Why Do We Light Candles?

The Catholic custom of lighting candles has its roots in early Christian times, emerging from the Church teaching that Christ is the Light of the World (see Jn 8:12).

 “A votive candle really represents our prayer before God,” says Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers. “We join our prayers to the light of Christ, allowing that light to burn on and on in our souls, even when we cannot be in a shrine physically. Christ is the Light of the World, and when we see the light of the candles, we are reminded of that hope.”

'We Will Never Forget,' Remember?

By a Marian Father of the Immaculate Conception

One of the most poignant memories I have as a retired 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division combat chaplain is when I gave what’s known as the “final brief” to our soldiers getting ready to board the plane for combat in Afghanistan. 

Meet Some Shrine Pilgrims

Every day, people from around the globe come to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy — people like Kathleen, Chelby, and Maria, from Venezuela. 

Like Family

Thankfully for us who live in these parts, the Lord has seen to it that this rural corner of Massachusetts contains two holy outposts of Christian renewal, where the mystical life can be lived, precisely for the world’s redemption.

Hello, Neighbor!

In the time of pandemic, Fr. Andy presses "Record" and gets to work. 

After the Election

In a year like no other, we’ve endured an election season and an election like no other. Now here's what we have to do.

Meet Carson Kissell

Here's an amazing young man who knows the meaning of suffering.

Death, 'Our Coronation'

Death might not be foremost on our minds; however, death is an important and even holy part of our life — no matter how contradictory that might sound. 

Remember, Remember the Dead in November

The Church dedicates November to prayer and works of mercy for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. This year, the Holy See has made that easier than ever.