Introduction In the Catholic tradition, there’s something unique called the Angelic Warfare Confraternity. It might sound like the title of a fantasy novel, but it’s a real and important spiritual organization. Its purpose? To help people practice the virtue of chastity, which means proper behavior in matters of sex. But it’s not just about saying […]
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Introduction The early Desert Fathers and Mothers were the trailblazers of Christian monasticism. These men and women left behind the comforts of society to seek God in the solitude and silence of the desert. Their stories offer rich insight into a lifestyle dedicated entirely to the pursuit of spiritual intimacy with God. As a Catholic
Introduction When you hear the term “Pope,” various images and titles might come to mind. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, the leader of the Catholic Church, and holds other titles like “Pontiff” and “Vicar of Christ.” But what do these titles mean, and what do they tell us about the Pope’s role in
Introduction Fasting is as old as religious traditions themselves. In the Catholic Church, it has been a longstanding practice to fast and abstain from certain types of food or activities as a way to grow closer to God. But in our modern age, filled with fast food, Netflix, and an endless array of distractions, is
Introduction The issue of immigration and refugees is a complex one, touching on matters of law, national security, and human dignity. It can often be difficult to navigate these waters, especially in a world where opinions and policies differ widely. Yet, for Catholics, there’s a guide to addressing this issue: the Church’s social teachings, which
Introduction When you hear the name “Franciscan,” what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of brown robes, or the saint who spoke to birds. For many, the Franciscans evoke a sense of simplicity and closeness to nature. But who are they, really? What is it that drives them? Understanding the Franciscans requires delving into their
The Bible isn’t just another book. For Catholics, it is the inspired word of God, a treasure trove of wisdom and a guide for living a good and meaningful life. The Church has always emphasized the importance of reading and reflecting on the Scriptures. One of the age-old practices for doing so is Lectio Divina,
Introduction The principle of subsidiarity is one of the core tenets of Catholic social teaching. It offers a blueprint for how societies can organize themselves in a way that respects the dignity of every human being. What does this principle really mean, and how does it apply to governance? Let’s dive in to understand better.
The idea of making amends for past wrongs isn’t unique to any culture or religion; it’s a basic human concept of fairness and justice. However, in the Catholic tradition, the act of reparation holds a deeper meaning. It’s not just about making things right in the earthly sense, but also in the eyes of God.
Introduction The issue of mental health is a significant concern in today’s world, affecting millions of people from various walks of life. Within this framework, the Catholic Church provides a unique perspective that harmonizes medical science and spiritual care. The Church isn’t an alternative to medicine or psychology but a complementary guide that illuminates the