One of the aspects of the Catholic faith that Protestants struggle with the most is the honor that Catholics give Our Lady. In particular, the "Hail Mary" seems to be a particular point of contention. Some Protestants point to that prayer and say, “That is proof of Catholics’ idolatry of[...]
Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to think about WHY you ask Dad all those questions and go to him for advice, and then actually share your reflections with him. We’ve put together a list of 10 quotes to help you express what you most appreciate about your dad.
Did you know? According to popular tradition, one of the most likely origins of April Fools’ Day is the result of the Western world switching from the Julian calendar to the Christian Gregorian calendar in the 1500s. (The Gregorian calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII, who instituted it in 1582.) For centuries up u[...]
Have you ever had a "lightning bolt" moment in your spiritual life? This "lightning moment" might be exactly like it sounds: a striking, unmistakable moment of enlightenment. Conversion of St. Augustine It could be a line from a book that strikes you to the core and becomes imprinted on your heart, as happened with St. Au[...]
Before you start down a rabbit hole of anxious planning, don't forget that, as we face any situation, God's grace is there too - in abundance! It's always easier to recall God's presence and peace when we have visible reminders of that presence in front of us. With that in mind, we present for your reflective, lighthearted enjoy[...]
Even a simple glance at St. John’s poetry reveals a depth and richness that can be understood only by living the reality spoken of. It was in St. John’s darkest time that Our Lord drew him close and gifted him with words to poignantly describe the journey of the soul, and the path to God that inevitably passes through darkness.
Now more than ever we need to entrust ourselves and our families to the spiritual protection of St. Michael amidst the current crisis in the Church. He will help us to triumph during this time of trial and suffering and ensure that our faith will not be harmed, weakened, or lost.
I love finding ancient prayers and poems of the Church that are beautiful and deeply moving. The kind that continue for stanza after stanza, even when you think that more beautiful phrases aren’t possible! The words of the saints and other holy men and women throughout the centuries have inspired and strengthened me amidst many[...]
St. Lawrence (d. 258 A.D.) was likely a Spaniard by birth who lived in Rome while Christianity was outlawed under pain of death. He was appointed by Pope St. Sixtus II as archdeacon over the seven deacons of Rome, and held the sacred duty of tending to the Church's wealth and distributing alms to the poor.
Prayer is "the necessary and sure means of obtaining salvation, and [contains] all the graces we need to attain [salvation]...To save one's soul without prayer is most difficult, and even impossible…but by praying our salvation is made secure, and very easy...If we do not pray, we have no excuse, for the grace of prayer is given[...]