Author Archives: Mary


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

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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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5 Tips for Staying Catholic in College

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There are plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth in college. But you have to take them, even search for them. They won’t always be dished out to you. College is a time to actively pursue Catholicism. Continue reading


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A Catholic Wedding Gift Guide

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Help fill the new couple’s home with faith-based heirlooms to brighten their marriage. Great choices include couple’s rosaries, a beautiful marriage blessing, or a gift piece such as a serving platter, frame or a set of toasting flutes. Since the bride will likely have a new last initial, anything personalized or monogrammed would be thoughtful, too. Continue reading


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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Brown Scapular: What You Need to Know

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There are more than a dozen types of scapulars approved by the Church: white scapulars, green scapulars and many others, each associated with a different devotion. One of the most popular is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Continue reading


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The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This great feast in the Church is always celebrated on the eighth day of the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday. And it falls the day before the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading


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3 Secrets to a Successful Marriage by Pope Francis

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Earlier this year, Pope Francis’ St. Valentine’s Day audience held over 10,000 young couples engaged to be married. One couple sent a question to the Pope, which he addressed during the audience: “Many feel that the challenge of living together forever is beautiful, enchanting, but very demanding, almost impossible. We ask your word to enlighten us on this.” Continue reading


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30 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

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When it comes to our health and the health of loved ones, we often turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing or for peace. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for every illness and health concern we can think of! Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments: Continue reading


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Pope Francis Challenges You: “Go to Confession”

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One of the last things Jesus did on earth after his Resurrection and before his Ascension into heaven was to give his Apostles his authority to forgive sins (John 20:21-13).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, like all Sacraments, was instituted by Christ. It was given to us as a gift to restore our relationship to him after we damage or break it through sin. Often the Sacrament is made use of only infrequently, and mainly during the penitential seasons of Lent and Advent. But Pope Francis has clearly been trying to encourage his flock to appreciate the Sacrament on a deeper level in hope that they will make use of it much more frequently. Continue reading


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The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes

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There are instances in every person’s life when it seems that a problem or a cross is insurmountable and unbearable. In these cases, pray to the patron saints of impossible causes: St. Rita of Cascia, St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Gregory of Neocaesarea. Continue reading


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Unconventional Marian Garden Ideas

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Each year, we receive great Catholic garden ideas from our customers, some of which are unconventional and delightful options for yards with limitations.

Since it is the month of May, we are highlighting some interesting Marian gardens. These readers prove that there are many out-of-the-box ways to create an outdoor tribute to Our Lady. Continue reading


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