HSI Features Season 6
Holy Spirit Interactive presents a variety of resources to help make this season of Lent a truly memorable and meaningful one.
The Complete Guide to Lent
Everything you ever wanted to know about Lent but were perhaps afraid to ask by Father Francis J. Peffley.
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The Sacrament of Ongoing Conversion by Regis J. Flaherty
Whether we are "cradle Catholics" or "converts" to the Catholic faith, as baptized and confirmed Catholics, we have all turned from sin to Christ, which is the essential meaning of Christian conversion. Yet even if we’ve been Catholic for 50 or 100 years, sin still afflicts us. It continues to raise its head in countless ways among Christians. As St. Paul says, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Scripture tells us that we must be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect. This is no small task!
Free to Worship - Religious Liberty and Human Rights by Russell Shaw
In his message for the 2007 World Day of Peace last New Year’s Day, Pope Benedict XVI surprised some readers by linking the right to life and the right to religious freedom. The right to life, Benedict said, arises from the fact that life is a gift from God. No one, including its possessor, can claim authority over it. As for religious freedom, it similarly "places the human being in a relationship with a transcendent principle which withdraws him from human caprice."
Chant Leaves the Ivory Tower by Arlene Oost-Zinner and Jeffrey Tucker
In November 2006, Francis Cardinal Arinze, the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, came to St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the musical revolution of the early 1970s, and delivered a blunt message to American parishes. “It is not true that the lay faithful do not want to sing the Gregorian chant,” he announced. “What they are asking for are priests and monks and nuns who will share this treasure with them.”
Living the Catholic Faith Within Our Culture by Bishop Tod D Brown
We now live in a society quite different from what we had when most of us grew up, regardless of the culture that nurtured us. Those of us of a certain age became Catholic by a kind of osmosis. Like the air we breathed, our faith seemed to have always been there. We discovered it in and through the culture in which we were immersed: by the way our families celebrated holidays, by the religious images that hung around our necks and the statues that adorned our bedroom bureaus and our dashboards.
Fostering Vocations: Learning from Tom Sawyer by Anthony Esolen
I have to grind out the words every time I am asked to pray for priestly vocations. It’s not that I don’t want to see more young men enter the priesthood. I do, very much so. But I wonder whether I am joined in this desire by those whose responsibility it is to foster the vocations. These seem to practice what I’d call a podiopathic philosophy: You shoot yourself in the foot, and then pray that the Holy Spirit will come and bear you away on His wings.
Unlocking the Convert's Heart: The Bible as a Key to Conversion by Marcus Grodi
The Bible exists today first because of the grace of God, but secondarily because of the Catholic bishops, priests, monks, and laity who preserved, protected, copied, and venerated the canon of inspired books we now call the Bible. The entire biblical canon from Genesis to Revelation is a defense of the Catholic Church. From this standpoint, one talk or brief article merely scratches the surface.
The Anglican Right by Rev. Dwight Longenecker
In the late 1970s, a group of Episcopal clergymen with typical American chutzpah wrote to Pope Paul VI. They said they wanted to become Catholics, and wished for their priestly ministry to be fulfilled by being ordained as Catholic priests. The only problem was that they had wives and children. In 1980 they finally had an answer: A procedure was to be established whereby former Episcopal priests could be ordained as Catholic priests.
Four and a Half Kinds of Catholic Film by Michael P. Foley
What can be called good Catholic film? Within this broad genus there are at least four distinct species, along with a dubious "half" species of quasi-Catholic film and even a spurious or sham species of the pseudo-Catholic. After all, it would not be ancient naturalism without a griffin or two to complicate our classifications and mercifully blur the lines between the empirical and the fantastic.
On True Love by Alice von Hildebrand
We live in an age of confusion. It might even be said that we major not only in intellectual confusions but in affective confusions as well. Many do not know how to gauge their emotions; they cannot distinguish between valid and invalid feelings. They do not know for certain whether they are truly in love or whether they are animated by wishful thinking and believe themselves in love because they crave the excitement that love gives.
Knowing Mary Through the Bible by Edward P Sri
Mary’s early years are shrouded in mystery. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about her existence before the Annunciation. However, the few details that the Gospel of Luke provides allow us at least to catch a glimpse of Mary’s life before the fateful day when she would become the mother of the Messiah. In this new series, we will explore what Scripture tells us about the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Superhuman: The Uncharted Territory of Transhumanism
by Eric Pavlat
Cryonics. Neural implants. Designer babies. Welcome to the future of transhumanism. This energetic movement, comprising thousands of adherents, actively promotes the enhancement of humans via cybernetics, genetics, medicine, surgery, nanotechnology, and a full panoply of other scientific advancements. What does the Church have to say?
The 'Untouchables': The Human Face of India’s Caste System by Benedict Rogers
India’s Dalits are otherwise known as "untouchables," and they account for 25 percent of India’s population. In the Hindu caste system, they are regarded as subhuman—lower even than animals. Numbering at least 160 million, they are fighting a largely unknown struggle for emancipation.
A Guide to Personal Prayer
by Aneel Aranha
To make any progress of noticeable merit in our spiritual journey, we need to have a healthy relationship with God, which can be achieved only by spending time in prayer. Traditional community prayers that many of us are accustomed to are excellent ways of praying, but in order to build a truly meaningful relationship with God a prime requisite is personal prayer. Here is a guide that will help you.
The Physiology of Success: Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Armstrong Williams
The philosopher Aesop once related a story about a farmer who discovered among his livestock a goose that had laid an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and soon the farmer found himself a wealthy man. But as he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it, only to find nothing.
In a sense, we are all our own golden goose.
Bringing Life to the World: The Pro-Life Mission As
Evangelization by Fr. Frank Pavone The fundamental call of the Church is to
evangelize, and never before has the success of evangelization been so
necessary—not only for the survival of humanity’s religious faith, but for
the survival of humanity itself. The Gospel proclamation is one of hope,
which gives us the strength to say yes to life. More
Hope: When a Loved One Dies in Sin by Rev. John Jay Hughes
What are we to make of those who die seemingly in mortal sin, apart from God’s grace? What are we to think of them? The question is a serious one, especially when it involves a loved one. Rev. John Jay Hughes addresses this question that many of us have often wondered about.
The Easiest Route to Heaven: Love, Sex, and the Cross
by Erika Bachiochi
Like most “reverts,” I was not initially interested in coming back to the Catholic Church. I was a committed pro-choice feminist, intellectually anti-Christian, and had every available misconception about Catholicism. All Catholicism had in its favor, as far as I was concerned, was its alleged institutional concern for the poor.
Did Christ Really Rise from the Dead?
Isn't it possible that Jesus might not have died on the cross? What evidence do we have that he indeed died and then indeed rose again?
Here are ten reasons why we can be sure that Christ really rose from the dead.
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