Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 30: Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc

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May 30 is the feast day of St. Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431), patroness of France and patroness of soldiers. While she lived, St. Joan of Arc was one of the Church’s most misunderstood saints both within and without the Church. As a young peasant girl of 13 she received visions of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret telling her to help the King of France reconquer his kingdom, which at that time was being threatened by England. Continue reading

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Popular New Book: “Navigating the Interior Life” by Dan Burke

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No one seeks God alone. Everyone needs help. But it’s far too easy to get lost on our journey to God. The world is constantly drawing us away from God, muddling our compass, and steering us off course. But Sacred … Continue reading

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St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible

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St. ritaMay 22 is the feast day of St. Rita. St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun from 14th century Italy. She is the patroness of impossible causes and hopeless circumstances because of her difficult and arduous life. Through her trials God used her in remarkable ways, not only while she lived, but now from heaven she assists those who plead for her intercession for their seemingly impossible and hopeless circumstances. Continue reading

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After Pentecost: Catechesis on the Holy Spirit

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The Blessed Trinity—the Triune God—is the greatest mystery of the Christian faith and the end for which we were created. While in this life we should prepare our hearts for heaven by catechizing ourselves as best we can about each Person of the Blessed Trinity and the role they play in our sanctification and salvation. Here are a few great resources from the saints, our teachers and forbears, to meditate on the Person of the Holy Spirit during this octave of Pentecost. Continue reading

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St. Dymphna: The Courage of a Teenage Irish Girl

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May 15 is the feast day of St. Dymphna, a woman of incredible courage. Saint Dymphna is the patroness of the mentally and emotionally ill and other nervous disorders. How did this come to pass? Read the incredible and heart-wrenching story of St. Dymphna. 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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The Influence of “True Devotion to Mary” on Blessed Pope John Paul II

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Since May is the Month of Mary, and next week is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and the fact that it has recently been announced that Bl. Pope John Paul II could be canonized later this year, it’s a great time to talk about this his special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the Month of Mary it would be a great time to follow in his footsteps and read the book that changed Karol Wojtyla’s life: True Devotion to Mary. Continue reading

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The Feast of the Ascension & the Holy Spirit Novena

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The Feast of the Ascension, also called Ascension Thursday, follows 40 days after Easter Sunday and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Feast of the Ascension is probably treated in many places today as one of the ho-hum feast days, but historically it was a major feast (thus, its status as a holy day of obligation). In order to think of it and treat it with the same reverence as Christians of days past, it helps to reflect on it more deeply. Continue reading

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4 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Catholic Mom

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Attention all sons, daughters, and husbands: Mother’s Day is next weekend! If you don’t have any gifts lined up yet, you don’t have to panic . . . we’ve got you covered. We’ve lined up some great inspirational gifts your moms and wives are sure to love, making you an instant favorite. Listed below are four great Mother’s Day gift ideas (with a Catholic twist of course) that will ensure your mom will have a pleasurable and relaxing Mother’s Day. Making mom happy is your #1 priority on the second Sunday in May. Continue reading

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