“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.”
Jesus taught the 12 Apostles at the Last Supper to “Do this in remembrance of me.” The “this” is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass . . . i.e. the Catholic Mass, also called the Divine Liturgy for Eastern Rite Catholics. When Christianity was new, misunderstood, and outlawed, St. Justin Martyr, a philosopher and Christian convert, took it upon himself to give a powerful defense of Christian doctrine and practice before the secular power. Enshrined in his defense, or Apology, is one of the earliest descriptions of the Catholic Mass.
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.
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.
The sacrament of Confirmation is the bestowal of Pentecost into the soul of every baptized Christian, and it is final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church. The bishop or priest prays for those being confirmed to receive the Holy Spirit and his Seven Gifts. What are the “Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit” and what do they mean?
A sacrament is an outward sign of an invisible spiritual reality. Because humans are a unity of a physical body and a spiritual soul, God uses the means of physical objects and rituals to convey spiritual truths that we cannot detect using our senses.
This outward sign functions as a channel through which God imparts sanctifying grace into the soul. The sacraments are seven in number and have their source in the saving work of Jesus in his passion, death, and resurrection, and were established by Him for the sanctification of every member of His Church.
One of the more meaningful and fulfilling parts of Catholic doctrine, that is not as well-developed in other Christian denominations, is the incredible value of suffering; “offer it up” habitually rolls off the Catholic tongue in response to the troubles that enter our lives. Unfortunately, many Christians believe that Jesus suffered and died for us so that we will not have to suffer at all. But that is only partially true.
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 […]
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.