Thursday, June 29, 2023


There is an old custom of giving the manutergium to the priest’s mother, who keeps it throughout her lifetime and then is buried holding it in her hands. The Manutergium, which was used to cleanse the priests hands; consecrated and made holy when the bishop anointed them with sacred chrism at his consecreation. According to tradition, when she comes before Our Lord, he says to her: “I have given you life. What have you given to me?” She hands him the manutergium and responds, “I have given you my son as a priest.”  At this, Jesus grants her entry into paradise. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023


"Saint Charles Borromeo gave apt expression to this thought when, in his discourses to the clergy, he declared: "If we would only bear in mind, dearly beloved brethren, the exalted character of the things that the Lord God has placed in our hands, what unbounded influence would not this have in impelling us to lead lives worthy of ecclesiastics! Has not the Lord placed everything in my hand, when he put there his only-begotten Son, coeternal and coequal with himself? In my hand he has placed all his treasures, his sacraments, his graces; he has placed there souls, than whom nothing can be dearer to him; in his love he has preferred them to himself, and redeemed them by his Blood; he has placed heaven in my hand, and it is in my power to open and close it to others ... How, then, can I be so ungrateful for such condescension and love as to sin against him, to offend his honor, to pollute this body which is his? How can I come to defile this high dignity, this life consecrated to his service?"

SAINT PIUS X, Apostolic Constitution Haerent animo, on the sanctity of the clergy.

Thursday, June 8, 2023



There are three Thursdays in the year that shine brighter than the sun: Maundy Thursday, Corpus Christi and the Feast of the Ascension.

The Church jubilantly celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi 60 days after Easter Sunday to commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

The Feast of Corpus Christi was preceded by the miracle that happened in Bolsena, Italy, in 1263. According to different accounts, a priest who was celebrating the Holy Mass saw blood flow when raising the Consecrated Host.

Friday, June 2, 2023


Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: Nor the effeminate nor liers with mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of God. And such some of you were. But you are washed: but you are sanctified: but you are justified: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God.

1 Cor. 6: 9,11