And then they took Him and they scourged Him. All the world saw simply a man bound and bent over a pillar so they could whip Him and beat Him.
You know what God the Father saw? He saw His Son bent over with His arms around YOU, protecting you . . . saying, “Don’t come near him, he’s mine . . . you won’t hurt her, I will take the punishment for her sins. Don’t come near her.”
And then they went and they made Him carry a beam up a hill, and God the Father saw Him carrying you . . . when you’re too weak, when you’ve given up hope, lost faith (as we all do), when you struggle to believe, when you want to turn your back, when you don’t want to go any further. He saw His Son droop down and pick you up and say, “I will carry you; I will carry you up the hill.”
You might see the title of this and think, “Theotokos? That’s as hard to read as Greek!” You’d be right, because it is Greek! Find out what it means – and how it applies to Mary – in this Saintly Minute video.
“Behold Jesus Christ crucified, Who is the only foundation of our hope; He is our Mediator and Advocate; the victim and sacrifice for our sins. He is goodness and patience itself; His mercy is moved by the tears of sinners, and He never refuses pardon and grace to those who ask it with a truly contrite and humbled heart.” -Saint Charles Borromeo Read more [...]
Catholics genuflect in Church in order to show our reverence to the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Genuflection is defined as “A reverence made by bending the knee, especially to express adoration of the Blessed Sacrament” (CCC 1378). As we walk into the house of God, a Church, we show our adoration for Him by kneeing before Him.
Not sure if you’ve broken any of the Ten Commandments? Or maybe you don’t know what the Ten Commandments even are? (It’s okay, 10 is a lot to remember.) Print out this Examination of Conscience to take with you when you go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation!
“With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this bread of angels whence you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles. Because true happiness, dear friends, does not consist in the pleasures of the world or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we have only if we are pure in heart and mind.” – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Read more [...]
Catholics have 40 days of Lent because Jesus went into the desert for 40 days. 40 is a significant number in the Old Testament too. It rained for 40 days when Noah was in the ark. (Genesis 7:12) Moses was on Sinai for 40 days receiving the Ten Commandments and the law from God. (Exodus 34: 28 – 29) The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years after they were freed from bondage in Egypt and were heading for the “promised land.” (Joshua 5:6) The prophet Elijah did a 40 day Read more [...]
“By Lust I mean that affection of the mind that aims at the enjoyment of one’s self and one’s neighbor without reference to God. Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity. There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior’s Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them I sleep secure; from them I derive new life.” – Saint Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Read more [...]
XLT is back! XLT is a night worship that includes great music, inspiring and challenging talks, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We’re starting off with a bang, too! Mark Hart dives into the heart of past sin and about giving God permission to heal everything in your life. The power of sin can confuse our sense of worth, driving us to believe that God doesn’t love us in our past. But God’s love covers everything we are, everything we will be, and everything we have done. Worship is led by the amazing Ike Ndolo and Erin Gauvin
Radiant Joy Dear God, give us joy in all that we do, so that we can radiate You and Your love to the world. Theme logo and wallpaper designed by Carlos Weaver Download: 2560 x 1440; 1600 x 900; iPhone Wallpaper Read more [...]
Each summer for the past 10 years Life Teen has helped teens have the best week of their life. However, the experience of summer camp would never happen without the joyful service of hundreds of college-aged faithful Catholics. This summer, we’re asking you to consider being a summer camp staff missionary. Let’s be honest here for a second. We really need men to join. We get lots of female applications but we need more balance at camp. Plus, older men in the faith make great role models to Read more [...]
Good Deeds This gritty, manly wallpaper was designed for the guys by Gabe Telepak. It features Titus 2:6 – 7: “Younger men, control yourselves, showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect.” Download: 2560 x 1440; 1600 x 900; iPhone Wallpaper Read more [...]
Man lives more in the external world, because made from the earth and closest to it; it is his mission to rule over it and subject it. Woman lives more in the internal world, because she was created from an inner, human life.
Man is more interested in the outer world; woman in the inner world. Man talks about things; woman more about persons. Man fashions products of the earth; woman fashions life, having come from life, both Divine and human. Man, more related to the earth, makes sacrifices for things that are in the future and are abstract; woman, more related to the human, is more inclined to make sacrifices for persons and for that which is immediate.
Encourage One Another This one’s for the girls! Try out this wallpaper with 1 Thessalonians 5:11 on it: “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.” Download: 2560×1440, 1600×900, iPhone Wallpaper Read more [...]