"Angel" means messenger, but the Archangel Gabriel seems to be God's special messenger, particularly of messages concerning Christ. In the Gospel of Luke, Gabriel announces the conception of John the Baptist to his father, Zacharias. Gabriel also announces to Mary God's wish for her to be the bearer of His son. In the Old Testament, Gabriel interprets Daniel's dreams and foretells the coming of the Christ.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is an apparition of the Blessed Virgin to Juan Diego on a hill outside of modern day Mexico City. When she appeared to Juan Diego, he went to the archbishop to share his experience. The archbishop asked for a sign, and Our Lady obliged by directing Juan Diego to collect roses in his cloak.
St Thérèse is the patroness of CatholicTV, and (among other things) she's also a patron of missionaries.
Prayer for March 2016: Families in Difficulty and Persecuted Christians
Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning
Prayer for February 2016: Care for Creation and Encounter in Asia Universal
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February 2016 is "that we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations".
We're so happy that Pope Francis has begun releasing video prayer intentions. May this new media effort help the Holy Father reach even more people with his message of mercy and fraternity. We're glad to share this month's video with you here:
Nope, Natural Family Planning isn't just the "rhythm method". It's not based on guess work that assumes all women's cycles are the same. Depending on which method you use (Base Body Temp method, Ovulation method, Sympto-Thermal method) NFP is based on some combination of charting body temperatures and cervical mucus. It's a system based on measurements and data tracking.
In the Gospel, we hear something special from our Lord:
I have called you friends.
Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that he does not call us slaves; he calls us his friends. He doesn't want to force his Word upon us or make us do things against our will. Like a true friend, he wants to work with us and inspire us to strive for holiness while walking with us along the way.