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St. Therese, The Little Flower I would like to share an experience my wife Teresa and I had about ten years ago. It was with much anticipation that the relics of St. Therese , The Little Flower, were to come through Salt Lake City and be put on…Continue
Below is a homemade recipe for fudge which my grandmother and mother made for family and friends. Now, I make it on Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. I hope you will also share your favorite family recipes with us. Ruth's Fudge2 jars Marshmallow…Continue
When our Blessed Mother was asked by Bernadette to tell her name, she answered, "I am the Immaculate Conception"; this is the Immaculata's definition of herself (Conference, 26 July 1931). By these luminous words (at Lourdes) she tells us not only that she was immaculate in her conception, but beyond this that she is the Immaculate Conception as such. Some-thing white is one thing; the whiteness of a thing is some-thing else. Something perfect is one thing; the perfection of a thing is something else. When God said to Moses, "I am the one who is," God was telling him: "What is proper to my essence is that I should always be, by my very nature, of myself, with no other principle of being." The Immaculate Virgin, of…Continue
Today, I kept my day for my art only and I usually do that every Friday where I do not do any chores at home, but draw, draw and draw. As usual, before I even took my pencil up to my sketch book, I prayed today's Mystery of the Rosary, and I prayed to God to lead my hand, and boy did He do so! I felt I was on fire and I was able to finish my study within a few hours only of work. And now that I am done drawing my study of the statue I was using a statue as base for my own study, I felt so much peace and, seeing at what I drew, I do feel a lot of peace. I feel the peace Jesus felt when He died on the cross. I also feel a lot of peace inside of me as I will be able to rest this weekend with my family and enjoy my time with them, no plans but to have fun and to rest.
I do believe that what I am doing now is my new vocation. One week, I work on a study for a piece I want to do, and the next week rework it on a format I will be able to sell. I have quite a few ideas gathered for…Continue
As I am back in my faith, I am back in praying the Holy Rosary. I have not prayed it in years, so at first I was quite rusty doing it, but it eventually came back to me. Usually, I would pray one set of mysteries and that would be it for my day. But, this morning, as I watched a small video on Youtube about the mysteries of the Rosary, the one who created it challenged the people to not just pray one set of mysteries, but all four, in the same day. I felt pushed in my Spirit to try it and the more I thought about it, the more I felt the presence of God, Mary, the Saints and the Angels cheering me on. So, I tried it. It took me about 45 minutes to do it all and when I was finished, I admit that I was pretty tired, but very much at peace. Like any muscle, it will take me some training to not feel as tired in the end, but I am up for the challenge.
I do believe that the Rosary will help me in my times when I will be anxious or depressed. I may not always be able to do all 4…Continue
When I left Catholicism to go towards being a protestant, what I found was shocking. It is only now that I came back towards the Catholic faith that I am truly seeing it. What I found was not faith, no. What I found was doubt. While I was on that side of the coin, so to speak, was that I ended up doubting everything. I doubted what was in the bible. I was brainwashed into thinking that unless I had a KJV, I was going on the wrong path. I doubted history, I doubted the very stories I read in scriptures. In the end, I even doubted about myself and, the worst, I even doubted the existence of God himself.
What first started by not wanted to follow a path I could not really prove, ended up by me doubted my very core and when that happened, I realized how bad this all was. I became angry, bitter, loathing everything and everybody and I became very cynical. After a while being that way, I remembered how I used to be. I remembered that I was not like that before. I was not cynical…Continue
It has been so long since I was here, writing in my Catholic blog, I almost feel alien coming here. It is true that my spiritual journey was full of up's and downs to a point I felt completely lost and very angry at some point. I will not hide the fact that I left the Catholic faith about a decade ago to embrace the protestant side of it. I eventually even left that and thought I did not believe in God. I was not an atheist, but my faith was more pagan than anything else. I did not know what I believed in anymore. I knew I believed in something, I just had no idea in what.
In recent weeks, I decided to embrace my artistic side once again. I watched countless videos of Renaissance artists and there was one general theme in what they did outside of their humanism view point, and it was God. Time and time again, I would see art depicted from the very stories for the bible that I had learned by heart as a protestant (I still need to read the Catholic books of the bible, which…Continue
Job had his faith tested again and again. Though wonderful things happen in the Church, we still live with the knowledge of money laundering and sexual abuse. Maybe our faith is being tested. Will we stay the course or abandon ship?
At this time, I still choose to be faithful. Police, teachers and priests don't have as much of my respect as when I was 20. However, at that age, I didn't fully realize they were human also.
I keep my eye on the prize - one day being in heaven. Saying my prayers, helping others, and receiving Holy Communion is how I plan to do it. I can still be a good and faithful servant even if some of those around me are not.