Skip Navigation Links
Catholic News
Special Reports
Google Plus
RSS Feeds

Minute Meditations
Beacon of Light Minute Meditations
The Church—confident in the assurance of the Lord Jesus to be with us at all times, even the darkest and seemingly hopeless times—stands as a beacon of light and hope in an otherwise darkening world. Its hopes are rooted in the goodness of God, surely, but also in the radical goodness of humanity.
— from Catholic Update Guide to Vatican II

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Minute Meditation for 12/17/2012 Minute Meditation for 12/19/2012

Subscribe to the Minute Meditations e-newsletter.
Subscribe to Minute Meditations at
Subscribe to this RSS feed. How?

Paid Advertisement
Ads contrary to Catholic teachings should be reported to our webmaster. Include ad link.

Catherine of Alexandria: According to the <i>Legend of St. Catherine</i>, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, they became Christians—as did about 200 soldiers and members of the emperor’s family. All of them were martyred. 
<p>Sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it shattered. She was beheaded. Centuries later, angels are said to have carried the body of St. Catherine to a monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai. </p><p>Devotion to her spread as a result of the Crusades. She was invoked as the patroness of students, teachers, librarians and lawyers. Catherine is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, venerated especially in Germany and Hungary.</p> American Catholic Blog We exist because God is infinitely beautiful, infinitely good, and overflowing with a love that seeks to share itself. When he made us and placed us in this glittering created world, it was an act of pure generosity.

Through the Year With Mary

Start the New Year off right with these daily insights on the Mother of God!

The Rosary Project
This unique celebration of prayer and song will lead you deeper into the life of Christ! (2CDs)
150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know

Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ. Do you know these Bible passages?

Mysteries of the Virgin Mary

On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, grow closer to Mary with this beautiful book by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Advent - "O" Antiphons
“Come, O Lord” Use Catholic Greetings to remind friends of holiday get-togethers.

Advent - "O" Antiphons
“Come, O Wisdom” The liturgical countdown to Christmas begins today.

Third Sunday of Advent
Before dinner this evening gather your family around the Advent wreath and light the rose candle along with two purple candles.

Visit anytime for a selection of Catholic e-cards for holidays, saints’ feasts and other occasions!

Send an e-card to celebrate the second week of Advent.

Come find us at: Facebook | St. Anthony Messenger magazine Twitter | American Catholic YouTube | American Catholic

An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright © 1996 - 2015