the martyrdom of Peter and Paul Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 16:13-19. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea … Continue reading

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Saint of today

St. Irenaeus The writings of St. Irenaeus entitle him to a high place among the fathers of the Church, for they not only laid the foundations of Christian theology but, by exposing and refuting the errors of the gnostics, they … Continue reading

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Atheism and “Graven Images”

The First Commandment: I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have strange Gods before me. Is atheism always a sin against the First Commandment? Atheism is not a sin if a person has learned nothing about God or has … Continue reading

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Gospel of today

Friday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time Saint(s) of the day : St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (+ 202) – Memorial See commentary below or click here Blessed Teresa of Calcutta : “Jesus stretched out his hand and touched … Continue reading

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