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Is First Communion a Tradition or a Conviction Among Latinos?

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Parents shop for their boys fine attire and the perfect dress for girls – sometimes so fancy that it looks like an early wedding ceremony! There is nothing wrong with that unless we lose sight of the real meaning and think that it is all about la fiestecita. So, there is a question: is First Communion just a tradition, or a religious conviction? Continue reading


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You Might Be a Latino if You Do This for Lent

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In Latin America it is a strong tradition to celebrate Lent in a deep and vivid way. It is often characterized by reviving the Passion of Christ through dramatizations and processions in the main streets. Thousands of people, old and young, join in the celebrations that last late into the night.

There are also many other cultural traditions associated with Lent. If you are a Latino, here is a fun list that you may find familiar! 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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¿Por qué ir a los santos si podemos ir a Jesucristo?

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Más de lo mismo pero aquí va en pocas palabras. Se venera a los santos para que intercedan por nosotros y nuestras súplicas lleguen a Dios. Ya desde los primeros tiempos de la religión cristiana se respetaba y oraba por … 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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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 Simbáng 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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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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The Story of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Nativity Scene, as told by St. Bonaventure

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Nativity scenes have been a popular Advent and Christmas decoration for centuries. And, did you know, it originated with a Catholic saint? St. Francis of Assisi had a special devotion to the Child Jesus, and he is credited with creating the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. He recreated the scene of Christ’s birth in a special service and Mass he held inside of a cave, inviting both his fellow friars and the townspeople to join in the celebration. Continue reading


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