St. Gertrude is one of the most remarkable mystics of the Catholic Church. Her life, her writings, and her experiences of the Heart of Christ through prayer have had a significant impact on Catholic thought and spirituality. Through the prayers and writings of this holy saint, the Church came to know the incredible depths of God[...]
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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[...]
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...
St. Jude traveled, preached, instructed, and encouraged the persecuted in the first century Christians. Until he was martyred in Persia, around 65 A.D., he exhorted believers to stand strong in their faith. Many began praying at his tomb and experiencing the gift of his intercession and healing. This further confirmed his presen[...]
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.
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 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[...]
The saying “Go big or go home” sounds so much more impressive than “Go little. Trust God.” We are not told to “grow down” but to “grow up.” Those who are small go unnoticed and merit no rewards. Or do they? In St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who lived in the late 1800s, we have a saintly companion whose “Little Way” is a[...]
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[...]