The 5 Spiritual Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation

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The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church (together with Baptism and Holy Communion). This special anointing done by the bishop or priest has the effect of increasing and deepening the grace of God given to us at our baptismal; while baptism removes from our souls from the stain of original sin, confirmation pours into our souls the power of the Holy Spirit – just like the Apostles received at Pentecost.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1303) below are the five real spiritual effects that happen to Christians through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Continue reading


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The Day that I Met St. Mark in Venice: A Latina’s True Fairy Story

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“Peace be upon you, O Mark, my Evangelist.” Venetian legend has it that, while visiting the region of Italy that would later become Veneto, Mark was approached by an angel, greeted with those words, and told that the Venetian lagoon would be his ultimate resting place.

When I learned that the coffin behind the high altar kept the relics and parts of the body of Saint Mark the Evangelist, I felt like somebody removed a blindfold from my soul and I realized that everything that I read and learned only through books and movies since I was a child about the Bible, the Gospel, and the saints were all true. It was like a living proof and I found myself in an emotional moment: Continue reading


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How to Follow the Daily Mass Readings

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Did you know that if you follow along with the Mass readings every day of the week, you’ll have read through almost the entire Catholic bible every three years? One of the best ways to follow along with the Mass readings is to use a Daily Roman Missal. Following along with the daily Mass readings (even when you don’t go to daily Mass) is an excellent way for Catholics to commit to a Bible reading plan and grow in the knowledge of Sacred Scripture. Who couldn’t use more of this in their life? Continue reading


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St. Bernadette & Lessons on Suffering

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April 16 is the feast day of the stunning St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Saint Bernadette is best known for being the visionary of the Marian apparition at Lourdes. During the course of her short life (she died at the age of 35) Bernadette Soubirous received an astounding 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Continue reading


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9 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Mass

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Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone.

We’re human. We live in a fast-paced world. We have so many things bouncing around in our minds that we bring into Mass, not including the distractions we’re bombarded with after we find our seat in the pew. And if we have little ones – multiply that by ten.

It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment—Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh.

But, nevertheless, it is possible to at least limit some of our distractions at Mass with these simple yet practical tips: Continue reading


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Do Latinas Wear Mantillas? One Reluctant Woman’s Journey

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I was born and raised Catholic, but I considered the use of veils during Mass as an old-fashioned tradition for older women and Evangelicals (in Latin America Protestant Evangelical women use them the most).

Then one day my husband, a faithful Catholic, gave me a fine purple mantilla imported from Spain. I was offended! What was he trying to say?! Continue reading


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First Holy Communion Gift Guide – Printable PDF

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It’s that time of year again – First Holy Communion season!

First Holy Communion is the ideal time to teach children the love and reverence they should bear towards the Blessed Sacrament. The faith that you instill in their hearts during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It will be a future comfort and strength in times of trial, keeping them grounded in the love of Christ that is always there for them in Holy Communion. Continue reading


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The Story of Mary Magdalene and the First Easter Egg

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Painting Easter eggs is a beloved ancient tradition for Eastern Catholic churches as well as Orthodox. The eggs are often dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross.

The Easter eggs are then blessed by the priest at the end of the Easter vigil and distributed to the faithful. The shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Historically, Christians would also abstain from eating eggs during a strict Lent, so Easter was the first chance to eat eggs again after a long period of abstinence. In some cultures it is also common to paint wooden Easter eggs and hand them out as gifts to friends and family. Continue reading


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First Holy Communion Gift Guide for Girls

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The First Communion season has arrived, and each year we try to give our customers some guidance on what they should buy as gifts for their beautiful daughters (or granddaughters, or goddaughters, or nieces) on their First Communion day. Continue reading


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First Holy Communion Gift Guide for Boys

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The First Communion season is upon us, and every year we try to give our customers some helpful tips on what kind of gifts to get for their handsome sons (or grandsons, or godsons, or nephews) on the day they … Continue reading


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