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What is the Value of Martyrdom?

For today’s mentality, so averse to suffering, the martyrdom of St. Engrácia of Braga is nothing more than an episode worthy of tears and grief… However, this is not how the Church considers it. It is eleventh-century Spain.1 A shepherd waters his sheep near the Guadiana River. Suddenly, he notices something shining with a brilliant light in the depths of...

How to Scale the Most Glorious Mountain?

To reach the high peaks of sanctity is something entirely accessible to each one of us. But to climb to the top of this glorious mountain there is only one path: the cross! It can only be scaled by feet that bleed. Leafing through the pages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we come across a very important...

Awaiting the Return of the Royal Caravan

Mishael observed the stars for an entire year, expecting the return of the kings. They had promised him news of the Messiah, but had never come back. Little did that innocent boy know that Providence had a much greater gift in store him… It was a bitterly cold and fateful night, when the silence of that desert place was suddenly...

The Prayer of the Holy Rosary

An innumerable multitude of holy men have always held it dear. They have used it as a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight, to preserve the integrity of life and to acquire virtue more easily. Our Lady of the Rosary – Monastery of Sts. Dominic and Sixtus, Rome More than once have We asserted – and We recently repeated...

Conceived Without Sin!

Acting under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Blessed Pius IX declared, pronounced and defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as dogma. By means of it the Church jubilantly exalts the figure of Her who triumphantly crushed the head of the devil. From all eternity ineffable God chose and prepared for His Only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the...
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