Category

Articles

Where did the Bible come from?
Articles
January 25, 2018

Where did the Bible come from?

One thing is for certain, it didn't drop out of the sky. Christianity without the Bible is hard to imagine. But in fact, for the first 300 years of the Church, the Bible (meaning a single compilation containing all of…
Read More
If you can’t fight anymore, invoke the Holy Spirit like this
Articles
January 25, 2018

If you can’t fight anymore, invoke the Holy Spirit like this

Refresh me. Heal me. Mend my ways. The sequence of the Holy Spirit, read or sung on Pentecost before the reading of the Gospel, is a translation of the Latin hymn Veni Sancte Spiritus. It’s been part of the liturgy for…
Read More
Why do I have to fast one hour before Mass?
Articles
January 24, 2018

Why do I have to fast one hour before Mass?

The discipline highlights our need to be hungry for the Eucharistic bread we eat. Many Catholics from an older generation will remember the “midnight fast.” It meant that one could not eat before Mass starting from the midnight before. For…
Read More
3 Powerful sacramentals to have in your home
ArticlesPrayers
January 24, 2018

3 Powerful sacramentals to have in your home

These small religious items pack a big spiritual punch that can protect your family. The use of sacramentals is one of the most misunderstood practices in the Catholic Church. They have been part of the Church’s life from the very…
Read More
Holy smoke! Why the Church uses incense at Mass
Articles
January 24, 2018

Holy smoke! Why the Church uses incense at Mass

Its spiritual purpose is rich in meaning, and incense has been used in divine worship for thousands of years. The Catechism reminds us that prayer involves much more than our soul, “Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the…
Read More
He was an opium addict who couldn’t receive the sacraments. But he’s a martyr and a saint
Articles
January 24, 2018

He was an opium addict who couldn’t receive the sacraments. But he’s a martyr and a saint

St. Mark Ji Tianxiang couldn't stay sober, but he could keep showing up. St. Mark Ji Tianxiang was an opium addict. Not had been an opium addict. He was an opium addict at the time of his death. For years, Ji was a respectable…
Read More
Wait, why is there an Egyptian ankh in a Catholic church?
Articles
January 24, 2018

Wait, why is there an Egyptian ankh in a Catholic church?

The symbol, while pagan in origin, was adopted by Christians in Egypt from the very beginning. The ankh is one of the most widely known symbols of the Egyptian world. It is a hieroglyph that represents life and is seen in many…
Read More
Are you a perfectionist? End each day in peace with this prayer
ArticlesPrayers
January 24, 2018

Are you a perfectionist? End each day in peace with this prayer

If only loving were as easy as getting the numbers balanced and the T's crossed. Perfectionists help the world go round. We need them to be neurosurgeons and accountants and editors. But perfectionism can also lead easily to discouragement, especially…
Read More
5 Families who caught the holiness bug
Articles
January 24, 2018

5 Families who caught the holiness bug

These saints couldn't help but share their sanctity with family members. Families tend to share everything — and this can have both positive and negative effects. When one of the kids gets a cold, for example, sure enough, everyone in…
Read More
The miraculous story behind the Chi-Rho symbol
Articles
January 24, 2018

The miraculous story behind the Chi-Rho symbol

... and the role Constantine played in spreading it throughout the Roman Empire. One of the most common symbols in Christian art is the Chi-Rho. It is created by superimposing the first two letters (XP) of the Greek word for…
Read More