One of the oldest prayers in the Catholic Church is the rosary. It is a centuries-old devotion that has seen its popularity ebb and flow as time has passed. Most Catholics own one; some even collect them. Still, others might wear them. However, do we truly have a clear understanding of the power and benefits of the rosary? Gretchen Rowe has compiled a book that shines a spotlight on the rosary and makes it clear why this is THE weapon… Read more

The saints, says St. Augustine, will judge with Christ and the angels—and in fact will be as good as angels. “Heaven” is the word we use for all the people from around the world who have been made perfect in Christ. Many will judge with the Lord, but others will be judged—not all equally, however, but according to their deserts. He will come with all his angels, and all the nations will be gathered before him. And among the angels will… Read more

We are the Church on Earth, says St. Augustine, but the angels are the Church in Heaven. The wonderful and amazing thing is that God, served by all the angels, came down to serve us on Earth. “For God’s temple is holy,” says the Apostle, “and that temple you are” (1 Cor. 3:17). But surely it’s obvious that God dwells in the angels. Therefore when our joy, being in spiritual things, not in earthly, takes up a song to God, to… Read more

Gretchen Crowe is the editor-in-chief of Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, where she oversees the publication of the only national Catholic weekly newspaper in the United States. In addition to planning and editing the print edition, she also oversees the content of and Our Sunday Visitor’s social media content. Gretchen also is an award-winning writer and photographer. On this episode Gretchen and I discuss one of the most commonly known devotions among Catholics, the Rosary. Gretchen’s new book Why the… Read more

When we recite the Creed, we say that we believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. That doesn’t just mean the Church on Earth, says St. Au- gustine: the angels above are also members, and we will all make up one eternal choir for the proper praise of God. The order of the Creed rightly demands that the Church be made subordinate to the Trinity—in the same way that a house is subordinate to whoever lives in it, the temple… Read more

The life of the believer is like day compared to the life of the unbeliever, says St. Augustine. But it’s like night compared to the enlightenment of the angels. That brilliant day is what we have to look forward to at the Resurrection. “In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying” (Ps. 77:2). We shouldn’t think “trouble” means some particular kind of thing. Anyone who has not yet made… Read more

We have all undoubtedly heard the catch phrase “the new evangelization” coined by our last three popes. For something to be new, there must have been something old before it, correct? Well, in this case, there certainly was. We could call this the “old” evangelization, and it goes back through the centuries all the way to Jesus himself. Eric Sammons examines the evangelization efforts of Jesus himself in his book The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus… Read more

At the end of time, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, Christ will come in glory, and the saints and martyrs will receive their reward: the acknowledgment  of Christ, and the praise of the angels. “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And every one who speaks a word against the Son… Read more

When Christ comes again, St. Cyril of  Alexandria reminds us, it won’t be in the form of  a poor carpenter. He will  come in glory, surrounded by the angels. What a blessing it will be then to be called to inherit the kingdom that awaits us! And further, to set plainly before us the reward of our being willing to labor, he says: “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed… Read more

Zion—Jerusalem—is an image of the heavenly kingdom, says St. Augustine. The captivity of the earthly Jerusalem in Babylon is an image of our pilgrim- age here on earth; our friends the angels await us in the heavenly Jerusalem. “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream” (Ps. 126:1). By this he meant to say that we became joyful. When? “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion.” What is Zion? Jerusalem. The same is also… Read more

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