We have a wonderful dignity in Christ
"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul. For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice." (Isaiah 61:10) Continue »
Do You Find It Hard to Pray? Here’s Some Practical Advice . . .
Prayer is not a last resort. It’s not what we do after we read the self-help books, after we go to the specialists, or after we surf the Internet. Prayer is our lifeline to God. Continue »
We honor Augustine of Hippo as one of the great saints of the Church. Aside from the biblical authors, he is the writer most often cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It was he who laid theological foundations for the Church’s doctrine of marriage, and it was he who gave moral thinkers a vocabulary for the discussion of sexual ethics. Continue »
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Reminds Us of God’s Passionate Love for Us
How many times have we heard someone tell us that God loves us? Love is a powerful and profound experience and yet those words—“God loves you”—can be so easily forgotten amid the day-to-day routine of life. Continue »
God sends the heat of his love to purify and transform us.
The seven hundred acres of fields on the ranch providing feed for cattle and horses were a challenge for plow and sower and reaper. And if one of those machines broke down during the window offered by the season, it could mean losing a crop. Continue »
Authentic Faith Looks Forward to Having a Glorified Body
We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. —Pope Pius XII, "Munificentissimus Deus", 44 Continue »
When Dad and Mom Are on Different Paths . . .
It would be great if husbands and wives were always at the same place along the same spiritual path, but life is often much more complicated. Ecumenical, or “mixed” marriages have become commonplace, and even couples who are both Catholic can find themselves growing apart spiritually. Continue »
Every year on August 6, the church celebrates one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel, when Jesus’ first followers are given a glimpse of his heavenly glory. Continue »
How St. John Vianney Brought a Whole Town to Conversion
On a gray and misty late afternoon in February 1818, a thirty-one-year-old priest reached the outskirts of a backwater village north of Lyons, France. Immediately, he knelt down on the roadside and prayed. Continue »
How St. Ignatius of Loyola Finally Gave in to the Lord
In May of 1521, a captain in the Spanish army was wounded in battle—and the church has never been the same since. Continue »
In the following selections from his homilies and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »
Boanerges, or “sons of thunder,” aptly described Jesus’ impetuous disciples James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). James and John, who were fishermen when Jesus called them, were prominent among the twelve disciples. Continue »
We can do whatever God asks of us because Jesus has given us his divine strength.
One of the most promising—and intriguing—passages in the New Testament is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Continue »
How can all of us, everyday people who have no special training, become zealous evangelists?
In their recent book "Sharing the Faith That You Love", popular Catholic authors and evangelists John and Therese Boucher share episodes from their own lives that illustrate how God works in us and through us when we open ourselves to his grace and to the leadings of his Spirit: Continue »
Kateri Tekakwitha burned with white-hot zeal, as the Holy Spirit led her in the way of mercy, steadfast love, and a humble walk with her God.
In the frigid predawn darkness, a lone figure stood immobile in the snow: a young woman, oblivious to the cold, oblivious to the hour, alone with her God. She was just twenty-four years old, and her fragile health was failing. But her health had never been good, so why mind that now? What were these present sufferings compared to the life that awaited her? Continue »