Hold Fast to the Truth!

Hold Fast to the Truth!

What Newman Can Teach Us Today

comment | Posted Sep 17, 2014

“A pure block of purpose.” That’s how a friend of Newman’s summed up his life. From start to finish, Blessed John Henry Newman pursued one singular, overarching quest: the quest for truth. Continue »


Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Behold, your mother. (John 19:27)

comment | Posted Sep 15, 2014

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 »


The Birth of the Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Virgin Mary

We follow her example.

comment | Posted Sep 08, 2014

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 »


Apostle to the Gentiles

Apostle to the Gentiles

A look at the life of St. Paul

comment | Posted Sep 03, 2014

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 »


John the Baptist, Herald for the Messiah

John the Baptist, Herald for the Messiah

Witness of the Lord

comment | Posted Aug 29, 2014

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 »


Receive What You Are!

St. Augustine on the Eucharist

comment | Posted Aug 27, 2014

According to early church tradition, only those who had been baptized were permitted to remain at Mass after the Creed on Sundays. So to help new converts in his diocese, St. Augustine (354-430) preached the sermon below. In it, he tried to help the new believers grasp the mysteries they were about to see and participate in. Continue »


Do You Hear Him Calling?

Do You Hear Him Calling?

The Lord who called Matthew is calling you, too.

comment | Posted Aug 22, 2014

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 »


Praying with Mary

Praying with Mary

On this Feast of the Assumption, let her song of praise teach you how to pray.

comment | Posted Aug 15, 2014

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 »


Joachim and Anne: How Blessed a Couple!

Joachim and Anne: How Blessed a Couple!

From a Sermon by St. John Damascene

comment | Posted Jul 25, 2014

Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him. Continue »


The Saint of the First Red Cross

The Saint of the First Red Cross

St. Camillus of Lellis

comment | Posted Jul 18, 2014

If you’ve ever been tempted to think that you’re not cut out for sanctity, consider the case of Camillus of Lellis. Here is a saint—the patron of hospitals, health care workers, and the sick— whose burning love for God effected a widespread reform of patient care. Continue »


Lessons from Saints Peter and Paul

Lessons from Saints Peter and Paul

What can we learn from these great heroes of the church?

comment | Posted Jun 27, 2014

The feast of Saints Peter and Paul is on June 29. One way to celebrate it is to spend a little time thinking about their stories and what they mean for us. Here are a couple of reflections to consider. Continue »


Over All These, Put On Love

Over All These, Put On Love

Jesus offers a way to heal and strengthen our relationships.

comment | Posted Jun 16, 2014

"When I think about living above with all the saints I love, Yes, I look forward to that glory. When I think about living down here with some people, Now that’s a completely different story." Continue »


What Unspeakable Joy

What Unspeakable Joy

The Story of St. Seraphim of Sarov

comment | Posted May 07, 2014

In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II singles out five saints as exceptional models of prayer. Four are well known to most Catholics. Continue »


Feast of St. Mark (April 25th)

Feast of St. Mark (April 25th)

An Introduction to Mark’s Gospel

comment | Posted Apr 25, 2014

The Gospel according to Mark is printed in every Christian Bible, but, even so, it has managed to remain (in many ways) like the pearl of great price buried in a field, waiting to be discovered and able to enrich spiritual treasure seekers with unexpected rewards. Continue »


The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

An essay by Alphonsus Liguori

comment | Posted Apr 18, 2014

The amiable Redeemer approaches the end of life. My soul, behold those eyes grow dim; that beautiful countenance becomes pale; that heart palpitates feebly; that sacred body is abandoned to death. Continue »


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