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Holy Smokes: Why Catholics Use Incense in Worship

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At Mass and other liturgical services we see the altar servers and priests swinging censers, sending clouds of incense wafting through the air. In Catholic liturgy, everything symbolizes a theological truth.

So, what does incense symbolize?

Incense has been used in Christian liturgy from its earliest centuries. In fact, it was a part of the Jewish tradition that came before it, a use that was commanded by God himself and recorded in Sacred Scripture. Continue reading


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Prayer is Stronger than the Atom Bomb

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“Prayer is more powerful than the atom bomb.” — Fr. Hubert Schiffer, Hiroshima survivor August 2014 marks the 69th anniversary of the atom bomb dropping on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, initiating the end of World War II. You may … 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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Giving God Your Firstfruits

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Have you ever experienced those moments at Mass when something said in the homily just hits you between the eyes?

I had that experience recently. I don’t remember anything else about the homily except for the phrase “Give God the firstfruits.” Continue reading


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A Simple Prayer to Offer Your Day to the Blessed Mother

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DAILY OFFERING TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY 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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Common Catholic Problems: What Do You Do With All Those Prayer Cards?

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There are some kind of problems that only fellow Catholics would understand.

As a new Catholic I found myself collecting all kinds of random things, many of them given to me by other Catholics who thought that I needed some good religious stuff — medals, rosaries, pamphlets, CD’s, and more than anything else — prayer cards.

At first it was just one or two. Then five or six. Soon I had a collection going. I thought, What on earth do Catholics do with all these prayer cards? Continue reading


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15 Promises to Christians Who Pray the Rosary

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In honor of the Blessed Mother, to whom the month of May is dedicated, we would like to share her 15 promises to Christians who pray the Rosary. Although there is much suffering in this world, these promises ensure a holy death, salvation and eternal happiness in heaven. Our Lady revealed the following promises to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche: Continue reading


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Official Prayers + Apps for Our New Saint Popes!

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In light of the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII this weekend, the Vatican has announced an official prayer to each of these two new saints.

The beautiful, simple prayers were released in Italian, but the Catholic News Service provided the following translations: Continue reading


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A Litany of Forgiveness

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The Lenten season is filled with reminders to forgive. And, as difficult as it can be to forgive others, it can be just as hard to ask forgiveness for ourselves.

This litany is a great exercise in asking for forgiveness, especially from God. It can be prayed in addition to an examination of conscience, during family prayer or before going to Confession. Continue reading


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