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Our Married Saint of the Month series continues with a 20th century model of holiness. St. Gianna Molla, a doctor and mother of four, made a parent’s ultimate sacrifice: giving up her life for the life of her child.
Many people think of Easter as one day, but Catholic teaching emphasizes that Easter is a whole season. It’s a time to ponder the Risen Christ’s continued presence in the world.
This month our series on married saints features Blessed Peter To Rot, a lay catechist who ministered during the Japanese invasion of Papua New Guinea.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has raised lots of questions: How will the new Pope be chosen? What will happen during the transition? What were the highlights of his papacy? Check here for helpful resources that answer these and other concerns.
Not every saint exudes great charisma or accomplishes heroic works. Blessed Giuseppe Tovini achieved sanctity by fulfilling the ordinary duties of husband, father and citizen.
This year, as part of Catholic 101, we begin a new series called “Married Saint of the Month.” We’ll feature a man or woman who responded to God’s call to holiness through the vocation of marriage. Our series begins with Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born canonized saint.
Fr. Rice writes: “It seems odd that we haven’t had better success with a Christian celebration for the New Year. It’s a time that is ripe for introspection and personal renewal, out with the old year, and in with the new.”
Advent calendars are a time-honored way to help children–and parents–count down the days until Christmas. Check out the Family Resource Calendar, a new resource developed especially for the Year of Faith.
This month representatives of the world’s Catholic bishops are meeting in Rome to discuss the New Evangelization. The meeting is called a synod, and it’s an important event in the life of the Church.
Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith starting October 11. It’s a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s personal faith, as well as renew the faith life of the family. Here are a few ideas to get started.
On October 4 the Church celebrates the feast of Francis of Assisi, one of the best-known and beloved saints. His spiritual descendants include communities of men and women all over the world.
If your parish has a permanent deacon or two, you may wonder who these men are and what they do. Read more about the order of deacons, which was revived by the Second Vatican Council.
Many parishes in the U.S. sponsor Eucharistic adoration, a devotion that has become more widespread in recent years. Here’s a look at how the practice started.
Do you feel the need to jump start your spiritual life? Or have you realized that quiet time and space may help you to hear God’s call more clearly? A spiritual retreat may be just the answer.
On August 15 the Catholic Church celebrates one of its most important feasts, the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Although the doctrine of the Assumption was not formally proclaimed until 1950, the Church’s belief that Mary was taken body and soul into heaven has existed since the early centuries.
Not all saints lived a long time ago, in an era vastly different from our own. Edith Stein, a convert from Judaism, was a remarkably gifted scholar and nun who became caught up in the modern horror of the Holocaust.
Catholics love blessings; there is a blessing for almost anything and anyone. But what is a blessing and how is it effective?
Prayer is essential to Christian life, and the Catholic tradition offers various ways to pray. Many Christians have benefited from contemplative prayer, which is less about saying things to God than listening to what God is saying to us.
The celebration of American independence reminds us of the many freedoms we enjoy but sometimes take for granted. One of them, religious liberty, has been in the news in recent months. What does the Church teach about “our first, most cherished liberty”?
On Saturday, June 30, the Church celebrates the Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. What makes a person a martyr and why does the Church consider them important?
People sometimes wonder why a parish may request a donation for hosting a wedding. Fr. Rice explains that sacraments are not for sale, and why the Church discourages commerce in sacred objects.
Couples who wish to marry in the Catholic Church are advised to contact the parish priest of the bride or groom to get the process started. But couples move around and they may not know what parish they’re in. Fr. Rice explains how everyone is part of a parish.
The Trinity is a central doctrine of Christianity, but most Christians struggle to explain it. Fr. Rice offers some helpful insights.
Spring is the season of confirmations. Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament, but it’s also seen as a rite of passage. Fr. Rice explains why these two realities can be in tension.
Our series on Catholic Social Teaching concludes with a consideration of the principle of the Common Good.