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…

The Grace with which the Holy Spirit Fills Devout Souls

Venerable Louis of Granada

January 13, 2022

“Grace, finally, qualifies man for all good, smooths the way to Heaven, makes the yoke of Christ sweet and light, cures man of his infirmities and lightens his burdens, so that he is enabled to run in the path of virtue.” -Ven. Louis of Granada God’s fatherly providence, of which we have just been treating,…

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…

The Virtue of Humility: Part I

Conor Gallagher

January 10, 2022

“In Paradise there are many Saints who never gave alms on earth: their poverty justified them. There are many Saints who never mortified their bodies by fasting or wearing hair shirts: their bodily infirmities excused them. There are many Saints too who were not virgins: their vocation was otherwise. But in Paradise there is no…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Our Lady of Good Help: Antidote for a Church in Crisis

Theoni Bell

December 14, 2021

In 1871, on the same night as the Great Chicago Fire, America’s most destructive wildfire swept through Wisconsin. People searched for safety in wells and streams. Some covered themselves in mud. A throng of settlers descended on the river, splashing at the water to keep themselves from igniting in the heat. What isn’t as well-known…

Eternal Salvation: a Meditation

Bishop George Hay

December 13, 2021

Below is an excerpt from a new TAN classic, The Enemies of Salvation: the Flesh, the World, and the Devil by Bishop George Hay, a convert to the Faith and renowned English-language theologian who lived from 1729 to 1811.    This work is part of the TAN Books series which includes parts of old, timeless…

The Secrets of the Sacred Heart

Patrick O'Hearn

December 10, 2021

On the night before Our Lord suffered and died, He took comfort in the consolation offered by His beloved disciple, St. John the Evangelist, who reclined on His Sacred Heart. In less than twenty-four hours, the Heart that once beat in the womb of Our Lady in Bethlehem, would beat no more. Instead, the Sacred…

Holy Matrimony: Praying for a Future Spouse

Conor Gallagher

December 9, 2021

You pray for your child. You help him pray his innocent little prayers at bedtime. You wish for him to grow into a healthy, happy adult—fulfilled, dignified, respected, accomplished. And all this is beautiful. But how often we forget the other half of your child. What could I possibly mean? I mean your son’s future…

The Immaculate Conception According to Anne Catherine Emmerich

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

December 8, 2021

“In the moment when the newborn child [Mary] lay in the arms of her holy mother Anna, I saw that at the same time the child was presented in Heaven in the sight of the Most Holy Trinity, and greeted with unspeakable joy by all the heavenly host.” —Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich Anne Catherine Emmerich…