The feast day of St. Augustine is celebrated on August 28 and the feast of his mother, St. Monica, is celebrated on August 27.
Feast Day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux is celebrated on August 20.
Today the Holy See released a letter written by Pope Francis to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding the situation in Iraq. The letter condemns the violent persecutions underway in the country, and calls on the international community to act swiftly and decisively to stop the humantiarian disaster currently taking place. Here is the text of the Holy Father’s letter:
Mr Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Organization
It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been…
God reminds us of what he intends for all of us in Mary, our Mother.
Religious freedom is in peril in many places around the world, with the violent persecution of Christians in Iraq being just the most recent horrifying example of religious persecution. The kidnapping of schoolgirls and the bombing of Christian churches by Boko Haram, the treatment of Jewish, Orthodox, and Christians in the Euromaidan movement in the Ukraine, the ever-present threat of violence against our Jewish brothers and sisters (like the recent anti-Semetic episodes in Europe), all point to the pressing need for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a compelling force to combat the persecution of Christians, Jews,…
Immigrant children coming into this country have been the subject of much attention, debate – and, fortunately, great compassion by many – especially our Catholic charitable agencies and parishes. For the most part, they are young people, without their parents, who are arriving in this country seeking a refuge from poverty or gang violence. I was privileged today to travel to Northern Westchester and celebrate Mass for a group of these young people, to meet with them, and learn a little more about their circumstances and see where they are temporarily staying until they can be reunited, most often…
Here is a great blog post I came across from The Federalist called A Bit Of Religion Can Be Bad For Marriage which shows how practicing your faith and attending Church weekly has a very good effect on your marriage:
Here’s the key nuance: while religious affiliation makes no difference when it comes to divorce, religious attendance does. …
In multivariate analyses, high-attending conservative Protestant young adults have 34 percent lower odds of divorcing than do the non-religious, and high-attending Catholic young adults have 76 percent lower odds of divorcing than do the nonreligious. (Other religiously conservative groups, such as Latter Day Saints…
“Mass is so boring!”
How often have you parents heard that from your kids on Sunday morning? How often have our teachers and catechists heard it as they prepare our children for Mass? And, let’s admit it, how often have we said it to ourselves?
What do we say to that unfortunate and almost sacrilegious statement?
Well, for one, we simply reply, No, it’s not! You may find the Mass boring, but, that’s more your problem than the fault of the Mass.
We may find a lot of very important activities in life “boring”: visits to the dentist can be that way; kidney…