Outside Catholic circles, the concept of sacramentals is not something widely understood. Sacramentals are not sacraments, like baptism or marriage. Nor are they “good luck charms” or symbols of superstition. They can, however, bring us graces, and they remind us of our closeness with God.
Here at the CatholicTV Network we know a lot about video. About 40% of our on-air programming is produced right here in our Watertown, Massachusetts based studios. Our intent is for the programs to be seen on TV, but today’s viewers are using handheld devices to watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch it.
Telethon gives us a chance each year to step back and reflect on everything that has happened since the last Telethon. This year is especially nostalgic for us here at CatholicTV as we celebrate 25 years of Telethon. We took a look back at some of our favorite Telethon moments over the years. Here are our top 5:
5. Fire Alarm Blooper
The third word is from John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
This is all about Mary to me. I find Mary so powerful and impactful in such a quiet and elegant way. At the Feast of Cana, she tells Jesus to perform His first miracle. She exhibits a strength and finesse that are commendable.
Join us here on the CatholicTV blog on Good Friday (4/14/17), beginning at 9am ET, for an hourly reflection from Jay Fadden on the Seven Last Words of Christ. We will post each of the Seven Last Words of Christ in hourly installments, concluding with the last Word at 3pm ET.
Saturday, October 1 marks the feast day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a 19th-century Carmelite nun and the patroness of CatholicTV. St. Thérèse is recognized as a Doctor of the Church, and she is one of the most well-known saints of recent times. She is also called the Little Flower and St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.
Last week, I wrote about potential in our faith life. But there is more than just potential; there is the desire and yearning to have God in our life. Many years ago, I heard a true story of a person who doesn't share our beliefs that puts into perspective how strong our faith life could be. I would like to share it with you now.
At last night's Opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gave a fantastic homily comparing "reproductive rights" to the emperor's new clothes. Those of us who espouse a Catholic view on abortion and see the inherent fraud in morality based solely on personal choice feel disempowered to speak up. We feel like we're the crazy ones. But we can't be deceived like the crowd in the Hans Christian Andersen story. Here's the footage of his entire homily, and you can find the text of Cardinal Seán's homily below.