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St. Mechtildis: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Benedictine abbess and miracle worker. She was the daughter of Count Berthold of Andechs, in modem Bavaria, Germany. The count and his wife, Sophia, founded a monastery on their es­tate at Diessen, Bavaria, and placed Mechtildis there at the age of five. She became a Benedictine nun, and then abbess. In 1153 the bishop of Augsburg placed her in charge of Edelstetten Abbey. Mechtildis was revered for her mystical gifts and miracles. She died at Diessen on May 31.

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Reading 1: Romans 12:9-16, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-6, Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

A Mother's Courage: Embracing the Gift of a Different Kind of Normal

In a world that often pressures parents to conform to societal norms, Mariaan Strauss stood unwavering in her decision to embrace her son, Hendre, despite the challenges he would face. Refusing to succumb to the pressure from doctors, she proudly proclaims, "It's okay to have a child who's different from society's idea of 'normal.' We have received the greatest gift, and I wish they could hear me when I tell them."

Nigerian Catholic Priest Rejoices in Freedom on Pentecost Sunday after Three Days in Captivity

In a remarkable development that touched the hearts of believers far and wide, a Catholic priest in Nigeria has been released from captivity after enduring three agonizing days. The priest's liberation occurred on a day of great significance - Pentecost Sunday - filling the faithful with immense joy and rekindling their unwavering hope.

Pope Francis Offers Encouragement and Support to Young Cancer Patients, Emphasizing Christ's Eternal Presence

In a heartwarming and inspiring gesture, Pope Francis recently spent time with a group of courageous young individuals battling cancer, affirming their strength and assuring them of Christ's constant companionship throughout their journey. During the special encounter, the Holy Father offered words of encouragement, emphasizing the abiding presence of Jesus in their lives.

Memorial Day: Chaplains - A Reminder that We Are One Nation Under God

The work of our chaplains extends much farther than the post chapel. They labor on land, at sea and in the air. There are 1.4 million Catholics in the military; wherever they are stationed, the chaplain is there. These chaplains can be found bringing Jesus Christ to their people in desert tents, on the aft deck of a guided missile cruiser, underwater on a submarine, and in post chapels.

Memorial Day: Honor Those Who Honor Our Nation with Heroic Sacrifice

Thank you, to every man and woman who has fought and is currently fighting for our homeland.�  Thank you for doing everything within your power to make sure I and my children can sleep safely tonight.�  I love and appreciate you and I pray God's blessing on you and your families.�  Godspeed, and come home soon.

To honor the lost: A brief history of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is fast approaching and for many people it happens to be a day off work. Trips have been planned and parties organized, yet many people forget that Memorial Day is not intended to be an occasion of jubilation. Memorial Day has always been intended to serve as a day to remember those who died in war.

Memorial Day: Honor Those Who Have Given Their Lives in Military Service

I live in Chesapeake, a wonderful city in Southeastern Virginia where there are many members of the military. The parish I serve is an example of this. Every day, I witness the many sacrifices which military families make for our Nation. On this Memorial Day, I ask you to consider embracing a practice I was inspired to embrace years ago. Whenever and wherever you see a man or a woman in uniform, stop and shake their hand. Look them in the eyes. Thank them for their service to our ...

Come Holy Spirit! The Whole Church Needs Pentecost

On Pentecost the early followers of Jesus gathered as their Lord had instructed them, expecting the fulfillment of the promise he had made to send the Holy Spirit. We refer to Pentecost as the birthday of the missionary church for a good reason. Their encounter with the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room changed them.