Bookends of the Spiritual Life: Palm Sunday and Good Friday

Palm Sunday, April 2, and Good Friday, April 7, are bookends of the spiritual life in a lot of ways. Let us welcome our King, the Son of David, with hosannas. Let us lay our palms beneath the feet of His mount, and never forget that the palm is an ancient symbol of martyrdom.

When the Corner Pharmacy Becomes an Abortion Center

In an announcement that sent shockwaves through the pro-life movement nationwide, the pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens announced that the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone would be sold in their stores in select states. The abortion pill is now the leading cause of death for preborn children. 

Understanding the Message of Mercy as a Parish Community

Inspired by Fr. Chris Alar's book Understanding Divine Mercy and eager to spread the Divine Mercy message in their Missouri parish, a group of parishioners builds a Lenten mission and sparks a spiritual renewal.

“The Son Receives from His Father”

On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, Br. Stephen J., MIC, offers an original poem about the foster father of Jesus and his Son.

North American Sanctity: St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Canada

Long before his official declaration as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870, Canada was already consecrated to St. Joseph (feast day: March 19), the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster-father of Jesus.

‘The Word of God abides’: St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Doctor of the Church

He is author of the earliest recorded systematic teachings of the Catholic faith. He suffered persecution and banishment for adherence to the truths of the faith. Ultimately, he was declared a Doctor of the Church for his exemplary writings explaining the tenets of the faith. He is St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386 A.D.). whose feast we celebrate on March 18.

Saint Patrick, Bearing Light in the Darkness

Saint Patrick (feast day: March 17) brought Jesus to pagan Ireland and transformed it into the land of saints and scholars. Let's follow his example and bring Jesus, the Divine Mercy, to an increasingly pagan world.

Models of Mercy: St. John de Brébeuf and St. Isaac Jogues

As Tertullian, an early Christian writer wrote, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." The witness and martyrdom of St. John de Brébeuf (feast day: March 16), St. Isaac Jogues, and their companions was not fruitless.

American Titan … of Mercy: Mother Cabrini

The story of Mother Cabrini, subject of a wonderful new movie, is one instance of the story of women in the Church across her whole history, serving in imitation of Our Lady, the Handmaid of the Lord and the New Eve, hearing the Word of the Lord, answering God’s call, and doing extraordinary works by prayer and service to all in need.

North American Sanctity: Blessed Elías del Socorro Nieves

“Every priest who preaches the Word of God in times of persecution,” Blessed Elías del Socorro Nieves said, “has no escape; he will die like Jesus on the Cross, with arms tied.” His feast day is March 10.

'Labor without stopping': St. John of God

Saint John of God, whose feast we celebrate on March 8, spent his life caring for the sick, poor, and unwanted. His motto was: "Labor without stopping. Do all the good works you can while you still have the time."