The Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem, in which over 4,000 babies are delivered each year, is located on the West Bank in Palestine and is known as the “birthplace of hope.” To see the tiniest of humans in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit of the hospital, with their little white and red caps, is to understand why this hospital is such a vital presence in the Holy Land.
A dark, bitter, boiling hot, and addictive beverage that bestowed almost super-human energy, sharpened the wits, and had its origins in the land of the infidels was certainly suspicious in 16th century Europe. Yet it was becoming so popular that some began to demand that the pope forbid Christians from consuming the wicked brew.
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!
Even amidst the devastation and tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, there have been many stories filled with hope. This Texas family lost everything, due to a fire that was caused by the hurricane. When the Rojas family returned to see the damage, they found something quite surprising. The one thing that Harvey could not overcome were […]
People from all over the world are flocking to the United States to witness a phenomenal astronomical event. A total solar eclipse will pass across the length of the entire of the United States. It’s being called “The Great American Eclipse.” One astronomer is predicting that this will be the “most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”
On May 9, 1985, President Ronald Reagan gave a rousing speech before the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal in Lisbon. In this speech he spoke of the historic greatness of the nation of Portugal. He also mentioned the Holy Father and, indirectly, the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of today’s humanity. People’s paths are riddled with suffering, as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people. And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves “respectable,” of not taking care of the others, thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations, on the side of the road. Fortunately, there are also those who are creating a new world by taking care of the other, even out of their own pockets. Mother Teresa actually said: “One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense.”
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Because this Marian apparition was an incredibly important event in the history of the Church, it is a cause for great celebration. The little seers were marked by holiness, and were being sought out for prayers and healing both during and after the six visits of Our Lady to the Cova da Iria. Francisco and Jacinta died not long after the apparitions, while Lucia died in 2005. During this centenary year of Our Lady of Fatima news has been announced regarding the progress of their paths to sainthood.
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.