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:
At What Stage of Fetal Development Does an Unborn Child Receive its Soul? “The soul is present the moment the active and passive principles of germination coalesce to form a definite entity. We therefore say that from the moment of conception, the soul is present. Our very doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin […]
Purgatory is probably one of the most misunderstood Catholic doctrines today, and many do not believe that it really exists. In this article I’m briefly going to cover the biblical foundation for purgatory, what purgatory is, and the history of purgatory in the Catholic Church.
Purgatory is the word used to describe the final purification that an imperfect soul passes through after death which makes it perfect to enter the presence of God in heaven, provided that the soul (1) did not die in a state of unrepentant mortal sin, and (2) was not already purified during their life. Upon death those in (1) will go straight to hell for their eternal punishment, while those in (2) will go straight to heaven for their eternal reward (i.e., the saints).
We pray to canonized saints because we know they are already in heaven, and can intercede for us. Just as you would ask a friend or family member to pray for you, it makes sense that we could ask a saint to pray for us. Death does not stop Christians from praying for one another. This is an important part of what it means to be joined in the “Communion of Saints,” which is a communion of the souls on earth with the souls in heavenly glory. We are united with one another in the mystical Body of Christ.
On October 25, 2016, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo (To Rise with Christ) “regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.” The document has become necessary as cremation is increasingly used around the world, along with a rise in beliefs and practices that are contrary to Catholic doctrine on death, burial, and the afterlife.
Since ancient times humans have been fascinated with angels and how they work. Much of what we know about angels outside of Sacred Scripture is taken from the Church Fathers and Doctors, as well as from the lives of the saints and the experience of exorcists. Listed below are 25 interesting facts you may not know about God’s powerful heavenly ministers!
You can actually build your character and become more virtuous by doing small, virtuous things every day. Although it is not easy to change your character, with practice and diligence it is possible to become more virtuous with time. This was first taught by Aristotle hundreds of years before Christ.
“There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing.”
Hospitality is not only a Christian duty, but an easy and practical way to extend to others the love of Christ – and it has a huge and lasting impact for those on the receiving end. As Fr. Leo says in the video above, “Feeding somebody is a way to heal them.”