Baptism : 7 Facts Every Christian Should Know

The Catholic Church defines baptism as a sacrament that cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, Children of God, and members of the church. Being the first out of the three sacraments of initiation, baptism opens the door for the reception of other sacraments and is a requirement for fully becoming part of theContinue reading “Baptism : 7 Facts Every Christian Should Know”

The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul: 7 Lessons from His Life & Ministry

As we mark the feast day of the conversion  of St. Paul on January 25, we take a look at the life of this great apostle of God. Although he was not among the ten originally called by Jesus Christ, the influence of St. Paul on the early church and the present-day church cannot beContinue reading “The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul: 7 Lessons from His Life & Ministry”

Behold, Your Mother!: Enter 2022 Praising God for these 7 Aspects of Mary’s Maternity

January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. To celebrate this feast, let us contemplate some of the ways that Mary serves us as mother. You will notice that everything that Mary is, she is because of Christ.  Mother of Christ Mary is the only one who got to share flesh and bloodContinue reading “Behold, Your Mother!: Enter 2022 Praising God for these 7 Aspects of Mary’s Maternity”

What Baby Jesus Wants for Christmas: 7 Simple Things

1. Restore Christmas   Make your Christmas about Christ himself, the King of Kings.  Put a nativity scene in a prominent place in your home. Meditate briefly in front of it – even for a few moments – daily. Say Merry Christmas as often as possible (You may add, happy holidays too). Gift Christmas cardsContinue reading “What Baby Jesus Wants for Christmas: 7 Simple Things”

Our Lady of Guadalupe: 4 Lessons

Five centuries ago, Mary, the mother of Christ appeared to an indigenous peasant in Mexico, namely St. Juan Diego.  She appeared wearing the local indigenous dress for young mothers and virgins. She spoke in Juan Diego’s indigenous language. She asked that a Church dedicated to her, be built. That Church was eventually built and remainsContinue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe: 4 Lessons”

Advent: 4 Weeks to a New You*

This Advent, take the following steps to fully prepare for the feast of the coming of Christ: Christmas as well as his coming at the end of time. Slow Down:   Stop and think about Christ a few times a day. Perhaps while you stop at the traffic light. Avoid being taken up by shoppingContinue reading “Advent: 4 Weeks to a New You*”

Deep into the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 5 Easy Steps

Mary the mother of Jesus is the Immaculate Conception. She is called the Immaculate Conception because Jesus renewed creation by reinstating himself as the new Adam and Mary as the new Eve. To be better than the original Adam and Eve, they both had to be without sin and obedient to God – from theContinue reading “Deep into the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 5 Easy Steps”

Christ the King: Make the Most of this Feast in 7 Tips

This week, we celebrate the feast of Christ as King of the whole universe. Here are some facts about the Kingship of Christ. Contemplate one for each day of the week beginning with today. Christ is an Emperor Realize that the enemies of Christ are losers. Christ is King of Kings. One who rules empires,Continue reading “Christ the King: Make the Most of this Feast in 7 Tips”

Leaving the Catholic Church: 10 Considerations

Here are some common reasons why people leave the Catholic Church and some reasons to stay, based on Christ’s teachings. “A Thing of the Past” The idea that religion is the thing of the past is mostly popular in relatively wealthy countries. Why are poorer countries still entering the Church? The answer is not becauseContinue reading “Leaving the Catholic Church: 10 Considerations”

Make the Most of November: 7 Tips

November is the month in which the Church historically celebrates all Saints (Canonized or not) and remembers all Souls who have departed this world. In particular, we remember and pray for Souls in purgatory,* who are waiting with deep (and painful) yearning to complete their purification so they can enter heaven. Here are some waysContinue reading “Make the Most of November: 7 Tips”