Category Archives: faith and spirituality

Cardinal Burke to Catholics: Defend Our Lady

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am outraged and most profoundly saddened by the news that a public sacrilegious Black Mass is scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City on the 15th of August, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have also been informed that, after the horrible sacrilege of the … Continue reading Cardinal Burke to Catholics: Defend Our Lady

Surrogacy: Erasing the Mother

By Dianne Post The main conceptual problem in surrogacy — the production and sale of a child — reduces both women and children to commodities in commerce: things. ________________________________________ Many articles and books can be found describing the horrors of surrogacy. Exploitation is common, with abuse and slave-like conditions for women. Often, several eggs are … Continue reading Surrogacy: Erasing the Mother

Mary asks us to be simple, humble and modest. (Interview with Vicka)

We met on her birthday. She was serene, smiling, available. Also on that special day she did not want to miss her appointment with the pilgrims who wait for her at the blue stairs to hear her tell of her encounters with Our Lady. Q. Vicka, Our Lady has been visiting this land for 23 … Continue reading Mary asks us to be simple, humble and modest. (Interview with Vicka)

The apostles, witnesses of Christ (Benedict XVI)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Letter to the Ephesians presents the Church to us as a structure built “upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph 2: 20). In the Book of Revelation the role of the Apostles, and more specifically, of the Twelve, is explained in the eschatological … Continue reading The apostles, witnesses of Christ (Benedict XVI)

When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”

From the pastoral letter of the bishops of Australia: “Don’t Mess with Marriage” Redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships will have far reaching consequences for all of us. Here are a few real life examples that have occurred recently: – The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered Christian ministers to perform same-sex weddings under pain … Continue reading When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”

Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy

Committee on Doctrine United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (March 25, 2009) 1. From time to time questions have been raised about various alternative therapies that are often available in the United States. Bishops are sometimes asked, “What is the Church’s position on such therapies?” The USCCB Committee on Doctrine has prepared this resource in … Continue reading Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy

The war that we all dread and fear happens (Mother Teresa letter to Bush and Saddam)

In 2001, in a climate of fear similar to what we are experiencing, Mother Teresa wrote a letter. No one answered. The letter remained relevant even today, in a world that’s path now winds of war. But we are condemned to hope … January 2, 1991 Dear President George Bush and President Saddam Hussein, I … Continue reading The war that we all dread and fear happens (Mother Teresa letter to Bush and Saddam)

The life of Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)

Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza) in 1947. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God’s grace, with the Daughters of Charity. Mother “Moretta” In Schio (Vicenza), where she spent many years of her life, everyone … Continue reading The life of Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)

It is Jesus in fact that you seek…. (John Paul II)

It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fulness that will not let you settle for compromise; it … Continue reading It is Jesus in fact that you seek…. (John Paul II)

Prayer to the Virgin Mary of Saint Therese de Liesieux

The Depths of the Love of Your Heart Virgin full of grace, I know that at Nazareth you lived modestly, without requesting anything more. Neither ecstasies, nor miracles, nor other extra ordinary deeds enhanced your life, O Queen of the elect. The number of the lowly, “the little ones,” is very great on earth. They … Continue reading Prayer to the Virgin Mary of Saint Therese de Liesieux

St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer praising Mary the Mother of Jesus

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin. You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven, consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good. Hail, His Palace. Hail … Continue reading St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer praising Mary the Mother of Jesus

The mortal body is guided by the immortal soul (St. Athanasius)

“How is it, that whereas the body is mortal by nature, man reasons on the things of immortality, and often, where virtue demands it, courts death? Or how, since the body lasts only for a time, does man imagine eternal things, so as to despise what lies before him, and desire what is beyond ? … Continue reading The mortal body is guided by the immortal soul (St. Athanasius)

Guide to Confession (for confessor and for penance) – Pope Francis

Dear Brothers, The Sacraments, as we know, are the locus of the closeness and the tenderness of God for mankind; they are the concrete way that God thought and wanted to come and meet us, to embrace us, without being ashamed of us and of our limitations. Among the Sacraments, certainly Reconciliation renders present with … Continue reading Guide to Confession (for confessor and for penance) – Pope Francis

John Paul II to the Nigerian families

Onitsha (Nigeria), With the Apostle Paul I say to you: “You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other”. With these words I greet you, husbands and wives, fathers, mothers and children. … Continue reading John Paul II to the Nigerian families

John Paul II to the Nigerian young people

Onitsha (Nigeria), Dear young men and women of Nigeria, This afternoon the Pope belongs to you! I am truly overjoyed to see you here in your teeming thousands from all parts of your vast country. You have displayed for me your youthful agility, your fascinating acrobatics, your joy and your optimism. I am very grateful … Continue reading John Paul II to the Nigerian young people

Syria – A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic

Damascus, April 14, 2018 A statement has been released on the official website of the Greek Orthdoox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in regard to the attack carried out against Syria early this morning by the U.S., the U.K., and France. The statement, condemning the attack on behalf of the Greek Orthodox, Syrian, … Continue reading Syria – A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic