“If our Savior blessed the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon, John the Baptist, and others, because they greeted His presence with devoted hearts for a brief passing hour, how much more did He bless you who have sanctified yourself for so many years in His company and that of His Mother?”
On the feast of St. Gianna, I wanted to share a part of my ongoing conversion story and faith experiences. Almost ten years ago, I had an unexpected encounter with this selfless saint.
I have independent tendencies, even when it came to my spiritual life. While there's nothing completely wrong about this, the fact that I was only relying on myself did cause a major wound at one point. The Good Shepherd had to step in and remind me that I am a sheep, not a shepherd... I don't have to take care of myself.
A list of Jesus' appearances post-Resurrection as well as the deeper spiritual meaning behind the amount of times he appeared. Why is the number 12 so significant?
Have you ever wondered why he didn't simply go straight to heaven? Why did Jesus stick around for 40 days after his Resurrection? It's a great question to ponder, but also one with two simple answers. To demonstrate to the world that he was indeed alive-- fully alive. To prepare all his disciples and Apostles to... Continue Reading →
This story is not my own. I came across it this morning and thought it was an incredible story of the power of grace. You might remember this story from a few years back; an editor from ESPN was fired for his headline "Chink in the Armor" which he used as his opening line for... Continue Reading →
Whenever a loved one asks for prayers, it's common that we may respond with a question such as, "What's his name?" or, "What day are you traveling?" or, "What time is the surgery?" Something about the details makes us feel connected... especially if we are thinking about that person on the specific day, at the specific time. For me, the events of the Triduum are no different. Here's an approximate timeline of the events of Good Friday.
Most Catholics believe that the Eucharist is necessary for salvation...it's probably even one of the main reasons they are Catholic. However, many Catholics fail to give their Protestant peers a solid answer as to why we believe this to be true about the Eucharist. While there are multiple arguments and reasons to support our belief in the New Testament, today's post highlights some support from the Old Testament