Happy Friday! To those of you who have your last final today, best of luck! You’ve made it this far--finish the race strong and be proud of how far you’ve come. St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron saint of test takers, pray for us!
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"And moreover I assure you that every grace you ask from God will infallibly be granted to you. And I shall always be in your midst, helping your prayers."
~ St. Angela Merici, Ninth Counsel
There is one particular line that sticks out to me from today’s readings: “For God who said, Let light shine out of darkness” (2 Corinthians 4:6). It feels like the image of light shining through the darkness is a fitting image for the end of this school year.
Happy Wednesday! I hope that this (very warm) finals week is going well so far. We’ll keep asking St. Joseph of Cupertino, the patron saint of test takers, for his prayers!
Today’s Gospel reading is a very familiar one, and one that is often used around graduation season. This short passage holds so much: Salt and light are both essential for life.
Today’s readings are jam-packed with important lessons. The gospel includes the Beatitudes, and that alone could be the source of weeks worth of daily prayers! However, what stuck out to me today was actually a short passage from the first reading.
As the year winds down, I have been thinking about what lessons I have learned, and the people I’ve learned them from.
Today’s first reading comes once again from the Book of Tobit--a book that can be hard to interpret and strange to read. Today’s excerpt fits that bill pretty well--it almost reads like a soap opera at first glance. In it, we find Tobiah going to visit Raguel and asking to marry his daughter. That’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary, biblically speaking. However, what Raguel reveals upon Tobiah’s request is: his daughter has had seven husbands, and each one died on their wedding night.
Today begins the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Solemnity will be celebrated this year on Friday, June 11. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular devotions in the Catholic Church.
Society has several phrases for perseverance: no great thing is created suddenly; it does not matter how slowly you go along as long as you do not stop. Perseverance is “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition” (thanks Mirriam-Webster!).
This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. The Feast of the Visitation recognizes the instance of Mary going to visit her cousin Elizabeth while both are with child. Not your average baby shower, this occasion was noteworthy for a variety of reasons.