October 12th, in addition to being Columbus Day, is also the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, patroness of all Hispanic peoples. While not one of the most widely known titles of Our Lady, it is the oldest, and has a most fascinating story that you will be delighted to read. Tradition has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometime before her bodily Assumption into heaven, appeared to the Apostle St. James the Elder while he was living and preaching in Spain.
October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels for the universal Catholic Church. Although not a dogmatic article of the faith, it is yet a firmly established Catholic belief that each individual person has their own guardian angel assigned to watch over their soul. There are three important verses in the Catholic Bible from which this belief is drawn.
September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels. Although there are seven archangels (Tobit 12:15, Rev. 8:2), only three are mentioned by name in the Catholic Bible: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. According to Catholic tradition, the archangels are an order of angels within a hierarchy of angelic hosts. There are nine orders, or choirs, of angels.
September 14th is the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, also known as the Triumph of the Cross or the Elevation of the Cross. This is the day the Church celebrates both the discovery and the recovery of the true cross of Jesus Christ. There is a very interesting historical account surrounding this ancient feast day.
September 12th is the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Mary. In the Catholic Bible, names are very important and often contain carry great significance. When names are providentially given by God as recorded in Sacred Scripture, they are often a clue to His future plans for that person. So, what does the name “Mary” mean?
August 26th is the feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus said to be one of those painted by St. Luke the Evangelist (who was an artist, as well as a writer and physician) as Our Lady relayed to him the stories of Jesus’ life contained in his Gospel account.
One of the most beautiful and universal titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary is her title as Queen, honored on the August 22nd feast of the Queenship of Mary. What does this mean, and what is the Church tradition on this doctrine of the Catholic Faith? Here is a brief overview of the profound mystery of this Marian title.
At the advanced age of about 80, St. Helen made a decision that would transform her life. Under Constantine’s orders, she organized a small group to travel to the Holy Land and find the actual Cross on which Jesus, the Son of God, died. She knew that this undiscovered relic was the foundation and the life-giving heart of the Christian faith.
St. Roch, also known as St. Rocco (c. 1295-1327), was a nobleman from Montpellier, France, the only son of the wealthy governor of the city. St. Roch was born with an unusual and deep red mark on his chest in the shape of a cross, a miraculous sign to his mother that the Blessed Virgin Mary had answered her prayers for her barrenness to be healed. He grew into a deeply religious child, fasting twice a week after the example of his pious mother. His parents died when he was 20, after which he gave his inheritance to the poor, handed the government of the city over to his uncle, and began a new life as a poor mendicant pilgrim.
Each year on August 15 we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. According to St. Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church, the Solemnity of the Assumption is the greatest of all Marian feasts and therefore holds the highest place of them all. Why? Because Mary’s entrance into heaven was the happiest and most joyful event of her life—even greater than the Annunciation and the Nativity of Our Lord. Below are ten points regarding the awesomeness of today’s feast.