Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Feast of St. Maximillian Kolbe, a 20th Century Saint

Maximillian Kolbe Today is the Feast Day of Saint Maximillian Kolbe, a 20th century Franciscan monk. He died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, in Poland, during World War II. In true Christian fashion, he laid down his life for another person, by volunteering to take the place of another man. This one action shows fortitude, courage, bravery, and self-giving love in a truly Christ-like manner. Who among us could say that we would have the strength of faith to do the same? At the time of his death, he was only 47 years old. But what he accomplished, in such a short life, is forever memorable.

Maximillian Kolbe’s Love for the Immaculate Conception

As a young boy, Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Continue reading

I Never Stop Missing My Dad

my dadToday marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of my father. I never stopped missing my dad over these past twenty years. He was a quiet man of little words, but when he did speak, I would listen.

I learned at a young age, to not ask for my dad’s opinion, unless I really wanted it. You see, he kept things to himself, unless asked. I remember writing a fifth-grade essay, for which I was very proud of my efforts; so proud, that I asked my father to read it and tell me what he thought. Of course, he would love it because I thought it was so good. NOT! Oh, did he give me an earful of commentary. Continue reading

Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Feast Day – A Soldier for Christ

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Born in 1491, in Azpeitia, Spain, Ignatius grew up dreaming of becoming a knight in the Spanish army. With an affinity for the military, its structure and leadership, Ignatius followed through on his dream. However, in a battle against the French in 1521, Ignatius was struck by a cannon ball – between his legs! Ouch!

Saint Ignatius – Soldier for Christ

While recuperating, over an extended period, he grew restless. Therefore, to combat the boredom, the hospital staff brought him the only books they had available to read. One book was about Christ, and another about the saints. In reading these books, Ignatius recognized the obedience to Continue reading

Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day & Call to Prayer

Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, marking the first of six visitations to three children in Fatima, Portugal. On May 13,1917, Lucia dos Santos, and Francisco and Jacinta Marto were tending their sheep when Mary first appeared to them, asking them to come to that same place on the 13th of every month for the next few months.

Our Lady of Fatima Calls Us to Pray the Rosary

In her visitations, Our Lady asked them to pray the Rosary daily to obtain peace. This request was made at the time of the first World War.

On her third visitation, Our Blessed Mother gave the children a prayer to recite. We now say this prayer at the Continue reading

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary Guide

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Recite one “Our Father”
  3. Then recite three “Hail Marys”
  4. Finish with one “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say one “Our Father”
  6. Recite ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the respective Mystery
  7. Then recite one “Glory Be”
  8. Conclude the decade with the Fatima Prayer
  9. Announce the Second Mystery; then say one “Our Father” and repeat steps 6-8 as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  10. Say the “Hail Holy Queen”
  11. And conclude with the “Final Prayers”
  12. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

Mysteries of the Rosary

Based on the day of the week, we reflect on the mysteries Continue reading

Saint Joseph, the Worker Feast Day

Saint Joseph Saint Joseph is so special to the Catholic faithful, that we have two feast days set aside each year to honor him: March 19th and May 1st. Typically, on March 19th, we honor Saint Joseph as husband of Mary, and foster father to Jesus. We thank him for being such a good role model, as a faithful husband and father.

Today, we honor Saint Joseph, the Worker, a carpenter, by trade. He worked diligently to provide for his family. Humble in nature, compassionate in heart, he remained ever faithful to God, and Mary. Beyond his humility and compassionate nature, there is so much to admire about this beloved saint. He truly was a virtuous man Continue reading

The Calm Before the Storm: Holy Monday

Calm Before the StormYesterday, we heard the Passion of the Lord from Luke 22:14 to 23:56. With every reading of the Passion, we relive, with Jesus, His humiliation, passion and death. With today being Holy Monday, we reside in the calm before the storm of a turbulent Holy Thursday and Good Friday. So, today, might seem like any other day. Yet, it is different.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the chief priests and scribes witnessed the crowd’s love for Jesus. This appreciation for Jesus made the chief priests and scribes feel uncomfortable – to the point where they began to plot Jesus’ death. They feared the rise and adulation of Jesus would deter devout Jews from the proper worship of God. They didn’t understand Continue reading

Lent and My Spiritual Closet

Spiritual ClosetHave you decided yet how you will make the most of this Lenten season that begins today – Ash Wednesday? I find this time of year to be quite cathartic, in that I use it to make things right with God. In essence, I clean out my “spiritual closet.” I look for those things in my life that I want to keep, such as prayer time, good deeds, etc. and find a dedicated place for them in my spiritual closet. Then, I find those areas of my life that need to be tossed – you know – those sins that need to be thrown out. I take them to the Confessional and leave them with God. He knows what to Continue reading