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A Litany of Forgiveness

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, … Continue reading

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How to Keep a Prayer Journal

Can a Journal Bring You Closer to God?

Do you want to become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life? To learn to speak to Him in your own words?

When prayer seems dry and you are not hearing the voice of God, a prayer journal can become a pivotal tool for improving your spiritual life.

You’ll be in good company! Lots of saints kept spiritual journals or diaries, including St. Faustina, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Perpetua and many others.

How to Keep a Prayer Journal

There are numerous ways to keep a prayer journal or spiritual diary. If you are interested but don’t know where to start, here are some tips on what to write: Continue reading

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The Spiritual Power of the Sign of the Cross

ChristusA great article recently posted online at Catholic Exchange, 21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross, is sure to encourage you to make the sign of the cross with greater frequency each day, and with greater awareness of the spiritual power of this ancient Christian prayer.

The cross was originally traced by Christians with the thumb or finger on their own foreheads. Today Catholics trace a cross over the body starting at the forehead, down to the heart, and left to right across the shoulders while praying these words, “In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” commending ourselves to the Lord. Continue reading

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The Feast of the Ascension & the Holy Spirit Novena

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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The Stabat Mater Dolorosa: One of the Greatest Catholic Hymns of All Time

The Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Luke 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus . Continue reading

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Praying Through Lent: Litany of the Sacred Heart

The Litany of the Sacred Heart is a popular prayer found in many Catholic prayer books. It is a great prayer before or after Mass, during Eucharistic Adoration, and especially during the Lenten season. Continue reading

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Praying Through Lent: A Prayer to the Blessed Mother

Holy Mother, pierce me through,

In my heart each wound renew,

Of my Savior crucified. Continue reading

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Praying Through Lent: Litany of the Precious Blood

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Praying Through Lent: The Litany of Humility

Humility is the prize virtue and is key to obtaining all the rest. Penance, fasting, and almsgiving, all highlighted during the Lenten season, are ways to cultivate humility in our hearts, in addition to this prayer. Continue reading

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Praying Through Lent: The Passion Prayer

You laid down Your life willingly
and gave up everything for us.
Your body was broken and fastened to a Cross,
Your clothing became the prize of soldiers,
your blood ebbed slowly but surely away,
and Your Mother was entrusted to the beloved disciple. Continue reading

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