The saints are as different as they are similar. Some saints lived short lives; some long ones; some saints were married, others single; some saints came from prominence, others from obscurity; some saints were devoted to God their whole life, others only after a conversion of heart. The common thread that runs through the lives of the saints is a love for God. What made the saints extraordinary?
When I am preoccupied with the cares of life and withhold my gratitude, it is reflected in my inner being. I become more anxious. I am prone to envy and to anger. And I am less joyful. It seems to me that thanksgiving is the key to unlocking true gratitude, which in turn unlocks peace and joy.
As Catholic laity, we often hear about “active participation” at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We may think that “active” participation means “physical” participation—such as being a cantor, lector, or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. However, first and foremost, the active participation of the laity is our interior participation at Mass.
Icons are a means by which the Church leads her faithful to a life of prayer. Even today icons are seen in many churches around the world and can be venerated in the home as well.
We need the consistent silence that comes from time spent with God in prayer. At other times, music can help raise our minds heavenwards and bring into clearer focus what God might be trying to say to us.
A few weeks ago, I went to see The Dating Project movie. After watching the documentary, I realized that it only confirmed my thoughts and feelings on how difficult twenty-first century dating truly is. Take it from a twenty-something who’s trying to navigate today’s dating scene–or lack thereof, for that matter. It’s no one’s fault […]
Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week of the church year—even more so than Christmas. Beginning with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, and ending with Easter Sunday, Holy Week progresses to its final days with great solemnity. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is referred to as […]
Do you ever struggle to come up with meatless dinners for Fridays in Lent? We recently asked our Facebook followers what their favorite meatless dishes are, and wanted to share the top ten most popular ideas. 🙂 1. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Growing up, this was always a classic Friday meal in my house. […]
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.
Whether we ourselves are athletes or not, most of us recognize what it takes to compete in the Olympic Games. There is a universal understanding that athletes in the Olympics have worked hard to get there. As we watch the games, we will witness these athletes struggle against pain, face adversity, and push through mental obstacles. We acknowledge that even if they do not win an actual medal, in a sense they have won, by virtue of the incredible hard work and tremendous effort that brought them to the Games.