Popes

Pope Saint John XXIII and Latin

Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all. + These are the words of Our Predecessor Pius XI, who conducted […]

We are the sum of the Father’s love for us…

We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son. —St. John Paull II, from a homily on July 28, 2002 at the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto

How St. John Paul II Prayed for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

From his childhood, his father instilled in Karol a strong devotion to the Holy Spirit. He recalled his father telling him, “You don’t pray to the Holy Spirit enough. You ought to pray to him.” Karol, Sr., gave him a prayer book on the Holy Spirit, which he used throughout his life, and also taught […]

Only Sanctity

As Joseph Ratzinger put it, shortly before becoming Benedixt XVI: “The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.” + The future of American religion depends on believers who can demonstrate, in word and deed alike, […]

God entered the world in a family.

—from the Catholic News Agency internet article Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life Only God “is the Lord of life from it’s beginning to it’s end,” the document continued. “No one, under any circumstance, can claim for themselves the right to directly destroy an innocent human being.”Openness to life was […]

The Weakest Link

—from the blog post A reader struggles with his faith by Mark Shea whose blog is Catholic and Enjoying It! He writes: […] I feel that I am losing my religion.  I had once believed that the Holy Spirit guides the College of Cardinals in the selection of the most wisest holiest candidate for the position. Why would you […]

The Church and Contraception: “…she was the only one who explained what we felt.”

—from the National Review article What the Pill Has Wrought… The Truth of Catholic Teaching on Contraception Begins to Register by Mark Regnerus My wife and I elected to pursue a tubal ligation for her immediately following the birth of our third child, in 2008. We regretted it within three months. We thought it would […]