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Who is the Holy Spirit?

On the feast of Pentecost, the Church celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Who is the Holy Spirit? What was the descent of the Holy Spirit like? How does He act in the lives of Christians? What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Tags: Holy Spirit, Prayer, Blessed Trinity

14 Questions about the Family

Answers offered by St Josemaria to questions about love in the family, family conflicts, parent-child relationships, raising children, and faith in the family. Tags: Faith, Children, Freedom, family, calling

Why 40 days of Lent?

St Josemaria said: “Lent should suggest to us these basic questions: Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ, in my desire for holiness, in a generous apostolate in my daily life, in my ordinary work among my colleagues? Each one of us, silently, should answer these questions, and we will see that we need to change again if Christ is to live in us, if Jesus’ image is to be reflected clearly in our behaviour.” Tags: Prayer

Heaven, Death, Purgatory… What are the Last Things?

In Catholic tradition the “Last Things” are the things that man will encounter at the end of his life on earth: death, judgement, and his eternal destiny in heaven or hell. The Church focuses on them particularly in November each year. Her liturgy invites Christians to meditate on these realities. Tags: Heaven, Hope, Death, The Will of God, happiness, Year of Faith, Purgatory, eternity

What is an Angel?

Who are they? St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’“ (Enarr. in Ps., 103, 1, 15). With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word” (Ps 103:20). Tags: Angels, Faith, Ascetical struggle

Did God create the world?

Catechesis on creation is enormously important. It goes to the very foundations of human and Christian life. It gives the Christian faith’s answer to the basic questions asked by people of all times: “Where do we come from?” “Where are we going?” “What was our origin?” “What is our final end?” “Where does everything that exists come from, and where is it going?” Questions about our origin and our end are inseparable from one another. They are decisive for the meaning and direction of our lives and actions. Tags: Doctrine, Faith

Why do we love our Lady?

To come into the world, God chose to rely on the free cooperation of a human being, Mary, to be the mother of his Son through the work of the Holy Spirit. How did God choose Mary? How did she conceive the Son of God? Why do we call Mary Virgin and Mother? Tags: Doctrine, Holy Spirit, Church, Jesus Christ, Our Lady, Year of Faith

What are the Works of Mercy?

Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy, and asks the faithful to practise the works of mercy during this year. What are they? Download pdf, epub and kindle. Tags: Generosity, Church, Responsibility, Service, Love, God, mercy

What is the Eucharist?

What is the Eucharist? How and when is this change produced? How can we be convinced that God himself is present under the appearance of bread and wine? Some answers from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and from the teaching of St. Josemaria. Tags: Eucharist, Holy Communion

What is a Pilgrimage? How do You do One?

In the month of May, which is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, pilgrimages are frequently organized to her shrines, to visit her and honour her as our Mother. Tags: Church, Our Lady, Pilgrimage

How can I receive Jesus well in Holy Communion?

“Dear friends, we won’t ever thank the Lord enough for the gift he has given us in the Eucharist! It is a very great gift and that is why it is so important to go to Mass on Sunday. Go to Mass not just to pray, but to receive Communion, the bread that is the Body of Jesus Christ who saves us, forgives us, unites us to the Father. It is a beautiful thing to do!” (Pope Francis, Audience, 5 February 2014) Tags: Gratitude, Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Sacraments, Holy Communion, Holy Mass

What happened at the Last Supper?

Francisco Varo

Joachim Jeremias says that this is one of the best-testified episodes in his whole life. At the Last Supper, Jesus was alone with his twelve Apostles (Mt 26:20; Mk 14:17, 20; Lk 22:14) Tags: Doctrine, Church, Jesus Christ

Why was Jesus condemned to death?

Francisco Varo

Jesus of Nazareth was becoming a more and more controversial figure as his public ministry progressed. The religious leaders in Jerusalem were uneasy about the commotion that had been aroused among the people by the arrival of this teacher from Galilee for the Paschal feast. Tags: Doctrine, Holy Week

How can the Resurrection of Jesus be explained?

Francisco Varo

Christ’s resurrection is a historically documented event. The Apostles bore witness to what they had seen and heard. Around the year 57 AD, St Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Cor 15:3-5). Tags: Doctrine, Jesus Christ

Why is the Pope Peter?

As Catholics we profess obedience to the Pope as the legitimate successor of St Peter, and we see him as our Lord Jesus Christ’s representative here on earth. Some people today ask, “Why should we obey the Pope? He’s just a human being, isn’t he?” “Does being infallible mean that the Pope can’t make a mistake?” This article is a collection of answers to questions like these, and other quotations from St Josemaria explaining the love Catholics should have for the Head of the Church: “Love for the Roman Pontiff should be a beautiful passion in us, because in him we see Christ.” Tags: Church, Pope, Pope Francis