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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

Black Bart Signals the Coming of the Cosmic Thief

Black Bart Signals the Coming of the Cosmic Thief

By Jules Gomes • December 8, 2023 •

Advent is God blowing the whistle on an unsuspecting world. "Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect." He will come silently, swiftly and suddenly. His coming will be unexpected, unsuspected and unpredicted. And He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Wake up! Read more

Make Advent a Time for Forgiveness

Make Advent a Time for Forgiveness

by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • December 8, 2023 •

Christ commanded all of us to take seriously His commandment to forgive one's enemies. This Advent, take this commandment to heart and reconcile with your enemies. You have a lot to lose if you don't and everything to gain if you do!  Read more

Remembering St. Ambrose of Milan: A Pillar of Early Christianity

Remembering St. Ambrose of Milan: A Pillar of Early Christianity

By Church Militant • December 7, 2023 •

Saint Ambrose skillfully navigated the complex relationship between the Church and the Roman state to influence key political figures and leveraged his popularity with the people to strengthen orthodox Christian beliefs. His friendship with St. Augustine is a fascinating and pivotal chapter in our Faith's history — both men became Doctors of the Church. Saint Ambrose's works of theology, morality and scriptural exegesis shaped Catholicism, and like the man himself, helped deflect a barrage of heresies. Read more

Turning to Good St. Nicholas

Turning to Good St. Nicholas

By Martina Moyski • December 6, 2023 •

Saint Nicholas is one of the saints on the radar of secular and religious folks alike. His feast, on Dec. 6 in the Catholic liturgical calendar, is celebrated throughout the world by many Christian people. As the bishop of Myra in modern-day Turkey, Nicholas suffered persecution, imprisonment and torture under the emperor Diocletian. But he rose above the adversity to become beloved by many for helping the needy, standing up for justice, quashing heresy and interceding for the faithful in answer to many prayers. The storied saint is patron to many for his numerous loving and heroic gestures. Read more

Advent: The Opera Isn’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings

Advent: The Opera Isn’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings

By Jules Gomes • December 1, 2023 •

As Advent season approaches its climax, the Church highlights pivotal biblical themes of salvation, emphasizing both God's promises and the growing anticipation of fulfillment. Read more