Author Archives: Gretchen

About Gretchen

Gretchen is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish and has recently joined the Lay Dominicans. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics & currently works on copywriting, content marketing, and social media for The Catholic Company.

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

<img class=

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. Continue reading

Posted in Catechesis, Patron Saints | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Tour St. Peter’s Basilica Right from Your Computer

<img class=

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. Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Pilgrimage | Tagged | 2 Comments

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

<img class=

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! Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Patron Saints | Tagged , | 10 Comments

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

<img class=

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.” Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Devotions, Holy Day / Feast Day, Patron Saints | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Model for Our Times

<img class=

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. Continue reading

Posted in Holy Day / Feast Day, Patron Saints | Tagged , | 12 Comments

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

<img class=

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 Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Traditions, Holy Day / Feast Day, Prayer | Tagged | 22 Comments

How to Use the St. Benedict Medal

<img class=

The St. Benedict medal is one of the most popular among Catholics, and there are many indulgences associated with this medal which you can read about here. There are also spiritual benefits associated with the pious use of the medal including warding off evil and temptation, obtaining the conversion of sinners, help for women during childbirth, strength in preserving purity, granting the grace of a happy death, protection during storms, and interceding for curing diseases. Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Devotions, Patron Saints | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The Exorcism Formula of the St. Benedict Medal

<img class=

During his life, St. Benedict was known to work many miracles using the power of the Holy Cross. Among these included his heroic flight from temptations and miraculous escapes from traps set to kill him.

Saint Benedict became known for his power over the Devil, with the Holy Cross as his efficacious instrument to make the Devil flee. The St. Benedict medal is based on this tradition. Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Gifts, Patron Saints, Prayer | Tagged , , , | 22 Comments

8 Ways to use Holy Water

<img class=

When we read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, we should be reminded of the importance of holy water. As a recalling of our baptism and our baptismal promises, Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Our baptismal promises included renouncing Satan and disdaining sin. However, I think that most of the time we take holy water for granted. Because we use it so regularly, it’s any easy thing to do. Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Devotions, Catholic Traditions, Prayer | Tagged , | 72 Comments

July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus

<img class=

From the time of the Passion, when Christ poured out His blood for us all, the faithful have practiced devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the month of July, the Church honors the Precious Blood and encourages us in this devotion. The traditional feast day devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is July 1st. Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Devotions, Holy Day / Feast Day | Tagged , | 3 Comments