It's an interesting insight into human nature that we like to get good and scared once in a while—on condition, of course, that we feel secure in our general surroundings. Toddlers bubble over with mingled fear and delight when dad pretends to be a roaring monster. They trust daddy, of course; and this [...]
Catholics are eagerly awaiting the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose profound, practical, and even electrifying teaching has pierced hearts around the world. This past July, the Catholic Church approved the miracle that makes possible this next step in the canonization process. No date has been set at this time[...]
Time is a gift that we have been given. We misuse it—especially today, with social media commandeering every free moment—but we have the gift of free will, too. Teresa of Avila, that beloved Carmelite saint, composed a beautiful prayer which we can say every day, or every night before we go to sleep, to redeem time.
Despite Tolkien's fame, many fans of this literary genius are unaware that he was a devout Roman Catholic whose faith profoundly influenced his work. It was, in fact, Tolkien’s faith and frequent reception of the Sacraments that sustained him through the trials of personal life, the darkness of two world wars, and the disappoint[...]
The brown scapular is one of the most beloved Marian devotionals in the history of the Church. But what is it? And where did it come from?
Most people think that Christmas is over on December 26th. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration has just begun. There is a reason why Christmas is called a season. It does not last for a single day. We have been preparing for it for four weeks, and the Church couldn't possibly start and end its celebration of Christ's bi[...]
Catholics everywhere are talking about it. "Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day are on the same day this year. What do we DO?" No worries. The answer is actually pretty simple. We just haven't had to worry about this since 1945, and the coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day won't happen again until 2024. In the meantime,[...]
Most Catholics can rattle off a list of who they consider to be the ten most popular saints. The lists would vary, of course, but would most likely contain many of the same names. There are some saints, however, who are so famous that they are known around the world—not only to Catholics, but to people of all beliefs (or no part[...]
Do you know who the patron saint of marriage is? Actually, that's a bit of a trick question, because there's more than one. Some are patrons of specific situations within marriage, which might make one of them in particular a very fitting intercessor for your needs:
Back in 1995, my mom was a young mother with five children. (There are nine of us now.) It was a time of life that was truly testing her limits. She was stretched thin as a wife and mother, trying to raise us while my dad, who worked very long hours, came home late in the evening and usually missed dinner. Money was tight for th[...]