Fr. Hubert Schiffer and three of his fellow Jesuit missionary priests serving in Japan survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima by faithfully praying the rosary. The bomb exploded just 8 blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption in Hiroshima. They credited their survival to Our Lady of the Rosary. Here is what happened:
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ersecution against Christians in China is now at a new high. This month news hit that Chinese authorities arrested a Vatican-appointed bishop, and this week the Chinese government issued new regulations aimed “to suppress all unofficial religious activities via dispersing Christian house churches, silencing Tibetan and Xinjiang separatists and undermining the Vatican’s influence on Chinese Catholics.”
The Christians in the Middle East are facing almost global silence and indifference, even from America. This is felt even amongst Catholics and Christians, which undoubtedly adds to their great suffering. Meanwhile, the Knights of Columbus are doing masterful and diligent work in fighting for aid to be sent to the severely persecuted and destitute Church in the Middle East.
The day after Pope Francis’ announcement, the USCCB registered an objection to the NIH in response to this “grossly unethical” practice, rightly pointing out that embryonic stem cell research (which involves the killing of human embryos) “has failed to produce treatments for human ailments over the last 17 years.
Was this photo a Eucharistic Miracle? There is good reason to believe so, because that strangely large and bright light was shining from inside the private chapel of a priest’s residence where the Blessed Sacrament was reposed.
August 26th is the feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus said to be one of those painted by St. Luke the Evangelist (who was an artist, as well as a writer and physician) as Our Lady relayed to him the stories of Jesus’ life contained in his Gospel account.
August 21st, 1879 is the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a small village church in Knock, Ireland. Known as Our Lady of Knock, it is one of the major Marian apparitions approved by the Church.
Mary’s miraculous appearance was a great consolation to the Irish people who suffered through the terrible famines and extreme hardships of that era in Ireland’s history. Although Our Lady of Knock was silent, the peace and healing she brought was real and lasting.
One of the highlights coming out of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio is the strong Christian faith of many of our Team U.S.A. athletes. Read some of their inspiring words giving testimony to how God has carried them through the hardship and difficulty along their road to world-class athletic competition.
I’m learning that this pilgrimage is so much more than catechetical talks. It is also very much about relationships. One of my prayer intentions coming in was to meet and develop new Catholic friendships. That is for sure happening! There are so many cool and interesting Catholics on this trip. Because I went with a group from a different parish, I didn’t really know anyone. Now that we’ve been sharing such a transformative experience together, I’m getting to know everyone better and the conversations we’re having are really helping me to grow in my faith.
Our prayer life is a continuing journey. Each word uttered to God in the silence of our hearts is a step towards Him. The Way of Saint James is a source of inspiration to us. But Jesus Himself is the True Way, a Way that all of us are called to follow. To pray the rosary is to meditate on the life of Christ. Mary will lead us to Him, and through the power of this prayer, we will find ourselves on The Way and in the arms of Truth Himself.