St. Frances Cabrini — First US Citizen to Become a Saint
Nov13

St. Frances Cabrini — First US Citizen to Become a Saint

November 13 is the day the Church celebrates the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Often described as frail and diminutive, St. Frances Cabrini achieved much in her 67 years and leaves behind an impressive resume of accomplishments, including founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and establishing nearly seventy orphanages, schools, and hospitals, throughout Europe, North, South, and Central America. In 1946 she became...

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The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Oct07

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

On November 17, 2013, Pope Francis gave some sage medical advice to the thousands in attendance at the Vatican, “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you.” Holding up a box that looked like a prescription packet of pills, he urged the people, “Don’t forget to take it,” he said. “It’s good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life.” What was it? It was a box containing rosary...

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St. Michael the Archangel — Our Great Defender
Sep29

St. Michael the Archangel — Our Great Defender

Whether he’s referred to as St. Michael, St. Michael the Archangel, or Prince of the Heavenly Host, this powerful angel has been entrusted by God with the great mission of helping to defeat Satan and to shield God’s children from the forces of evil on earth. St. Michael is one of the three main archangels mentioned in the Bible; the other two being Gabriel and Raphael. The earliest mention of St. Michael in the Scriptures is in the...

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St. Joseph of Cupertino – From “Brother Ass” to Holy Priest
Sep17

St. Joseph of Cupertino – From “Brother Ass” to Holy Priest

It seems rather harsh, but St. Joseph of Cupertino—the man canonized a saint in 1767—was once referred to by his Franciscan brothers as “Brother Ass.” Why? Before St. Joseph of Cupertino became a saint, he had a long track record of failing in life. In many biographical accounts he’s described as being awkward, dull, and “failing at school, maintaining a conversation, or taking care of a house… He wasn’t even capable of touching a...

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Why Is Our Lady Full of Sorrow?
Sep13

Why Is Our Lady Full of Sorrow?

“As we are under great obligations to Jesus for His Passion endured for our love, so also are we under great obligations to Mary for the martyrdom which She voluntarily suffered for our salvation in the death of Her Son.” These words were spoken by St. Albert the Great and sum up why we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. From the moment Mary accepted her chosen role of being the mother of “the Son of the Most High,” She knew...

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Even in doubt, God has a plan — Blessed Mother Teresa
Sep05

Even in doubt, God has a plan — Blessed Mother Teresa

“In my soul, I feel just the terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.” It may surprise many that these words would ever be uttered by Blessed Mother Teresa. But they were; Blessed Mother Teresa often wrote letters to a few trusted friends and spiritual directors expressing how she doubted her faith and felt completely abandoned by God at times throughout her lifetime....

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Selling Your Home With A Little Help From St. Joseph
Aug22

Selling Your Home With A Little Help From St. Joseph

When it comes to real estate it’s all about location, location, location—and St. Joseph! St. Joseph has been a successful ally for many Catholic homeowners trying to sell their homes. As the patron saint of families and a happy home, it has long been a tradition for Catholics to bury a small statue of St. Joseph somewhere in their yard and to recite a special prayer in the hopes that St. Joseph will intercede on their behalf for the...

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The Miraculous Medal — Designed by the Virgin Mary Herself!
Aug15

The Miraculous Medal — Designed by the Virgin Mary Herself!

The Catholic Church is filled with symbols and images meant to be visual reminders of our faith. These symbols tell a story and often reveal a powerful message. Besides the cross—the most recognizable image of the Catholic faith — the Miraculous Medal, or the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is another popular image that’s rich with meaning. What makes the Miraculous Medal so significant is that the Virgin Mary appeared to a French...

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The Crucifix — Why Displaying It in Your Home Matters
Aug08

The Crucifix — Why Displaying It in Your Home Matters

The crucifix is one of the most recognizable images in the world and for many it evokes a range of emotions. The crucifix is a powerful image. Unlike a simple cross, the wall crucifix features the figure of Christ being crucified. This raw, visual reminder of how much Jesus suffered can be difficult to look at. Yet, as sorrowful as this image is, it’s also a beautiful, triumphant image. It reminds us that Jesus’ suffering was for our...

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St. Mary Magdalene — Surprising Facts
Jul22

St. Mary Magdalene — Surprising Facts

Besides Mary, Mother of Jesus, the other well-known Mary in the New Testament is Mary Magdalene. These two prominent figures in the Catholic Church share the same name, but that’s where their similarities end. Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene couldn’t be more different. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born without original sin and was pure, while Mary Magdalene was a sinner and a prostitute. Or was she? As with many figures in the...

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Think You Don’t Need St. Benedict’s Protection? Think again!
Jul08

Think You Don’t Need St. Benedict’s Protection? Think again!

During a recent Mass at his Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis warned in his homily, “The devil is here…even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.” Pope Francis reminds us that: Temptation is constantly around us The devil is always looking for ways to steer us away from the right path. The devil is sneaky and is unrelenting in his attempt to make us sin. We...

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Don’t Forget to Take Jesus on Your Next Vacation
Jun26

Don’t Forget to Take Jesus on Your Next Vacation

As the school year winds down, school uniforms and backpacks will soon get banished to the backs of closets as bathing suits, suitcases and beach bags see the light of day once again. Kids aren’t the only ones longing for vacation–adults usually wait all year to take a much-needed break from their hectic schedules during the summer months. As you plan your vacation, you probably have some sort of packing list close by to make...

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Why Is Jesus’ Heart So Sacred?
Jun20

Why Is Jesus’ Heart So Sacred?

June 27 is an important day. Can you guess what it is? Hint: it doesn’t have to do with the World Cup or the end of school year and the start of summer vacation. What is it? It’s the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a Catholic, you’ve seen the image of Jesus depicted in many ways–kneeling in prayer, surrounded by children, as a child in the arms of St. Anthony, and dying on the cross. One of the most recognizable images is...

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Getting Lassoed At Your Wedding–The History of the Wedding Lasso Rosary
Jun05

Getting Lassoed At Your Wedding–The History of the Wedding Lasso Rosary

Weddings are ceremonies steeped in tradition. When it comes to planning a wedding, many couples choose to incorporate customs into their religious ceremony that are unique to their culture. While weddings today have long abandoned ancient customs that were once popular (such as Roman brides wearing herbs under their veils as a symbol of fertility) many traditions remain.

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Do you forget to pray? A prayer altar is a visual reminder to pray
May27

Do you forget to pray? A prayer altar is a visual reminder to pray

How many times have you watched an old movie or read a historical novel and told yourself, “I don’t know how they did it back then.” You can’t imagine living during a time where you had to wash and dry your clothes without the help of your energy-efficient washer and dryer, or prepare dinner minus your convection oven or multi-burner cooktop. Not too long ago, laundry day meant you had to wash clothes by hand, and feeding your family...

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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Fatima
May12

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Fatima

Mary’s message to the world was to pray the Rosary, make amends for sins, and to become devoted to her Immaculate Heart. She wanted to make known that God grants graces through her Immaculate Heart, and that they can ask them from her.

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Why is May Mary’s Month?
May05

Why is May Mary’s Month?

In the Catholic Church the month of May is Mary’s month. It’s the month we honor Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus and our Heavenly Mother. If you attended Catholic school, you probably remember taking part in the “May crowning” in the beginning of May–where a wreath of flowers was placed on the head of the statue of Mary as prayers were said. As an older student you understood that this ritual was a way to show our love for Mary.

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5 Steps To Sainthood–Will You Be A Future Saint?
Apr24

5 Steps To Sainthood–Will You Be A Future Saint?

[SlideDeck2 id=569 iframe=1]   The canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on April 27, 2014 will be an exciting time for Catholics around the world. Millions of people will be watching in person and on TV, an event similar in popularity to Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding or the Super Bowl. What makes this event so exciting is that Pope John Paul II is breaking the record for becoming the fastest saint in...

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