I Crowned a King

By F. Geckle I grew upon a rocky hillDespised by all who passed me byTheir loathing causes me no stingFor I once crowned a King My branches, cursed upon this earthTo sinful man as thorny fruitOf his daily sweat and toiling To one day crown a King. He made me, lowly creature, knowing thatMy thorns, […]

Abyss of Grief

By C. Crochet How silent and how sad,That moment of grief,When the Virgin most pure and sweetHeld the disfigured body of her Son.Those pierced hands, those wounded feet.O, abyss of grief! At the cross she made a prayerThat she would die and He be spared.Alas, He did not hear her prayer,So now He’s dead and […]

The Holy Face

Ecce Homo

By Julia Lehnen One Friday morning I went out to gather water from the well,When to my ears came the shouts of soldiers and of yells.The sound of whips against a man were carried down the street,And in the sand were footsteps from a set of very bloody feet. I followed the noise of angry […]

The Church Laws of Fast and Abstinence

What are the traditional laws of Fast and Abstinence? Why does the Church command the faithful to Fast? In our day and age we have lost the concept of penance and reparation. For this reason, it seems to some that the imposition of fasting and penance is something burdensome and not fitting our society. But […]