Monthly Archives: April 2014


Official Prayers + Apps for Our New Saint Popes!

In light of the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII this weekend, the Vatican has announced an official prayer to each of these two new saints.

The beautiful, simple prayers were released in Italian, but the Catholic News Service provided the following translations: Continue reading

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Everything You Need to know about the Divine Mercy Devotion

The Divine Mercy devotion is a modern devotion to the attribute of God’s infinite mercy and was promulgated by St. Faustina Kowalska and later the the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II (“The Mercy Pope”).

This devotion is multifaceted and involves a divinely inspired image (pictured above) with attached promises for it’s veneration, vocal prayers (the Divine Mercy chaplet and Divine Mercy Novena), a book (The Diary of Faustina Kowalska), a Holy Hour (3 o’clock), and a solemn feast day with attached indulgences (Divine Mercy Sunday). Continue reading

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The Scapular Devotion of Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and as such faithfully wore a scapular (notice him wearing his scapular in the above photo).

He is reported to have worn a brown scapular since he was a boy, and he insisted that doctors not remove it during surgery following the assassination attempt on his life in May of 1981. Continue reading

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Confirmation: The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a sacrament of anointing by the Holy Spirit. The bishop or priest prays for those being confirmed to receive the Holy Spirit and his 7 gifts. What are these 7 gifts and what do they mean? Continue reading

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A Litany of Forgiveness

The Lenten season is filled with reminders to forgive. And, as difficult as it can be to forgive others, it can be just as hard to ask forgiveness for ourselves.

This litany is a great exercise in asking for forgiveness, especially from God. It can be prayed in addition to an examination of conscience, during family prayer or before going to Confession. Continue reading

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A Lenten Tradition: Veiling the Cross

Towards the end of Lent you may notice purple cloths draped over crucifixes, statues, and images of saints in your church. In some churches, these items are actually removed from the sanctuary altogether. Continue reading

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How to Make a Catholic Easter Basket for Kids

The average Easter basket – the thing that really gets children excited on Easter Sunday – doesn’t always reflect the significance of the holiday or call to mind Christ’s Resurrection. But this doesn’t have to be the case! Continue reading

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How to Keep a Prayer Journal

Can a Journal Bring You Closer to God?

Do you want to become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life? To learn to speak to Him in your own words?

When prayer seems dry and you are not hearing the voice of God, a prayer journal can become a pivotal tool for improving your spiritual life.

You’ll be in good company! Lots of saints kept spiritual journals or diaries, including St. Faustina, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Perpetua and many others.

How to Keep a Prayer Journal

There are numerous ways to keep a prayer journal or spiritual diary. If you are interested but don’t know where to start, here are some tips on what to write: Continue reading

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