8 New Year’s (Spiritual) Resolutions for Catholics

New Year's Resolutions for Catholics

January is here again, and it’s time to make the annual New Year’s resolutions. Every Catholic should add to their list a few spiritual resolutions designed to help them walk higher up that mountain of faith. Let the freshness of a new year be your impetus to make new strides in your walk with God. There is no time but the present!

Coming in September 2016: Saint Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Canonization

We’ve been aniticpating this day, and now it’s here. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be raised to the altars in 2016.

Yesterday (on his birthday!) Pope Francis approved the second miracle needed for her cause for canonization. Today, the news is spreading like wildfire. The date for her canonization is being suggested as September 4th, September 5th being her feast day and the anniversary of her passing into eternal life.

Everything You Need to Know about the Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis Holy Door St. Peter's

A “Holy Year” and “Jubilee” are synonymous terms. The concept goes back to the Old Testament when Moses declared every 50th year a jubilee, that is, a holy year to be observed by all of Israel which included the remission of debts, the liberation of slaves, and a rest from the cultivation of the land.

For the Catholic Church, the first Jubilee was proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300. It gradually increased in frequency from being celebrated every half century, to every 33 years, and then to every 25 years as the norm. A Jubilee is “ordinary” if it falls every 25 years, and “extraordinary” when it is proclaimed outside the usual time to commemorate some outstanding event.

After the Holy Year in 1975 under his predecessor, Pope St. John Paul II called for a Holy Year in 1983 (to commemorate the 1950th anniversary of the Year of Redemption, that is, the year 33 A.D. on which Jesus died on the Cross) and again in 2000. The Jubilee of the Year 2000 was the last one celebrated by the Church.

News of Desecrated Hosts in Spain Followed By Report of Eucharistic Miracle in U.S.

Eucharistic Miracle Salt Lake City

Over Thanksgiving week two similar news stories emerged that have been widely shared on social media. The subject of each was a Consecrated Host, yet each was in stark contrast to the other. … As it happened last week, the news of the desecrated Hosts and the Eucharistic Miracle were appearing almost side-by-side. If we did not flinch interiorly at the news of the desecration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the news of the miracle was there to keep our hearts in check.

Those Red Starbucks Cups? They Make the Perfect Canvas!

Catholic Art on Starbucks cups

You may have heard that those plain red Christmas coffee cups at Starbucks have caused quite a stir (no pun intended!). However, one Catholic artist found that they make the perfect canvas. Special thanks to John Andrew Sustaita for messaging us these great photos, he is truly a talented artist! Check out his Facebook page, Real Catholic Art. SACRED HEART OF […]

VIDEO: St. Maria Goretti’s Relics Venerated by Thousands in Charlotte

St. Maria Goretti Relics

From September to November 2015, the relics of St. Maria Goretti were sent from her basilica in Nettuno, Italy, to the United States on a “Pilgrimage of Mercy.” The tour went to various parishes in the eastern half of the United States, and the video below shows highlights from her stop at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 24-25, 2015. The tour will continue in the western half of the country in early 2016.

A Few Neat Providential Things Surrounding the Synod on the Family

Synod of Bishops

After the opening Mass yesterday, today is the first day our bishops got down to business for the Ordinary Synod on the Family. Read the Holy Father’s Homily for the Sunday Opening Mass and his remarks at Monday’s opening discussions.

I noticed a few neat providential coincidences for this important event in the life of the Church that I thought I’d share with you:

Highlights from Pope Francis’ 3rd Day in the USA (NYC)

Photo: abc7.com

What a gift it has been to have our Holy Father with us for three days, and there are still two more to go!

The effect Pope Francis has had on this country has been amazing. It is quite out of the ordinary for Catholics, so used to having their faith denigrated, to be publicly celebrated and lauded as it has been these last few days. I think the coined termed for this is “The Francis Effect.”

Below are the highlights of today, all images taken from USCCB live streaming.