Reflect on the judgement of the nations in this weekend's gospel.
On November 21st the Church celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple by her parents. Learn more about this memorial below:
A priest who was born in Wisconsin was beatified on November 18th and is now called Blessed Solanus Casey. Learn more about the process of becoming a saint below:
Reflect on talents in this weekend's gospel.
How much do you remember from Mass this weekend? Pay attention, then take the test below to see how observant you were.
November is a month dedicated to praying for the holy souls in purgatory. Here's what you should know about purgatory:
Reflect on the parable of the ten bridesmaids in this weekend's gospel.
The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network is an association of Catholics and other Christians who strive to make a habit of prayer in their ordinary, everyday lives. Each month, there is a specific prayer intention of the pope and for November it is:
On November 10th the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. Learn more about this saint below:
Reflect on Jesus denouncing scribes and pharisees in this weekend's gospel.
We live in the valley of tears; or, as JRR Tolkien called life on earth, “the long defeat.” But there’s something inherently different about the way Christians experience the many defeats life throws at us—both big and small. That difference is hope. Christian hope is something more than “wishful thinking.” The theological virtue of hope isn’t reaching out for something in the future. It’s grasping a hold of our future victory here and now. St. Paul lived his life with persecution and death staring him in the face for years before he lost his head on a chopping block in Rome. But he wrote, “I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in me.” Because of that mindset, he could also write from his prison cell, “We are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us.” He didn’t walk through the trials of life as one defeated, but as one who had already conquered the world. When we walk through the valley of the shadow of death with eyes fixed on our final victory, we light up that valley with our faith, hope and love.
That doesn’t make the pains of this long defeat go away. But it does change everything.
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On November 4th the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop. Learn more about this saint below:
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