The Assumption of Mary into Heaven is the patronal feast of South Africa. On August 15, Catholics around the world mark the feast of the Assumption of Mary — and on Sunday, South African Catholics have a second opportunity to celebrate the country’s patronal feast as in our region it is transferred to the nearest following Sunday.
Several thousand young adults will gather from South Africa,other African countries and beyond in a Pilgrimage of Trust: Celebrating Christ, Source of peace and true reconciliation Praying, singing, being in silence and sharing faith Discovering people of different cultures and their lives Experiencing the Church as a ferment of unity and communion Accommodation with local … [Read more…]
At the climax of the forty days spent with the disciples after his resurrection, Jesus ascended bodily into heaven. Catholics have always understood this to be a literal, miraculous event. We believe it really happened—and as a universal Church, we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension just a couple weeks ago. But the dogma also has its … [Read more…]
Dante’s vision of the afterlife centers upon two features: order and motion. The world is truly ordered and orderly, and yet within it there is great movement. It is clear to all that there is order within the world, that the world follows certain rules and fits together in a definite way. Scientists study the … [Read more…]
Protestants aren’t the only ones who find Catholic devotion to Mary a bit over-the-top sometimes. A lot of Catholics find other Catholics, including great saints like Alphonsus Liguori and Louis de Montfort, to be a little “much” when talking about the Virgin Mary. I get it. Take the Salve Regina, for example: it calls Mary … [Read more…]
The Word on Fire Institute is growing every day! We are pleased to share with you a few more Fellows that we have brought in to the Institute to form you as an active and effective evangelist. Be sure to read about the Fellows below, and for more information about the Word on Fire Institute, … [Read more…]
Recently writer James Carroll, a former priest who has been publically working out his issues with the Church for several decades, wrote a piece recommending that the Catholic priesthood be abolished. His argument is, in essence, that the only way to save our Eucharistic Church is by the laity ridding itself of our troublesome priests, and … [Read more…]
Chop! Chop! Chop! Wiping away the perspiration rolling down his broad forehead, the burly Englishman heaved his axe and struck again. Chop! Chop! Chop! The bitter cursing that greeted his first swings died down to an uneasy grumble. “How stiff-necked man can be,” he thought. “Old Elijah knew that,” he mused, remembering a snippet of … [Read more…]