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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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Francisco Varo

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