Now that most public liturgies are canceled—both Masses and parish Stations of the Cross—many of us are feeling the void in our Lenten practices. The good news is: you don’t have to gather in your parish church to meditate on the mysteries of our salvation. You can pray the Stations as a family in your own home!
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?
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.
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.
There are many popular traditions associated with St. Andrew's feast day, especially in those countries that have him as their patron saint. But the most popular St. Andrew's feast day tradition is for everyone. This tradition is a Christmas novena that begins on St. Andrew's feast day.
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[...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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[...]