New Book: Encountering Truth – 186 of Pope Francis’ Best Daily Homilies

New Book Release: Encountering Truth_ Meeting God in the Everyday

This is not just another book about Pope Francis – this book features the Holy Father’s own spontaneous words spoken as he exercises his everyday role as chief shepherd of all Christians. It is a compilation of the homily text recorded and transcribed by Radio Vaticana, complete with summaries and commentary – and meant to be read like a daily devotional. Below you can read an interview with the editor below as well as an excerpt homily from the book.

¿Por qué ir a los santos si podemos ir a Jesucristo?

Why pray to the Saints

Más de lo mismo pero aquí va en pocas palabras. Se venera a los santos para que intercedan por nosotros y nuestras súplicas lleguen a Dios. Ya desde los primeros tiempos de la religión cristiana se respetaba y oraba por la memoria de los difuntos para que quedasen libres de sus pecados. Siempre creyó la […]

The Virgin Martyrs as Models of Purity

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In our society the virtue of purity seems “old fashioned” or “prudish” to many. There is very little today that is considered scandalous. Sadly, our culture has mainstreamed many things that would have been considered improper, impure and unacceptable in days gone by.

Bombarded with sexualized images and content for so long, people are now desensitized to impurity. Unfortunately, this includes our impressionable young girls and our maturing young women. They no longer recognize many inappropriate and obscene things as offensive.

The virtue of Purity consists of much more than sexuality, but as we strive to raise children and grandchildren whose values and convictions reflect the heart of God, representing sexual purity becomes more challenging every day. Especially against the backdrop of our disordered culture.

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:

Praying Through Lent: Psalm 51

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Psalm 51 is the famous psalm of King David that he composed after being rebuked by the prophet Nathan for his adultery with Bathsheba.  It is a lament “a passionate expression of grief,” and one of the seven penitential psalms found in the Catholic Bible.  It is prayed by the faithful as an expression of […]

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