St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Richard SontagFrance, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from meditation upon its mysteries. In … Read More

How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

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The Vatican’s “Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations” were approved by Pope Paul VI in 1978. An official English translation was released in 2011. Like with Fatima, responsibility for determining an apparition’s veracity lies with the local bishop, according to the norms established by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the … Read More

Update: Papal Envoy at Medjugorje

Richard SontagPope Francis

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Pope Francis’ envoy to Medjugorje said on April 5 that the site seems to be bearing numerous expressions of faith and vocations. However, he added, the final determination of the apparition’s authenticity remains to be seen. Archbishop Henryk Hoser was sent by the Pope to evaluate the pastoral situation for residents and pilgrims in Medjugorje. He clarified that he was … Read More

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Andrea JoinesChurch News

March 7 – Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia – all names we hear in the Canon of the Mass. All martyrs of the early church. But who are these women and why are they so important that they are the few mentioned by name during the Holy Mass? On March 7, we … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagUncategorized

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of the Church on earth. As … Read More

Pope’s February Video

Richard SontagPope Francis

Pope Francis speaks to us once again about not forgetting any of our brothers or sisters. May we all join together to meet each person right where they are.

Lets Celebrate Jesus’ Early Life

Richard SontagHoly Land, Uncategorized

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on February 2nd celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. It falls between the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th, and the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is the fourth … Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagPope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their son Samuel to the Temple … Read More

Fatima 100th Anniversary Indulgence

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained … Read More

The Church of Saints

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

Our God is the God of the living, and who is more alive than those who have completed this earthly journey and are now with Him in Heaven? Jesus said, “As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of … Read More

The restoration of the Santa Maria Antiqua

Richard SontagUncategorized

( Aleteia ) For 1200 years the Roman Forum thrived as the legislative, religious and administrative nerve center of Rome. From the little kingdom founded in 753 BC to the SPQR of the Roman Republic to the mighty Empire, the little open area grew from marketplace to city center to hub of the world. But then what happened? When the … Read More

Why we need the Holy Spirit

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections, Uncategorized

(Aleteia) What is the most unlikely gift you have received? I have a friend who received a set of salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a maid and a butler. When you used them, they played the classic Elvis Presley song, “Love Me Tender.” I’m thinking of uncalled-for gifts because on Sunday we at least acknowledged, if not … Read More

Get to Know Your Guardian Angel

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

(By Trish Stukbauer) As Catholics, we are blessed to share a rich and vibrant prayer heritage that has accumulated over literally thousands of years. Over time, many of these prayers have been sadly neglected or just not taught – and as a result, not said – as often as they once were. One of these is a prayer that at … Read More