Video: Every Catholic Should Have a Car that Shows It!

Catholic Car

You probably keep all kinds of things stashed away in your car, especially if you spend a lot of time commuting . . . but does your stash include reminders of your holy faith? The automobile is probably the most dangerous place where we spend a significant amount of time. We all know how potentially devastating it could be if something bad happened to our vehicle, or if we were involved in an auto accident. Our vehicles are closely tied to our livelihood, and they also carry our most priceless treasures – our spouses, children, family, and friends. Make sure your vehicle is blessed for spiritual protection and decked out with signs of your Catholic faith, which encourages you to PRAY and ask the saints for their holy intercession on a daily basis. It’s also a great way to evangelize!

The Dignity and Qualities of a Holy Priest by St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes (feast day August 19th) was a priest and parish missionary in 17th century France, the most renowned and effective preacher of his day. At the age of 14 he consecrated his life to the Blessed Virgin Mary, his segueway into the priesthood.

His life mission was twofold. The first was to combat the widespread loss faith in the hearts and souls of the French people. For this end he promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary among the laity. He was instrumental in getting the Church to adopt these feasts on the liturgical calendar, and he also composed the propers for their Mass and Divine Office.

The second part of his life mission was to combat the weakened fervor of priests.

Then and Now: The Apparition of Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Knock

August 21st, 1879 is the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a small village church in Knock, Ireland. Known as Our Lady of Knock, it is one of the major Marian apparitions approved by the Church.

Mary’s miraculous appearance was a great consolation to the Irish people who suffered through the terrible famines and extreme hardships of that era in Ireland’s history. Although Our Lady of Knock was silent, the peace and healing she brought was real and lasting.

Video: What It’s Like to Have a Priest Bless Your Car

Rite of Blessing for a Car

One of our coworkers, Jessica, recently purchased a new vehicle, and she wanted to have it blessed by a priest. Below is the video of the full Rite of Blessing for a new vehicle given at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC.

Jessica believes this blessing was providential, because later that same day, on her drive home from work, she nearly missed smashing into another vehicle. She has no idea how she avoided the collision, and has no doubt that she was saved from that would-be serious accident were it not for the blessing.

The Link Between Prayer, Fasting, and Mercy by St. Peter Chrysologus

Sermon on Prayer, Fasting, and Mercy by St. Peter Chrysologus

St. Peter of Imola (406-550) became Archbishop of Ravenna in Italy, in his day the seat of the Roman Empire, giving him a very important role in the Church. His sermons were so eloquent, and his skill in making complex theological truths simple and plain was so renowned, that it earned him the name ‘Chrysologus’ meaning ‘the man of golden speech’ or ‘golden word’. Many of his 200+ homilies are featured in the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Tour St. Peter’s Basilica Right from Your Computer

360 Degree View of St. Peter's Basicilia

Technology is today is incredible. Thanks to National Geographic, you can Take Amazing 360° Tour of St. Peter’s in Vatican City From Your Chair.

Click the image above to take a virtual tool of the largest and most glorious Catholic Church on the planet. Place your mouse over the buttons on the image to move through the basilica just as if you were there in person.

The Story of the Miraculous Discovery of St. Anne’s Relics in France

St. Anne, Mother of Mary

Below is an audio recording of a sermon recounting the story of the incredible discovery of the relics of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.

A deaf, mute, and blind boy led the Emperor Charlemagne into the long-lost underground crypt in southern France where the relics of St. Anne were buried and hidden away.

Listen below for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there. A wonderful and little-known part of our Catholic Church history!

Listen below for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there. A wonderful and little-known part of our Catholic Church history!

St. Bridget of Sweden’s Famous Devotion to the 5480 Wounds of Christ

Medieval religious art depicting the many wounds of Christ

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in the 14th century. Her parents were devout in their Christian faith, and because of this Bridget was brought up with an excellent religious education. It comes as no surprise, then, that St. Bridget would go on to have incredible mystical experiences during her life.

When she was just a child, St. Bridget received a vision of Christ scourged and hanging on the Cross. In sorrow, she asked him who had treated him like this.

Christ answered, “They who despise me, and spurn my love for them.”

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Model for Our Times

St Kateri Lily of the Mohawks

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, affectionately called the ‘Lily of the Mohawks’, was born in New York in 1656 to a Mohawk chief father and an Algonquin mother who was converted to the faith by Jesuit missionaries.

Kateri’s mother was a practicing Catholic, though in secret due to the hostility between the Indian tribes and the missionaries. She was even forbidden from having Kateri baptized as a child.

Her feast day is July 14 and she is the patron saint of the environment, ecology, and orphans. Not only is this canonization wonderful since the Church’s mission is to evangelize all tribes and tongues, but St. Kateri’s short life is a great example of heroic virtue for our modern times.

Morning Offering to Feature 33-Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary for Feast of Assumption

Consecration to Jesus through Mary with the Morning Offering email

Christians are being persecuted for their faith, to a heightened degree, all over the world. What can we do about it?

First and foremost, we must stay close to Christ through frequenting the Sacraments, through personal prayer, and through devotion to his Blessed Mother. She will teach us how to be united with Christ more perfectly, and how we should personally respond to the crises that surround the Church and her faithful.

Whenever we face times of great trial, the Blessed Virgin Mary is always the one to whom the Church collectively turns in times of great trial.

“When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.”

–St. Josemaria Escriva