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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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.
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.
There is a new bright spot in Bethlehem, and it arrived just in time for Advent and Christmas! A fragment of wood believed to be a part of the crib where the Virgin Mary laid Jesus on that first Christmas morning 2,000 years ago came back to the Holy Land from the Vatican.
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.
The pop of the camera flash, the glitter of films, and the glamour of her photos have outshone other details of her life. We recognize Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, but who remembers that she went to Mass on Sundays?
Many people today do not realize that Grace Kelly was a Catholic, and a practicing Catholic at that. It wasn't merely nominal or cultural. Like the rest of us who are far from saintly, Grace may not have lived it out in a perfectly exemplary way—but it had formed her soul.
Many people have found great solace and peace in praying the Serenity Prayer. It presents us with a simple, humble message, one that seems counter-cultural in today’s world. What can we learn from this well-known prayer?
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.