Posts Tagged ‘faith’
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.”
The family has a vital role in fostering peace according to Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the Jan. 1, 2013, World Day of Peace.
In this Christmas season, many people may give or receive smartphones or other technology that can access the new social media. Social networking can be a wonderful way means of keeping in touch and reaching out to others, but it has a shadow side. How can we remain present to those who are part of our daily life?
In its concluding “Message to the People of God,” the October world Synod of Bishops underscored the role of the church’s married couples and families in the new evangelization. The Synod’s message also addressed the role of grandparents in the family and the pastoral needs of divorced and remarried Catholics.
In popular culture, a wedding ring’s significance would probably be that it conveys that a person already is married. Do wedding rings have more meaning for Catholics?
Here’s a book for anyone who faces important decisions, whether related to marriage and family or not. The author explains how to discern God’s will when we are faced with two good possibilities.
As the Synod of Bishops continues in Rome, many emphasized the role of married couples and families in the new evangelization. They are not just the recipients but the agents of evangelization.
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.
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.
The United States has over 40 million people registered on over 1,500 online dating sites. It’s helpful to know how they can be useful to Catholics.
Catholics love blessings; there is a blessing for almost anything and anyone. But what is a blessing and how is it effective?
How can a couple discern God’s will when making moral decisions? That’s a critical question in any marriage. Moral decision-making is a process that includes prayerful reflection, conversation, and evaluation before reaching a conclusion. Here are some specific steps.
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.
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.
Here’s an excellent choice for your summer spiritual reading. Fr. Kelly’s new book offers “a meditation on what it means to identify God as love.” He hopes it will encourage readers to contemplate God’s “awe-inspiring transcendence” and the transforming reality of divine love.
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.