Prayers to Saint Bernadette
Apr16

Prayers to Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette is the patron saint of illness and poverty. Bernadette was the eldest child in a large poor family. In February of 1858, in Lourdes, France, she witnessed her first vision of the Virgin Mary. She received over fifteen more in the next half-a-year.

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Prayers to Saint Patrick
Mar17

Prayers to Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, snakes and engineers.

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Prayers to Saint Joseph
Mar02

Prayers to Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph is the Patron Saint of Universal Church, fathers, the dying and carpenters.

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Prayers to Saint Brigid
Feb01

Prayers to Saint Brigid

Saint Brigid of Ireland is the patron saint of Infants, Ireland and children with unmarried parents. She renounced her beauty, praying to become ugly…

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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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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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The Nicene Creed: Why It’s Still Relevant 17 Centuries Later
Jan06

The Nicene Creed: Why It’s Still Relevant 17 Centuries Later

Long before the movie Creed hit theaters November 25, there was a different Creed garnering much buzz and grabbing people’s attention. Going way back to the 4th century in the year 325, a group of 318 bishops came from Rome, Jerusalem, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Greece, Asia Minor, and more to meet in Nicaea (present-day Iznik, Turkey) at the request of Emperor Constantine and several concerned bishops. What were they concerned...

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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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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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National Teacher’s Day Prayer
May04

National Teacher’s Day Prayer

National Teacher’s Day Prayer Let’s Pray for the Teacher’s molding our youth Almighty God, We come to you today and give thanks for all our teachers. Thank you for the way in which they give of themselves each day in the classroom, Serving and instructing the next generation of this land. We thank you for them all now. Amen Saint John Baptist De LaSalle is the Patron Saint of Teachers Pin...

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National Nurse Day Prayer
May04

National Nurse Day Prayer

Thank a nurse today! Nurse Day Prayer Let us pray for the wonderful things they do! Dear Lord, Please help all nurses to receive the sick in Thy Name. Give their efforts success for the glory of Thy holy Name. It is Thy work: without Thee, they cannot succeed. Grant that the sick Thou hast placed in a nurse’s care may be abundantly blessed, and not one of them be lost because of any neglect. Give our nurses grace, for the sake of Thy...

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Second Week of Advent – Advent Prayer Series
Dec07

Second Week of Advent – Advent Prayer Series

This candle is also called the “Bethlehem candle” and reminds us of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to give birth to our Savior. We recall with awe the words of the Virgin Mary when she learned she would carry the Son of the Most High, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” We honor Blessed Mary as the mother of our Lord. We also remember St. Joseph. As Mary’s spouse and the guardian...

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Advent — How will you spend these four weeks?
Nov29

Advent — How will you spend these four weeks?

What are you doing this November 30 to December 24? Will you be shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and trying to squeeze in some time sitting by a crackling fire? Like many, you probably have a long list of what needs to get done in time for Christmas Day. The race is on and every minute matters. During this busy time, how many times will you think about Jesus, Blessed Mary, and St. Joseph? How many times will you remember to...

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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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Prayer of Contrition
Sep06

Prayer of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen Act of Contrition Laminated Prayer Cards 25 Pack Act of Contrition Laminated Prayer Cards 25 Pack We say the Act of...

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Hail, Holy Queen
Sep03

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
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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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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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Our Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School
Dec17

Our Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

Children of Light The Friday killings of 1st grade children in Connecticut is a fearful thing that has shaken our country. It is a stark reminder that evil exists. For children to be murdered…there can be no reason or sense. The souls of children are pure and the devil hates that purity. But the clean hearts of children will shine through any bloodshed. Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río, age 14, and St. Maria Goretti, age 11, are two...

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Mercy is Divine
Apr01

Mercy is Divine

How awesome is God’s mercy! Only a God of Love would extend mercy to sinners like us. Since the beginning of time, humans have ignored, disobeyed or turned cruelly against our Creator and Lord. Sometimes, these sins have happened right after God makes His presence known in a spectacular manner. Imagine being there when God parted the waters of the sea to offer your people a safe escape route, and yet a short while later, you are...

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Lent is Almost Here — How will You Fast?
Feb14

Lent is Almost Here — How will You Fast?

I was sure we were low on flour. And I don’t like going to the cupboard to bake something—which is usually at the last minute because Peter says, “I have to bring a snack to class tonight”—only to find there’s not enough flour for the recipe. So I brought home a ten-pound sack of high-quality pastry flour with my groceries. But when I went to pour it into the canister, low and behold, it was already full to the top. There was no room...

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The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Ever! Prayer
Nov16

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Ever! Prayer

I suspect there are thousands of ways to stuff a turkey. I’ve been looking for a new recipe since my kids aren’t fond of the celery, onion & butter variety that my mother made throughout my childhood. At our house, we’ve tried stuffing with apples, walnuts, bacon and oatmeal. We’ve tried different spices and different juices. We’ve tried crunchy stuffing and moist stuffing. Just the thought of all those possibilities makes my...

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