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About Gretchen

Gretchen is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish and has recently joined the Lay Dominicans. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics & currently works on copywriting, content marketing, and social media for The Catholic Company.

St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible

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May 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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What St. John Chrysostom Wants Husbands to Say to Their Wives

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St. John Chrysostom was a bishop, a renowned preacher, and one of the most celebrated Doctors of the Church. In his day he was considered one of the most important witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, he wrote beautifully on the Sacrament of Marriage as you can read in this homily. Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Three Keys to Knowing Jesus

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During one of this weekly Angelus addresses earlier this year, Pope Francis shared three essential tools for those who are far away from Jesus but who have a desire to get to know Him better: Continue reading

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The Feast of the Ascension & the Holy Spirit Novena to Pentecost

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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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How to Redeem Your Wasted Time and Help Save the World

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Traffic delays. Long commutes. Endless lines. We often consider the time we spend waiting for something as time wasted. But it doesn’t have to be a waste.

The saints tell us to humbly and patiently accept the things that come to us from moment to moment as part of the providence of God. Those moments that make up this gift called life are our opportunities to grow in holiness. One day we will have to give an account for how we spent each of them, including how we spent our time waiting for something else. Can we redeem this “wasted” time and give it back to God? Continue reading

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Don Bosco Advice on How to Keep the Devil Away

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St. Don Bosco’s Advice on How to Keep the Devil Away: “Listen: there are two things the devil is deathly afraid of: fervent Communions and frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament.” Continue reading

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30 Inspirational Saint Quotes for Confirmation

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According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 5 Spiritual Effects of Confirmation establishes us more deeply in our relationship to God as his children, unites us more closely to Jesus Christ, pours out the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit into our soul, strengthens our bond with the Catholic Church, and gives us the power we need to be true soldiers of Christ through living, sharing, and defending our Faith.

In light of these remarkable gifts bestowed on us through this special sacrament of the Holy Spirit, here are 30 quotes from the saints to help those being Confirmed to be strengthened in their Catholic faith and to live it out fully with love and joy. Continue reading

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May 3rd: The Day of the Cross (Día de la Cruz) Latino Catholic Tradition

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The “Day of the Cross” is a popular part of religious and cultural identity in many Latin American countries. “Holy Cross Day” is based on an old liturgical feast celebrating the discovery of the true cross of Christ. The day is honored with processions, singing, and hundreds of decorated crosses along roadsides and other public places. Continue reading

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A Prayer for First Holy Communion: Free Printable

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A free printable prayer for a child celebrating First Holy Communion. Great for printing out and using as a gift tag for a First Communion Gift, or even laminating and using as a bookmark.

“May you always know the peace of Jesus,

the light of His love,

and the joy of His life within you.” Continue reading

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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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