Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross

Photograph © by Andy Coan

Our behavior will be the proving ground of our deepest convictions.  This firmness in the Faith is often an excellent testimony to the beliefs of the Christian.  In some cases it can cause people to begin their return to the House of the Father. – Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God Several weeks ago I had lunch with one of […]

Sunday Reflection—The Sign of the Cross

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS The profound origin and meaning of the sign of the cross is just one example of the depth and richness of the Catholic Tradition.  It invites us to rediscover and reappropriate our heritage. The Mass readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; Galatians […]

A Simple and Public Act of Faith

Photograph © by Andy Coan

“Our behavior will be the proving ground of our deepest convictions.  This firmness in the Faith is often an excellent testimony to the beliefs of the Christian.  In some cases it can cause people to begin their return to the House of the Father” (Father Francis Fernandez; In Conversation with God). Several weeks ago I had lunch with one of my new […]

Daily Quote — from St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" - by Lucas van Leyden (detail; click for full image)

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.” (St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot) The Memorial of St. Antony, Abbot (251-356) is January 17 Please […]

Under the Master’s Protection

Photography © by Andy Coan

To some, being Italian-American means overindulging in pasta and joking about tough guys.  But being Italian means being heir to a rich tradition stretching back before the Caesars.  Included are philosophers like Seneca, poets like Dante, artists such as Michelangelo, and saints like Francis of Assisi. To some, being Catholic means giving up chocolate for Lent.  But those who explore […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" - by Lucas van Leyden (detail; click for full image)

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.” (St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot) January 17 is the Memorial of St. Antony, Abbot (251 — […]

The Power and Wonder of the Sign of the Cross

To some, being Italian-American means overindulging in pasta and joking about tough guys.  But being Italian means being heir to a rich tradition stretching back before the Caesars.  Included are philosophers like Seneca, poets like Dante, artists such as Michelangelo, and saints like Francis of Assisi. To some, being Catholic means giving up chocolate for Lent.  But those who explore […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Anthony of the Desert, Abbot

St. Anthony, Abbot

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.” (St. Anthony of the Desert, Abbot) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate […]