Spiritual Guidance and Consolation for Married Couples

Fr. Fulgence Meyer, OFM

January 17, 2022

“No one, in the married or any other state of life, is completely happy on this earth.” -Fr. Fulgence Meyer, OFM The married couples who read this book are trying their best, I have reason to believe, to become true Christian parents. It will be my object, in this essay, to hearten and help them…

Self-Abandonment as the Quickest Way to Love and Perfection

Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade, SJ

January 14, 2022

Your letter, my dear Sister, reminds me of that passage in the Gospel which shows us a young man approaching Our Lord in order to ask Him the way to reach eternal life. The good Master makes the immediate reply that he must keep the commandments, and when the young man answers that he has…

We Should Draw Profit from Our Faults

St. Francis de Sales

January 12, 2022

The faults and infidelities of which we are guilty every day should indeed bring us shame and confusion, when we approach Our Lord; and thus we read of great saints, like St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Teresa, that, when they had fallen into any fault, they experienced much confusion.  Hence it is very reasonable,…

On the Mercy of God

The Soul Sanctified

January 11, 2022

“Through the tender mercies of our God.” —Luke 1:78 So great is the desire which God has to give us His graces, that, as St. Augustine says, He has more desire to give them to us than we have to receive them from Him. And the reason is that goodness, as the philosophers say, is…

New Year’s Resolutions: Adopting a “Theme” for the Year

Fr. Cory Catron

January 7, 2022

There seem to be two times each year that we think of the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions.” One is right at the end of December and into the beginning of January, the time for making New Year’s resolutions. The other falls later in the month, already into the New Year, when, if you’re like…

The Epiphany Cake on the Twelfth Day of Christmas

John Paul Sonnen

January 6, 2022

“The kings of Tharsis and of the islands shall offer presents, alleluia. The kings of Arabia and of Saba shall bring gifts, alleluia.” —Roman Ritual, Blessings at Meals on Epiphany and Octave (cf. Psalm 71 (72): 10). On January 6, the annual feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord is celebrated as an extension of…

The Best Resource for Teaching Boys to Serve the Latin Mass

John Paul Sonnen

January 5, 2022

“If boys won’t learn, men won’t know.” -Msgr. R.J. Schuler, PhD One of the most important resources for families that attend the Traditional Latin Mass is How to Serve (published by TAN Books), an excellent book by Dom Matthew Britt, O.S.B. Dom Matthew was a Minnesota-born Benedictine priest ordained in 1901 for St. Martin’s Abbey…

Go, and Search Diligently for the Child  

Fr. Kevin Drew

January 4, 2022

Herod the Great, the King of the Jews – was neither a king nor a Jew.  His mother was an Arab, the daughter of a sheik, and his father was an Idumean (Edomite) from south of Israel.  The name “Herod” isn’t even Jewish, it’s Greek.  It’s a name from Greek mythology.  How did Herod, who…

Passing on the Tradition of the Christmas Proclamation

John Paul Sonnen

January 3, 2022

Christmas has always been celebrated with extraordinary solemnity, brining to mind the hour when the Holy Mother gave birth to Christ, an event that has been recalled through the centuries with the most fervent prayers and vigil watchings.  Over the centuries the story of Christmas has been recorded in certain select extra-biblical works that are…

The Special Privilege of Three Masses on Christmas

John Paul Sonnen

December 30, 2021

“The custom of saying three Masses on this day is also very ancient, and recalls to our minds the threefold birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity – His eternal birth from the Father before all ages, His temporal birth in Bethlehem, and His spiritual birth in the souls of men.” –The Catholic…

A Famous Christmas Carol Written by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Natalie Hudson

December 29, 2021

All Catholics should know of St. Alphonsus Liguori’s (1696-1787) famous Christmas hymn he penned as a young priest entitled, Tu Scendi dale Stelle. The song can be heard here, performed by Luciano Pavarotti in Vienna, Austria. St. Alphonsus was an Italian bishop from the Kingdom of Naples who was a prolific writer and thinker with…

The Poignant Grief of the Holy Innocents

John Paul Sonnen

December 28, 2021

“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, O God, thou perfected praise because of thine enemies.  O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” -Roman Missal, Introit for Dec. 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents In the midst of the joy of Christmas which fills both heaven and earth,…

Let Us Go to the Grotto of Bethlehem

Fr. Dana Ambrose Christensen

December 27, 2021

“For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of…

The Glow from the Midnight Cave: Memento Bethlehem

John Paul Sonnen

December 25, 2021

“And thou, Bethlehem Ephrata [fruitful, honored], art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the rule in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity.” -Mich. 5:2 Each year the Christmas story brings to the…

Christmas Midnight Mass Sermon by St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

December 24, 2021

Below is an inspiring sermon delivered by Saint Francis de Sales for Midnight Mass, December 25, 1622.   Highlights include: The great Christian feasts in the early Church and their observances The Incarnation as God’s end in creating the world The two births of the Word, eternal and temporal The two natures of the Word made…

Catholic Elements of Home Alone

Paul Kengor

December 23, 2021

Released in November 1990, in time for the Thanksgiving and holiday theater-rush, the film Home Alone became an instant Christmas classic. It was a box-office smash, grossing nearly a half-billion dollars in receipts worldwide. It received numerous accolades, with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Its main star, Macaulay Culkin, became a household name. The…

Mary as the Ark of the Covenant

Fr. Kevin Drew

December 22, 2021

The Ark of the Covenant was a wood box about four-feet long and two and a half-feet wide.  The word “ark” comes from the Hebrew word “aron” which means chest or coffer.  The Ark was no ordinary chest.  It was plated inside and out with gold.  And it had an ornate cover, called the mercy…

Christmas Meditation on the Sacred Infancy of Jesus

Fr. Frederick Faber

December 21, 2021

” Yet neither Nazareth nor Bethlehem were his beginnings.  He was eternal years old the moment he was born. “ -Fr. Frederick Faber Below is a unique Christmas meditation from the famous English convert to the Catholic Faith, Fr. Frederick Faber of London, England. Fr. Faber has long been revered for his thoroughly enjoyable and erudite…

Mystical Aspects of the Mystery of Christmas

St. Francis de Sales

December 20, 2021

Below is an excerpt from a brief, but interesting sermon that was delivered by Saint Francis de Sales to a convent of nuns on Christmas Eve in the year 1614.  These nuns were members of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Visitation; an order founded by him. The sermon addresses Christ the Savior as…

The Sacredness of the Priesthood and Religious Life

Conor Gallagher

December 17, 2021

The sacredness of the priesthood should be a penetrating reality for your child. Such unworthy men, stepping into the In Persona Christi, consecrating the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the sacramentally conferred power to forgive sins on behalf of Christ; it is beyond what the mind can fathom. And…