Catholic Ten Commandments in Modern Times
Aug22

Catholic Ten Commandments in Modern Times

As the popular adage says, “the times they are a changin.’” Good or bad, there’s no denying that the world is constantly changing—whether it’s politically, technologically, environmentally, socially, etc. One thing that remains unchanged is the relevance of the Ten Commandments even through modern times. Although some of the words and phrases are archaic—thou, false witness, shall not, etc.—the message of these centuries-old commandments are as relevant today as they were when they were first presented by God to Moses, well before Jesus’ time.

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Which Catholic Bible is Right for Me?
Aug02

Which Catholic Bible is Right for Me?

These are the words of St. Isadore (560-636 AD) on what we gain when we pray and read the Catholic Bible regularly. How many times have you felt alone trying to figure out life’s rough patches, or needed words of wisdom and encouragement, or have given up praying because God doesn’t seem to answer? Lots of times, right?

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The Spiritual Works of Mercy – Part 2
Jun24

The Spiritual Works of Mercy – Part 2

In part one of a two-part series readers explore the Corporal Works of Mercy; acts by which we help others with their material and physical needs. In part two, we take a closer look at the Spiritual Works of Mercy; acts that address the emotional and spiritual needs of our friends, family, and strangers. Below are the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy.

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Works of Mercy, Part 1 Corporal Works of Mercy
Jun24

Works of Mercy, Part 1 Corporal Works of Mercy

Whether you’re a lifelong practicing Catholic or one who has been away from the Church for some time and want to come back, the Church offers plenty of tools to boost your faith and help you continually evolve as Christians, specifically by enacting the Corporal Works of Mercy…

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St. Thomas the Apostle and the Doubter?
Jun10

St. Thomas the Apostle and the Doubter?

On July 3, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, better known as “Doubting Thomas.” St. Thomas has been dubbed “the doubter” for thousands of years and counting for questioning Jesus’ resurrection. As the story goes, after some of the disciples encountered Jesus for the first time after His resurrection, they went to Thomas to tell him the astounding news.

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The Beatitudes — The Key to Happiness
Jun09

The Beatitudes — The Key to Happiness

Want to know the secret to happiness? The answer is revealed in The Beatitudes. Want to be the best Catholic you can ever be? The Beatitudes tell you how. Want to make Jesus happy? Practice the doctrine of The Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are eight simply stated, yet profound guidelines Jesus revealed to His followers during His Sermon on the Mount. Jesus uses the words of The Beatitudes to paint a picture of what the true people of God look like. Not physically, but morally and spiritually.

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Prayers for the Sick
Jun09

Prayers for the Sick

Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional there are many times in all of our lives when we find ourselves in need of healing. When we face a challenge, we often reach within ourselves to find the inner strength or reach out to others for help to overcome our difficulties. While relying on our inner resolve and turning to others for support and guidance is helpful, we mustn’t forget an important first step: turning to the Master Healer: God.

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Why Bother Praying As A Family?
May20

Why Bother Praying As A Family?

Your great-grandmother’s engagement ring, the “good” silver, holiday traditions, and the family’s blue-ribbon-winning apple pie recipe are just some of the things that may have been passed down for the last few generations in your family. You cherish these mementos and memories for the way they make you feel connected to your family. What about the gift of praying?

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Don’t Pray Before Meals? Drop Your Fork and Bow Your Head
Mar30

Don’t Pray Before Meals? Drop Your Fork and Bow Your Head

Can you recall the last time you ate and thought about how the food is helping to nourish your body and helping it to function properly? How about reflecting on the fact that for so many, food and clean drinking water is a luxury?

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Guardian Angel Prayer
Feb24

Guardian Angel Prayer

The guardian angel prayer is a simple prayer that asks our guardian angel to help make our paths straight, to guide our steps and to light our way:

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Glory Be Prayer — Short But Mighty
Feb11

Glory Be Prayer — Short But Mighty

Glory Be to the Father—is technically called a doxology. Doxology is defined as an expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn either spoken or sung.

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The Apostles’ Creed: Did The Apostles Really Write It?
Feb05

The Apostles’ Creed: Did The Apostles Really Write It?

The word creed comes from the Latin word credo, meaning to believe, trust, entrust. Much like The Nicene Creed, The Apostles’ Creed, states the main tenets of the Catholic faith and all that we as followers of Jesus believe.

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What’s a Novena?
Dec21

What’s a Novena?

The word novena comes from the Latin word, “novem,” which means nine. A novena is nine-day period of prayer (private or public) to “obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special petitions” for yourself or for others. The practice of praying a novena goes back to the days of the Apostles when they along with the Virgin Mary, prayed for a period of nine days until the coming of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost). Why...

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Admitting We Messed Up — The Act of Contrition
Dec02

Admitting We Messed Up — The Act of Contrition

The Act of Contrition is that prayer that brings many of us back to our childhood— to that time when we were preparing to receive the Sacrament of Penance.

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The Hail Mary — Reflecting On One of the Most Important Catholic Prayers
Nov16

The Hail Mary — Reflecting On One of the Most Important Catholic Prayers

Each line of the popular Catholic prayer recited countless times since our childhood—the Hail Mary—is rich in meaning and is meant to lead us to reflect deeply on our faith.

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Understanding the Lord’s Prayer Line By Line – Our Father
Oct09

Understanding the Lord’s Prayer Line By Line – Our Father

When it comes to one prayer that takes the main aspects of our faith and summarizes them in several short lines, the Our Father is the perfect prayer.

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Priesthood Sunday — The Second “Father’s” Day
Sep10

Priesthood Sunday — The Second “Father’s” Day

From Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to Administrative Professionals’ Day and Grandparent’s Day, there are many days throughout the year designated to recognize and honor special people in our lives. Did you know that in some Catholic Churches throughout the country they celebrate Father’s Day twice a year? In addition to the well-known Father’s Day held the third Sunday in June each year when children honor their dads (and apologize...

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Why Catholics Start Prayers with The Sign of The Cross
Aug27

Why Catholics Start Prayers with The Sign of The Cross

What does giving someone the thumbs up, the o.k. sign, and making the sign of the cross have in common? They’re all frequently used gestures that we perform countless times throughout our lifetime. Unlike the first two gestures, the sign of the cross is steeped with religious symbolism. When is the last time you made the sign of the cross and stopped to think about what you’re doing? Do you make the gesture consciously and piously? Do...

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Catholic Weddings: The Dos and Don’ts
Jun24

Catholic Weddings: The Dos and Don’ts

As one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church, marriage is more than a legal contract; according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The sacrament of matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church.” A marriage is sealed and strengthened by God’s love and is rooted in the divine plan of creation— the procreation and education of children in the faith.

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St. Anthony, a.k.a. “The Miracle Worker” & “Hammer of Heretics”
Jun11

St. Anthony, a.k.a. “The Miracle Worker” & “Hammer of Heretics”

St. Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost items, but did you know he’s also known as the patron saint of amputees and is often regarded as the “miracle worker” for all the miracles he performed even when he was still alive? The feast of St. Anthony is celebrated every June 13. In honor of this saint, let’s take a closer look at his life and how he earned these powerful titles. We’ll also discuss interesting facts...

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The 6 Apparitions of Fatima
May08

The 6 Apparitions of Fatima

What Were Mary’s Messages? On May 13, Catholics around the world celebrate Our Lady of Fatima. On this day in 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. It was the first of six total apparitions Blessed Mary would make to the children from May to October 1917. Throughout her apparitions, Mary makes predictions and warns that unless everyone prays, repents, and abandons sin, the world will...

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St. Florian: How He Became Patron Saint of Firefighters
May01

St. Florian: How He Became Patron Saint of Firefighters

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” (Matthew 5:11-12) St. Florian—an officer in the Roman army who died protecting his faith—is without a doubt reaping his reward in heaven as promised by God. Put to death for refusing to kill Christians as ordered by Emperor Diocletian, St. Florian is the man...

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Get Out and Pray: How to Create a Prayer Garden
Apr24

Get Out and Pray: How to Create a Prayer Garden

From an early age, we’re taught the importance of praying. As children, we proudly recited a few short prayers we were taught at home or at Catholic school.

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Why Do Catholics Baptize Babies?
Apr14

Why Do Catholics Baptize Babies?

Baptism is the pivotal first step we take in becoming initiated members of the Church. Along with communion and confirmation, baptism makes up the three sacraments of initiation. The Sacrament of Baptism is steeped in history, dating back to the time of Jesus, when He was baptized by John the Baptist.

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What’s In a Name? Choosing a Confirmation Name
Apr09

What’s In a Name? Choosing a Confirmation Name

Spring is a busy time in the Catholic Church; not only is it the season when we celebrate Easter, it’s also the season when the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation are typically received. Those receiving Confirmation have gone through many months of instruction, reflection, and prayer.

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What is RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Mar06

What is RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” (Proverbs 8:17). There are 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, filling more than 221,700 parishes. Each year, many adults are called to join the Catholic faith. How does someone join the Catholic Church? Through a process called the RCIA.

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The 7 Best Gifts One Receives at Confirmation
Feb12

The 7 Best Gifts One Receives at Confirmation

Name the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? Would you be able to name them?

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The Faithful Four – Jesus Mary Joseph Christopher
Feb10

The Faithful Four – Jesus Mary Joseph Christopher

The practice of wearing religious medals dates back to the 16th century when Pope St. Pius V began blessing medals containing the images of Jesus and Blessed Mary. As Catholics, wearing a medal is an outward expression of our faith. It tells the world, I am a follower of Christ.

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How To Use A Sick Call Crucifix
Feb06

How To Use A Sick Call Crucifix

What are sick call sets? These sets usually consist of a crucifix, two candles, a vessel for holding holy water, and a stand.

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Top 6 Things to Consider for Your Daughter’s First Communion
Jan21

Top 6 Things to Consider for Your Daughter’s First Communion

Receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion is an important rite of passage in your daughter’s life. Like any special event, there are many things that need to get done before the big day. The months, weeks, and days before your daughter’s Communion are spent getting spiritually, mentally, and physically prepared. In addition to making sure your daughter understands the significance of receiving the Lord for the first time, you’ll...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe — the Miracle of the Roses
Dec12

Our Lady of Guadalupe — the Miracle of the Roses

The Virgin Mary has appeared many times to different people throughout the past 2,000 years, using them as vessels to send forth a powerful message. In 1531, a recent convert to the Catholic faith, by the name of Juan Diego, was one of those specially chosen to witness several apparitions of Blessed Mary. At the urging of Mary, Juan Diego helped establish a church in her honor at the Hill of Tepeyac (in an area north of Mexico City)....

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Dec08

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation celebrated every year on December 8. The word immaculate comes from the Latin word immaculatus, meaning free from spot or stain. With the date being so close to the birth of Christ, those new to the faith or young worshippers sometimes confuse this day as one where we celebrate Jesus’ conception. This day, also called the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the...

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Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas
Dec06

Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6 each year and marks the anniversary of the death of the saint known as the generous gift-giver. Born in the 3rd century, there is not a lot of documented history about St. Nicholas’ life, but after extensive research, historians have been able to amass ample information about this popular saint. St. Nicholas was born in Patara, Lycia, a province of Asia Minor (now Turkey), to...

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Why the Church Celebrates the Feast of Christ the King
Nov22

Why the Church Celebrates the Feast of Christ the King

Each year the Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday before Advent, also known as the last Sunday of the liturgical year. As Catholics, we’ve been recognizing Christ as our King for over 2,000 years. Each time we attend mass, genuflect in front of the altar, or receive a sacrament, we are honoring our King. So why do we have a special day set aside to remember our King? The man who holds the answer is Pope...

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Where Does The Nativity Come From Anyway?
Nov19

Where Does The Nativity Come From Anyway?

Whether it’s a small nativity consisting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the Christ child, or an elaborate scene complete with a stable, animals, and the three kings, displaying the nativity scene, or crèche, has long been a Christmas tradition in the Catholic Church.

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