We are all going to die. Every single one of us. And, over time, so will all those whom we know and love. Fear is a natural part of our humanity, but it is not the better part. The better part is to rejoice in the gift of our immortal souls, and to embrace the hope and the promise implicit in bodily death. This is a grace of the[...]
Looking back now, I see that this great man of faith had a remarkable ability to penetrate hearts and souls not just by the words he spoke, but by the way his life expressed those words.
Ours is a happily-Catholic home. You don’t have to get much further than the threshold of the front door to realize it. Like many Catholics, we display statues, holy pictures, and other tangible reminders of our faith. These serve as inspiration for our devotional life and sometimes mark the current liturgical season. [...]
Bernadette relied on prayer and the prayers of others to carry her through her trials when they seemed almost unbearable. At one of her lowest moments she prayed: O Mary, my gentle Mother, here I am, your child who can bear no more. See my needs and above all my spiritual distress. Have pity on me; grant that one day I may be w[...]
Summer offers an opportunity to take an inventory of your relationship with God and to see where you might be lacking. Sometimes a few months is all we need to get back on track and to concentrate on a few things that can make a big difference. The following are three simple ways to grow in holiness this summer.
Christianity isn't just lived; it's celebrated. That's because our faith isn't merely about doctrine—it includes a plethora of saints, historical events, and divine mysteries that are uniquely honored throughout the year with appointed festivals (or feast days). This happens according to a set rhythm[...]
Gallagher presents his readers with the antidote - the present moment. In a casual and approachable manner, Gallagher weaves personal stories and situations from his own life as a father of 13 children and Publisher of Saint Benedict Press and TAN.
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?
As we began our 11.7-mile trek at the Saddleback Mountain trailhead in Maine we were immediately surrounded by beauty. The terrain varied as we hiked... with wooded paths becoming rocky and then ascending through thick forests of green to pristine lakes that seemed to appear from nowhere. I was stunned by the beauty of the crea[...]
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[...]