St. Bernadette & Lessons on Suffering

<img class=

April 16 is the feast day of the stunning St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Saint Bernadette is best known for being the visionary of the Marian apparition at Lourdes. During the course of her short life (she died at the age of 35) Bernadette Soubirous received an astounding 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Continue reading


Posted in Church History, Holy Day / Feast Day, Patron Saints | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

9 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Mass

<img class=

Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone.

We’re human. We live in a fast-paced world. We have so many things bouncing around in our minds that we bring into Mass, not including the distractions we’re bombarded with after we find our seat in the pew. And if we have little ones – multiply that by ten.

It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment—Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh.

But, nevertheless, it is possible to at least limit some of our distractions at Mass with these simple yet practical tips: Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Education, Prayer, Sacraments | Tagged , | 18 Comments

Do Latinas Wear Mantillas? One Reluctant Woman’s Journey

<img class=

I was born and raised Catholic, but I considered the use of veils during Mass as an old-fashioned tradition for older women and Evangelicals (in Latin America Protestant Evangelical women use them the most).

Then one day my husband, a faithful Catholic, gave me a fine purple mantilla imported from Spain. I was offended! What was he trying to say?! Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Mom, Catholic Pilgrimage, Catholic Traditions | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

First Holy Communion Gift Guide – Printable PDF

<img class=

It’s that time of year again – First Holy Communion season!

First Holy Communion is the ideal time to teach children the love and reverence they should bear towards the Blessed Sacrament. The faith that you instill in their hearts during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It will be a future comfort and strength in times of trial, keeping them grounded in the love of Christ that is always there for them in Holy Communion. Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Gift Guide, Sacraments | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Story of Mary Magdalene and the First Easter Egg

<img class=

Painting Easter eggs is a beloved ancient tradition for Eastern Catholic churches as well as Orthodox. The eggs are often dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross.

The Easter eggs are then blessed by the priest at the end of the Easter vigil and distributed to the faithful. The shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Historically, Christians would also abstain from eating eggs during a strict Lent, so Easter was the first chance to eat eggs again after a long period of abstinence. In some cultures it is also common to paint wooden Easter eggs and hand them out as gifts to friends and family. Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Traditions, Holy Day / Feast Day, Liturgical Seasons | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

New Book Release: Richard John Neuhaus—A Life in the Public Square (Author Interview)

<img class=

A brilliant biography of one of the intellectual mavericks of 20th century Catholicism – arguably the most influential man of faith in American life, from the 1960’s through to the 2000’s. Interview with author Randy Boyagoda on his new release, Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square. Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Books, Interviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Is First Communion a Tradition or a Conviction Among Latinos?

<img class=

Parents shop for their boys fine attire and the perfect dress for girls – sometimes so fancy that it looks like an early wedding ceremony! There is nothing wrong with that unless we lose sight of the real meaning and think that it is all about la fiestecita. So, there is a question: is First Communion just a tradition, or a religious conviction? Continue reading


Posted in Catechesis, Catholic Education, Catholic Events, Catholic Home & Family, Catholic Mom, Catholic Traditions, Sacraments | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Our RCIA Gift Guide: Heaven Will Be Celebrating These New Catholics, and So Should You!

<img class=

Because receiving God’s saving grace through the Sacraments is something to be celebrated, everyone coming into the Church should receive a keepsake or a memento of the special occasion (especially from their sponsors and any Catholic family members). Preferably something that will help them to grow in their faith as new Catholics. Every new convert should have that sacramental, whether it be a crucifix, a rosary, or a prayer book, that they can look at with gratefulness and say, “I received this gift when I became Catholic.” It will always be a reminder for them of all the graces they received that helped bring them home to the Catholic Church. Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Gift Guide, Sacraments | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Vatican to Canonize First Married Couple: Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

<img class=

Yesterday it was announced that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized by Pope Francis to coincide with the Synod on the Family coming up this October.

This is very exciting news! Continue reading


Posted in Catholic Events, Patron Saints, Sacraments | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

113 Inspiring Scriptural Meditations on Christian Discipleship

<img class=

A friend of mine, Michael, teaches Faith Formation at my parish. He recently sent me this list of Bible verses for the topic of Christian discipleship that he developed for his students. I asked for permission to share it with our friends and fans at The Catholic Company as a meditation for Lent. I hope you are able to get a lot out of it! Continue reading


Posted in Bible Study, Catechesis | Tagged , , | 10 Comments