☧ The following is a letter written by Blessed Bartolome Blanco Marquez to his girlfriend. He was one of hundreds martyred during the Spanish Civil War and was imprisoned because he refused to engage in the bloody civil conflict. During that time, Catholicism was a controversial subject, and persecutions of both clergy and laity were widespread. … Continue reading Blessed Bartolome Blanco Marquez
A Royal Insult
☧ Our topic today is Martin Luther, or rather his aptitude for insults. We know him from history class as the man who "stuck it to the Catholic Church" by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and his teaching was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. This … Continue reading A Royal Insult
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
☧ This time, we're going to look at one of the most powerful prayers of our faith, The Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. The origin of this prayer is somewhat foreboding and gives us a clear picture of the urgency for our need to understand spiritual warfare. For those who may not know, or … Continue reading The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
☧ This place is simply incredible. I have no idea how I have gone so much time without knowing about the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but I'm glad I have found out about it. The church is built on what is widely accepted to be the geographic location of the last four stations of … Continue reading Church of the Holy Sepulchre
☧ Let's do a quick biography of a man who is possibly one of my favorite martyrs. Saint Lawrence of Rome was a deacon under Pope Sixtus II in a time of widespread persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor, Valerian. In an attempt to discourage lay people and to put an end to the Church, … Continue reading St. Lawrence
The Calling of St. Matthew
☧When I was in college, I took an Art History class as part of my "gen.-ed.", or core curriculum. We covered this painting in that class and I did what I had done with every other old painting we talked about; I memorized its title - "The Calling of Saint Matthew", I memorized who painted … Continue reading The Calling of St. Matthew
What does “Catholic” Mean?
☧ Now let's be clear; we are not tackling the topic of "What it Means to Be Catholic". In this post, we're going to perform an analysis of the word "Catholic". Let's start with a brief etymology of the word, then we'll move into a question posed by a Jesuit priest which will be answered … Continue reading What does “Catholic” Mean?