Saint Patrick’s Day

By Charles Johnston: Who are we celebrating this Saint Patrick’s day?


By Charles Johnston:

St Patrick is one of the most popular and well know saints, at least in the United States. His feast day is celebrated in almost every city in America, with parades, dinners, and drunken festivities. He’s celebrated by not only the Irish diaspora, and not only by Catholics, but by just about every group (in varying ways and levels of enthusiasm) across the racial and religious spectrum. Continue reading “Saint Patrick’s Day”

Ash Wednesday 

A brief reflection on the readings from Ash Wednesday, by Charles Johnston


By Charles Johnston:

Ash Wednesday may be behind us but the readings from that day should be remembered and reflected upon, and not just during Lent. The themes of internal conversion and avoidance of hypocrisy are for every day.

It’s always striking to hear the scripture readings on Ash Wednesday. On a day that we place a visible sign of our faith, directly on our faces, we are told by Jesus not to do such a thing. How does this line up with our actions? Continue reading “Ash Wednesday “

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent

By Charles Johnston: 

Ash Wednesday is fast approaching, and with it the very Catholic anxiety about what we are “giving up for Lent.” Many of us focus so much on what we give up – a practice not made mandatory by the Church – that we neglect the three pillars of Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Continue reading “Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent”

Advent: The Nativity & The Second Coming 

By Charles Johnston:

Advent, the English translation of the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”, is often thought of as the time leading up to the birth of Christ. While this is right, it is only half right.  Continue reading “Advent: The Nativity & The Second Coming “

Question: Do Catholics Believe Mary Can Save Thier Soul?


Full question by Anonymous:
Some people claim that Mary is a co-Savior. Is this what the Catholic Church believes? Does she have the power to save someone from hell? Continue reading “Question: Do Catholics Believe Mary Can Save Thier Soul?”

Question: Marian Prayers and Devotions to Icons

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Full question by Roger:

My 1st question Is that when praying the rosary why is it there is the mother of our creator on Mama Mary’s pray for us? My second question is like here in the Philippines we have Sto Nino and the Black Nazarene and if it is fiesta flocks of people will attend with the blessings of the Church and it seems they are worshipping the statue.you can watch it in youtube. [Sic]

Answer: Continue reading “Question: Marian Prayers and Devotions to Icons”