My Son is an Altar Boy… here are my thoughts.

(Fall, 2006) by Mandy Drabick A Catholic mother’s life holds many joys, and without a doubt, one of the greatest is watching her son serve at the altar of God. A priest once told me that a mother could recognize her life to be a success when her children say, “I love you, Mom,” and […]

70 Years a Priest of God: Father Martin Stepanich, O.F.M., S.T.D.

Father Martin Stepanich

(Fall, 2006) Known as Frank Stepanich in his pre-Franciscan days, the future Father Martin was born on a farm near the small town of Neodesha in southeast Kansas on November 12, 1915. Grade school education at the nearby Brooks country school was followed by one year at Neodesha High School. Answering the call of God, […]

How to Make the Greatest Evil in Our Lives Our Greatest Happiness

(Winter-Spring, 2006) by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. (E.D.M.) Suffering is the great problem of human life. We all have to suffer. Sometimes small sorrows, sometimes greater ones fall to our share. We shall now tell our readers how to avoid much of this suffering, how to lessen all suffering and how to derive great benefits […]

The Nuptial Blessing: Its Beauty and Significance

(Fall, 2006) by Paula Storm The blessing bestowed upon the bride and groom during the Sacrament of Matrimony re-enacts the uniting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We read in the book of Genesis that “…God blessed them saying: “Increase and multiply…”1 When the priest bestows this blessing upon the couple, he […]

Flowers and their meanings: Beauty in Our Catholic Altars

(Originally titled “Beautifying God’s House” by Barbara Day and Helen Abbenzeller) (Spring, 2007) Flowers for the Altar A biographer of the French priest Blessed Peter Favre once stated that when Adam and Eve were punished for their fall, God did not allow three things to change: the stars, flowers and the eyes of a child. […]

Is the Consecration Form for the Holy Eucharist in the New Mass Valid or Invalid?

by Patrick Henry Omlor Adapted from his longer work of the same title (Summer, 2007) The Problems with the New Form of Consecration Defenders of the “short form” position hold that these first few words of the wine-consecration form in the Latin Rite, “This is the chalice of My Blood,” suffice for the valid consecration […]

The Popes and Our Lady of Guadalupe

(Fall, 2006) By Sr. Mary Agatha, CMRI The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a dear and familiar one to many Catholics today, but especially to those living in the Americas. It is most fitting, moreover, that her feast should fall in the month of December, because this miraculous image, which brings our Blessed […]

The Holy House of Loreto

By Sister Mary Agatha, CMRI (Fall-Winter, 2007) “The Sanctuary of Loreto more than all other shrines of Mary is rightly and deservedly regarded as illustrious, and to Christ’s faithful it has been, for the last six centuries or so, the object of especial veneration and of highest honor, it being in fact the house in […]

Advent: Docility to God’s Grace

A Sermon preached by Fr. Louis Kerfoot, CMRI on the Second Sunday of Advent (1998) My dear friends, today’s Gospel relates how St. John the Baptist, having been imprisoned for rebuking Herod for living with his brother’s wife, sent two of his disciples to ask Christ if He is the Messias: “Art Thou He Who […]

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