One of the most interesting traditions in the Catholic culture is certainly holy cards. As a cradle Catholic I grew up with holy cards . . .
Archives for January 2013
I recently posted an article called Praying with a Crucifix Like a Saint where I talked about how praying with a crucifix can be a great aid to enhancing and deepening your prayer life. This was a common practice for many (probably most) of the saints, and several of them actually had significant mystical experiences with Christ through their devotional use of a crucifix.
In October of 2012 the Holy Father initiated a special papal Year of Faith that runs through the end of November 2013. The vision of this move, in the words of the Holy Father, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” By announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope is trying to combat the spiritual plagues of our time that he has repeatedly warned against, secularism, poor catechesis, and religious indifference, by encouraging Catholics to learn and live their faith in public.
What did Pope John Paul II ask doctors to not remove when he was shot in 1981? His brown scapular. The scapular is one of the most popular devotions of the Catholic Church. Today many different scapulars exist with all sorts of different promises to their wearers and different histories.
The very first day of every year, January 1st, the Church appropriately honors the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Marian feast day. And the title by which she is honored on this day is also the first Marian dogma defined by the Church: The Mother of God.