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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

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

I believe in God the Father Almighty

Who tells us that God is Father? How does God reveal that he is Love? What does it mean when we say that God is almighty? Why is God both Father and Almighty? Why does evil exist? If God is Father, is he my Father? If I am God’s child, how can I relate to him? Doesn’t that relationship take away our freedom as human beings? Can we trust God? Tags: Doctrine, Faith, God, Father

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

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

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

What is Marriage?

What did Jesus say about marriage? What is the Sacrament of Matrimony? Marriage for life? What is married love?
“When a man and woman celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony God as it were is ‘mirrored’ in them; he impresses in them his own features and the indelible character of his love.” Pope Francis, Audience, April 2, 2014. Tags: Generosity, Children, Church, Marriage, Responsibility, Sacraments, Love, happiness

What does apostolate mean? Who are apostles today?

The Greek word apostoloi means “emissaries”, those who are sent on behalf of another. It refers to the call made by Jesus Christ to his apostles to continue his own mission: announce the Kingdom of God throughout the world. If we are not convinced, let us look at those first disciples, who, immediately after encountering the gaze of Jesus, went forth to proclaim him joyfully: “We have found the Messiah!” So what are we waiting for? Tags: Joy, Apostolate, Eucharist, Gospel, Evangelization

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

Why go to Confession?

“Forgiveness is asked for, is asked of another, and in Confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of mercy and of grace that flows unceasingly from the open heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ.” Pope Francis, Audience, 19.2.2014 Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Conversion, Penance, Forgiveness

What is Baptism?

We are called to live out our Baptism every day as the present reality of our lives. If we manage to follow Jesus and to remain in the Church, despite our limitations and with our weaknesses and our sins, it is precisely because of the Sacrament of Baptism, whereby we have become new creatures and have been clothed in Christ. Pope Francis, Audience, 8 January 2014. Tags: Gratitude, Baptism, Faith, Divine sonship, Church, Sacraments

What do we celebrate at Christmas?

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This day shall light shine upon us; for the Lord is born to us. This is the great announcement which moves Christians today... What do we celebrate at Christmas? What do we really know about Jesus? When and how was he born? A team of theologians and historians at the University of Navarre (Spain), answer these questions. Tags: Doctrine, Jesus Christ, Holy Family

What is the Church?

In Christian usage, the word “church” designates the liturgical assembly, but also the local community or the whole universal community of believers. These three meanings are inseparable. “The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharistic, assembly. She draws her life from the word and the Body of Christ and so herself becomes Christ’s Body. Tags: Church, Pope, In Love with the Church, Year of Faith

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, Ascetical struggle, Year of Faith

Any questions about Opus Dei?

A series of questions from journalists about Opus Dei, answered by its founder St Josemaria Escriva, and published in the book Conversations with Msgr. Escriva (1968). Tags: October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Politics, Vocation, calling, Opus Dei's foundational charisma