The Morocco Earthquake: A Spiritual Emergency

How can we comfort the grieving families, bewildered and sorrowing over their tremendous personal loss in the earthquake in Morocco so far away from us? We are not helpless; we have the power of prayer. 

Loving the Least: St. Peter Claver

Saint Peter Claver (feast day: Sept. 9) is one of those humbling saints who does in an extraordinary way what all Christians should be doing: find the most despised, neglected, abused population of his day and give them all the love he can, according to the duties of his state in life. 

Happy Birthday, Mary!

On Sept. 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God! This feast day is celebrated exactly nine months after the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Hear Fr. David Gunter, MIC, tell about this important feast.

Calling all souls for the Holy Souls!

The 13th annual Mercy for Souls Conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9. More than a decade of conferences is a big commitment, but, says Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, it’s all been worth it. 

Marian brother ready for the diaconate

This Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Br. Stephen Castellano, MIC, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculste Conception.

The ultimate conversion: St. Augustine of Hippo

One of the world’s best-known sinners turned saint is St. Augustine of Hippo, whose feast we celebrate on Aug. 28. Famously, his mother, St. Monica, prayed for him for 17 years before his conversion, and his is the famous prayer, “Lord, give me chastity and continence, but not yet!”

'In the Middle of Her Wounds': Our Lady of Czestochowa

Theresa Bonopartis helped develop a ministry for women healing from abortion called "Entering Canaan." Learn about the inexplicable details that led her to call Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna (feast day: Aug. 26), the patroness of her ministry.

A merciful monarch: St. Louis IX of France

St. Louis IX (feast day: Aug. 25) is the only French king to be declared a saint, a model Christian monarch. With boundless energy and deep piety, he brought peace and prosperity to his kingdom, with a keen determination to administer justice at all levels of society, especially among the poor.

Catholic Common Sense: Turn to Prayer

We tend to treat prayer as a last resort, as a desperate measure, as though it were not the most powerful means of causing change in ourselves and in the world available to us. Why is that?

Assumed to be the Queen of Heaven

Eight days after the liturgical feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Church celebrates the Queenship of Mary (the octave day, Aug. 22). There is an integral connection between Mary’s Assumption and Queenship, writes Br. Eliot, MIC.