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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Saint Faustina & The Divine Mercy
Oct05

Saint Faustina & The Divine Mercy

Saint Faustina & The Divine Mercy “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.” “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!” Pin...

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St. Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer
Oct03

St. Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we...

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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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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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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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Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Jul16

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

For her feast day, we offer a prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity (insert your request)....

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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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Saint Catherine of Siena — Feast Day April 29th
May03

Saint Catherine of Siena — Feast Day April 29th

The Feast Day for Saint Catherine of Siena is April 29th St. Catherine of Siena was a great philosopher and theologian and is considered a Doctor of the Church. is the patron saint of fire prevention, illness, miscarriage, Europe and nurses. At the age of 6, a vision of the Lord came to her and she became very spiritual. She died at the early age of 33 and was canonized in 1461. In 1970, Pope Paul VI granted her the title of Doctor of...

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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?

  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 modern history. Normally, the...

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The Feast of St. George
Apr25

The Feast of St. George

About that Dragon… There was a historical figure named George, who lived from approximately 280 to 303. We know that he traded a military career for the role of “knight for Christ, defender of the faith.” In many of our holy card images of St. George he is portrayed as slaying a dragon….Here’s the story: According to the old legends about George, an entire pagan village lived in fear of a large and terrifying creature. (Was it a...

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Pray for us Saint Joseph
Mar19

Pray for us Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph was a common manual laborer who descended from the royal house of David. He was destined to become the spouse of Mary, the Mother of God. Joseph was a just man whose faith in God led him to fulfill his holy calling in life to protect and guard God’s greatest treasures upon the earth. After Joseph was witness to the Messiah’s virgin birth, he modestly retires into the background of the Holy Scripture. He lived out his...

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A New Saint – Kateri Tekakwitha
Oct25

A New Saint – Kateri Tekakwitha

I had never heard about the “North American martyrs” growing up.  But I moved to New Mexico and our parish priest here liked to talk about them. These were 8 priests who came during the early 1600s to convert the Native people along the northeast coast up into Canada. The Hurons were a fierce tribe. When sickness broke out, it was easy to blame it on the foreigners. The priests were tortured in especially brutal ways by the Mohawks....

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Celebrating Saints: October is a good month to begin!
Oct18

Celebrating Saints: October is a good month to begin!

In my Religious Formation classes we spend most of October talking about saints. The saints lived out the Gospel message of love and devotion in different ways. They weren’t perfect people. Many, like St. Augustine, didn’t turn away from a sinful lifestyle until later in their lives. What the saints all have in common is a deep longing to be closer to God. There are pilgrims who set out on a certain path for Home. Christian...

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The Feast of the Archangels
Sep25

The Feast of the Archangels

In my catechism classroom I tell my students to “leave room for your angels.” It’s a way to keep them from poking and annoying each other by sitting too close. But I also want to remind them that our angels are always with us, and they have an important role. At the time, I didn’t realize the active involvement of the Archangels in the modern world.  Recently I’ve been reading about the appearances of Mary around the world. Did you...

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St. Peter and St. Paul Were SO Different
Jun20

St. Peter and St. Paul Were SO Different

Why did God make us all so darn different?! Wouldn’t it be easier if we were more alike? We tend to look at the world as if that were the reality anyway. If you have a problem with lying, you will always wonder if other people are lying. If you love strawberry shortcake you assume everyone loves shortcake. It’s hard to imagine that the thing you love could make someone else gag! I started thinking about this because we have two very...

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St. Joseph, Worker and Husband
Mar19

St. Joseph, Worker and Husband

St. Joseph, Worker and Husband –Solemnity March 19 During the month of March we celebrate the life of St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers and patron saint of a happy death. As I was thinking about this I overheard a teenager say, “Work? I’m allergic to it!” The value of “work” has seen a bit of a decline in our modern era. To remedy that voice of “the easy way out” and to honor St. Joseph, we’d like to reclaim the value of...

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St. Martin of Tours and the War of Wars

The wind is howling and the temperature is dropping here in New Mexico. I just want to be inside, curled up with a cup of hot chocolate. Early in the winter season, I find myself longing for more sunshine. At this time of year in Germany and the Netherlands, the feast of St. Martin of Tours is celebrated with a lantern procession–an image of bringing light into the darkness. St. Martin was a Roman soldier during the days of the...

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Angels As Every Day Helpers – The Biggest Angel Feast is September 29th

I always remember the feast day of the archangels because of the numbers: 9-29. My son Peter was born on 12-29, so I guess the symmetry of the numbers is a handy device for my memory.  But I didn’t really think about the importance of these angels until I met an exorcist. Father Mottet passes out the “Prayer to St. Michael” wherever he goes. He says we need the help of this powerful angel, who cast Satan out of heaven, in order to...

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