New Doors of Mercy Bible Study Series Makes a Great DIY Lenten Retreat

Holy Doors St. John Lateran

Have you always wanted to participate in a Lenten retreat, but don’t have the time or money to spend a whole weekend away from home? Sometimes just managing to attend a one-day retreat can be difficult! Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant With You is a wonderful option for an at-home Lenten retreat, that can be done at […]

How to Write a Confirmation Letter

A bishop confirms young students in Cordoba.

Have you been asked to write a letter to someone who is preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Many parishes have retreats in which the Confirmation candidates are given letters from their loved ones and friends to encourage and inspire them as they prepare to receive this sacrament. These letters are special because they come from different sources: friends, loved ones, or mentors within the Church. Trying to find words of inspiration from the Bible, the Catechism, or from our own personal experience can be difficult, though.

Video Lecture: Exorcist Priest Talks Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

Catholics seem to be having a renewed interest in the topic of spiritual warfare these days.

Pope Francis has mentioned the devil in his homilies frequently, warning us against his infernal tactics to turn us away from God. Our headlines are filled with evidence of cultural unrest and societal decay in many parts of the world, including our own. ISIS is on the march and leaving scores of martyred Christians in their wake. The Church is enduring scandal and confusion is spreading.

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.

The 5 Spiritual Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation

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.

Is First Communion a Tradition or a Conviction Among Latinos?

Latino First Holy Communion

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?

The Virgin Martyrs as Models of Purity

virgin martyrs

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: