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8 Ways to use Holy Water

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When we read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, we should be reminded of the importance of holy water. As a recalling of our baptism and our baptismal promises, Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Our baptismal promises included renouncing Satan and disdaining sin. However, I think that most of the time we take holy water for granted. Because we use it so regularly, it’s any easy thing to do. Continue reading


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A Father’s Prayer for his Wife and Children

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Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of my family, for whom I now pray and upon whom I now ask you to shower your blessings. With St. Joseph as my guide, may I always be ready to spend my life for them.

Bless my wife whom you have given to me as my spouse, sharing in your wondrous work of creation. May I see her as my equal and treat her with the love of Christ for his Church. May Mary be her guide and help her to find your peace and your grace. Continue reading


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Three Sacramentals Instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary

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From time to time Mary has given certain holy saints a particular devotion to her with attached graces and promises. The devotion is meant to be spread to the whole Church. In some cases an object, or sacramental, is given to be associated with the devotion. Three very famous sacramentals given to the Church by Mary are the holy rosary, the brown scapular, and the miraculous medal. Continue reading


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A Short Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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This beautiful prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was written by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (1647-1690), the French nun and mystic who promulgated the Sacred Heart devotion, in a letter of spiritual direction to a fellow religious sister, Sister Felice-Madeleine de la Barge, at the Moulins monastery in France. 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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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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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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How to Follow the Daily Mass Readings

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Did you know that if you follow along with the Mass readings every day of the week, you’ll have read through almost the entire Catholic bible every three years? One of the best ways to follow along with the Mass readings is to use a Daily Roman Missal. Following along with the daily Mass readings (even when you don’t go to daily Mass) is an excellent way for Catholics to commit to a Bible reading plan and grow in the knowledge of Sacred Scripture. Who couldn’t use more of this in their life? Continue reading


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9 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Mass

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Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone.

We’re human. We live in a fast-paced world. We have so many things bouncing around in our minds that we bring into Mass, not including the distractions we’re bombarded with after we find our seat in the pew. And if we have little ones – multiply that by ten.

It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment—Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh.

But, nevertheless, it is possible to at least limit some of our distractions at Mass with these simple yet practical tips: Continue reading


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