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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Behold, your mother. (John 19:27)

comments | Posted Sep 15, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

September 15th is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is a longstanding tradition in our church to wear a medal of Our Lady of Sorrows. Many people, in fact, have been wearing this particular sacramental for years, and would never be parted from it. Continue »


Triumph of the Cross

Triumph of the Cross

"And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:8-9).

comments | Posted Sep 13, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

This Sunday, the 14th of September, is the Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, formerly known as the Triumph of the Cross. Continue »


The Birth of the Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Virgin Mary

We follow her example.

comments | Posted Sep 08, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

For centuries, God had been promising his people a Savior, one who would “shepherd his flock” and whose greatness would “reach to the ends of the earth” (Micah 5:3). And over the generations, countless Jews waited, trusting that God’s promises would be fulfilled. That’s why the birth of Mary was such a momentous event: It signaled the era of fulfillment. Continue »


Evangelization: The Mission of the Church

Evangelization: The Mission of the Church

Evangelii Nuntiandi is as significant today as ever.

comments | Posted Sep 05, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

The decision of Pope Francis to beatify Pope Paul in the context of a Synod of Bishops celebration urges us to reflect on his extraordinary post-conciliar pontificate and his immense contributions, particularly in the area of evangelization and catechesis. Continue »


Apostle to the Gentiles

Apostle to the Gentiles

A look at the life of St. Paul

comments | Posted Sep 03, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Is there anyone among the first Christians more famous than St. Paul? This man of God traveled the world, broke cultural barriers, wrote some of our most enduring literature, and established a network of churches that would forever change the face of Europe and the Middle East. Continue »


Pray with Pope Francis!

Pray with Pope Francis!

Special Intentions for September

comments | Posted Sep 01, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »


John the Baptist, Herald for the Messiah

John the Baptist, Herald for the Messiah

Witness of the Lord

comments | Posted Aug 29, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

In ancient times, when a king traveled from place to place, messengers ran ahead to announce his coming and encourage the people to prepare to receive the royal visitor. Messengers did not take this role upon themselves, but were appointed to it. So too was John an envoy, a herald chosen by God to announce his reign and the imminent coming of his Son. Continue »


Do You Hear Him Calling?

Do You Hear Him Calling?

The Lord who called Matthew is calling you, too.

comments | Posted Aug 22, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

We read that Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, “saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20). Continue »


Five Key Themes From Scripture

Five Key Themes From Scripture

An excerpt from "The Quick Reference Guide to the Catholic Bible"

comments | Posted Aug 19, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

Although there are seventy-three books in the Bible, certain themes unify the Scriptures. Continue »


Praying with Mary

Praying with Mary

On this Feast of the Assumption, let her song of praise teach you how to pray.

comments | Posted Aug 15, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Mary’s Song, called the Magnificat, tells us more than any other gospel story just how Mary approached prayer (Luke 1:46-55). Mary had heard that her long-barren cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, and so she went to visit her. Continue »


“If Today You Hear His Voice . . .”

“If Today You Hear His Voice . . .”

How to listen to God in Scripture

comments | Posted Aug 12, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

Unlike any other book ever written, the Bible is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Scripture has the power to bring God himself into our lives. Listen, for instance, to Moses as he addresses the Israelites just as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Continue »


What Does Holiness Look Like?

What Does Holiness Look Like?

This exercise will help you find out.

comments | Posted Aug 08, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

When we try to think of ourselves as holy, often our first reaction is to exclaim, “Not me!” That may be because we tend to think of holiness as something reserved for great saints and heroes, and we know we aren’t in that category! However, the truth is that by the fact of our baptism we are all called to holiness. Continue »


The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of the Lord

It is good that we are here. (Luke 9:33)

comments | Posted Aug 06, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

Put yourself in Peter’s place. God had already revealed to him that Jesus was the Messiah (Luke 9:20). And now he is standing with James and John, watching Jesus’ appearance change before his eyes. Continue »


The Water of Life

The Water of Life

How God has used this simple substance to bring about death and life.

comments | Posted Aug 03, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

Today’s reading invites us to come to the waters: the waters of life. Of course, the first experience many of us have of this water is quite literal, in the sacrament of Baptism. Continue »


Gifts God Wants to Give Us

Gifts God Wants to Give Us

A Prayer by St. Alphonsus Liguori

comments | Posted Aug 01, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

The founder of the Redemptorists Order, St. Alphonsus was not healthy, to say the least; he received the Last Rites eight times during his long life. (He lived to be ninety-one.) Continue »


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