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Church Militant Store Lent Liquidation

Church Militant Store Lent Liquidation

By Simon Rafe • February 29, 2024 •

Get yourself a bargain! Read more

The Sorrows of St. Joseph

The Sorrows of St. Joseph

by Fr Paul John Kalchik • February 29, 2024 •

An explanation of the sorrows St. Joseph endured to fulfill God's will in his life. We often talk about the sorrows that Our Blessed Mother went through. This Lent, meditate upon St. Joseph's sorrows.  Read more

Seven Swords, Seven Sorrows

Seven Swords, Seven Sorrows

By Martina Moyski • February 28, 2024 •

The devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows — a longtime part of the Church's piety — is nowadays often forgotten. It is enshrined in Church history in the Gospel of St. John, where the evangelist writes, "Now there stood by the Cross of Jesus, His Mother" (John 19:25).​ Read more

Stand in the Light of Indulgences

Stand in the Light of Indulgences

by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • February 27, 2024 •

Indulgences in the Church are a mystery to most, even to cradle Catholics. Do you know what indulgences are and what graces come from obtaining them?  Read more

Pets Slaughtered in Bangkok

Pets Slaughtered in Bangkok

by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • February 25, 2024 •

This past summer, killing pets in praise of an idol became commonplace in Bankok, Thailand. This is nothing new, but the resurgance of this form of worship in modern times is truly shocking. Civil authorities in Thailand have outlawed the practice, but blood sacrifice continues there as well as around the world. Disturbingly, ancient forms of idol worship have given way to new ones, and the sacrifice has only become bigger and bloodier. Read more

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