Monthly Archives: July 2012

St. Ignatius of Loyola: A Story of God’s Triumphant Plan

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Today is the feast day of the great saint, St. Ignatius of Loyola. St. Ignatius of Loyola lived a life that reminds me of one of life’s great lessons, God’s plans for you are greater than your plans for you. Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Douay-Rheims Bible

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What is one of the oldest English Catholic Bibles still in wide circulation today? The Douay-Rheims Bible Translation. Continue reading

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How to Choose the Best Gift for a Baptism

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Getting babies a gift has to be one of the hardest things to do. Babies can’t articulate what they like or want, and they can’t really appreciate a great gift very well. Continue reading

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Prayer Cards: A Simple, Profound Gift

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Throughout life we are filled with moments which challenge us. Moments in which we are challenged by grief, challenged by lack of faith, and challenged by lack of inspiration. Continue reading

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Sacrament Spotlight: Reconciliation

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is probably one of the misunderstood Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Living in the Bible Belt, I cannot tell you how many times I have had people ask questions about the Sacrament which implied a misunderstanding. Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Revised Standard Version Bible (RSV)

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What Catholic Bible translation originated as a Protestant Bible? The Revised Standard Version or RSV. If you have never heard of the Revised Standard Version, then you might know the Catholic Edition of this Bible as the Ignatius Bible (RSV is known as the Ignatius Bible because it is published by Ignatius Press). Continue reading

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel: The Legacy of Elijah

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On July 16, the Church celebrates the feast day of Mary, Mother of God under her title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. How did the Mother of God become known by this title, and why does it represent such a treasure to the Catholic Church?

In the Old Testament, the Prophet Elijah lived on Mt. Carmel in Palestine, the Holy Land. He prayed and fasted there, listened to the word of God, and prophesied to the Jewish people. The account of their continued struggle to be obedient to the God of their fathers, and the story of Elijah, is told in the Old Testament books of Kings. Continue reading

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel: 6 Famous Carmelite Saints

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Many faithful men went to Mt. Carmel to live as hermits in imitation of the Prophet Elijah. Over time a community developed informally. By the 1200’s this group desired to order their lives around a structured Rule. At the direction of St. Albert, then Patriarch of Jerusalem, they were given a Rule of Life.

They lived in general solitude as they prayed and fasted, but they built a church and came together for prayer during the day. They named the church after Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Continue reading

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St. Bonaventure and the Lesson He Teaches Us Today

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St. Bonaventure was born in 1221 in the Tuscany region of Italy. As a child he was healed from serious disease by the prayers of the great St. Francis of Assisi, and this is how he got his name.

St. Francis, in response to the pleading of the child’s mother, and foreseeing the future greatness of the little child, cried out, “O Buona ventura!” (O good fortune!).

Inspired by this noble saint, at the age of 22 Bonaventure joined the new religious order established by St. Francis and continued studying theology and philosophy at the prestigious University of Paris. Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Navarre Bible

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According to, what is “like having faithful Catholic experts and scholars sitting next to me to shed light on Holy Scripture?” The Navarre Bible! Continue reading

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