Spending time with Jesus

D.D. Emmons reflects on the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Once the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, we sing a song of praise and then a time of silence, sacred silence, no chit-chat, no cell phones, no unnecessary noise. It is akin to

Why Catholics have a special feast for the Eucharist

The 2023 celebration of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi Sunday) takes on added meaning as it marks approximately one year of the three-year National Eucharistic Revival. Launched last year by the U.S. bishops on Corpus Christi

The scriptural foundations for the sacraments

Most Catholic Christians go through life seeking the one who is hidden from us. We are like someone entering a dark room and fumbling for the light switch. We want and need the light, just like we want and we need God.

The life and legacy of Blessed Pauline Jaricot

On May 22, following an approved miracle attributed to her intercession, Pauline Jaricot will be declared blessed by the Church. In a new article for Our Sunday Visitor, writer D.D. Emmons explores the life and legacy of this 19th-century French laywoman who

Understanding the Great East-West Schism

As Catholic Christians, we are taught to forgive others, to reconcile with our neighbor, to seek out amicable ways to end grudges and angry separations; yet we have been part of a grudge that has festered for nearly a thousand years. As

The history and traditions of Holy Saturday

As the Church nears the end of Lent with Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, writer D.D. Emmons explores the history and traditions of Holy Saturday: “The day following the Crucifixion was the Jewish Sabbath, a day given to God, when no

The Immaculate Conception and the evolution of dogma

Despite the fact that the belief in Mary’s immaculate conception has been a dogma since 1854, many people still don’t understand what it means. Maybe it’s because it took so long for the Church to fully understand this teaching. In a recent

Getting to know the apostles

Take away the apostles and it’s unlikely that we would be Christians. Without these faithful and courageous men, we would not know the Good News nor Our Lord Jesus Christ. The original 12 apostles, plus Paul and Matthias, are the foundations of

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