Monthly Archives: August 2014


6 Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Your Patron Saint

Cultivating a deeper relationship with your patron saint(s) is one way to grow in your faith and in communion with the Church of the past and the present. These intimate friendships help connect us to heaven, even as we struggle down here below. It is a great consolation to know that we have the heavenly court urging us on and interceding for us before the throne of God. Here are 6 ways to deepen your relationships with your special Patron Saints: Continue reading

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What Do You Love Most About Being Catholic? Our Facebook Fans Respond

Last week we shared a post on our Facebook page asking our fans what they love most about being Catholic. We received over 2,000 comments!
To put a spring in your Catholic step and to find out what your brothers and sisters in Christ appreciate about your shared faith, take a moment to read through a handful of them. Continue reading

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Prayer is Stronger than the Atom Bomb

“Prayer is more powerful than the atom bomb.” — Fr. Hubert Schiffer, Hiroshima survivor August 2014 marks the 69th anniversary of the atom bomb dropping on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, initiating the end of World War II. You may … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Catholic Marriage: 6 Tips from a Soon-to-Be Bride

It’s easy to go off the deep end with wedding planning … So how do you keep the right perspective in preparing for marriage? Continue reading

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A Quick Guide to the Symbols of Irish – Celtic Jewelry

Irish jewelry art is some of the most beautiful art made by human hands. Irish art is rich with meaning, history, and metaphor. Not surprisingly, most of Irish jewelry has meaning which is attached to Christianity and Catholicism. Continue reading

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8 Ways to use Holy Water

When we read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, we should be reminded of the importance of holy water. As a recalling of our baptism and our baptismal promises, Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Our baptismal promises included renouncing Satan and disdaining sin. However, I think that most of the time we take holy water for granted. Because we use it so regularly, it’s any easy thing to do. Continue reading

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A Tourist’s View of St. Mary Major Roman Basilica

August 5th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (Santa Maria Maggiore), also known as Our Lady of the Snows. It is one of four major (papal) basilicas, and Rome’s largest and most important church dedicated to Saint Mary.

It is already a major tourist destination, but now even more so as Pope Francis often visits there to pray before an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most important and precious image of Mary for the people or Rome, just as he did following his election and before his trip to the Holy Land. This icon of Mary is said to have been painted by St. Luke himself. Continue reading

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