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The Assumption: Why It Matters for You

The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final grace that God gives those...

Catholic Men: Meet Your King

The world of men is careening into greater and greater chaos.  Blood thirsty slaughter of civilians by Islamists.  The wholesale holocaust of babies through abortion.  The growing power of secular governments and media juggernauts who use propaganda and advertising to manipulate opinion and control the masses.  The edicts of judges that overturn the age old understanding of marriage.  The hollowing out of...

Jesus Christ: Divine King

Modern Man’s Aversion to Kings and Kingdoms The word “monarchy” comes from the Latin, monarchia, meaning, “absolute rule, the ruling of one.”  Monarchies, a form of human government, are ruled by a king (or queen) and have been around since early human history.  Much of Western civilization has its roots in monarchies.  Today, while about 20% of countries in the world...

St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle

We're in a spiritual war, and in this war there is no neutrality. The combatants are God, the Immaculate Virgin, the saints, the devil, demon hordes, angelic hosts of immense power, and you. The weapons are humble prayer, frequent fasting, and unwavering faith. "For we are not contending against flesh and blood," says St. Paul, "but against the principalities, against the powers, against...

Lift High the Cross

The cross is a scandal. The cross is foolishness to the world. Sadly, all too many Catholics today are ashamed of the Holy Cross. Crucifixes are removed from sanctuaries. The mass is no longer described as the sacrifice of Calvary renewed and re-presented. Rather, it is portrayed simply a community meal, a time of fellowship and friendship. Loving sacrifice, "offering it...

The Sacred Heart and the Three Loves of Jesus

In his encyclical, Haurietis Aquas, issued in 1956 on the centenary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Pius XII offers us several metaphors for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s the “mystical ladder” which we climb to “embrace God Our Savior.” It’s also a “most precious shrine” which contains the “unlimited treasures of His merits.” The encyclical itself takes its...