Why do Catholics call the Virgin Mary a Queen?

It has to do in part with ancient Jewish kingdoms, which operated much differently than medieval ones. The Blessed Virgin Mary is repeatedly referred to in the Catholic Church as “Queen,” and often called the “Queen of Heaven and Earth.” Why is that? First of all, the Catechism states that “the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain…

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On a vacation After Easter! Why should you carry holy water into every hotel room?

Why? Three words: Evil is real. The presence of evil can remain in a room long after whatever might have taken place within it. You don’t know who was the previous occupant of your hotel room and what kind of baggage they brought with them. You don’t know what has occurred in your room. Holy water is a powerful…

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There’s only one way to celebrate Easter, and the early Christians knew it

Jesus was a living, redeeming, actual Presence among them. When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do…

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Can I confess to God directly and not the priest?

God alone forgives, God alone give power to forgive Truth: Only God ultimately forgives sins. His is the prerogative and power. However, he has also the power to delegate this authority to man. This is what he has done through Christ. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has…

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When will Jesus come again?

The Church is very clear about Jesus’ Second Coming and how we should prepare for it. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the Second Coming of Jesus and profess it each Sunday during the Nicene Creed: I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ … He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand…

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Encouragement for Confession.

I understand how much trepidation we can experience about going to Confession.  It never completely goes away; I still struggle with it occasionally, and I’m sure everybody does.  The reason is that the devil wants to prevent us all from going and receiving the tremendous grace, nourishment, and healing of the Sacrament.  He will throw…

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What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it’s more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more,…

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How to do alms giving when you don’t have a lot of money

While it is one of the 3 pillars of Lent, we don’t have to be rich to live it. It wasn’t the first time one of my catechism class kids came up with the topic for class. We had Lent on the lesson plan; that’s a broad subject, and the book our parish uses has…

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How to use Lent to improve your marriage

Why not use Lent to focus on your relationship? Even though it feels like we just put away our Christmas trees, Lent is upon us. Most people I know think about Lent as a time to give things up and “deprive yourself.” But the season is also about giving more of yourself to others, including…

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