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We’ve all heard of the Ten Commandments, but do you know the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church? These “positive laws” set forth five obligations for Catholics. See what they are.
A distinguishing mark of Catholics is their use of The Sign of the Cross. This ancient gestural prayer is used to begin and end prayers, and at other times as well.
This week thousands of Catholic teens and young adults will gather in Madrid to celebrate World Youth Day. What is this life-changing event and how can you participate from your own home?
On Monday, August 15, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary into heaven. It’s one of six Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Do you know the others?
Why does the Catholic Church normally expect couples to get married in church? Fr. Rice explains that while the park or the country club may be beautiful, a Catholic wedding requires sacred space.
The “Unity Candle” has become part of many wedding ceremonies. Does it have a place in a Catholic wedding?
Will the real Mary Magdalene please stand up? We don’t know much about this saint, whose feast we celebrate on July 22. She probably wasn’t as portrayed in “The Da Vinci Code,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” or “The Passion of the Christ.” What we do know is that she was a woman of faith who stood by Jesus to the end.
It’s summer, and perhaps you have time for a little extra reading–maybe even some spiritual reading. But where to start? Here are a few suggestions.
On July 3, the celebrant at Sunday Mass will wear green vestments for the first time in four months. The change of color reflects the return to “Ordinary Time.” It’s the longest of the Church’s liturgical seasons and, says Fr. Larry Rice, the most challenging.
Is the end of the world near? How can we know? Catholics believe that we are already living in the End Times. Father Larry Rice explains why.
All Christians hope to get to heaven. But our traditional images of heaven–clouds, harps and white-robed angels–can make it seem somewhat boring. What’s the problem with our language about heaven?
On Sunday, June 5, most dioceses will celebrate the feast of the Ascension, when Jesus returned to the Father. Why couldn’t the risen Christ simply have stayed on earth, guiding the Church for all time?
The Catholic Church loves saints–so much, in fact, that it has designated particular saints as special advocates for individuals, countries and occupations. There is even a patron saint of the Internet: St. Isidore of Seville. How can patron saints help us?
Do Catholics “worship” Mary? What are some of the Church’s key beliefs about Mary? Read more about the first and greatest disciple of Jesus.
If you attend a Catholic Mass during the Easter season, you’ll hear a reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Why is this New Testament book unique and how does it speak to Christians today?
During the Easter Season, many liturgical readings focus on the activities of the Apostles and Disciples. Who are they and is there a difference?
During Lent, especially during Holy Week, priests in each diocese come together to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. What is chrism and how is it used?
How does an adult convert enter the Catholic Church? Most go through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Read what this involves.
Easter’s just around the corner–a good time to think about going to confession. Haven’t been for a while? Don’t worry! Here are some resources that can help.
Perhaps you’ve heard it before when you faced suffering in your life: “Offer it up.” It’s a hard saying, but what does it mean? How can “offering it up” help us to find meaning–and even joy–in our suffering?
Does your parish offer Stations of the Cross? Many parishes do, especially during Lent. What is this popular devotion that continues to attract so many people?
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Lent begins on March 9. Traditionally, the 40 days of Lent are a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving (good works). Read more about these Lenten practices.
Lent begins on Wednesday, March 9. The Church calls this a “joyful season” and invites its members to think about and deepen their relationship with God. Read more about this wonderful opportunity to prepare for Easter–and for eternal life.
Scripture is not the only way in which God’s revelation has been passed down to humans. Read what the Catholic Church believes about Scripture and Tradition.