The statue is one of the most distinctive forms of Catholic art. It is also one of the most misunderstood. The claim that statues used for veneration were idols used for worship has caused controversy in the Church. So why should we bring Catholic statues into our homes?
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.
Doubt does not equal a lack of belief. It can actually be a stepping stone to a more perfected faith. If we wrestle with our doubts, we can claim and embrace our faith more deeply over time, and even strengthen the faith God has given us.
A gifted writer and preacher, St. Francis de Sales was named a Doctor of the Church in 1877—particularly for the spiritual direction which his writings provided for lay people. He understood the demands of everyday life and knew how to guide souls to holiness in the midst of it.
Este sacramental de agua bendita es poderoso, y puede ayudarnos a crecer en la vida de la fe. Por eso, lo debemos usar diariamente. Para prevenir el uso descuidado del agua bendita, debemos encontrar aún más maneras de usarlo. Se lo puede usar para bendecir personas, lugares, y objetos que sirven para glorificar a Dios.
January is here again, and it's time to make our annual New Year's resolutions. Every Catholic should add to their list a few spiritual resolutions designed to help them climb that mountain of faith! Let the freshness of a new year be your impetus to make new strides in your walk with God.
Have you ever encountered a stranger in need who asks you for money? A homeless person on the sidewalk downtown? An unemployed veteran in a wheelchair, soliciting funds from passers-by? Someone standing at a stoplight with a cardboard sign asking for help? These encounters pierce our hearts, or at least, they should pierce ou[...]
There isn't a definitive way to throw an Epiphany party. Different cultures have celebrated in different ways. I'd like to be more specific and personal, and share some tips from the beautiful ways in which my own mother has hosted Epiphany parties.
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.