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St. Romuald

St. Romuald

By Church Militant • February 8, 2024 •

Saint Romuald was a great 10th-century monastic reformer. His work was so effective that other monks tried to kill him in an effort to stop his holy example. He founded the Camaldolese order, based on the spirituality of St. Benedict. Read more

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

By Church Militant • February 7, 2024 •

While Mardi Gras revelers celebrate excess next week, others will honor the day before Ash Wednesday as the feast of the Holy Face of Jesus. Pope Pius XII officially added the feast to the Church's liturgical calendar in 1958 in response to a series of supernatural events that linked increasing disregard for Our Lord's sacrifice on the Cross to the spread of communism. Read more

This Lent, Try a Social Media Fast

This Lent, Try a Social Media Fast

by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • February 3, 2024 •

This Lent, why not try a fast from social media? The digital "detox" has both health and spiritual benefits.  Read more

The Feast of the Purification

The Feast of the Purification

By Church Militant • February 2, 2024 •

A meditation on the great mercy of God and Mary's profound humility in fulfilling the Old Law, even though she was not bound to it. Read more

St. John Bosco’s Vision of Hell

St. John Bosco’s Vision of Hell

By Church Militant • January 31, 2024 •

A harrowing description by the priest and mystic about how his guardian angel revealed to him some of the horrors of hell. St. John Bosco saw some of his boys damned for committing sexual sins and their subsequent rejection of God's constant calls for repentance and penance. Read more

Playing Arpeggios With St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Playing Arpeggios With St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • January 28, 2024 •

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, America's first saint who is also known for founding a whopping 67 institutions throughout the world, is also widely known simply as Mother Cabrini. She was a formidable woman of faith who brought hope to the world's immigrants.  Read more

What St. Paul’s Conversion Teaches Us

What St. Paul’s Conversion Teaches Us

by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • January 24, 2024 •

Saint Paul's conversion — marked by the Church on Jan. 25 — is a favorite feast day for many people, as well as a favorite subject for artists. But its dramatic portrayal on canvas has at times left the erroneous impression that the once-prolific persecutor of the faithful experienced instant spiritual transformation. In fact, Paul — who became one of the foremost evangelists and writers of the Bible — merely began his understanding of who Jesus is upon his conversion.  Read more

Marching for a Culture of Life

Marching for a Culture of Life

By Church Militant • January 18, 2024 •

Tomorrow, Washington, D.C., will resonate with the footsteps of hundreds of thousands marching under the banner of the 51st March for Life.  Read more

‘A Giant of New York City’ Passes

‘A Giant of New York City’ Passes

By Church Militant • January 12, 2024 •

Tributes are pouring in for New York City's former department chief Joseph "Espo" Esposito, a stalwart Catholic, who died Monday at the age of 73 after a long battle with brain cancer. Following Esposito's death, the Police Benevolent Association of the city of New York, which represents over 50,000 active and retired police officers, hailed him as "a true NYPD institution who dedicated his life in service to this city."  Read more

The Holy Name of Jesus

The Holy Name of Jesus

By Church Militant • January 4, 2024 •

As January unfolds, the Catholic world turns its attention to the Holy Name of Jesus, a name to which this month is dedicated. Read more

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