The most extraordinary and staggering conflict that ever took place happened not between men, but in the heavens, before the dawn of man on earth. Sacred Scripture gives us this history in Revelation 12:7-9: “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought[...]
One of the aspects of the Catholic faith that Protestants struggle with the most is the honor that Catholics give Our Lady. In particular, the "Hail Mary" seems to be a particular point of contention. Some Protestants point to that prayer and say, “That is proof of Catholics’ idolatry of[...]
A patron is a saint who is venerated as a special intercessor before God. The theological background of the patronage of saints includes the dogmas of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Communion of Saints. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, (962) "We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are[...]
The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary's special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.
Did you know? According to popular tradition, one of the most likely origins of April Fools’ Day is the result of the Western world switching from the Julian calendar to the Christian Gregorian calendar in the 1500s. (The Gregorian calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII, who instituted it in 1582.) For centuries up u[...]
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?
Have you ever had a "lightning bolt" moment in your spiritual life? This "lightning moment" might be exactly like it sounds: a striking, unmistakable moment of enlightenment. Conversion of St. Augustine It could be a line from a book that strikes you to the core and becomes imprinted on your heart, as happened with St. Au[...]
"Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we know you want us to do and always to desire what pleases You. Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footsteps of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus[...]
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[...]
"O Almighty God, gracious provider and giver of life, we anxiously await the celebration of your birth. Like the people of long ago, our ancestors in faith, we, too, are in need of light, in need of direction, in need of your Word, to show us the way. Our busy lives and the consumerism that surrounds us make it difficult to reco[...]