Veneration of the Holy Face of Jesus had its beginning during the very passion Our Lord, making it one of the oldest devotions in the Christian tradition. This devotion evolved from the sacred image of Our Lord that appeared on the Veil of Manoppello, also referred to as Veronica’s Veil. Below, follow the devotion from the beginning.
Lent is fast approaching and Catholics across the world have heard the call to assembly and have gathered in solidarity. Denying ourselves something we enjoy is a simple and clear way to remember all that Christ has sacrificed on our behalf. Lent is often remembered as an “ordeal”. We fall into the trap of characterizing Lent as a miserable and grumpy time. Why? Because we all are longing for that certain thing we have sacrificed. When we are dreading an event we are already predisposing ourselves to not get as much out of it. We focus on our need and desire, rather than our sacrifice of love and thankfulness.
Lent is the time of spiritual preparation prior to the Easter season, just as Advent is for Christmas.
“Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes it her duty to propose some specific tasks that accompany the faithful concretely in this process of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.” -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Here’s a rundown of everything major you need to know about the Lenten season, the 40 days of preparation before the greatest of all Christian feasts, Easter.
In a life full of never ending lists of “must-dos”, we constantly need to check if we are abiding by “Thy will be done” or “MY will be done”. But, we are still faced with the question: How do we know if we are on the right track? At The Catholic Company we had the privilege of talking with Teresa Tomeo about her new book, “being still”, and how she continues to be an enthusiastic and committed Catholic.
The Devotion to Mary Untier of Knots has become one of the fastest growing Marian devotions. Devotion to Our Lady under this title is not new but through the promotion of Pope Francis, it has recently grown in popularity. Pope Francis, the then Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was studying in Germany when he came across an image of Mary Undoer of Knots. Struck by the painting, Fr. Jorge Mario Bergolio brought a picture of the painting and the devotion back to Germany.