All posts by Andrew Garofalo

Sharing the stories of the Saints and the beauty of the Catholic Church.

“The one you love is ill”

Salve! “The one you love is ill” Today’s Readings, March 29, 2020 When Jesus learns Lazarus is sick, he does not rush to heal him. Instead, he spends two more days where he is before departing with his disciples to go to Lazarus in the town of Bethany. As they depart for Bethany, Jesus tells ...

“I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me”

Salve! “I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me” Today’s Readings, March 27, 2020 Both readings today show that the one who follows God will be tested, persecuted, and plotted against by those who are blinded by sin.  The Book of Wisdom says, “Let us beset the just one, because he ...

“You do not want to come to me to have life”

Salve! “You do not want to come to me to have life” Today’s Readings, March 26, 2020 In today’s Gospel, it is almost as if Jesus is invisible to the Jewish leaders. It is like he is telling them, “Here I am! You are looking everywhere, but what you are looking for is right in ...

“How can this be?”

Salve! Today’s Readings, March 25, 2020 Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord! Today we celebrate Jesus’ Incarnation. Jesus, who is God, humbled himself and took on human flesh, thereby divinizing humanity (elevating it, making it Godly). If there was ever a feast day that exemplifies the goodness of the material world, this is ...

“Do you want to be well?”

Salve! "Do you want to be well?" Today’s Readings, March 24, 2020 Water is prominent in today’s readings. Water is a symbol of life, power, blessing and spiritual refreshment in the Sacred Scriptures.  The Mass Entrance Antiphon says, “All who are thirsty, come to the waters, says the Lord. Though you have no money, come ...

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me

Today’s Readings, March 23, 2020 I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me Today, the psalmist gives thanks for deliverance from his enemies and for God raising him up from the pit. Though he realizes there will be a time of darkness, nightfall and weeping, the psalmist also believes there will be a ...

Rejoice!

Salve! Today is holy to the Lord your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep; for today is holy to our Lord. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength. ~ Nehemiah 8:9, 10, Divine Office Morning Prayer, Fourth Sunday of Lent Happy Laetare Sunday! Rejoice!  ...

Saint Joseph, Ben Parker and the Virtue of Silence

On March 19th we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, protector of the Church, patron saint of workers and the foster father of Jesus. When we consider the responsibilities of fatherhood, and of foster fatherhood in particular, we see similarities between the great St. Joseph and the fictional character Uncle Ben Parker from the Spider-Man ...

Ashes and Bats: The Power of Symbols

“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol … as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins In Batman Begins, ...

Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Queen of Heroes

Avengers: End Game spoilers ahead! In Avengers: Endgame Thor is a physical and emotional mess. He has turned to abusing food, alcohol and video games to cope with the overwhelming anguish he feels after Thanos kills half of the people in the universe, including many of his friends. Notwithstanding his weak state, Thor travels with ...