Holy Family We learn our native tongue not from our schoolteachers, but from our parents. We pick up from them, as by osmosis, attitudes, mannerisms, gestures, and habits. Like it or not, we are profoundly influenced not only by our genes, but by our family experie
To Sing Like an Angel Angelina Davis is no typical sixteen year old Catholic high school student. While most of her peers have been concerned with learning to drive and hanging out with friends, Angelina spent the past fifteen months making news on the ever growing Catholic m
Comtemplative or Active? As someone who is seriously contemplating the religous life, how does one discern if God is calling you to a contemplative order or an active order?
In Search for the Will of God Arnold Janssen was born on November 5, 1837 in Goch, a small city in lower Rhineland (Germany). The second of ten children, his parents instilled in him a deep devotion to religion.
Epiphany Gold may have been one of the original Christmas presents, but don’t be mistaken – there was never a golden age in the church free of controversy and struggle.
The Baptism of the Lord The Gospels say that Jesus went to John the Baptist by the Jordan River, desiring to receive from him the baptism of repentance.
Age and Studies I have some interest in a vocation as at the moment I am between jobs I can see one being able to carry out some of the tasks of a priest visiting the sick, marriages, funerals, baptisms, and some administrative work associated with the parish etc.
Visions of Mary The Virgin Mary, our Blessed Mother - she graces the halls of the world’s greatest museums and the walls of some of the world’s poorest homes. Her image has been captured by artists and given homage by pilgrims.
Is Graduating High School Required? I have not graduated high school, and I don’t do well in school; do I need my high school diploma and other courses to enter the seminary? At what age I can do so?
Staying Detached while Discerning? The only strength we have is in God's grace. That means that you have to bring his grace into your life actively, depend absolutely on it, and then not be afraid since Christ is the first one to want you to be faithful.
The Steps What steps should be taken before entering the seminary?
Is this God's will? Are we supposed to believe that everything that happens on a daily basis, day by day, is God's will and we should say yes to everything?
The Presentation of the Lord Our Lady is the first and most exalted model for every consecrated person. Dear brothers and sisters, let yourselves be guided by her. Turn to her for help with humble trust, especially in moments of trial.
Why Lent Has Forty Days . . . But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days.
Lent: The Journey of Reconciliation This is the invitation that the liturgy addresses to us at the beginning of Lent, urging us to be aware of the gift of salvation offered, in Christ, to everyone.
Transfiguration, Lent, and the Passion Printed Appearances can be deceiving. After all, Jesus was just another Galilean. His hands were the rough hands of a workman. People in Nazareth knew his mother. Some even remembered the man that was his dad.
Am I Doing the Right Thing? I have been thinking about a religious vocation for quite some time now. In fact, it has been three years. I have been praying, and I began talking about this with friends and some of the sisters at my parish.
A Special Friendship for Your Child In her newly released book, Jesus I Feel Close to You (Paulist Press, November 2004, hardcover, 32 pages), author and art teacher Denise Stuckey employs images from a child’s everyday life to help emphasize the importance of a close and personal relations
Our Faith: The Eucharist The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means