Part of what makes this DVD series so powerful is the quality of director Kevin Gallagher’s production. This includes the choice of Shakespearean actor Leonardo Defilippis for narration, and on-location filming at sites such as the National Shrine, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Blue Army Shrine. Images and recreations of the beautiful scenes of Fatima, Lourdes, and Mexico City at the time of the Guadalupe apparitions are contrasted with images of opposing forces who wish to disrupt Heaven’s plan.
If you’ve ever heard of Rosemary and Marigold, then you already know some plants named after the Blessed Mother. Each time one of these plants caught the eye, the faithful were sweetly reminded of the Queen of Heaven and Earth. As a sign of devotion to Our Lady, people began to plant gardens in churches, monasteries, convents, and family homes intentionally filled with plants named after her, which became known as Mary Gardens.
Although many Catholics have heard of Our Lady of Fatima and her appearance to three shepherd children in 1917, most people do not know the whole story or its crucial importance in world history, the life of the Church, and our own eternal salvation. We’re about to change that.
May, when the earth blooms in springtime beauty, is an ideal time for our thoughts and sentiments to be directed towards this supremely lovely Queen of Heaven and Earth, who busily labors from her heavenly throne to conquer hearts, minds, and souls for the greater glory of her Son. So, how can you honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way this month, and allow her to conquer your own heart? Here are nine ideas.
Regarding this prayer, Jesus said to St. Faustina:
“Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy” and later, “When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior.”
It’s an ancient tradition for Catholics to wear religious medals around the neck, and the Four-Way Medal is one of the most popular because it combines four of the most essential ones. Watch to learn more!
For Catholics, Easter isn’t just a single day of celebration—it’s an entire season where we celebrate our new life in Christ. Just like Christmas, Easter is celebrated for an extended period of time—50 days to be exact! The feast proper is celebrated for the full octave (Easter Sunday through Easter Saturday). Then we enter Eastertide, the longer Easter season which ends on Pentecost Sunday. During this fifty days of Easter we relive the joyous events of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary—the Resurrection, Ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles at Pentecost.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our sacramental life where children receive for the very first time the body, blood, soul, and divinity of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Eucharist, the “Blessed Sacrament,” Jesus comes to dwell their hearts in the most real and personal way imaginable.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our sacramental life where children receive for the very first time the body, blood, soul, and divinity of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the most precious encounter with Christ imaginable! So, needless to say, this is a very special day, and it should be turned into an occasion for the whole family to celebrate together. Showering the First Communicant with gifts is customary, but, only certain kinds of gifts are appropriate for such a sacred occasion.
Fasting is an ancient spiritual discipline taught in the Bible, and modeled for us by Jesus himself during his forty-day sojourn into the wilderness in preparation for his earthly ministry. Why is fasting so important in the life of a Christian? Below are three reasons as described by St. Thomas Aquinas.