Who is St Francis of Assisi

Who is St Francis of Assisi

History of St Francis of Assisi St Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscan Order, born at  Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In...
History of St Francis of Assisi St Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscan Order, born at  Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to  France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he'd been gone, Pietro was furious because she'd had his new son baptized Giovanni after  John the Baptist. The last thing Pietro wanted in his son was a  man of  God  -- he wanted a  man of business, a cloth merchant like he was, and he especially wanted a son who would...
9 Ways To Be A Good Catholic

9 Ways To Be A Good Catholic

For many Catholics, this blog might be an eye-opener. For many, this will be offending. And for many, this will be an answer to their...
For many Catholics, this blog might be an eye-opener. For many, this will be offending. And for many, this will be an answer to their question they have looking for quite some time. Being a good catholic is not just about going to church every Sunday. We must first realize that what are we called to be when we call ourselves to be a catholic. During one of the Holy Mass homily, the celebrant said something very intriguing and that has remained with me over the years. He said, " Being a Catholic is a journey". And that is two...
What is the meaning of the Hail Mary prayer

What is the meaning of the Hail Mary prayer

The Hail Mary prayer is one the MOST SAID prayers in the Catholic church. This prayer holds a massive amount of significance in the life...
The Hail Mary prayer is one the MOST SAID prayers in the Catholic church. This prayer holds a massive amount of significance in the life of every Catholic. Also, this prayer is rebuked and is a matter of utter disagreement among the Non-Catholic believers. The point of concern when we say this prayer is we give a lot of importance to Mary, who is the mother of Jesus. And why not? Don't we  give reverence to our own mothers? When Jesus was on the cross, why did he say to John the Apostle, in John 19:27 , " Behold your...
Why do we face temptations?

Why do we face temptations?

This is one question which most of us try to avoid. Our tendency to avoid this question is not because we don't have the answer...
This is one question which most of us try to avoid. Our tendency to avoid this question is not because we don't have the answer to it, but it is because we have learned to survive with it. Temptations - one of the biggest instruments and most commonly used weapons to turn people away from God. Temptation in its very nature is demonic. In its very nature can we see that this term can never be associated with anything good. Have you ever heard anyone saying " I am feeling tempted to pray" or "today I feel surprisingly tempted to...
Who is Saint Peter?

Who is Saint Peter?

Biblical Reference of Saint Peter Originally called Simon, a very common Jewish name in the New Testament. He was the son of Jona. His mother...
Biblical Reference of Saint Peter Originally called Simon, a very common Jewish name in the New Testament. He was the son of Jona. His mother is nowhere named in Scripture. He had a younger brother called Andrew, who first brought him to Jesus. His native town was Bethsaida, on the western coast of the Sea of Galilee, to which also Philip belonged. Here he was brought up by the shores of the Sea of Galilee and was trained to the occupation of a fisher. His father had probably died while he was still young, and he and his brother were...
Who is St Joseph?

Who is St Joseph?

Biblical Reference of St Joseph St Joseph was a descendant of the house of  King David . After marrying  Mary , he found her already pregnant...
Biblical Reference of St Joseph St Joseph was a descendant of the house of  King David . After marrying  Mary , he found her already pregnant and, “being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace” (Matthew 1:19), decided to divorce her quietly, but an angel told him that the child was the Son of God and was conceived by the  Holy Spirit . Obeying the angel, St Joseph took Mary as his wife. After Jesus’ birth at  Bethlehem  in  Judaea , where the  Holy Family  received the  Magi , an angel warned St Joseph and Mary about the impending violence against the child...
Who is John the Baptist? St. John the Baptist

Who is John the Baptist? St. John the Baptist

Biblical Reference of John the Baptist The Gospel of Mark introduces John as a fulfillment of a prophecy from the  Book of Isaiah  (in fact, a conflation...
Biblical Reference of John the Baptist The Gospel of Mark introduces John as a fulfillment of a prophecy from the  Book of Isaiah  (in fact, a conflation of texts from Isaiah,  Malachi  and  Exodus ) about a messenger being sent ahead, and a voice crying out in the wilderness. John is described as wearing clothes of camel's hair, living on  locusts  and wild  honey . John proclaims baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, and says another will come after him who will not baptize with water, but with the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of Matthew account begins with the same modified quotation from Isaiah, moving the Malachi and...
Who is Angel Raphael? St Raphael the Archangel

Who is Angel Raphael? St Raphael the Archangel

Biblical Reference of Archangel Raphael St. Raphael is one of the Archangels in the Bible. In the  apocryphal   Old Testament  ( Hebrew Bible )  Book of Tobit , he is the...
Biblical Reference of Archangel Raphael St. Raphael is one of the Archangels in the Bible. In the  apocryphal   Old Testament  ( Hebrew Bible )  Book of Tobit , he is the one who, in human disguise and under the name of Azarias (“ Yahweh  helps”), accompanied Tobias in his adventurous journey and conquered the demon  Asmodeus . He is said ( Tobit  12:15) to be “one of the seven holy archangels who present the prayers of the  saints  and enter into the presence of the glory of the Holy One.” In the  pseudepigraphal   First Book of Enoch , Raphael is “the angel of the spirits of men,” and it is his business to “heal the...
Who is Angel Gabriel ? St Gabriel the Archangel

Who is Angel Gabriel ? St Gabriel the Archangel

Biblical reference of Angel Gabriel Each time Angel Gabriel appears in the Bible, it is in the role of a messenger. However, we should not...
Biblical reference of Angel Gabriel Each time Angel Gabriel appears in the Bible, it is in the role of a messenger. However, we should not be under the impression that St Gabriel is just a communicator or a postman. When Gabriel appeared to Daniel, Zechariah, and Mary, all three were stricken with awe. Daniel says, “As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate” (Daniel 8:17). Zechariah “was startled and was gripped with fear” (Luke 1:12). And Mary “was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be”...
Who is St Michael The Archangel?

Who is St Michael The Archangel?

Biblical Reference of St Michael the Archangel Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book Of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate...
Biblical Reference of St Michael the Archangel Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book Of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the liturgical proceedings. In the New Testament, St. Michael the Archangel leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book Of Revelation, where during the war on Heaven, he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude, St. Michael the Archangel is specifically referred to...