The book of Genesis describes how God worked for six days, creating the heavens and the earth and how on the seventh day He rested. Likewise, Jesus spent His days ministering to the crowds, feeding the hungry, and healing the sick, yet He drew His strength by frequently taking time to be alone with His Father in prayer. Jesus teaches us that in order to be fruitful in ministry, in order to “be” for others we must first receive love and strength from God our Father in prayer. In Eucharistic Adoration we too can take time to be alone with God—to allow Him to fill us with His strength and His love. The love we give to others is only what we have first received from God. In Adoration we receive the grace necessary to be faithful and fruitful for the Kingdom of God.
The head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee accused President Joe Biden of being “in the control of abortion extremists” and called on the president to “begin acting like” the “devout Catholic” he has claimed to be.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann’s sharp rebuke of the Biden administration came in an interview with EWTN News Nightly on Friday, Oct 8.
“He likes to call himself a ‘devout’ Catholic,” Naumann said of the president:
I would urge him to begin to act like one, especially on the life issues. And to let his faith really inform his conscience and the decisions that he’s making, not the platform of his party.READ MORE
The offering of Mass for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with our belief in Purgatory. We believe that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven. While each individual stands judgment before the Lord and must render an account of his life, the communion of the Church shared on this earth continues, except for those souls dammed to hell.READ MORE
St. John Vianney would notice a peasant come to his small church everyday and sit on the last bench. One day he went up to him and asked him, "My good fellow, what are you doing here? Are you praying? You seem to be doing nothing." And pointing to the Blessed Sacrament, he said in reply, "I look at him - and he looks at me."
As the Church in the United States celebrates its annual Respect Life Month, US Bishops are encouraging Catholics to follow in the footsteps of St. Joseph in protecting human life and promoting a culture of life.
The Catholic Church in the United States is observing its annual Respect Life Month. The event is organized every year in October by the US Bishops’ Conference (USCBB) with the aim of encouraging Catholics to help build a culture that cherishes and protects each and every human life. The month’s observance kicked off on October 3, the first Sunday of this month traditionally designated as Respect Life Sunday.READ MORE
While it is true that we can access God present in our hearts and through ourprayer, there is something profoundly necessary about Eucharistic Adoration. As creatures we need somethingtangible to ‘hold onto’. God accommodates this ‘need’ of the human heart by making Himself the Bread ofLife. We gaze upon Him with our human eyes and He gazes back. We can take God into our hands, into ourmouths, and into our hearts. God allows us to interact with Him on our terms. He is truly with us.
Prayer can be a mixed bag. Sometimes there is deep joy and peace, other times there is dryness and distraction. Yet God is always teaching ussomething even if His method of teaching changes. God’s ways can seem, not only mysterious but also ironic. We see God’s sense of humor mostpoignantly in the lives of the saints. In Abraham we see a man who was to be a great nation, yet is called to sacrifice His only son. In St. Theresewe see a young woman who desired to be a missionary yet died in a cloister. Even in Our Lady, we see a woman called to be both Virgin andMother. God transforms us little by little. But often it is not in the way we would choose. God’s ways are not our ways.
It is part of our struggle on earth to experience distractions in prayer and even to question God’s presence, yet we must be gentle with ourselves. Going over grocery lists, to-do lists, and thinking about what happened the hour before our prayer time, will happen. Don’t be discouraged, just ask Jesus to help you ‘to keep your eyes on the road.’ It often happens that when we feel scattered, God can use this to ‘scatter the seeds of life’ meaning, He uses our sacrifice of not feeling like our prayer is ‘working’ to help someone else who is struggling. We receive simply by being present, and not just us, but everyone in the world becomes the beneficiaries of our prayer.
Have you ever confessed a sin and then, no matter how earnestly you intended to amend your life, had the desire to commit that sin again? Why aren’t we simply fixed after Confession?
Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Confession that our sins may be forgiven and that we may return to friendship with him. He renews our souls, again filling them through the Holy Spirit with the many spiritual gifts first given to us at Baptism. Yet a certain inclination to sin—not the sin itself— remains. The Tradition calls this inclination the fomes peccati, the tinder for sin, or, we might say, the dregs (CCC 1264).READ MORE