Who Was Born Without Original Sin?
Unfortunately, many Catholics open themselves up to this Protestant attack, because they think that Mary had to be preserved from Original Sin in order to prevent Christ from being subject to Original Sin. But that’s not true, and it represents a misunderstanding not only of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception but of how Original Sin is transmitted. Read more…
| The Baltimore Catechism on Our First Parents and the Fall
The venerable Baltimore Catechism, with its question-and-answer format, has been criticized in recent decades for not explaining Catholic doctrine in sufficient depth. But the Q&A format has certain advantages, not least that it provides a structure that allows us to grasp quickly what the Church does teach, thus providing us with the basic knowledge necessary to examine the doctrine in greater detail. Here is the Baltimore Catechism on how Original Sin originated, and how it continues to affect us today. Read more…
| Novena of the Week: The Rosary
October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, commemorating the victory of Christian naval forces over the Muslim Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. One of the more astounding examples of the power of the rosary, it is by no means the only one. And yet today, the rosary is no longer a part of the daily prayer life of many Catholics. As we prepare for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, let’s change that by praying the rosary as our novena of the week. Read more…
| Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
To help readers pray the rosary, last year I wrote a series of meditations on the three traditional sets of mysteries of the rosary, illustrated by some beautiful stained-glass windows from Saint Mary’s Church in Painesville, Ohio. You can read the appropriate set of meditations when you pray the rosary, or simply use them as the starting point for your own meditations on each of the mysteries. Read more…