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Memento Mori: 5 Benefits of Remembering Your Death

On the freeway near my home is a rather somber flashing sign that updates travelers on the number of traffic deaths for the year. It is certainly sobering to see the number rise each week. At the beginning of last year the number was zero. By the end of 2015, it was 556. The purpose of the sign isn't to ruin your...

Spiritual Combat: Weapons for Your Arsenal

The word of God teaches us that our life on earth is warfare and the Lord reminds us that if we have decided to follow the Lord we must be prepared for combat. The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the Gifts of the Holy Spirit within our souls and transforms us into “Soldiers of Christ” the King.   With the “Cristero” martyrs of...

Spiritual Weapons: The Name of Jesus

"Flog your enemies with the Name of Jesus, for there is no weapon more powerful in heaven or on earth." - St. John Climacus "Blessed be the Name of Jesus." - The Divine Praises Among the spiritual weapons in our arsenal, there are none as powerful as the Holy Name of Jesus. The saints have healed the sick, conquered temptation,...

Spiritual Weapons: The St. Benedict Medal

In Scripture, St. Peter tells us to be sober and watchful because, "your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is real, and he wants to destroy you and me through any means possible. That's why it's so important that we fight back with the spiritual weapons of prayer...

Spiritual Weapons: Holy Water

In her many rituals, the Catholic Church uses elements from creation: oil, ashes, burning incense, and more. Of these elements, water is one of the most common and the most rich in symbolism. Today, I specifically want to discuss Holy Water, which is a powerful spiritual weapon for your arsenal. Origins and Meaning The symbolic importance of water is ancient,...

Spiritual Weapons: The Sign of the Cross

There is nothing so natural to Catholics as making the sign of the cross. We cross ourselves before and after we pray; we cross ourselves in the liturgy of the mass; we make the sign of the cross when we bless ourselves with holy water. Yet, while we often make this sign unthinkingly, it is one of the most powerful...

Spiritual Weapons: The Red Scapular

"He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus." - St. Bonaventure Chances are you've heard of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, but have you heard of the red Scapular of the Passion? I didn't think so. While this scapular is lesser...

Spiritual Weapons: 3 Hail Marys for Purity

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications..." St. Paul Every day, we face various temptations to sin. These temptations take many forms. Some of us struggle with an explosive temper, others with selfishness, others...