Since we live in an era when customs and traditions have faded and tend to lose their meaning, it’s good to remind ourselves that, concluding the spiritual preparation of Lent, Holy Week is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Christ. It’s not just another religious tradition. We aren’t celebrating the fact that the Son of God suffered and died, but Catholics are recognizing and honoring His sacrifice, accompanying Him spiritually and physically, as if we had been there with Him, two thousand years ago.
Praying the rosary is one of the best-known methods for reflecting on the passion of Christ. But there are also some other wonderful ways to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus, which may be helpful to try. Here are three spiritual practices you may not have considered before:
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.
We pray to canonized saints because we know they are already in heaven, and can intercede for us. Just as you would ask a friend or family member to pray for you, it makes sense that we could ask a saint to pray for us. Death does not stop Christians from praying for one another. This is an important part of what it means to be joined in the “Communion of Saints,” which is a communion of the souls on earth with the souls in heavenly glory. We are united with one another in the mystical Body of Christ.
Como cristianos estamos llamados a educarnos diariamente para conocer y no pasar por alto las gracias que podemos merecer gracias al sacrificio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Está claro que la vida de San Benito fue excepcional y su vida espiritual lo hace un ejemplar modelo a seguir para los cristianos. Fue un poderoso exorcista. Sometía a los […]
Besides lighting candles and adding pictures of our favorite saints to our home altar, here are some ideas of spiritual presents you may offer to the saints. In this way, we don’t just ask them for favors, but we also venerate them because we admire them and appreciate their examples as loyal disciples of Christ. So, if you want to express gratitude for favors granted, or if you are about to ask a saint for their intercession, here are eight ways to venerate them.
La Biblia fue escrita originalmente en hebreo, arameo, y griego, así que dependemos de una traducción para conocer el mensaje original inspirado por Dios. Por lo general, las traducciones de la Biblia al español son buenas; la diferencia entre unas y otras las podemos notar en el lenguaje; algunas ya adaptadas y con vocabulario moderno. […]
Although this devotion arose in the 13th century, its popularity in modern times originated with a 17th century French nun and mystic, St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus taught the secrets of His Sacred Heart. While on a pilgrimage I visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Chapel of Apparitions in Paray-le-Monial, France, a charming and quiet town: it is where St. Marguerite-Marie saw Jesus. This experience inspired me to bring the devotion to the Sacred Heart into my home.
¿Qué sabes de San Antonio? San Antonio es uno de los santos más queridos y conocidos por los católicos en todo el mundo. Hay tanto que decir de él, pero si no tienes tiempo de leer, ésta es una breve reseña para “católicos ocupados”, que esperamos te ayude a conocer más sobre la vida y […]
If you are invited to a Quinceañera celebration, a very special gift for the young lady is expected from guests. Godparents (padrinos) are usually the sponsors for the bouquet, the “last doll,” sometimes for the limousine, and even the gown—so thank God for padrinos! And boys don’t get to have such a party, so it’s good to be a girl, don’t you think?