St. Josemaría Escrivá is best known for reminding ordinary Christians to find sanctity in daily life and work. He once wrote, “Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find Him.” The quotes below are excerpted from his book The Way. Throughout this mini-manual, St. Josemaría plays […]
Catholics everywhere are talking about it. “Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are on the same day this year. What do we DO?” No worries. The answer is actually pretty simple. We just haven’t had to worry about this since 1945, and the coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day won’t happen again until 2024. In the meantime, here’s a lighthearted (but earnest) guide on how to celebrate like a Catholic this February 14th.
If you walk into any store or shop online between now and December 25th, you will see an increasing amount and variety of Christmas cards. Snowmen, snowy landscapes, reindeer, wrapped presents, snow-covered evergreen trees, Santa Claus, cute baby animals in the snow . . . so on and so forth. After evaluating the images, you […]
What are the first things you think of when you think of a Carmelite nun? The majority of Catholics would probably think about things like: Silence Solitude Sacrifice Lots of Prayer Lots of Saints Fasting Holiness Bare feet Words that probably DON’T come to mind are: Humor Love of books Friendship And yet these last […]
Throughout his life, especially during his years as pope, John XXIII was known for his genuine joy and a magnificent sense of humor. Considering his story, that is a striking quality and virtue to possess. John XXIII used humor in various types of moments to keep himself humble, to shed new light on situations, or simply to make those with him crack a smile.
On September 19, 1846—the century following the diabolical French Revolution—Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat, in La Salette, France. She was weeping, and she told them of a time of impending trial for France as well as for the whole world. Our Lady first spoke to the two children together before entrusting them individually with a secret.
Most Catholics can rattle off a list of who they consider to be the ten most popular saints. The lists would vary, of course, but would most likely contain many of the same names. There are some saints, however, who are so famous that they are known around the world—not only to Catholics, but to people of all beliefs (or no particular beliefs at all). This is a beautiful example of how holiness draws souls who are fascinated by it, even if they don’t understand why.
It isn’t always easy to pray for joy in work, but when I do, I almost always receive some consolation. However, even if I feel nothing but drudgery about the work I am doing, I can at least offer it up for my own sins and those of the whole world.
A noble warrior-king of the Middle Age who did battle with barbarian hordes, wielded the spiritual power of a sword-relic, fought alongside saints and angels, strengthened his army with miraculous bread, rescued a failing civilization, united a kingdom under his holy rule, and crowned by the Pope himself—the story of St. Henry II and his virtuous queen, St. Cunegundes, is a real-life, epic drama that reads like something that could have given Tolkien inspiration for his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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.”