Wit & Wisdom | The homily Óscar Romero was delivering when he was killed

As archbishop of San Salvador, Óscar Romero advocated for the poor and worked for peace amid an escalating civil war. For this reason, he was assassinated as he concluded his homily on March 24, 1980. The Mass was being offered for the first anniversary of the death of Sara Meardi de Pinto, mother of Jorge Pinto, publisher and editor of El Independiente, a small weekly newspaper. The Gospel reading was Jn. 12:23-26. For words of wit and wisdom from Archbishop Óscar Romero, voice of the voiceless, guardian of the poor, martyr, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Wit & Wisdom | St. Joseph: God’s Trustee

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet was a French bishop, theologian, and renowned orator. His writings are rich in love of Jesus, and tender in their understanding and explanation of scripture and theology. He brings wisdom for his readers to enjoy, and from which we are invited to continue to plumb the depths and riches of God's creation. For words of wit and wisdom from Bishop Bossuet (d. 1704) on St. Joseph's preeminent role as God's trustee, provider and guardian of the Holy Family, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Wit & Wisdom | Coming to Him to Have Life

Lent is a time of reflection, a time to ask what we are in need of to grow in the spiritual life. It is the season where we are invited to examine ourselves and ask God how we can turn our heart to him and grow closer so that we may die to oneself to live in God. St. Cyril of Jerusalem is an early Church Father. His influence on Christianity is still felt today as he is one of the most important sources for how the early Church celebrated the liturgy and sacraments. He is held in high esteem by both the Catholics and the Orthodox. His 4th century writings are a reminder to us for what it means to live a Christian life. As he says, "the indwelling [of the Holy Spirit] makes your mind into a divine house." In the hustle and bustle of the day with our preoccupations and responsibilities - at work and at home - in our interactions with family, friends, and strangers, we can often fall short of Jesus' exhortation that we be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect (cf. Matt 5:48). Yet it's in the daily events of our lives, those seemingly insignificant interactions we may have with others, or alone, in our own thoughts and choices, that we are called to be holy. We are called to transform ourselves into an image of God’s own holiness. By doing so we may transform the entire world into the kingdom of God. For words of wit and wisdom from Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386 A.D.), please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Wit & Wisdom | The weapon of fasting

Lent is a time of reflection, a time to ask what we are in need of to grow in the spiritual life. It is the season where we are invited to examine ourselves and ask God how we can turn our heart to him and grow closer so that we may die to oneself to live in God. Dr. Paul Thigpen is the editor of TAN Books. He's an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of many books, including daily devotionals good for Lent and throughout the year. His work has been translated into twelve languages and circulated worldwide. One of my favorite Thigpen books is Manual for Spiritual Warfare. In the Manual the author reminds us how "Sacred Scripture speaks of our ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the Devil (see Jas 4:1-7)." Yet, as he continues, "... belief in Satan's existence and activity is today widely dismissed as an outdated superstition. As a result, most Catholics hear very little about him, leaving them unprepared to understand and defeat him. They need to know their Enemy and his strategies." For words of wit and wisdom from Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., about one of the weapons at our disposal in the spiritual life, please click on the image. Peace be with you!