How to Celebrate Advent like a Catholic

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Does it seem to you that each year the holiday season gets busier and busier, and we get further and further away from the true meaning of the Advent and Christmas season?

The best way to combat this tendency is to adopt or renew Advent traditions in the home. Whether you are single, a busy parent with kids, or empty-nesters, you can celebrate Advent like you are actually anticipating the coming of Christ—which is the whole point. It’s a spiritual journey! Continue reading


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9 Catholic Gifts for Pope St. John Paul II Lovers

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Below we’ve put together a gift selection for those who have a devotion to one of our newest (and greatest!) heavenly intercessors. Each of these Catholic gifts commemorating Pope Saint John Paul II will undoubtedly help foster love for and devotion to this new patron saint. And hopefully, with his closeness and intercession, help you to become the saint he desires you to be. Continue reading


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How to Live the Message of Our Lady of Fatima

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Today is the 97th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, the closing event in a series of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

The Virgin Mary promised a miracle n this final apparition, and an estimated 70,000 people flocked to the field to witness the event. They were not disappointed, as even secular sources admit that something phenomenal happened in Fatima on October 17, 1917. Our Lady always has a mission, a specific message, to proclaim in her apparitions. What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world? Continue reading


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It’s Universal Guardian Angel Appreciation Day!

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October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels for the universal Catholic Church. Although guardian angels have been venerated since the early days of the Church, it wasn’t until the 17th century that Pope Clement X extended the feast day to the universal Church.

So, today is the day to tell your guardian angel “Thank You” for their daily guidance, and “Thank You” to God for assigning a heavenly protector to your personal care. Be sure to have a guardian angel sacramental handy to increase your devotion to your guardian angel and help you to remember to them throughout the day. Continue reading


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Holy Smokes: Why Catholics Use Incense in Worship

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At Mass and other liturgical services we see the altar servers and priests swinging censers, sending clouds of incense wafting through the air. In Catholic liturgy, everything symbolizes a theological truth.

So, what does incense symbolize?

Incense has been used in Christian liturgy from its earliest centuries. In fact, it was a part of the Jewish tradition that came before it, a use that was commanded by God himself and recorded in Sacred Scripture. Continue reading


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Interview with Brian Burch & Emily Stimpson on their New Book, The American Catholic Almanac

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Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson answer questions about their new book entitled, The American Catholic Almanac, a collection of inspiring stories of famous Catholic figures, their influence on American history, culture and politics, and the contributions shaped by their Catholic faith. Continue reading


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Three Novena Prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux

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Three novena prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” Continue reading


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Interview with Cardinal Wuerl on his New Book, The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

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Cardinal Wuerl answers questions about his new book authored with Mike Aquilina entitled, The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics.
In The Feasts, Cardinal Wuerl and Aquilina explore the festivities in the calendar of Catholic holidays. From Christmas to Easter, the Feast of the Guardian Angels to the Pentecost, the authors reintroduce readers to the true beauty and meaning of each centuries-old celebration. Continue reading


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How to “Choose” a Patron Saint

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Are you looking for a Patron Saint or heavenly intercessor? We receive emails nearly every week asking how to go about choosing a Patron Saint. Not everyone has a given name that is both Christian and shared with a heavenly protector. Your Name Saint is a beginning, but having other Patron Saints is a beautiful way to grow in the Faith.

The Saints are an incredible treasure of the Church, and they are our heavenly family. They have walked where we walk, and they have lived the struggles of this world. They rejoice as they await our arrival in eternity, and they share in the desire to help us reach heaven. Most Catholics have numerous “favorites” and patrons. Continue reading


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UPDATED: 9 New Catholic Gifts with the Nun (ن) Symbol

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In the writings of the early Church Fathers we find that the first Christians, before they received the name “Christians,” were commonly called “Nazarenes” by their Jewish neighbors because they were followers of Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 24:5).

The Arabic letter Nun (ن) is the first letter of the word Nasara (Nazarenes), a derogatory term that Muslims have still used for centuries to refer to Christians. Continue reading


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