There are many beautiful and ancient traditions that come to us from the East in the form of special blessings that the Church performs on Epiphany: the blessing of water, chalk, and homes.
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What is not commonly known about St. John is that he has a strong connection to the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. About 400 years before devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus became widely popular through St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, two nuns at a monastery in 13th century Germany had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart: St. Gertrude the Great and St. Mechtilde
Next to Easter, Christmas is the holiest day of the year. Just as we celebrate Easter as a Triduum of liturgies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil), so at Christmas we have something like a triduum of Masses. There are three Masses celebrated on Christmas Day: at midnight, dawn, and during the day. Each Mass is distinct and highlights a different aspect of the Christmas story.
Walk into any Catholic Church, and it’s impossible to miss seeing candles. There are candles on the altar, a special candle near the tabernacle, and candles in front of images or statues of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or various other patron saints. And these examples are just the bare minimum!
Today is the feast day of one of the most popular saints throughout the world, St. Nicholas.
Even though she was a woman of great holiness, Elizabeth was still human. I can only imagine the humiliation which she experienced from the public and private reproach she received from the family she married into! She is truly an incredible example of patience, surrender, and humility. In light of this beautiful testimony, I’d like to share a very powerful litany that makes my heart cringe and stretch and groan and grow all at the same time. It’s called the Litany of Humility.
Purgatory is probably one of the most misunderstood Catholic doctrines today, and many do not believe that it really exists. In this article I’m briefly going to cover the biblical foundation for purgatory, what purgatory is, and the history of purgatory in the Catholic Church.
November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. According to the Roman Missal, this feast day celebrates all God’s holy ones in heaven, known and unknown, from the first martyrs to the recently canonized, and everyone in between. This feast day spans 2,000 glorious years of the Church’s history.
Halloween begins the celebration of Catholic, and therefore Christian, holy days that remind the faithful of the reality of heaven and hell, the saints and the damned, demons and angels, and the holy souls suffering in purgatory. Catholics historically believed that on these “Days of the Dead”, their annual feast, the veil between heaven, hell, and purgatory is the thinnest (that means you might even see some souls you know!).
One could argue that Pope Saint John Paul II is the most beloved saint of this century. His life, however, had humble and quite tragic beginnings. By the age of twenty, Karol Josef Wojtyla had lost everyone he loved most deeply and was living on his own in Nazi-invaded Poland. But amidst great trials and […]