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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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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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¿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 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 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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