This article was written by Cheryl Hadley, a Secular Carmelite living in North Carolina. As someone very familiar with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Carmelite spirituality, we’ve asked Cheryl to to share her wisdom and insight with our readers. On July 16, the Church celebrates the feast day of Mary, Mother of God […]
No, I don’t have statistics from a focus group to support this claim! : ) However, I do remember what it’s like being a kid on summer break with not much to do at home to make the hours, days, and weeks go by. There comes a point during the summer (usually not long after […]
(Shown above: George and Madelyn, two of our Honorable Mentions) Thanks to all this year’s First Communicants who submitted photos for The Catholic Company’s 5th annual First Communion Photo Contest. This year we had the most entries ever! With all the excellent photo entries, […]
Like the martyrdom of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (see previous post here), a great number of Christians perished at the hands of Nero during the terrible persecution that lasted from the years 64-68 A.D. This was the first major persecution of the newly founded Church at Rome. The holy men and women […]
Each year on June 22nd we celebrate the feast days of two notable Catholic saints and martyrs: Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. It’s fitting that these two men have the same feast day, because they were both Englishmen martyred within two weeks of each other, for the same cause (religious freedom), on the same occasion (defending the sanctity of marriage and Papal authority against State usurpation), and at the hands of the same man (King Henry VIII).
Yesterday’s Sacred Heart blog post discussed the very rich and interesting history of the Sacred Heart devotion. This second installment will discuss its relationship to other Catholic devotions closely connected with it, namely the Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Tomorrow is the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most popular devotions of the Catholic faithful. Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to request a special devotion to his Sacred Heart, and how it was later instituted as a feast day for the universal Church. But there is so much more to the Sacred Heart devotion than is commonly known.
I’m certainly not an avid gardener like my mother, but I do like my outdoor spaces to be pleasant and inviting . . . a nice place outside to rest, and to read or pray from time to time. There is just something about a soft breeze or a starry night that allows the senses to move the soul heavenward. I thought I would encourage this effect even more by creating my own Marian garden, that is, surrounding a beautiful outdoor Mary statue with lots of beautiful garden plants.
If you’re like most people, it can be a little daunting to pour through a huge selection of First Communion gifts and choose just the right one that the little girl or little boy in your life will love. We know the challenge is that you want to choose a gift they’ll enjoy right now, […]
Spring is always an exciting time for us at The Catholic Company. We have a great time selecting products we think you’ll love . . . not only great Catholic gifts for your loved ones, but also devotional items for yourself that will help you live out your faith. This First Communion season is no […]