Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope John Paul II gave the Luminous Mysteries to the Church. Since then, these “Mysteries of Light” have taken their place in the recitation of the Holy Rosary along with the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.
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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.
Yes, Adam and Eve have a feast day. Didn't you know? Catholic tradition has taught that Adam and Eve experienced profound contrition for their sin after they disobeyed the command of God. After being expelled from the Garden of Eden, they lived lives of repentance and holiness.
Advent is my favorite season. Each year I find myself so grateful that the Church knows just what I need in order to prepare my heart for Christ’s coming. This time of waiting is such a gift that I look forward to it every year—I even long for it!
Catholics and Halloween: a good or bad mix? Is this a pagan holiday? Here are the facts of the matter: the true substance of Halloween belongs to the Catholic Church. It is the first day of Allhallowtide, the time of year when the living (i.e. the Church Militant) honor all the dead in Christ...
It's an interesting insight into human nature that we like to get good and scared once in a while—on condition, of course, that we feel secure in our general surroundings. Toddlers bubble over with mingled fear and delight when dad pretends to be a roaring monster. They trust daddy, of course; and this [...]
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.
The recognition of St. John Henry Newman's sanctity is an important event: one that is cause for celebration among all Catholics—particularly the Catholic Church of England and Wales—and the Anglican Church, as well. The story of St. John Henry Newman is a reminder that God draws His children to Himself in His own way, and in Hi[...]
St. Raphael is one of the seven Archangels who stands before the throne of God. He is also one of only three angels whose names have been revealed through Sacred Scripture. His name in various translations means “God heals,” “Divine Healer,” or “Medicine of God,” for he has received his healin[...]
Catholics are eagerly awaiting the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose profound, practical, and even electrifying teaching has pierced hearts around the world. This past July, the Catholic Church approved the miracle that makes possible this next step in the canonization process. No date has been set at this time[...]