What can Catholics do if they cannot get to confession? A few weeks ago, Pope Francis responded to the dilemma that many Catholics face in not being able to receive the Sacrament of Penance.
Currently most of us are unable to attend Mass because public Masses have been cancelled. But that doesn't mean that we should treat Sunday like any other day of the week. At the same time, what ARE we supposed to do? It feels so strange not to be able to go to Mass! Here is a guide on how to keep the Sabbath holy.
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 wondered whether Catholics should be telling ghost stories? Do ghosts actually exist? That depends on what you mean by "ghost." Let's understand what ghosts are...and read three true ghost stories.
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[...]
I have lots of memories of Christmases from my youth. I vividly remember making delicious holiday meals, singing in the children’s choir at mass, and excitedly buying presents for my siblings and parents, among many other things. But I don’t remember too much about Advent growing up, except for lighting the Advent w[...]
Throughout his life, especially during his years as pope, John XXIII was known for his genuine joy and a magnificent sense of humor. Considering his story, that is a striking quality and virtue to possess. John XXIII used humor in various types of moments to keep himself humble, to shed new light on situations, or simply to make[...]
Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone. It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment -Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh. But, nevertheless, it is possible to at[...]
Pope Pius VI named John Carroll the first bishop of the United States of America in 1789. His cousin, Charles Carroll, was one of America's Founding Fathers and the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Archbishop Carroll wrote the following prayer for our newly formed government on November 10, 1791, to be rec[...]
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[...]