Yesterday, December 26th, we celebrated the feast of St. Stephen. He was the first martyr. Isn’t it interesting how the Church has placed the feast of Christmas and the feast of this saint right after one another? I feel like we’re supposed to learn something here . . .
Accepting Jesus as our Savior and following Him costs a lot. Blessed Bartolome knew that and wasn’t afraid of death even though it meant leaving his beloved behind.
Below is a letter that Bartolomé Blanco Márquez wrote to his girlfriend from prison the day before he was executed during religious persecution in Spain in the 1930′s.
If you find yourself under attack for your faith, Saint Ambrose is a great intercessor to have in your corner. When you stand for truth, not only do you defend the faith, but you will also help others to abandon the world’s lies in favor of the freedom only found in Jesus Christ. Ambrose brought many souls to Christ, and he baptized one person you’ll probably recognize: a certain guy by the name of Augustine. Wherever he went, Ambrose preached the truth – something it seems he had been born to do.
Lately he had been having doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Was the bread and wine really transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus?
He said Mass at the Church of St. Christina. As Peter raised the Host and consecrated it blood started flowing out of it, onto his hands and the altar. God was telling him (and us) that yes, He is truly present in the host.
In honor of All Saints Day, we wanted to feature some of the great content and resources about the saints that we’ve written about on LifeTeen.com. Share this with your friends and celebrate the lives of the saints!
… I felt it slipping but didn’t know what to do. The ornate, china plate fell to the tile floor.
You know that split second of silence after something shatters on the ground? It’s in that split second that I caught my breath in shock waiting for the reprimand, gasp or look of disapproval. And in that moment, my grandma had a choice.
She would always, no matter what was broken, say something to the effect of: “That’s ok! Don’t worry!” Immediately, that’s what she said to me. No hesitation. I remember asking her about it later and having her tell me, “What’s done is done and it’s no use being upset over.”
Our belief as Catholics in the True Presence of Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist sets us apart from nearly every other Christian religion because it’s so radical. This one belief is hard to accept; even some of Jesus’ disciples left Him when He said He was truly present in the bread and wine. However, this is a facet of our faith that has been believed since the very early Christians, some who even died because of it. We put together a mini-poster PDF for you with quotes Read more [...]
When I ask you, “How many friends do you have?” what pops into your mind? Is it …
How many “true” friends?
How many Facebook friends?
How many friends in my whole lifetime? Actually, it’s far more than any of those numbers. In truth you have more friends than you can count. The saints in heaven are the best friends you could ask for – and they’re pulling for you.
When I was a teen picking out my Confirmation saint, I searched long and hard for someone who was least likely to change my image… meaning someone like me!
But while I was drowning myself Googling saints, I stumbled across a loud-mouthed girl around my age who converted almost every pagan she encountered. Although I hadn’t converted anyone from my knowledge, I knew that I loved reasoning with people and speaking openly about my faith; I knew I wanted to be more like her.
Writing a resume can be a painful experience, especially for a Christian. Christians aren’t supposed to lie. Christians are supposed to be humble. Yet there you are, having to cram your personality and life’s accomplishments onto a page – to be judged often times by very worldly eyes, who might value what you do more than who you are.
Titles matter to employers but not to God. In fact, the only “title” God cares about for us is that we are His son or daughter. Beyond that, the only earthly “title” that would leave Heaven applauding would be that of a “saint.”
You might not know very much about your family tree, but you should. It’s incredible. Your family has a long legacy. Your family has made a huge impact on the world. In fact, your family has changed the world in almost every conceivable way. If it weren’t for your family, modern culture would look a whole lot different and far darker than it does.
Your Catholic family tree has born a lot of fruit, my brothers and sisters, and it’s fruit that has remained (Jn 15:16).
What do you want to be the patron saint of? Spending too much money at Starbucks? Ace-ing Algebra? Being Awesome? Don’t laugh; it’s a valid question.
We are all called to be saints, whether or not we get the “St.” before our names in the saint books. Almost all the saints in the ‘giant book of saints’ have various (some would even say random) things they are patrons of. Many are patrons of more than one thing. So when – not if – you are named a saint, what do you want to be the patron of?
St. Rose of Lima: A beautiful young woman who dedicated her life to the service of God. She lived with great humility and devoted herself to the Blessed Sacrament. The funny thing is, I had no idea who Rose was and how similar we were until two years after I picked her as my Confirmation saint.
Looking back, I wish I would have taken my saint choice more seriously. I thought I was simply honoring my godmother Rose Mary. Although it was a pure intention, I didn’t understand that I was picking a saint as a model of holiness and asking her to intercede for me on my faith journey.
The most famous Catholic to ever get knocked off his horse – literally – St. Paul is definitely someone worth knowing about. In this video, we share a little bit of the life of the man they once called Saul.