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St. Macarius of Alexandria

St. Macarius of Alexandria

By Church Militant • January 2, 2024 •

Saint Macarius, originally from Alexandria in Egypt, chose to dedicate his life entirely to God. In his youth, he left his worldly life and spent over 60 years in the desert, practicing intense penance and contemplation. Around A.D. 335, Macarius first went to Thebais (Upper Egypt) to learn from and practice with masters known for their holiness. Seeking even greater spiritual perfection, he moved to Lower Egypt before A.D. 373. Read more

Ring in the New Year Remembering Our Lord’s Promises

Ring in the New Year Remembering Our Lord’s Promises

by Fr Paul John Kalchik • January 1, 2024 •

As you start the new year, keep in mind three important promises Our Lord makes to us as His disciples. He promises us eternal life, rewards in this life and joy! With these great promises, this new year will certainly be blessed! Happy New Year!  Read more

The Command to Evangelize: ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

The Command to Evangelize: ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

By Martina Moyski • December 27, 2023 •

Even as the world and personal events seem to ramp up in discord and madness, the powerful song charges us with the missive to proclaim the good news "over the hills and everywhere."  Read more

How Do You Kill the Most Famous Story in History?

How Do You Kill the Most Famous Story in History?

By Jules Gomes • December 27, 2023 •

My first employer was a killer. I saw him kill. My colleagues saw him kill. My employer was a renowned publisher and chief editor of the newspaper for which I wrote. He had significant business interests. As reporters, whenever we wrote a story exposing the corruption of his business buddies, he would swiftly and ruthlessly kill. He would kill the story.  Read more

Pope St. Dionysius and St. Jarlath

Pope St. Dionysius and St. Jarlath

By Church Militant • December 26, 2023 •

On Dec. 26, the Church honors St. Dionysius and St. Jarlath. Dionysius was a pope of the early Church and a great reformer and theologian. He fought against the Christological heresies of his day. Jarlath was an Irish bishop who founded the diocese of Tuam. Read more

The First Christian Martyr: St. Stephen

The First Christian Martyr: St. Stephen

By Church Militant • December 26, 2023 •

The deacon St. Stephen was murdered for fearlessly condemning the Jews' rejection of the Messiah. Read more

Unwrapping the Twelve Days of Christmas

Unwrapping the Twelve Days of Christmas

By Church Militant • December 25, 2023 •

The story begins with the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, a moment that holds a central place in Catholic theology. Here, the divine intersects with the human, as the birth of Jesus marks the eternal Son of God assuming a human body for our salvation. This moment is not merely historical; it is a living part of the Catholic faith, celebrated with joy and reverence. Read more

Christmas Is Christ’s Mass

Christmas Is Christ’s Mass

by Fr Paul John Kalchik • December 25, 2023 •

At Christmas, we celebrate God's great gift of a redeemer.  Read more

The World Awaits the Redeemer

The World Awaits the Redeemer

By Church Militant • December 24, 2023 •

For about 4,000 years, the world existed, and everything predicted by ancient prophets about the arrival of the Messiah happened. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man by being born to the Virgin Mary. His birth was for the purpose of redeeming mankind. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, God's all-wise and all-merciful plan gradually set the stage for fulfilling His promises and accomplishing His greatest mystery: the incarnation of His divine Son. Read more

When Mr. Firebrand Turns Into Mr. Doubtfire

When Mr. Firebrand Turns Into Mr. Doubtfire

By Jules Gomes • December 22, 2023 •

John the Baptist's followers ask Our Lord a key question. Read more

Meet CM’s Newest Board Member

Meet CM’s Newest Board Member

By Church Militant • December 20, 2023 •

Church Militant is pleased to announce that YG Nyghtstorm — a staunch Catholic, political veteran, executive and entrepreneur — has joined the apostolate's board of directors and is committed to leading the organization in a new direction. Read more

There’s a Hippie on the Advent Highway to Christmas

There’s a Hippie on the Advent Highway to Christmas

By Jules Gomes • December 15, 2023 •

Christmas is just around the corner. I'm thinking of stuffed turkey, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes and Christmas pudding. Suddenly, without warning, I have a plateful of locusts and wild honey shoved under my nose. It's not Santa I hear hollering "ho, ho, ho," but John the Baptist shouting "woe, woe, woe!" Read more

St. John of the Cross: a Dark Night Is a Glad Night

St. John of the Cross: a Dark Night Is a Glad Night

By Martina Moyski • December 14, 2023 •

The life of St. John of the Cross can be seen as an embodiment of the words of Jesus recorded in St. Mark's Gospel: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." The saint was born Juan de Yepes in 1542 in Spain, near the town of Ávila, into a poor family descended from Jewish converts to Catholicism. But the saint later chose the name John of the Cross in keeping with Mark's Scripture and his desire to become one with Jesus and his suffering. He often preached, "Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent." Read more

Pope St. Damasus

Pope St. Damasus

By Church Militant • December 12, 2023 •

Pope Damasus is mentioned in the Pontifical as being of Spanish origin, which might be true regarding his ancestry. Scholars suggest that he was probably born in Rome around A.D. 304. His father, Antony, became involved in the Church either after his wife's death or with her consent. Antony held various church roles, including reader, deacon and priest at the parish church of St. Laurence in Rome. Damasus also served in the same church and is known to have lived a celibate life. Read more

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

By Church Militant • December 11, 2023 •

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is a Catholic hymn for Advent and Christmas. The text, which is based on the biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14 that foretells the coming of the Messiah, is a translation of the Latin hymn "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel." It is a synthesis of the great "O Antiphons" that are used in liturgical services during the last seven days of Advent in the Roman calendar. Read more