6 Lessons from Pope Francis' First Holy Week 2013

6 Lessons from Pope Francis’ First Holy Week 2013

"Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service."
7 Facts: Holy Week and the Early Church

7 Facts: Holy Week and the Early Church

"Great crowds, including even children too young to walk, assembled on the Mount of Olives and after suitable hymns, and antiphons, and readings, they returned in procession to Jerusalem, escorting the bishop, and bearing palms and branches of olives before him."
The 3 Basics of Ash Wednesday

The 3 Basics of Ash Wednesday

"For dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return."
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The 12 Step Biblical Guide to the Pope and Infallibility

The 12 Step Biblical Guide to the Pope and Infallibility

The pope leads the King's people according to the King's laws and at times must clarify those laws so the people may continue to live in full adherence to the King.
The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas' Natural Law in a Modern World

The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas’ Natural Law in a Modern World

Aquinas teaches the three precepts of Natural Law are (1) self-preservation (2) procreation & education of offspring, and (3) natural inclination toward the good, God.
3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

The vehicle by which man knows Natural Law is reason and understanding. Here, Aquinas makes a second important distinction – some men will understand more, some less. Aquinas is not promoting an egalitarian view of reason. All men may know, but all men will not know equally.
In Dust and Ashes: 21 Images from the Book of Job

In Dust and Ashes: 21 Images from the Book of Job

Listers, the following is the entire gallery of William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job. The gallery displayed is known as the Linell Set (AD 1821) and contains 21 watercolor pieces. There is also an earlier watercolor gallery known as the Butts set (1806). Later, Blake went on to recreate the images on engraved...
Facing God: 6 Memes on Celebrating the Mass Ad Orientem

Facing God: 6 Memes on Celebrating the Mass Ad Orientem

Catholic churches are traditionally built facing the East, because, as Cardinal Ratzinger taught, this direction reflects the "cosmic sign of the rising sun which symbolizes the universality of God."
Divine Government: 6 Questions by Aquinas on the Eternal Law

Divine Government: 6 Questions by Aquinas on the Eternal Law

The following list is taken from the Summa Theologica Prima Secundae question 93, entitled, The Eternal Law. A proper understanding of the Eternal Law of God, the Divine Government, serves as an excellent foundation to issues such as politics, natural law, divine providence, hell, and nature.
5 Hagiographical Pearls from the Life of St. John Damascene

5 Hagiographical Pearls from the Life of St. John Damascene

John, hearing of the terrible sacrileges which were being committed in Constantinople and in the Byzantine Empire on account of the emperor's policies, wrote assiduously in defense of the holy images, and those who showed respect and devotion to them.
9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

Listers, the Catholic Church has often been accused by her opponents as a misogynistic institution; however, this false accusation can be easily refuted by a careful look at what the Church actually teaches on the dignity of women. I believe that the reason for this misguided accusation streams from a faulty view of service and...
The Story of the Magi in 12 Works of Art

The Story of the Magi in 12 Works of Art

Listers, the Three Magi are wrapped in mystery yet remain an indispensable part of the Nativity Narrative. The term magi has strong connections to a Persian religious caste that produced pagan priests for Medes. It is arguably the same caste from which the Zoroaster of  Zoroastrianism arose. The priestly caste held much clout amongst the people and...
The 10 Authentic Trappist Monk Beers

The 10 Authentic Trappist Monk Beers

In 1997, eight Trappist abbeys founded the International Trappist Association (ITA) to prevent non-Trappist commercial companies from abusing the Trappist name. Today there are only 10 authentic Trappist ales in the world.