Purgatory can be a topic of confusion for our young Catholics. If God forgives our sins, why do Catholics believe in Purgatory? The short answer is that our sins are like breaking a window. God forgives us for doing that, but the effect is still there. The window is still broken. Purgatory is where that effect is "fixed up".
On November 2, Catholics observe the Feast of All Souls. This is a day to remember our beloved dead and pray for them. At our parish, there is a table where parishioners can display photographs of their deceased loved ones. It is there for most of the month of November.
Yes, internet users have a patron saint! It is St. Isadore of Seville, a seventh century bishop. He wrote a huge encyclopedia called Etymologies which at the time was thought to be a recording of everything known. The wikipedia of its day. :-)
Children of all ages can learn more about St. Isaac Jogues by participating in activities described in the Footsteps of the American Saints program.
Gather for a few minutes to talk about how your advent is going. Talk about the ups and downs of the advent season, what you have done to prepare for the arrive of Jesus, and what you would still like to do.
Today for your advent activity, why not do something nice for a neighbor? You never know when somebody might really need an act of kindness.
Your kids might have made a list of some things they'd like to receive for Christmas. So for today's advent activity, encourage them to make a list of all the things they already have which they are thankful for.
In the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem program for Boy Scouts, one of the exercises is to compare the Ten Commandments to the Boy Scout Law.
Choosing a Halloween costume as a young Christian woman can be difficult. Everywhere you look there is sexy this and sexy that costumes.
Here is a cute story about why being a Christian is like being a Jack O Lantern. Share it with your children while you are carving a pumpkin for your own Jack O Lantern. Little children will be especially excited to share this with their friends.