Saint George: The Dragon-Slayer

By Monique Sammut | April 23, 2018

A Courageous Man Saint George is a figure more of legend than of history but there seems to be no reason to doubt his existence.  He was especially venerated by the crusaders.  It is believed that he was of Greek and Palestinian origins and that both of his parents were Christians.  His father was an … Continue reading “Saint George: The Dragon-Slayer”

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes: A Humble Saint

By Monique Sammut | April 16, 2018

Humble Beginnings Saint Bernadette Soubirous was born on January 7, 1844 into a very poor family.  She had a pleasant personality, very poor health, and bad asthma.  Bernadette helped her mother around the house and took care of her siblings.  She once said, “I was nothing and of this nothing God made something great.” The … Continue reading “Saint Bernadette of Lourdes: A Humble Saint”

Saint Gemma Galgani: The Daughter of Passion

By Monique Sammut | April 11, 2018

A Young Orphan Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878 in a small, Italian town.  She was the fifth of eight children.  Gemma was quiet and reserved but she had a smile for everyone and a great love for prayer.  She was even allowed to receive her First Holy Communion early when she was … Continue reading “Saint Gemma Galgani: The Daughter of Passion”

The Annunciation: The Handmaid of the Lord

By Monique Sammut | April 9, 2018

“Behold the Handmaid of the Lord” The feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25, nine months before Christmas.  This feast celebrates the day the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and asked her to be the Mother of Jesus.  Mary was an ordinary girl from a simple town.  Yet, God chose her from all … Continue reading “The Annunciation: The Handmaid of the Lord”

Easter Sunday: Alleluia – The Lord is Risen

By Monique Sammut | March 31, 2018

“Jesus Christ is Risen Today” You don’t realize how strange and silent and somber the Church feels when Alleluia is missing!  When it comes back with full force on Easter the very walls seem to sing to make the cry even louder!  Easter Sunday is an amazing day! Once, around Easter time, someone came up … Continue reading “Easter Sunday: Alleluia – The Lord is Risen”

Divine Mercy Sunday: The Greatest Gift

By Monique Sammut | March 30, 2018

Humble Beginnings Divine Mercy Sunday originated when Our Lord appeared to Saint Faustina, a humble, Polish sister.  During these visions, Jesus asked specifically that the Feast of Divine Mercy be established so that all people would turn to Our Lord and find refuge in him and in his unfathomable mercy. Jesus told Sister Faustina: This … Continue reading “Divine Mercy Sunday: The Greatest Gift”

Good Friday: The Day that Changed the World

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A Misnamed Day? “Why is Good Friday called good?”  This was the final question at my First Communion interview.  I don’t even think I guessed the answer because I really had no idea.  Why would the day Jesus died be called good? Our pastor cleared it up for my eight year old self and he … Continue reading “Good Friday: The Day that Changed the World”

Holy Thursday: A Very Special Night

By Monique Sammut | March 29, 2018

“Why is this Night Different from All Other Nights” Holy Thursday is a very special night for many reasons and for many people.  On this day, every year, the Jews celebrate the Passover and their deliverance by God from the Egyptians.  For Catholics, this day marks Jesus’ institution of the Priesthood and the Eucharist. The … Continue reading “Holy Thursday: A Very Special Night”

Spy Wednesday: The Ultimate Betrayal

By Monique Sammut | March 28, 2018

A Day with Many Names Wednesday of Holy Week is often referred to as Holy Wednesday.  However, it is also known as Spy Wednesday, based on the traditional belief that on this day, Judas, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, visited the Sanhedrin.  They paid him 30 pieces of silver and he told them he would … Continue reading “Spy Wednesday: The Ultimate Betrayal”

Palm Sunday: Blessed is He

By Monique Sammut | March 25, 2018

Triumphant Entry Palm Sunday is celebrated the Sunday before Easter, marking the beginning of Holy Week. The week before Jesus’ death, he triumphantly entered Jerusalem seated on a donkey.  People spread their cloaks on the ground and waved palm branches in the air as they cried, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of … Continue reading “Palm Sunday: Blessed is He”