What do the black imply on Ash Wednesday?

What do the black imply on Ash Wednesday?

The season of lent gets ignited with the application of black crosses on forehead. The season of lent implicate the  time Jesus spent in the wilderness, winning over temptations. The black mark applied on the forehead implicates the crosses. They are a mixture of ashes, Holy Water and sometimes the olive oil. They remind the […]

The Pope approves the martyrdom of a Japanese warrior

The Pope approves the martyrdom of a Japanese warrior

Pope Francis approved the martyrdom of a 16th century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith, thus making the Japanese warrior one among nine other causes which was included in the list of sainthood. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan at a time when Jesuit missionaries were being introduced in the country. His […]

The Pope who begged for help from purgatory

The Pope who begged for help from purgatory

Pope Innocent III reigned from 1198 to 1216. During his reign, he had granted Francis of Assisi and his followers the permission to found the Order of Friars Minor. After 18 years of his reign as a Pope, God called him back suddenly. After death, Christians believed that the soul may go directly to heaven […]

The saint who stopped gladiator fights

The saint who stopped gladiator fights

On January 404 AD, a gladiator fight was going on in the Roman stadium. The seats of the stadium were filled with people and they were immersed in the cruel game. But one among the audiences could not tolerate the evil game. He, Telemachus, an ancient monk from the east, ran into the middle of […]

A few facts on the Feast of Christ the King

A few facts on the Feast of Christ the King

The Feast of Christ the King was introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in his encyclical Quas primas. The Context The world was torn by the First World War. Divisions and hatred were reigning. The Pope wished to show the world that Jesus is the real King, the only source of true peace to […]

A scientific explanation supporting the miracle of the Red Sea

A scientific explanation supporting the miracle of the Red Sea

The parting of the Red Sea for the Israelites who fled from the Egyptians is considered one of the most spectacular miracles in the Old Testament. Under their charismatic leader Moses, the Israelites crossed the miraculously parted sea. The celluloid version of this event created by Cecil B De Mille in 1950s was a wonder […]

Know the four distinctive marks of Catholic Church

Know the four distinctive marks of Catholic Church

Have you ever come across the distinctive features of the Church that makes it unique? The four marks are ‘One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.’ One The Church of the apostles was definitely one: “There is one body and one spirit,” Paul wrote, “just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your […]

What does the Bible say about death and life after death?

What does the Bible say about death and life after death?

Death as ‘Sleep’ The Bible compares death to sleep more than fifty times. After death we are asleep. When we sleep, we are unconscious; not aware of the passing of time, neither do we know what is going on around us. That is what death is like. The Bible says, “For the living know that […]

Saint Don Bosco and the mysterious ‘dog’!

Saint Don Bosco and the mysterious ‘dog’!

Those who have read the life story of Saint Don Bosco will be stunned to see the mysterious dog, who often comes out of the blue, helps him at dangerous situations and then disappear. We have read in the Bible about the protection of God. He can send angels to safeguard his loved ones. Don […]