Author Archives: Gretchen

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, marketing, and social media for The Catholic Company.

New Book Release: Richard John Neuhaus—A Life in the Public Square (Author Interview)

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A brilliant biography of one of the intellectual mavericks of 20th century Catholicism – arguably the most influential man of faith in American life, from the 1960’s through to the 2000’s. Interview with author Randy Boyagoda on his new release, Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square. Continue reading

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Our RCIA Gift Guide: Heaven Will Be Celebrating These New Catholics, and So Should You!

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Because receiving God’s saving grace through the Sacraments is something to be celebrated, everyone coming into the Church should receive a keepsake or a memento of the special occasion (especially from their sponsors and any Catholic family members). Preferably something that will help them to grow in their faith as new Catholics. Every new convert should have that sacramental, whether it be a crucifix, a rosary, or a prayer book, that they can look at with gratefulness and say, “I received this gift when I became Catholic.” It will always be a reminder for them of all the graces they received that helped bring them home to the Catholic Church. Continue reading

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Vatican to Canonize First Married Couple: Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Yesterday it was announced that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized by Pope Francis to coincide with the Synod on the Family coming up this October.

This is very exciting news! Continue reading

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113 Inspiring Scriptural Meditations on Christian Discipleship

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A friend of mine, Michael, teaches Faith Formation at my parish. He recently sent me this list of Bible verses for the topic of Christian discipleship that he developed for his students. I asked for permission to share it with our friends and fans at The Catholic Company as a meditation for Lent. I hope you are able to get a lot out of it! Continue reading

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Why Do We Do Penance for Lent? The Two Big Reasons

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Penance simply means the repentance of sins by taking some form of action in reparation for that sin. Just as we sinned by actually committing or omitting something we shouldn’t have, so we should do penance by actually committing or omitting something to make up for it. The reason for this is that doing penance turns our hearts and souls away from sin and back on the right path towards God and towards a life of holiness. Continue reading

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Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows by St. Bonaventure

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St. Bonaventure was a 13th century Franciscan friar, scholar, and holy priest. This prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows is attributed to him: Continue reading

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The Bravery of a Child: The Martyrdom of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio

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February 10th is the feast day of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio who served with the Cristeros army in the defense of the Catholic Faith against the Mexican dictator Plutarco Calles. From a young age he had a great love for Christ and desired to die for his faith. Continue reading

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The Beautiful Prayer of St. Brendan the Voyager

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This beautiful prayer is attributed to St. Brendan the Voyager (484-577 A.D.), also known as St. Brendan the Navigator, the patron saint‬ of mariners, sailors, and travelers. Continue reading

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The Martyrdom of St. Paul Miki and Companions: The 26 Nagasaki Martyrs

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In 1597, Paul Miki and his twenty six companions were crucified for their Christian faith in Nagasaki, Japan.

A Japanese layman, Saint Paul Miki was born into a Japanese noble family and heir to a great inheritance and position in Japanese society. He was was converted to Christianity by Saint Francis Xavier. When Christian missionaries first began to evangelize in Japan, they were not initially met with opposition. Their presence opened the door not only to a new faith, but also to trade and economic expansion. Continue reading

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That Time When St. Peter Beat Up St. Lawrence

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Some saints, while they were still living, had other saints from heaven appear to them to offer encouragement (for example, St. Therese of Lisieux appeared to St. Faustina). Some also had the Devil appear and physically attack them (for example, St. Padre Pio). But it’s not too common that a SAINT from heaven comes to beat them up! Continue reading

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