Offer It Up

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Prayer

A recent discussion on my personal Facebook page feat my good friend Stephanie Richer (who really began the thread or conversation herself on her own page) revolved around certain people in our country and culture who label themselves “faith healers” and who have built up quite a following over the years. One well-known such “healer” has a national television program that …

A look at some interesting popes of the past

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) – From St. Peter to Pope Francis, there have been 266 popes; 80 of them are recognized as saints with the April 27 canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. The earliest popes were martyred for their faith, which the Catholic Church takes as a clear sign of holiness. Once the persecution of …

Living the Evangelical Counsels

David Oatney New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Pope Francis has been preaching quite a bit lately about the need to live in humility, even poverty, as a Church and as a community of believers in Jesus Christ. The secular news media characterizes this message in a particular way, often as a means to try and “run down” Francis’ predecessor Benedict XVI, who many in the secular world did not …

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Father Michael Cummins Saints

 Two days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist.  John is the apostle who stood by the Cross of Christ and received Mary into his home.  The gospel attributed to John was the last of the four canonical gospels to be written and contains the most explicitly developed and exalted understanding (Christology) of who …

Joy to the World

David Oatney Saints

To the saints, the finest gifts are the spiritual kind. After receiving Holy Communion in 1569, the Spanish Carmelite St. Teresa of Avila marveled at the arrival of Jesus. Though not labeled as such, her words could be a Christmas thanksgiving: “Be joyful, my soul, for there is someone who loves your God as He deserves. Be joyful, for there …

A Woman Clothed with the Sun

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Year of Faith

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky: it was a huge dragon, flaming red, with seven …

Seven Things Catholics Should Know About the New Evangelization

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013, to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example. The Year of Faith is meant to …