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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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New Catholic Book: Manual for Spiritual Warfare

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We’d have to have our heads in the sand to not notice that things are getting bad out there. If you’re a Christian reading the top trending stories from all over the world, it should make you want to fall down on your knees and pray.

When Christians and Christianity itself is being marginalized, persecuted, and attacked, it is a strong indication that the world needs Christ more than ever. Persecution has always been the Church’s call to arms–spiritual arms. Continue reading


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A Prayer to Saint Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century bishop famous for his generosity to the poor and protection of the wronged. He was a miracle worker, most known for appearing to sailors caught in a storm at sea and raising three young boys from the dead. He is the patron saint of a great many causes, professions, cities, and countries; most notably he is the patron saint of children, sailors, prisoners, and maidens seeking to marry. Continue reading


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20 Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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Prayers for the faithful departed pleases God, who makes use of our prayers to help purify these souls that He loves. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those souls whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them.

Here are some ideas for praying for these suffering (and often neglected) souls, especially during the month of November dedicated to their memory: Continue reading


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Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by St. Gertrude the Great

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Tradition holds that St. Gertrude the Great was told by Our Lord that the following prayer, when piously recited, would release 1,000 souls from purgatory. Continue reading


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Pray a Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) was a bishop, founder of the Redemptorists, Doctor of the Church, and patron saint of moral theologians. He composted the following novena (9 days of prayer for a particular intention) for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

The Holy Souls in Purgatory are members of the Church who await the purification of their souls before joining the saints in heaven for all eternity. The souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, they cannot do anything to hasten their entrance into heaven. But we can pray for them Continue reading


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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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