The coming of the Holy Spirit

During the Easter season as the chanting of “Alleluia” at the end of Mass becomes subdued, we feel a longing for the Holy Spirit.  Its coming on Pentecost not only closes the season but, more importantly, fulfills the purpose of the long Lenten-Easter period. The Spirit is introduced with flourish as the priest and ministers and congregants wear red for Mass.

For moms, a box of memories can be the most beautiful of gifts

When my family arranged a celebration for my 60th birthday, one of my gifts was to be a book of memories, comprising all the family and friends who attended the party. 

The Five First Saturdays Devotion and the Seven Fatima Prayers

The Five First Saturdays devotion is part of the Fatima story. While living at the Dorothean Sisters religious community, Lucia Santo was once again visited by Mary and the child Jesus who showed her a heart surrounded by thorns.

What Easter Means

In first century Judaism, there were many views concerning what happened to people after they died. Following a very venerable tradition, some said that death was the end, that the dead simply returned to the dust of the earth from which they came.

Lent is over. Now what?

Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now that the actual Easter Season has begun, how should Catholics observe it?