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A Novena to St. Paul the Apostle for Spiritual Conversion

Jan 15, 2019 By Ashley Osmera

Have you ever had a "lightning bolt" moment in your spiritual life? This "lightning moment" might be exactly like it sounds: a striking, unmistakable moment of enlightenment. Conversion of St. Augustine It could be a line from a book that strikes you to the core and becomes imprinted on your heart, as happened with St. Au[...]

Fear Not the Night: St. John of the Cross and Spiritual Darkness

Dec 12, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Even a simple glance at St. John’s poetry reveals a depth and richness that can be understood only by living the reality spoken of. It was in St. John’s darkest time that Our Lord drew him close and gifted him with words to poignantly describe the journey of the soul, and the path to God that inevitably passes through darkness.

Five 10-Second Prayers for God’s Help

Aug 21, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

I love finding ancient prayers and poems of the Church that are beautiful and deeply moving. The kind that continue for stanza after stanza, even when you think that more beautiful phrases aren’t possible! The words of the saints and other holy men and women throughout the centuries have inspired and strengthened me amidst many[...]

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Lessons From St. Martha's Legendary Dinner Party

Jul 26, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

St. Martha, the feisty sister of Mary of Bethany, tends to get a bad rap. After all, when Jesus came to visit the two sisters, Martha complains about Mary not helping—and Jesus’s response seems to be a scolding in which He praises contemplation and disregards practical action and service. However, the story isn't as simple as th[...]

Parenting Thoughts, Tips, and Prayers From Saints Who Were Parents

Jun 29, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Recently I encountered a slight problem when turning to the saints in regards to marriage and family, and perhaps you would too, because from the list of popular saints I know, it may often be the case that a favorite saint was, um, celibate. That being said, I decided to compile a list of thoughts and prayers on parenting and f[...]

The White Cord Of St. Joseph: What You Should Know About This Unique Devotional

Jun 21, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

The White Cord of St Joseph is piously used as a remedy against physical ailments and a support in living the virtues of chastity and purity of heart. This beautiful devotion began almost 400 years ago in the small town of Antwerp, Belgium. An Augustinian nun was miraculously healed there after asking for St. Joseph's intercessi[...]