Why is the Catholic Church against abortion? find out what the Catholic Church believes about the dignity of life, when an embryo becomes a person, why taking the life of another human being is never acceptable, and what to do if you've had an abortion.
How can our relationship with God bring joy? St Bonaventure, a 13th-century Franciscan, believed that it was important that we use our emotions to have an intense relationship with God, which would, in turn, deepen our joy.
Ever wondered how the saints prayed? Here are three methods of praying employed by three influential saints, which you can try in your own prayer life.
Flos Carmeli, (“Flower of Carmel”) is both a hymn and a prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, said to have been composed by St Simon Stock. The Carmelite Order traces back its origins to a group of hermits who lived on Mt Carmel in the Holy Land in the twelfth century.
What does holiness look like in modern times? Many beloved saints lived in times completely different from our own. However, the 20th century saw many examples of modern holiness, such as Blessed Peter to Rot and Blessed Maria Romero Meneses. Though the two blesseds happen to have their feasts on the same day, they never met and lived very different lives.
Pray to St Maria Goretti, a teenage martyr for chastity, who died following a sexual attack. Her story speaks powerfully of forgiving the unforgivable. This novena was written exclusively for CTS.