Behold, your mother. (John 19:27)
September 15th is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is a longstanding tradition in our church to wear a medal of Our Lady of Sorrows. Many people, in fact, have been wearing this particular sacramental for years, and would never be parted from it. Continue »
"And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:8-9).
This Sunday, the 14th of September, is the Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, formerly known as the Triumph of the Cross. Continue »
We follow her example.
For centuries, God had been promising his people a Savior, one who would “shepherd his flock” and whose greatness would “reach to the ends of the earth” (Micah 5:3). And over the generations, countless Jews waited, trusting that God’s promises would be fulfilled. That’s why the birth of Mary was such a momentous event: It signaled the era of fulfillment. Continue »
Evangelii Nuntiandi is as significant today as ever.
The decision of Pope Francis to beatify Pope Paul in the context of a Synod of Bishops celebration urges us to reflect on his extraordinary post-conciliar pontificate and his immense contributions, particularly in the area of evangelization and catechesis. Continue »
A look at the life of St. Paul
Is there anyone among the first Christians more famous than St. Paul? This man of God traveled the world, broke cultural barriers, wrote some of our most enduring literature, and established a network of churches that would forever change the face of Europe and the Middle East. Continue »
Special Intentions for September
Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »
Witness of the Lord
In ancient times, when a king traveled from place to place, messengers ran ahead to announce his coming and encourage the people to prepare to receive the royal visitor. Messengers did not take this role upon themselves, but were appointed to it. So too was John an envoy, a herald chosen by God to announce his reign and the imminent coming of his Son. Continue »
The Lord who called Matthew is calling you, too.
We read that Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, “saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20). Continue »
An excerpt from "The Quick Reference Guide to the Catholic Bible"
Although there are seventy-three books in the Bible, certain themes unify the Scriptures. Continue »
On this Feast of the Assumption, let her song of praise teach you how to pray.
Mary’s Song, called the Magnificat, tells us more than any other gospel story just how Mary approached prayer (Luke 1:46-55). Mary had heard that her long-barren cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, and so she went to visit her. Continue »
How to listen to God in Scripture
Unlike any other book ever written, the Bible is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Scripture has the power to bring God himself into our lives. Listen, for instance, to Moses as he addresses the Israelites just as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Continue »
This exercise will help you find out.
When we try to think of ourselves as holy, often our first reaction is to exclaim, “Not me!” That may be because we tend to think of holiness as something reserved for great saints and heroes, and we know we aren’t in that category! However, the truth is that by the fact of our baptism we are all called to holiness. Continue »
It is good that we are here. (Luke 9:33)
Put yourself in Peter’s place. God had already revealed to him that Jesus was the Messiah (Luke 9:20). And now he is standing with James and John, watching Jesus’ appearance change before his eyes. Continue »
How God has used this simple substance to bring about death and life.
Today’s reading invites us to come to the waters: the waters of life. Of course, the first experience many of us have of this water is quite literal, in the sacrament of Baptism. Continue »
A Prayer by St. Alphonsus Liguori
The founder of the Redemptorists Order, St. Alphonsus was not healthy, to say the least; he received the Last Rites eight times during his long life. (He lived to be ninety-one.) Continue »