Catholicism teaches that marriage is a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman as they help each other get to heaven, as well as raise and educate children. — Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601

Matrimony originates with Adam and Eve, but has been elevated to the level of a sacrament by Christ if the bride and groom are baptized. It is unique among the sacraments because its ministers are not the priest or officiant, but the couple themselves Catechism of the Catholic Church 1623

Marriage is an outward sign of the loving unity between Christ and His…


Saint Gabriel is most well-known by Christians as the angel who announced the coming births of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ in the first chapter of Luke. Yet he has a number of other scriptural and traditional appearances, as well. He is considered to be among the order of archangels, alongside Raphael and Michael. Though there exist many angels and heavenly spirits, these three archangels comprise three of only five angels named in the Bible (the other two being the demon Abaddon/Apollyon and Satan himself). …


In Part 1 we examined the former date of the Feast of Christ the King and the temporal significance of Christ’s social kingship.

For less than fifty years, the Feast of Christ the King occupied its former place at the end of October. Then, in 1969, as part of the liturgical reforms following the Second Vatican Council, Pope St. Paul VI issued the motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis, which ordered the reorganization of the liturgical year according to the new Calendarium Romanum, to go into effect the following year. …


In 1925, Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King, placing it on the universal calendar as the final Sunday in October. There it stayed for less than fifty years before Pope St Paul VI moved it to the last Sunday before Advent. The “traditional” date, itself a modern liturgical addition, was intended to emphasize the social kingship of Christ, whereas the latter date focuses more upon the eschatological dimension of Christ’s reign. Each date has its own merits.

Statua Jezusa w Świebodzinie” by MOs810 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

“The Social Kingship of Christ” means that Jesus is king right now, not only at some later date. …


The release of the first Spider-Man film in 2002 was one of the early moments that defined the modern superhero movie craze. But did you know that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film trilogy is filled with Christian themes and imagery? This is not to say that Raimi intended to create a Catholic film trilogy; authorial intent, after all, is not the only or best way to examine literature. Nevertheless, whether by cultural osmosis or by sheer coincidence, these three films contain little that is in opposition to the faith, and much that mirrors it.

Responsibility

Perhaps the most central theme of these…


We profess in the Nicene Creed that we “believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.” These descriptors are called “the Four Marks of the Church.” Through all Her exaltation and suffering, in spite of all the flaws that have pervaded Her human element, since Pentecost the Church has always been identifiable by these Four Marks, and She always will be.

Each of the Church’s members should also strive to be identifiable by these marks. Just as the Church stands out by these marks given to Her by Jesus Christ, so to should every Catholic Christian strive by God’s grace…


The fact that John the Baptist came to prepare the way for the Lord is easily taken for granted. Most people would probably say that he did this simply by preaching Christ’s imminent arrival. There is far more to it than that. Other than the Blessed Virgin Mary, John the Baptist is perhaps the most highly venerated saint of our faith. This is because, like all the greatest saints but to a greater extent, his life mirrored the life of Christ so fully. Unlike other saints, though, he imitated Christ’s life in advance as part of his prophetic mission. …


Every young man who tries to be a practicing Catholic in modern times, has heard this from someone:

“Do you want to be a priest?” asks a friend, perplexed by his classmate’s newfound religiosity.

“Have you thought about joining the seminary?” asks the kindly old woman who sees him at daily Mass.

“You would make such a good priest!” says the nice Catholic girl he is interested in (priest-zoning should be the Catholic version of friend-zoning).

There are countless examples, but most single, Catholic men have experienced something like this if they display any sign of serious interest in their…


The first chapter of Luke’s gospel contains parallel stories in which the angel Gabriel announces two miraculous births: that of John the Baptist to his father Zechariah, and that of Jesus Christ to His mother Mary. On the surface, Zechariah’s and Mary’s respective responses to Gabriel appear quite similar. However, the results of their questions could not be more different. This article will examine why Zechariah’s question to the angel was met with punishment while Mary’s question was met with assurance.

Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were both members of the priestly class by birth. As a priest, Zechariah had…


One of the most defining events of Judeo-Christian history is the giving of the Law by Moses following the biblical exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. After descending from Mount Sinai to deliver the stone tablets of to the Israelites, as well as after conversing with God regularly in the tent of the Ark of the Covenant, his face is described as brightly shining like the sun such that the Israelites could not look directly upon him:

As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the…

Joe Calabrese

Devoted Catholic, Husband, and Father. BA in Classical Studies, MA in Latin. Hockey lover. Knight of the Bald Table. Writer for “Catholicism Coffee.”

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