Christians

Trials and Unity

Photography © by Andy Coan

If God provides, then why does Murphy’s Law seem to apply even to devout Christians?  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why so much resistance, even from fellow Christians, when we try to do God’s will?  This article seeks to show how trials fit into Divine Providence and actually lead to joy, love and unity.   The Mass […]

What Bethlehem reminded me about Christmas

When I was preparing to go to the Holy Land this summer, everyone who had been there before had the same message for me: You’ll never read the Scriptures the same again. As a Catholic, I should have realized this also meant something else: you’ll never celebrate the liturgical calendar the same again. As we prepare for Christmas, my thoughts […]

“See How They Love One Another”

"The Exhortation to the Apostles" (detail) by James Tissot

“See how they love one another”—this was the observation that the pagans made, to their own bewilderment, about the early Christians. Our earliest brothers and sisters in Christ lived lives of such unprecedented joyful service that it astounded the world around them, a world that had never seen anything like it before. These first Christians lived according to the model […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church

Christ on the Cross (detail) by Velazquez

  “In former times, Christians were incited to renounce Christ; now they are taught to deny Christ.  Then they were forced, now they are taught; then violence was used, now it is deception; then one heard the shouts of the Enemy; now, when he prowls around, gentle and insinuating, it is difficult to recognize him.  Everyone knows how he tried […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“What the soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world.” (St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and the Recommend buttons below and via email. We […]

The Lifestyle of Catholicism

"Sermon on the Mount" by Bloch

For the first Christians, Christianity was a lifestyle. They shared a common life. Living in community, they often worked together, prayed together, and studied the Scriptures together. Their faith was the center of their lives and it affected everything they did. They shared meals together, played together, and cared for each other in sickness. They allowed the principles of the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church

  “In former times, Christians were incited to renounce Christ; now they are taught to deny Christ.  Then they were forced, now they are taught; then violence was used, now it is deception; then one heard the shouts of the Enemy; now, when he prowls around, gentle and insinuating, it is difficult to recognize him.  Everyone knows how he tried […]

Daily Quote from St. Margaret of Cortona

“My daughter, I see more Pharisees among Christians than there were around Pilate.”   (St. Margaret of Cortona) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Recommend and Share buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage […]

Daily Quote from Francis Fernandez

“Our Lord asks everyone to give good example in their daily lives and in a fruitful apostolate.  There are many admirable examples around us, but we have to pray that, among Christians, those who lead and govern, people of influence, parents, teachers, priests and everyone who is any way a good shepherd for others will grow daily in holiness.”  (Francis […]