For many centuries, brewers have invoked the names of patron saints to bless and protect their beers. Since the early brewing process was not well understood, often times the batch of beer was not fit for drinking. The poor quality was mystically blamed on evil spirits and specifically on “brew witches” or “beer witches.”
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February 14th is the traditional day of celebration for lovers. It’s the proper occasion for writing love letters and sending tokens of love to those who have captured your heart. This custom began in Europe during the High Middle Ages, the pinnacle of the age of courtly love, and is captured in immemorial English literature as the mid-Feburary day when birds (and lovers) first begin to pair.
These stories are a testament to the fact that sacramentals (statues, crucifixes, icons, and other material objects representing our Catholic faith) are truly “sacred signs instituted by the Church to prepare us to receive the fruit of the sacraments and to sanctify different circumstances of our lives” (CCC 1677). They are spiritually powerful, especially when blessed by a Catholic priest.
An archaeological dig in Rome recently uncovered the earliest-known icons of the Apostles Peter, Paul, Andrew, and John. Yes, the early Church venerated the saints! Read the story.
The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe is part of Mexico’s identity, and most Mexicans are proud to call themselves Guadalupanos. For other Hispanic and non-Hispanics countries, the affection for the Mother of God is borderless and creates unity among Catholics in America and around the world. Through this apparition Our Lady has increased the faith in many people’s lives, and comforted us with her tender words.
Fr. Hubert Schiffer and three of his fellow Jesuit missionary priests serving in Japan survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima by faithfully praying the rosary. The bomb exploded just 8 blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption in Hiroshima. They credited their survival to Our Lady of the Rosary. Here is what happened:
ersecution against Christians in China is now at a new high. This month news hit that Chinese authorities arrested a Vatican-appointed bishop, and this week the Chinese government issued new regulations aimed “to suppress all unofficial religious activities via dispersing Christian house churches, silencing Tibetan and Xinjiang separatists and undermining the Vatican’s influence on Chinese Catholics.”
The Christians in the Middle East are facing almost global silence and indifference, even from America. This is felt even amongst Catholics and Christians, which undoubtedly adds to their great suffering. Meanwhile, the Knights of Columbus are doing masterful and diligent work in fighting for aid to be sent to the severely persecuted and destitute Church in the Middle East.
The day after Pope Francis’ announcement, the USCCB registered an objection to the NIH in response to this “grossly unethical” practice, rightly pointing out that embryonic stem cell research (which involves the killing of human embryos) “has failed to produce treatments for human ailments over the last 17 years.
Was this photo a Eucharistic Miracle? There is good reason to believe so, because that strangely large and bright light was shining from inside the private chapel of a priest’s residence where the Blessed Sacrament was reposed.