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.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church (together with Baptism and Holy Communion). This special anointing done by the bishop or priest has the effect of increasing and deepening the grace of God given to us at our baptismal; while baptism removes from our souls from the stain of original sin, confirmation pours into our souls the power of the Holy Spirit – just like the Apostles received at Pentecost.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1303) below are the five real spiritual effects that happen to Christians through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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?
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!
In our society the virtue of purity seems “old fashioned” or “prudish” to many. There is very little today that is considered scandalous. Sadly, our culture has mainstreamed many things that would have been considered improper, impure and unacceptable in days gone by.
Bombarded with sexualized images and content for so long, people are now desensitized to impurity. Unfortunately, this includes our impressionable young girls and our maturing young women. They no longer recognize many inappropriate and obscene things as offensive.
The virtue of Purity consists of much more than sexuality, but as we strive to raise children and grandchildren whose values and convictions reflect the heart of God, representing sexual purity becomes more challenging every day. Especially against the backdrop of our disordered culture.
In a culture where impurity assaults us, the Church offers many models of virtue to us and to our young women. They stand in stark contrast to the feminine role models offered to us by the disordered world.
Here are the inspiring stories of four virgin martyrs who suffered death rather than compromise their purity:
The Blessed Trinity—the Triune God—is the greatest mystery of the Christian faith and the end for which we were created. While in this life we should prepare our hearts for heaven by catechizing ourselves as best we can about each Person of the Blessed Trinity and the role they play in our sanctification and salvation. Here are a few great resources from the saints, our teachers and forbears, to meditate on the Person of the Holy Spirit during this octave of Pentecost.
Do you know what a sacrament is? Do you know how many there are? Can you name them? Do you know what they do? These are important questions that every Catholic should be able to answer. If it’s a bit fuzzy or confusing, here is a short primer that will help lay out the big picture of our relationship to the sacraments and what they do for us.
Easter is coming soon, and as you know one of the things that makes this feast day so special is all the catechumens and candidates who’ve gone through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. There’s going to be […]