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Caution: These are the angels that Catholics should not worship!

Angels are special creatures used by God in different periods of history to help in our salvation. We all know the famous Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. However, it is also common to hear devotions to other of these celestial beings and there are even those who call them by name.  Can we, as Catholics, believe…

Is it allowed to drink holy water? And keep it at home?

Source:  ChurchPOP Editor The only purposes for holy water are to sanctify the moments and objects of our life and to share in them the benefits of the glory of God. In this sense, there are three legal ways to use holy water according to the Catholic Church: consecrateto blessexorcise. When consecrating , holy water helps to separate…

Who were the Three Kings?

Source: Quem foram os Reis Magos? on January 5, 2021 Free translation: by me An ancient document preserved in the Vatican Archives sheds a certain light, albeit indirect and subject to guarantee, on the person of the Three Kings who went to adore the Infant Jesus in the Grotto of Bethlehem.The document is known as…

What happened to the Three Magi after they visited Jesus?

Source: ChurchPOP Editor – Dec 10, 2018Free translation: by me The Three Magi have a short but memorable part in the Gospels. After Jesus was born, the Magi from the East followed a star to Bethlehem, offered the Born King three gifts, and then returned home without revealing to Herod where they found Jesus (Mt 2). They give…

DECREE ON THE APOSTOLATE OF THE LAITY PROMULGATED BY POPE PAUL VI

Source and for complete text: click here To intensify the apostolic activity of the people of God, the most holy synod earnestly addresses itself to the laity, whose proper and indispensable role in the mission of the Church has already been dealt with in other documents. The apostolate of the laity derives from their Christian…

At what times should we bow our heads at Mass?

Source: Faith Explained – published on 07/07/17 Details that express our deep devotion Iobserve in practically 99% of the communities I visit, when the priest speaks the name of the Virgin Mary at mass, almost no one bows their head. Probably due to a lack of liturgical knowledge, the few who are inclined are the acolytes. Sometimes not even…

5 reasons why a catholic is not a communist

It is common to see people say they are Catholics and Communists. But is it possible to be a Christian and share an ideology that has already caused millions of deaths in the world?!Check out 5 reasons why a Catholic should not be a communist. 1- The consequences of communism As we study the history of…

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5 reasons for a Catholic not to adhere to liberalism

1) It has the same foundations as socialism: they seek to create Paradise on Earth, without God. Both liberalism and socialism (hated and repudiated by us Catholics) are based on materialism, which denies, or better yet, leaves religion, the Holy Church and God in the background. This temptation to “have to be happy” we all passed,…

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In 1928, Pope Pius XI delivered an urgent prayer to the whole Church: the act of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. See how to pray it and the theology behind this important practice of godliness. Main text from the site of Padre Paulo Ricardo and my free translation and comments In these turbulent times…

The hypocrites who go to Mass

It is common to hear from Catholics called “non-practicing”, who do not go to church “because it is full of hypocrites”. But what really hides behind this excuse? From Father Gonçalo Portocarrero (freely translated by me) It was some time ago that someone, somewhat impertinent, shot at me, at close range, the reason for his non-religious practice:…

Abortion and contraception, two “fruits of the same plant”

An excerpt from the encyclical Evangelium Vitae , by St. John Paul II, in which he rightly states that abortion and contraception are “fruits of the same plant” .. “The pro-abortion culture appears developed in the same environments that reject the Church’s teaching on contraception.” Pope St. John Paul II The lesson is important because, when people think about…

About what are we curved?

From site of Padre Paulo Ricardo with my free translation. The Gospel in the lectionary is the healing of the bent woman. This is a woman who had already had a spirit that tormented her for eighteen years. She was bent and unable to straighten out. It is important to note that it is not…

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted on wood, with background of gold. It is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some…

Why is silence so important?

All the great saints, mystics and spiritual doctors observed and recommended silence as a sure means for holiness. But why? What is so special about the practice of silence?

Antichrist and his disguises

Venerable Fulton Sheen, in a sermon of 1947, stated that the religion of Antichrist (of which the Catechism of the Church, n. 675 speaks) will be marked by an “apparent love for humanity, flourished with engaging discourses on freedom and equality”.

Meaning and Symbolism of Miraculous Medal

On November 27, 1830 Our Lady appeared to the novice Catherine Labouré of the Congregation of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France. The Blessed Virgin revealed itself there as Our Lady of Grace. Then, in the vision, Our Lady revealed the front and reverse of the Medal and asked Catherine to have her, saying…

Four Last Things

In Christian eschatology, the Four Last Things or four last things of man (Latin: quattuor novissima) are: – Death – Judgment – Heaven – Hell

Liturgical day: Sunday 31st (A) in Ordinary Time

They are happy and they want us to be happy! “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”, that is, happy are the saints, who had and have in God their only wealth; who understood the “only necessary”, the ultimate purpose of their lives!

What if death came to you today?

Money, honors, fashions, brilliant positions, political and literary triumphs, vanities, pleasures, everything man cares about, except the main one: saving his soul!

Liturgical day: Sunday 30th (A) in Ordinary Time

Today, the Church reminds us of our “attitude before life”. The whole Law and the Prophets are founded on these two commandments. To love God, our Lord, above “everything and everyone” and our neighbor as ourselves. To love each other as He loves us, with “divine strength”

Liturgical day: Sunday 29th (A) in Ordinary Time

We would not be able to properly grasp the meaning of this sentence without bearing in mind the context which Jesus said it into: «The Pharisees went out and took counsel on how they could trap Jesus with his own words» (Mt 22:15) but «Jesus understood their evil intent» (v. 18).

The false devotees of Our Lady

Seven types of false devotees. Just as the truth is unique, as opposed to a multiplicity of errors, so also true devotion to Mary has a series of falsifications and counterfeits.

Liturgical day: Sunday 28th (A) in Ordinary Time

“How did you get in here without the party outfit?” Without the garment of God’s grace, we may even belong to the Church through baptism and faith, but, lacking charity, we can neither participate in the Eucharistic banquet in this life nor in the definitive wedding of the Lamb in Heaven.

A painting of Blessed John XXIII is seen in the museum dedicated to the late pontiff in his birthplace of Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, Italy, Feb. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (May 4, 2012) See VATICAN LETTER May 4, 2012.

Saint John XXIII

October 11th

Liturgical day: Sunday 27th (A) in Ordinary Time

Today, the parable specifically refers to the Jewish rejection of Christ: «Finally, he sent his son, thinking: ‘They will respect my son’. But when the tenants saw the son, they thought: ‘This is the one who is to inherit the vineyard. Let us kill him and his inheritance will be ours’. So they seized him,…

Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed

The “Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed” or the “Nicene–Constantinopolitan Creed” received this name because of a belief that it was adopted at the Second Ecumenical Council held in Constantinople in 381 as a modification of the original Nicene Creed of 325.

30 years of German Unification

East and West of Germany have been reunited for 30 years: On October 3, 1990, the Unification Treaty, with which the former DDR acceded to the BRD (Federal Republic of Germany), came into force. An entire generation has grown up since then that has no memories of the division.

Seven deadly sins

These are seven wounds or inclinations that, despite the forgiveness received, remain in our souls, attracting us to sin and, therefore, demanding on our part constant effort to fight and resist its influence.

Otherness

The concept of otherness starts from the basic assumption that every social human being interacts and is interdependent on the other.

Christian Maturity of Faith

A mature person in the faith, who constitutes maturity in the Christian life, manages to integrate, manages to work his psychic, affective, emotional, social, and spiritual life.

The suffering

From Latim SUFFERIRE, a variant of SUFFERRE, “to bear, to suffer”, formed by SUB-, “under”, plus FERRE, “to take, to carry” If you accept suffering with total resignation and sweetness, not as a punishment or as a cosmic injustice, but simply as a normal chapter of that part of our destiny that only God understands,…

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