The Divine Mercy devotion has spread throughout the Church since it was given near the beginning of the 20th century to the Polish nun and visionary St. Faustina Kowalska. The devotion includes many components, including a special image of Jesus to be venerated, a chaplet to be prayed on the beads of a rosary, a novena, […]
St. Bonaventure was a 13th century Franciscan friar, scholar, and holy priest who had a tender devotion to the Blessed Mother. This prayer to the Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows is attributed to him:
If we look back at the role of St. Joseph in the Holy Family, we see that he is called by God to be the head of the family. St. Matthew recounts how an angel sent from God explains to St. Joseph in a dream that he is to be the earthly father of Jesus: “She shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). By Jewish law, after marriage, whatever belonged to the wife, belonged to the husband. Since Jesus Mary’s son, therefore He was also the son of Joseph.
St. Joseph is one of the most loved saints because he is the man who God chose among all others to be the special guardian of the Incarnate Jesus Christ and His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the human guardian of the Holy Family.
One of our most popular-selling books is The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Anne Catherine Emmerich. St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) was a nun, mystic, and visionary who had the grace of unusual glimpses with remarkable detail into the life of the Holy Family.
Praying the rosary is one of the best-known methods for reflecting on the passion of Christ. But there are also some other wonderful ways to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus, which may be helpful to try. Here are three spiritual practices you may not have considered before:
Veneration of the Holy Face of Jesus has its beginning during the very passion of Our Lord, making it one of the oldest devotions in the Christian tradition. This devotion originated with the sacred image of Our Lord that miraculously appeared on St. Veronica’s Veil. Below is a short account of how this devotion has spread from ancient times to today.
Because it is a penitential season of self-denial, many people view Lent as a time of forced depression. So, it is good to be reminded that, “While Lent is a solemn season, it is not a somber one. The forty days are not structured to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing; they are meant to thrust us into the heart of divine love.”
One may wonder why Our Lady requested that the faithful meditate on the rosary mysteries for fifteen minutes, when praying the rosary itself involves meditating on the rosary mysteries and takes about fifteen minutes to pray. Wouldn’t praying the rosary fulfill the request for fifteen minutes of meditation?
Historically, this special feast reverencing Jesus’ name is closely associated with the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus. According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth a male child was circumcised, received his name, and became a full member of God’s covenant people. This is what happened to Jesus as we read in Luke 2:21: “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”
Nativity scenes have been a popular Advent and Christmas decoration for centuries. And, did you know, it originated with a Catholic saint? St. Francis of Assisi had a special devotion to the Child Jesus, and he is credited with creating the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. He recreated the scene of Christ’s birth in a special ritual and Mass he held inside of a cave, inviting both his fellow friars and the townspeople to join in the celebration.