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Safeguarding Human Dignity through Mary

By |2020-01-23T19:43:28+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

The world does not share our belief in human dignity; it might proclaim it at times, but their actions speak otherwise. For Catholics, the essential value of the human person is intrinsic. It is not bestowed by decrees of governments or the changeable customs of societies but by God, in whose image and likeness we [...]

The Angel Who Ordered an Emergency Baptism

By |2020-01-01T01:35:15+00:00January 1st, 2020|

Do angels intervene in sacraments? We know from our earliest instructions in the faith that angels exist and are concerned about our welfare. Anyone who has learned the traditional Guardian Angel Prayer (“Angel of God”) knows that they are sent “to light, to guard, to rule and guide” us throughout life. (See the text of [...]

A Guide for Our Advent Journey

By |2019-12-01T19:55:48+00:00December 1st, 2019|

Advent symbolizes the waiting and anticipation of a pregnancy, and Our Lady appears as a key figure in the season. There is a good reason for that: she prepares us for Christ’s birth by helping us to let go of inner obstacles to grace and ties that bind us. She teaches patience and attentiveness to [...]

A Tyrant and a Saint from the Same Small Country

By |2019-12-01T01:22:05+00:00December 1st, 2019|

 Mother Teresa of Calcutta was largely known for her work in India, so we tend to forget that she was born in the tiny Eastern European county of Albania. What many also may do not realize is that Albania is the first country in the world to establish atheism as the official state religion. Albania’s [...]

Does God Allow Souls in Purgatory to Visit the Living?

By |2019-11-04T01:18:47+00:00November 4th, 2019|

November is the month of All Souls. It is a yearly reminder of our obligation to pray for the souls who, as our doctrine teaches, are in a process of post-death purification. The souls in Purgatory have repented of their sins but haven’t yet atoned for them, and that is where we come in. As [...]

Our Lady’s Love for Souls in Purgatory

By |2019-11-02T20:01:36+00:00November 2nd, 2019|

If there is anyone who is interested in releasing souls from Purgatory, it is the Blessed Virgin Mary. When her Son went to “preach to the souls in prison” (1 Peter 3:19) immediately after His Death, Mary waited for Him, not in despair but in hope of the Resurrection. She continues to help souls who [...]

Your Next Indispensable Book for the Culture Wars

By |2019-10-03T00:11:47+00:00October 3rd, 2019|

Imagine Cicero in his study writing out his fiercely-reasoned jeremiads against a decaying Republic, which was rapidly abandoning the ancient virtues that built Roman civilization. His was a heroic attempt to stop his nation’s slide into tyranny and to bring renewal to his culture. As an enlightened pagan writing before the coming of Christ, he [...]

Queen of the Archangels

By |2019-09-29T00:26:27+00:00September 29th, 2019|

September concludes with the feast of those glorious spiritual beings that Christian Tradition acknowledges as the princes of the angelic world: the Archangels. The three named Archangels of Scripture are Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel, and each of those mighty servants of God are under command of a superior spiritual force: their captain, the Mother of [...]

Jeffrey Epstein and Hell

By |2019-09-03T00:03:47+00:00September 3rd, 2019|

Famed Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel once quoted a saying from an ancient rabbinical text:  the angels weep whenever a soul is condemned to Hell.  Our Lord seemed to echo that angelic emotion with His agonized sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before He died. If the angels lament the loss of one [...]