I was scared out of my mind. I went into the women’s room because it was the only private place in the death house, and I put my head against the tile wall and grabbed the crucifix around my neck. I said, “Oh, Jesus God, help me. Don’t let him fall apart. If he falls apart, I fall apart.”
I was in over my head.
All I had agreed to in the beginning was to be a pen pal to this man on Louisiana’s death row. Sure, I said, I could write letters. But the man was all alone, he had no one to visit him.
If you are ever having a bad day and you want to change the way your day is going, try to practice the attitude of gratitude.
Few spiritual qualities have more power than gratitude. Thanksgiving is approaching, but why focus on just one day out of the year to be thankful? I wanted to focus on how we can increase being thankful in our lives.
To help us focus on this important quality, I want to mention Keyshia Cole’s 2010 release “Thank You.” Cole is an established R&B star. A special feature on this song is that Cole is joined on the recording by her mother, Yvonne Cole (the “singing mamma” mentioned in the lyrics).
This month’s issue of Vanity Fair contains a pretty disheartening prediction for single people: the “dating apocalypse,” brought on by wildly popular dating apps like “Tinder,” is upon us.
Young singles are too busy swiping left and right on their phones making shallow, transient connections, rather than finding real love with real people. Romance is dead, proposes author Nancy Jo Sales.
In 1943, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen made a prescient observation: “A proof that we are in danger of losing our freedom is that everyone is talking about it. Picture a group of men on a roof-top proclaiming in song and story the glories of architecture, while below saboteurs have already knocked out half the foundations of the house–and here you have the picture of modern freedom.”
During the recent extended holiday weekend, Americans proclaimed in song and story the glories of our American freedoms, the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, rights given by God and not by any person—inalienable rights.
Summer has arrived and with it, many weddings are planned.
The readings at a Catholic wedding liturgy are a proclamation of God’s Word and the Church’s faith about marriage.
The Church rejoices with those who are engaged and eagerly awaits the day you become husband and wife, a new family, in the covenant of Marriage (a sacrament for baptized Christians). The following are some suggestions for the centerpiece of your wedding day: the wedding liturgy.Read more
The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. … “By the sacrament of Confirmation [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” —CCC, no. 1285, citing LG, no. 11
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.Read more
On the first Christian Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit in the year of Jesus’ crucifixion transformed this traditional Jewish feast of the wheat harvest for people gathered in Jerusalem from the various parts of the known world. These peoples were both awed and confused when they heard the Twelve Apostles proclaiming the Gospel as if they were simultaneously speaking in multiple languages (Acts 2:1-13).
This miraculous occurrence caught the attention even of the scoffers; however, they claimed that the apostles were drunk.
At this point, Peter stood up to deliver the first sermon of the newly born church (Acts 2:14-36). Peter began his defense of the ecstatic behavior of the apostles by claiming it as the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy that sons and daughters and male and female servants would prophesy by the power of the Spirit (1Jn 3:1-5).Read more
The establishment of the Feast of The Divine Mercy on the octave day of Easter fulfilled the purpose of the restoration of the liturgical year, allowing “the faithful through their faith, hope and love to share more deeply in the whole mystery of Christ as it unfolds throughout the year” (Moto Proprio of Pope Paul VI, 1969, on the Liturgical Year and Roman Calendar, quoting Vatican II on the Liturgy, 102). It ensures even greater prominence to the paschal mystery of Christ, so that the faithful more effectively “lays hold of the mysteries of Christ and are filled with His saving grace” (Ibid).