Whom do I persecute?

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

“When we hurt someone in the Body of Christ, we hurt Christ.” Today’s Gospel is perhaps one of the greatest stories of all time—a story whose power may be overlooked because it has become so familiar. The Conversion of St. Paul is described three times throughout the book of Acts. There are many facets to the incident; it reveals to […]

St. Cyprian and Perspective from Persecution

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

September 16 is the feast of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian, two friends from the early Church who were martyred for the faith.  St. Cornelius was elected Pope after the papacy was vacant for almost a year due to Emperor Decius’ persecution of the Christians.  After this time, during a lull in the persecutions, a disagreement arose regarding admitting back to the […]

Encountering the Word — Matthew 10:16-23

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” (Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, Confirmed in Catholic New World, […]

Encountering the Word — Mark 13:13

Photography © by Andy Coan

“…and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13) March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. […]

In The Not Too Distant Future…

Photography © by Andy Coan

A conversation in the not too distant future… “Who was the man in the black suit sitting behind Father Miguel during Mass this morning?”  Chris asked his father as they drove away from the parish. He caught his wife’s worried look and quick nod before he answered his 13 year old son.  “Well Chris, the National Department of Religion – you may […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Thomas Aquinas

  “The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing.  Again, errors have assailed her; but in fact, the greater the number […]

Fourth of July will be Different this Year

I am not very proud to admit that over the years I have taken the 4th of July, or should I say the real meaning of this national holiday, for granted over the years.   To me, the date has been more about another way and another special day to celebrate summer; my favorite season of the year. When I was […]

Daily Catholic Quiz – National Religion

Question: What was the the first nation to make Christianity its state religion? Answer here or on Facebook. Also, you are encouraged to suggest future questions. 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 […]

Fr. Barron – A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes

"The Stoning of St. Stephen" by Giacinto Gimignani

Well, a recent survey should give Christians around the world an uplift because… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on “A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes”. Father Barron can be found on the Internet at: Word On Fire CATHOLICISM Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family […]