July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus

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From the time of the Passion, when Christ poured out His blood for us all, the faithful have practiced devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the month of July, the Church honors the Precious Blood and encourages us in this devotion. The traditional feast day devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is July 1st. Continue reading

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He’s Coming! Here’s the Schedule for Pope Francis’ USA Visit this September

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The USCCB has just announced the schedule of Pope Francis’ trip the United States from September 22 – 27, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

Are you planning a trip to see the Holy Father while he’s in D.C., New York City, and Philadephia during the dates below? If so, please comment below and tell us about it! Continue reading

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Honoring the First Christian Martyrs of the Church at Rome

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Like the martyrdom of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (see previous post here), a great number of Christians perished at the hands of Nero during the terrible persecution that lasted from the years 64-68 A.D. This was the first major persecution of the newly founded Church at Rome. The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” The historian Tacitus, in his said that a “great multitude” of Christians were put to death. Continue reading

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Vatican to Canonize First Ever Married Couple: Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Yesterday it was announced that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized by Pope Francis to coincide with the Synod on the Family coming up this October.

This is very exciting news! Continue reading

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My “God Incident” with Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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The devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an important patroness in many cities and countries worldwide, such as Haiti and the Philippines. Latin America knows her too as Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, or, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor.

Many cathedrals, parishes, schools, hospitals, and non-governmental organizations carry her name. Continue reading

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New Book: Encountering Truth – 186 of Pope Francis’ Best Daily Homilies

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This is not just another book about Pope Francis – this book features the Holy Father’s own spontaneous words spoken as he exercises his everyday role as chief shepherd of all Christians. It is a compilation of the homily text recorded and transcribed by Radio Vaticana, complete with summaries and commentary – and meant to be read like a daily devotional. Below you can read an interview with the editor below as well as an excerpt homily from the book. Continue reading

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St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher: Martyrs for Faith & Freedom

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Each year on June 22nd we celebrate the feast day of two notable Catholic saints and martyrs: Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. It’s fitting that these two men have the same feast day, because they were both Englishmen martyred within two weeks of each other, for the same cause (religious freedom), on the same occasion (defending the sanctity of marriage and Papal authority against State usurpation), and at the hands of the same man (King Henry VIII). Continue reading

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A Father’s Prayer for his Wife and Children

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Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of my family, for whom I now pray and upon whom I now ask you to shower your blessings. With St. Joseph as my guide, may I always be ready to spend my life for them.

Bless my wife whom you have given to me as my spouse, sharing in your wondrous work of creation. May I see her as my equal and treat her with the love of Christ for his Church. May Mary be her guide and help her to find your peace and your grace. Continue reading

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What Everyone is Reading Today: Laudato Si by Pope Francis (FULL TEXT)

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Today Pope Francis released his much-anticipated encyclical on responsible care of the environment, Laudato Si, which translates ‘Praise Be to You’, a title taken from the famous Canticle of the Sun (also known as Canticle of the Creatures) written by St. Francis of Assisi. Continue reading

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Three Sacramentals Instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary

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From time to time Mary has given certain holy saints a particular devotion to her with attached graces and promises. The devotion is meant to be spread to the whole Church. In some cases an object, or sacramental, is given to be associated with the devotion. Three very famous sacramentals given to the Church by Mary are the holy rosary, the brown scapular, and the miraculous medal. Continue reading

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