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St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is a wondrous testimony in the midst of one of the great cities of the world.

A Layman's Plea for Tolerance of Catholics

By • Catholic Online • 1/1/2013

For all those inclined to revile the Church and what it stands for, practicing Catholics like me have a humble request - attend any mass at any time at any Catholic church in the world.  It won't take more than an hour of your time, you won't be asked to convert, and I can promise you that the ...

When God takes possession of the soul, it knows it has found something great, something worth dying for, although this possession at the same time remains shrouded in mystery. It is as if a great Light floods in, enabling the soul to finally open its eyes, seeing for the first time the true meaning and purpose of its life; it then understands it has tasted a Love never-before imagined, never-before experienced. The whole world, in that moment, is transformed into something different, something new.

A Question For The Christmas Season: Do You Want To Become A Saint?

By • Catholic Online • 12/31/2012

Who and what is a saint, and why should anyone want to be one? Is it in any way important to think about the saints? What do their lives mean for our lives? Given the nature of our modern, hyper-energized and technologically advanced world, are they still relevant today? On the other hand, could ...

The Holy Innocents being slaughtered

Every Leader Supporting Abortion is Herod, Every Child Killed a Holy Innocent

By • Catholic Online • 12/30/2012

Every child killed by voluntary abortion is a Holy Innocent. Every leader who supports this killing, implicitly or explicitly, carries on the evil actions of Herod. On this Feast of the Holy Innocents let us summon a new resolve to bring an end to the slaughter of the holy innocents in this ...

St. John left behind three attributed pastoral letters, The Revelation and a glorious Gospel. Tradition has it that the Apostle continued to encourage the faithful by constantly repeating 'Little children, love one another' until he died in A.D. 100 at a very old age.

Fr. Sly on the Feast of St John in the Octave of Christmas

By • Catholic Online • 12/27/2012

John was included in the inner circle of Christ's followers. He was present for the miracles, healings, the transfiguration and the teaching ministry of Jesus from the beginning. Even at the cross he remained while others fled, standing next to the Mother of God, whose care was entrusted to him by ...

St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

Feast of St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr, Calls us to Reflect on the Gift of Deacons

By • Catholic Online • 12/27/2012

Sadly, some Catholics who see themselves as traditionalists have a problem with those of us ordained to serve as Deacons. I have only one thing to say, adjust. Either the Church made a mistake, or you have. Most of us have much in common with you. We are older men, committed to the Magisterium of ...

Pope St Leo the Great

Pope St Leo the Great: Christian, Remember Your Dignity

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2012

Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God's own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition. Bear in mind who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Do not forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of God's ...

Pope Benedict and the child in the manger on Christmas eve

Pope Benedict XVI: If God's Light is Extinguished, Man's Divine Dignity is also Extinguished

By • Catholic Online • 12/25/2012

The conversion that we need must truly reach into the depths of our relationship with reality. Let us ask the Lord that we may become vigilant for his presence, that we may hear how softly yet insistently he knocks at the door of our being and willing. Let us ask that we may make room for him ...

St Augustine

Truth Has Arisen from the Earth and Justice has Looked Down from Heaven

By • Catholic Online • 12/25/2012

Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of the Virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God. ORLANDO, FL (Catholic Online) - Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become ...

The Reason for the Season is Christ

By • Catholic-Link • 12/24/2012

The message that we find in today's video is clear enough: Christmas is about Jesus. Amongst all the gifts, the wrappings, the fruitcakes, the visits to Santa Clause, and everything else, don't forget what's most important: Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA. (Catholic Online) - As such, find time to prayer, ...

Church of the Nativity Bethlehem

Our God was born in Bethlehem

By • Catholic-Link • 12/23/2012

The message of today's video is a scandalous one for many of our times. According to modern thinking, a "God" that is acceptable is one that doesn't interfere with our affairs. God is "allowed" to work perhaps as a far away creator, or in the world of thoughts and ideas, or even as a source of ...

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