Why Purgatory?

Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy is the Purgatorio—Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the mouth of the angelic guardian of Purgatory’s gate who, displaying his keys, tells his listeners: I hold them from St. Peter—who bade […] Source: Why...

Ten Biblical Meditations for Making a Good Confession

One of the greatest blessings and gifts that flow out of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord is a mercy that is expressed most deeply through the Sacrament of Confession. This Sacrament is also sometimes called the Sacrament of Pardon, Reconciliation, Penance, as well as Sacrament of God’s Mercy. Words that produce inexplicable peace, joy, […] Source: Ten Biblical Meditations for Making a Good...

Lighting Hearts on Fire – “The Joy of Love & Family Conference Series” online

Lighting Hearts on Fire is a campaign of spiritual renewal within the Diocese of Metuchen that seeks to bring about a renewed zeal for evangelization among the faithful. The Diocese of Paterson, in collaboration with the other four Roman Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey, presents “The Joy of Love & Family,” a conference series in celebration of the Year of the Family as declared by Pope Francis. This series of free talks will premiere over six months, covering topics for every stage of family life. One of the June talks is presented by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Watch his video on “Protecting the Family Through the Rosary and Devotion to St. Joseph.” New to family prayer or looking to add another form of prayer to use with your family? Visio divina, “divine seeing,” is a form of prayer through art. Join us for a Zoom call with the founder of Behold, a prayer with art companion, to learn how to use this digital guide to introduce prayer to your kids in an engaging way! The Zoom Call will be held on July 6 time 8-9pm.  Please register to receive the secure Zoom Link.  I want to join! The Full Conference...

Summer Reading for Your Children 25% OFF at Ignatius Press

Order 3 items and receive a Free Book! NEW! FORMED Book Club SALE Featured Collections and Series The Adventures of Nick & Sam Nicolas (Nick) and Samantha (Sam) Perry are twins. They moved with their parents, their brother Andrew, and their sister Lizzy, to the Colorado town of Hope Springs. The likeable and engaging characters reflect the sensibilities and struggles of being Catholic in the quirky small town of Hope Springs, and in the many adventures that make the teachings of the Church come alive. Shop Now Augustine Institute Audio Dramas Bold and inspiring, the Augustine Institute’s audio dramas take storytelling to a whole new level of sound that quickens the imagination and inspires the heart. Shop Now Bethlehem Books Bethlehem Books is a small, home grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature. They specialize in reprinting tried and true historical fiction, adventure tales, biographies, and family stories that help children and young adults expand their imagination and understand the past. Shop Now In the Shadows of Rome Being a Christian in ancient Rome was very dangerous. To spread the faith and stay alive, you had to live in the shadows...

Spreading Hope through Audio and Video

Spreading hope through audio and video by Jessica Oata & Abigail Seta Port Moresby: Media students from eight catholic agency schools in Port Moresby were part of the 3rd Media Education Seminar (MES) that aimed at spreading hope through audio and video productions. LINK TO RESOURCE MANUAL It was held at the Emmaus Conference Centre from 4th- 6th June under the theme ‘Hope amidst Covid-19’ with animation of the program by the Social Communications Commission (SOCOM) of the Catholic Bishops Conference. The program commenced on the evening of Friday, 4th June with the first session on creating school news bulletin boards. This was followed by a time of reflection and discussion of issues faced by young people today. The second day of the program focused on producing jingles to promote their schools and attract prospective students. Radio interviews was the second session of the day that had the students interviewing their teachers. Each of the productions were recorded and edited by Radio Maria. Following these, the third session gave the students the opportunity to speak on camera for 20 seconds on issues in PNG. Storyboard and film shooting were the final sessions on the third day of the program...