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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 and social media for The Catholic Company.

The Saints of Auschwitz

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January 27, 1945 is a day etched in history. On this day the Russian army liberated the Nazis’ largest and infamously cruel concentration camp located in south-western Poland–Auschwitz. It is estimated that at minimum 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered.

Among those who were killed at Auschwitz are two Catholic saints, St. Maximilian Marie Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Continue reading


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The Efficacious Three Hail Mary Novena

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The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary’s special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.

The words of this prayer are very powerful, and if prayed daily, will undoubtedly bring about noticeable changes in your life. Pray it sincerely every day, and you will begin to notice the special graces you will receive from the Blessed Mother. She works! Continue reading


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New Catholic Book: Manual for Spiritual Warfare

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We’d have to have our heads in the sand to not notice that things are getting bad out there. If you’re a Christian reading the top trending stories from all over the world, it should make you want to fall down on your knees and pray.

When Christians and Christianity itself is being marginalized, persecuted, and attacked, it is a strong indication that the world needs Christ more than ever. Persecution has always been the Church’s call to arms–spiritual arms. Continue reading


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Catholic College Kids Evangelize with Parody of Hit Song

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This video is too great not to share – enjoy Well-Z and K-Money as they catechize with their “I’m so Catholic” parody of the hit song “I’m so Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.

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A Christmas Novena for the 9 Days before Christmas

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One of the best things about celebrating a Catholic Christmas are the final days leading up to Christmas Eve. There are several long-standing cultural Catholic traditions to take us through these final days of Advent that are heightened with anticipation in so soon welcoming the birth of the King of Kings. The Las Posadas (“the inns”) celebrated in Latin American countries and Simb├íng Gabi (“Night Mass”) in the Philippines are just two examples.

There is also tradition of praying a novena for the nine days leading up to Christmas Eve. Not to be confused with the St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena which began on November 30th (the feast day of St. Andrew) and is prayed 15 times daily until Christmas Eve. Continue reading


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Journeying with Joseph & Mary: Las Posadas Catholic Christmas Tradition

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The Christmas Posadas tradition begins tomorrow! Las Posadas is a wonderful 400+ year old Advent celebration in many Latin countries. For 9 days, from December 16th-24th, the faithful prepare for Christmas by acting out and reliving the days Mary & Joseph experienced as they journeyed to Bethlehem as told in the Gospels. They traveled from place to place seeking rest, only to be rejected, causing the Baby Jesus to be born in a manger. Continue reading


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Our Lady of Guadalupe Historical Timeline

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The Knights of Columbus have a great timeline available detailing the fascinating history of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 16th century apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary near present day Mexico City.

From the birth of St. Juan Diego to modern times, this timeline shows how much the miraculous image of Our Lady has meant to the Americas, the Catholic Church, and the whole world. Continue reading


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St. Juan Diego, Our Lady’s Humble Son

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St. Juan Diego is the first indigenous saint from the Americas. He was a poor and humble peasant from the lowest class of Aztec Indians living in 16th century Mexico. His native name was Cuauhtlatoatzin, meaning, “eagle that talks.” Continue reading


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4 Holy-Day Advent & Christmas Pinterest Boards

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the second week of Advent!

If you’re looking for more holy-day inspiration to take you through the final 2+ weeks of Advent and into the joyous Christmas season (remember, Christmas BEGINS on December 25th!) check out these four Pinterest boards we’ve curated: Continue reading


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A Prayer to Saint Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century bishop famous for his generosity to the poor and protection of the wronged. He was a miracle worker, most known for appearing to sailors caught in a storm at sea and raising three young boys from the dead. He is the patron saint of a great many causes, professions, cities, and countries; most notably he is the patron saint of children, sailors, prisoners, and maidens seeking to marry. Continue reading


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