The saints are as different as they are similar. Some saints lived short lives; some long ones; some saints were married, others single; some saints came from prominence, others from obscurity; some saints were devoted to God their whole life, others only after a conversion of heart. The common thread that runs through the live[...]
Purgatory is probably one of the most misunderstood Catholic doctrines today, and many do not believe that it really exists. In this article I'm briefly going to cover the biblical foundation for purgatory, what purgatory is, and the history of purgatory in the Catholic Church.
"Our first duty, therefore, precisely in order to heal this world, is to be holy, configured to God; in this way we emanate a healing and transforming power that also acts on others, on history . . . Jesus did not call [the Twelve Apostles] because they were already holy, complete, perfect, but so that they might become so, so t[...]
Although is commendable to invoke our Guardian Angels and learn how to recognize their promptings, there are a few dangers to avoid when seeking out a closer relationship with them. There is a persistent error among many Catholics when it comes to their Guardian Angels: trying to discover their name or identity, or assigning a n[...]
Prior to my conversion to Catholicism and becoming a parent, I had not really thought much about angels except when I saw them portrayed in art or in knick-knacks at a Hallmark store. It's not that I didn't believe in them, but I thought of them as I think of other things that are mysterious... that they are beyond my reach in[...]
When Christianity was new, misunderstood, and outlawed, St. Justin Martyr, a philosopher and Christian convert, took it upon himself to give a powerful defense of Christian doctrine and practice before the secular power, arguing that Christians should not be persecuted. Enshrined in his defense, or Apology, is one of the earlies[...]
A sacrament is an outward sign of an invisible spiritual reality. Because humans are a unity of a physical body and a spiritual soul, God uses the means of physical objects and rituals to convey spiritual truths that we cannot detect using our senses.This outward sign functions as a channel through which God imparts sanctifying[...]
Although many Catholics have heard of Our Lady of Fatima and her appearance to three shepherd children in 1917, most people do not know the whole story or its crucial importance in world history, the life of the Church, and our own eternal salvation. We're about to change that.
Fasting is an ancient spiritual discipline taught in the Bible, and modeled for us by Jesus himself during his forty-day sojourn into the wilderness in preparation for his earthly ministry. Why is fasting so important in the life of a Christian? Below are three reasons as described by St. Thomas Aquinas.
It should not surprise us that fasting is beneficial to our bodies and our minds as well as our souls, since as human beings, we are made up of all three. When something benefits one of our faculties, it benefits all of them. The integration of body, mind, and soul is, in fact, a goal of many spiritual pursuits. Actually, fastin[...]