Happy May Day, and feast of St. Joseph the Worker! Today's feast is a reminder that we can offer our work to God each day, and make it holy. Watch this video to learn more about the redemptive power of work, as we celebrate the start of May.
On 25 April, the people of Australia and New Zealand stop to remember all those who have died in battle, defending our nations. Known as 'ANZAC' day, we honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
Over the past few months, in the silence of an ancient Abbey, a community of 35 nuns have been praying and working towards Congress. They are Ireland’s only community of enclosed Cistercian women religious from St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn and they have been given the task of producing the 250 thousand Eucharistic breads for consecration at the Masses that will be the focal point the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, taking place in Dublin, Ireland, from 10-17 June, 2012.
In Sunday's Gospel, we hear the account of the appearance of Jesus to the frightened apostles in the upper room. Jesus shows that he is flesh and blood, and not a ghost, by eating in front of them. Why is this encounter so important in the scriptures? Watch this video reflection for more.
Catholics believe in indulgences because ultimately we know we’re all sinners and need God’s mercy. When a person commits a sin, there are two kinds of punishments that they have to deal with as a result of that sin. The first is called “eternal punishment” which means the sinner can’t enter heaven because of a grave sin that is not repented from. Through Christ’s sacrifice we don’t have to suffer eternal punishment if we repent. The second kind of punishment is called “temporal punishment” and every sin we commit carries a temporal punishment with it.
April 19th is the 7th anniversary of Benedict XVI's election as Pope. So let us pray for the Holy Father today - he is depending on us! Watch this video for more.
The Centre for Inquiry, a Toronto group, said that exorcisms should be restricted because they are dangerous and unscientific. The group said that behavior that might be interpreted as evidence of demonic possession can also be attributed to mental illness (a fact that the Catholic Church does not dispute). The group professed alarm at the idea that exorcisms would be performed regularly--although there is no evidence that the ritual is done.
Blessed are the Merciful:
The peace our Lord came to bring was dependent entirely upon an interior state of soul, and was wholly independent of external circumstances.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in St. Peter's Square among the cheers of some 22,000 pilgrims to deliver his weekly general audience. He focused his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, continuing his theme of speaking on Christian prayer during the general audience.
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