The Best Catholic Articles This Week – February 11

It’s Friday so I am going to share some of the best Catholic posts I have read in the last week. We have a had quite a busy week with the news from Pope Benedict XVI, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, and the beginning of Lent so there were plenty of really great posts I read throughout the week. Make sure to check out these posts, they are certainly worth while!

Lent: Movies – This post was originally made on Happy Catholic. The author lists several movies that have themes of sin, reparation, and redemption. The author shares links to reviews of the films and talks briefly about what each one is about. I thought this post was awesome, and I am hoping to see some of the films soon. I plan to start with Stranger Than Fiction.

On Valentine’s Day Give Love – I thought the message of this post was fantastic. I came away with the message that on Valentine’s Day many people show love and appreciation to their friends, family, and spouses, but God should not be forgotten. God has such an immense love for us, and we should show him love every day. Valentine’s Day should be a day where you also remember to show God your love!

9 Things You Should Know about Pope Benedict XVI – The news about Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic world earlier this week. In this post found on The Gospel Coalition Blog they talk about Pope Benedict XVI and some things you should know about him and the papacy.

Path to Humility – This post focuses on an integral theme in my opinion, which is humility. I know that I am forever humbled by the great love God has shown me. This post runs along those lines and talks about God’s love for all of us.

Catholicism Through My Eyes: Confession – This post talks about Confession and how other religions ridicule Catholics for believing our priests can absolve our sins. I know I have been asked before why we even have to go to Confession. This article could give you a good basis for explaining that to a non-Catholic friend.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day In The Light of God’s Love

It’s St. Valentine’s Day today. If we look at the Church calendar, you would see that today is no longer a part of the official worldwide feasts of the Roman Catholic Church. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that majority of the world’s population will still be celebrating this day, which has already been known worldwide as the “day of love.”

A lot of lovers all over the world will be expressing their love for each other through flowers, chocolates, letters, and grand gestures. And while I sincerely think that those actions are admirable, my family likes to take this day as a day to celebrate the greatest love of all–God’s unfathomable love!

God may not be able to hand me flowers or chocolates today, but He certainly loves me a lot! He gave me a gift that no one else could ever give–the gift of salvation.

As we celebrate the love of our families and loved ones today, hopefully we also take the time to appreciate God’s love for us. Take the time to read this post, On Valentine’s Day: Give Love and feel the great love God has for you!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day With The Kids

Of course, I want to be all sweet and lovey-dovey with my husband on this “day of love,” but I never want to let this day pass without leaving my children with great memories of Valentine’s Day with mommy.

Since the start of this week, I have already been thinking about what I could do with my children today. Fortunately, my lack of creativity is easily compensated with the vastness of the internet! Ha! I found a lot of wonderful ideas, but I had to limit myself to 4 to make sure that I actually got something done and prepared in time for Valentine’s Day. So here is the game plan for today:

  • I served up heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
  • Take them to the local library and read books about St. Valentine.
  • Bake some red velvet cupcakes and have them decorate each one.
  • Make Valentine’s Day crafts for grandma and grandpa.

And while Valentine’s Day will be over hours from now, we should never stop showing our children that they are special and loved dearly. Here are a mother’s ideas on how we can show love to our children all year long: 10 Ways To Show Your Children You Love Them.