How is the Holy Eucharist dangerous for the soul of the unprepared?

Question: Is it really a sin to receive the Eucharist in mortal sin? Answer: No, it isn’t simply a mortal sin but a form of sacrilege; it is worse than a mortal sin to receive Jesus in mortal sin. The once life-giving body and blood of Christ becomes judgement to the soul. It is important… Continue reading How is the Holy Eucharist dangerous for the soul of the unprepared?

Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

Holy Week invites us to let go of self and embrace the Lord anew through continuing conversion. How desperately we all need to hear the Good news that we can begin again! The question is not whether we will mark time but how we will do so? For the Christian time is not meant to be a… Continue reading Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

8 thought-provoking Easter quotes to inspire

We all love to celebrate Easter with brightly colored hard boiled eggs, candy, cute pictures of bunnies and chicks and we all love to gather together to party! Regardless of how you celebrate Easter, don’t forget the real reason for the holiday. Jesus Christ lived a life without sin and selflessly gave it away for… Continue reading 8 thought-provoking Easter quotes to inspire

Are jihadists really turning to Christianity?

We need to treat any evidence that Muslims are turning to Christ en masse with caution Is there a widescale movement of conversions to Christianity amongst Muslims? There seems to be evidence that there is; but at the same time we must be cautious in evaluating such evidence. Several internet sources have carried the story… Continue reading Are jihadists really turning to Christianity?

5 New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to

Each year people firmly believe that this will be the year -the year they lose weight, the year they make more of an impression at work, the year something is better than the previous. But how many of us make New Year’s resolutions to follow Christ? New Year resolutions are popular near the beginning and… Continue reading 5 New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to

5 Biblical New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to

Each year people firmly believe that this will be the year – the year they lose weight, the year they make more of an impression at work, the year something is better than the previous. But how many of us make New Year’s resolutions to follow Christ? New Year resolutions are popular near the beginning… Continue reading 5 Biblical New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to

What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession

While reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father JosĂ© Antonio Fortea discussed this phenomenon and practical solutions to it in a blog post. Normally, a sense… Continue reading What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession

Bible VR gives inside look to the ACTUAL site of Jesus' miraculous birth

Join virtual tour guide Danny Herman, known as “Danny the Digger,” as you take a 360-degree look through one of the holiest sites on earth. According to the Sancuary of Bethlehem, their virtual tour will go from simple images to an immersive experience. Using the site’s features, you can take a look at the ceilings,… Continue reading Bible VR gives inside look to the ACTUAL site of Jesus' miraculous birth

Timeless Christmas songs are recreated by wonderfully talented Benedictine nuns

As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of carols with which to greet the newborn Christ. “Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly ‘life up our hearts’ to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility… Continue reading Timeless Christmas songs are recreated by wonderfully talented Benedictine nuns

What happens when an atheist encounters Christ? This poet found out for herself

“Until two years ago, I was a really committed atheist and I really hated the Catholic Church,” said poet Sally Read, as she explained how all that dramatically changed during nine months in 2010. “The whole process took from March to December, and I was received into the Catholic Church at the Vatican in December,… Continue reading What happens when an atheist encounters Christ? This poet found out for herself

A warning from Pope Francis – 'It always strikes us'

The season of Advent is a reminder to us to open our horizons and have concern for more than just material things, the Pope said Sunday during his Angelus address. Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, to material reality, but rather to govern them,” Pope… Continue reading A warning from Pope Francis – 'It always strikes us'

Full text: Pope’s homily at Mass in Malmö

‘The Beatitudes are the image of Christ and consequently of each Christian,’ the Pope said Today, with the entire Church, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. In doing so, we remember not only those who have been proclaimed saints through the ages, but also our many brothers and sisters who, in a quiet and… Continue reading Full text: Pope’s homily at Mass in Malmö

'Clothe the naked' – Pope Francis calls us to love

When we perform the corporal works of mercy – specifically welcoming the stranger in the form migrants and refugees – we are welcoming Christ in them, and helping to restore their full dignity as humans, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “These works, in fact, make evident that Christians are not tired and lazy in waiting for… Continue reading 'Clothe the naked' – Pope Francis calls us to love

Vatican: Ashes must not be scattered or kept at home

The new instructions were released on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith The Vatican has set out guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divided up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, Church-approved place. The new instructions were released on… Continue reading Vatican: Ashes must not be scattered or kept at home

Memorial marking where Moses saw Promised Land reopens in Jordan

The restored Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened after nearly a decade The Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened its doors to the public amid festivities, after nearly a decade of restoration. Believed by ancient tradition to be the site where Moses saw the Promised Land and died, a church and… Continue reading Memorial marking where Moses saw Promised Land reopens in Jordan

Pope Francis: Don't use God to defend your own interests

On Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against making Jesus into the person we want him to be, and thus creating obstacles to a true relationship with Christ and his mercy. “The admonition of Jesus is always present: even today man constructs images of God that prevent him from enjoying his real presence,” the Pope said during… Continue reading Pope Francis: Don't use God to defend your own interests

'Christ urges us' – Pope Francis shares Christ's message

In this transitory and often difficult life, it is necessary to have Christ as the center of everything you do, working to increase your own faith in Jesus and the faith of those you serve, Pope Francis said Monday. “Contemplating the life of Jesus and looking at our life as pilgrims in this world with… Continue reading 'Christ urges us' – Pope Francis shares Christ's message

Is THIS the actual tomb of Christ's FAMILY?

A geologist claims to have new proof that a controversial discovery in Jerusalem is linked to Jesus Christ. The controversy surrounds Talpiot Tomb, which was discovered in 1980 with nine boxes alleged to belong to people closely associated with Jesus. A geologist claims to have new proof that a controversial discovery in Jerusalem is linked… Continue reading Is THIS the actual tomb of Christ's FAMILY?

Are the angels sending a message? Miraculous apparition found in the light of 9/11 tribute (PHOTO)

Is it an angel, or is it Our Lord, Jesus Christ? A freelance photographer has captured what appears to be an apparition standing at the top of The Tribute in Light at the World Trade Center site. Richard McCormack had taken many photos of the site that night, but the miraculous image appeared in only… Continue reading Are the angels sending a message? Miraculous apparition found in the light of 9/11 tribute (PHOTO)