Blessed Michael Sopocko, Saint Faustina’s confessor, once spoke of additional promises that Jesus made to St. Faustina regarding the Divine Mercy image: "When chastisements for sins come upon the world and your own country will experience utter degradation, the only refuge will be trust in My mercy."
In the midst of all of the uncertainty in the world right now, there is good reason to remember the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and to recall the words that Our Lady spoke to Juan Diego. Let's hold onto these powerful words.
The Lord doesn’t want us to live in fear of the future or in shame over our past. He calls us to start again. He desires to wash away the sins of our past, and to guide our future with His Providence. We must follow Him now, not later.
Have you ever thought about giving a spiritual gift to your spouse for Valentine's Day? When we recall the origins of this feast day, we can see why a spiritual gift might actually be in better keeping with "who" and "what" the feast is about.
Children are experts at living in the moment. We, as adults, have a much harder time doing that. And that’s not entirely our fault. We are somewhat hard-wired to live in the past and in the future—it’s instinctual.
What can we learn from Saint John, beloved disciple of Jesus? If we imagine snapshots being taken at certain moments in Christ's life, we could say without a doubt that in those pictures we would see Christ's friend and disciple, John, standing close by.
There is a new bright spot in Bethlehem, and it arrived just in time for Advent and Christmas! A fragment of wood believed to be a part of the crib where the Virgin Mary laid Jesus on that first Christmas morning 2,000 years ago came back to the Holy Land from the Vatican.
It is not difficult to see the beauty of the the birth of Christ in the sweet manger scene where the Infant is wrapped in swaddling clothes and adored by Mary and Joseph. Yet, in truth, we are not naive witnesses to this scene.
I recently called a friend to ask for her prayers in a situation I was struggling with. A few weeks later I texted her to say that circumstances had improved, and she quickly texted back: “Be sure to thank God...He likes to be thanked!”
While my own love for the Mass has grown over time, I also know that I want that to be the case for my children, as well. I want them to love the Mass, too! This brings up a question: how do we pass this love along?