About Helena Daily
Catholicism – it has been the greatest source of civilization in history, inspiring art, architecture, literature, food, and song. And yet, as women today, we sometimes feel like we have to choose between our Catholic faith and the secular world, or rather, that we are straddling these two worlds.
On one side is Catholicism, full of prayer, sacraments, and grace, but with a notable absence of beautiful, inspiring, and compelling products at our fingertips.
On the other side is the abundance of the secular world, full of the material necessities that we can’t live without on a daily basis – clothing, food, shelter, health. These are simply the practicalities of daily life.
And yet, as Catholic women we feel somewhat alienated from the material world for two reasons. The first is because in many cases it carries with it values contrary to our faith. These are clearly things we need to reject.
The other reason is that often we have the mistaken impression that the material world shouldn’t be important. But we are body and soul and the Church and the lives of the saints have witnessed to the fact that the material world is God's creation and therefore, very good.
Catholicism is a faith of stuff, material things, elements that fill all the senses: earthy elements like bread and wine, to the more sophisticated ways to bring glory to God, such as art and statuary. Our faith is not like the Eastern religions that try to ignore the tactile, visuals, smells, and feels, but rather, Catholicism embraces these.
The material world has the capacity to drag us down or lift us up, but we must find the right relationship to it and allow it to witness to the goodness of God in joy, peace, maturity, beauty, truth, and splendor.
As Catholic women, we can confidently embrace everyday necessities. Yes, we must reject those things that are inimical to our faith, and in many ways we are called to be counter-cultural, but that does not mean that we have to live feeling alienated from the objects around us.
Helena Daily pulls the best content together to help bridge these two spheres of grace and nature, and to help all of us engage the world in a way that brings our faith, our families, our homes, our work, our bodies, and our prayer together – in one place.
"Man fully alive is the Glory of God." - St. Irenaeus
About the Name
Roughly 300 years after Christ’s death, Saint Helena, Empress of Rome and mother of Constantine, went to the Holy Land and found the relics of the Passion - the True Cross, the crown of thorns, the nails of the crucifixion, and Christ's tunic .
We are living in an age where real confusion surrounds the teachings of the Church. Like St. Helena, we need to go back to the source and recapture the age old truths, the spiritual gifts of Christ, that have inspired cultures and animate heroic lives for nearly 2000 years.
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