At the start of every summer I am hopeful. I always think that the summer months will be full of time to reflect, relax, and recollect. I assume I will have more time to pray. Time to be rejuvenated. Because longer days should mean there’s time to grow closer to God, right? Yet I am […]
This beautiful prayer is attributed to St. Brendan the Navigator (484-577 A.D.), also known as St. Brendan the Voyager, an ancient Irish monk, abbot, sailor, and explorer. He is the patron saint of mariners, sailors, travelers, and the U.S. Navy. His feast day is May 16th.
According to tradition, towards the end of her life the Blessed Virgin moved from Jerusalem to Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). No longer able to retrace the steps of her Son’s passion where they actually occurred, she set up an identical Stations of the Cross on her property using stones and markings. This became the very first Stations of the Cross. This is described in detail by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich according to her visions.
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother,” said Saint Therese of Lisieux. Only a mother knows the depth of her love for her children. She is a beautiful reflection of God’s love for us. Each soul was created by Him, and is His child. And since a mother wants the best for her children, this means that, ultimately, she wants them to be with God in heaven one day, rejoicing eternally.
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.
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.”
These are common concerns regarding prayer. But don’t worry; even the saints have struggled at times with knowing how to pray. As a faith formation teacher, I had always loved teaching second grade because it was also the year of First Holy Communion. Talking about prayer was an important part of the class, and it is amazing what I learned as I worked with these seven and eight-year-olds. We taught the kids to use the acronym “ACTS” as they prayed: A = adoration, C = confession, T= thanksgiving, S = supplication. What I didn’t realize at the time was that we were teaching a method of prayer long established by the Church as a wonderful way to teach her children to properly reverence Our Lord.
Mental illness can be extremely trying for those who are affected by it, or who must encounter it on a daily basis. Depression, for instance, can make the simple act of getting out of bed overwhelming. Although there are considerable ways to approach treatment, from medication to “talk therapy,” there is also a spiritual component that should not be overlooked.
Saint Pope John Paul II said, “Whoever suffers from mental illness ‘always’ bears God’s image and likeness in himself, as does every human being. In addition, he ‘always’ has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.”
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, a simple, uneducated, young Polish nun received a special call. On the night of Sunday, 22 February 1931, while she was in her cell, Jesus appeared to Sr. Faustina for the first time as the “King of Divine Mercy” wearing a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart. For four years she recorded Jesus’ words, her visions, and her own thoughts and prayers in a personal diary.
Saint Patrick is one of the most famous and beloved saints of the Catholic Church. This 5th century missionary bishop was so effective in his ministry that his evangelization legacy continues today, 1500 years later. His zeal for Jesus Christ and effective leadership in the Church made him the famous patron saint of Ireland. His feast day is celebrated around the world on March 17th.