Who are the first five women who come to mind when you think of female saints? (Take a moment to name those five before continuing to read.) When I stopped to consider five female saints, I thought of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Agnes, and St. Clare. […]
So, that means every time our feet hit the floor in the morning, the Lord gives us the chance to start over. Starting over doesn’t require a ball to drop in New York City! Isn’t that amazing? God’s limitless mercies are new every single day. It’s something that’s easily forgotten, but an absolutely incredible gift.
I have lots of memories of Christmases from my youth. I vividly remember making delicious holiday meals, singing in the children’s choir at mass, and excitedly buying presents for my siblings and parents, among many other things. But I don’t remember too much about Advent growing up, except for lighting the Advent wreath every night […]
Most of us know what it’s like to lose energy when we own too many things. Whether we realize it or not, it leaves us feeling less generous, less sure of ourselves, less clear about our purpose, and less capable to step out of ourselves to be Christ to someone else. Whatever choice we face in the moment, extra weight from stuff we carry makes it difficult for us to react in alignment with our best self.
We have been so encouraged by the faces of America’s young Catholics! So we put together this photo blog thinking you might like to have that encouragement, too. God Bless America, and God Bless these wonderful Catholic kids!
The end of August ushers in the beginning of the school year for many, and we are reminded to pray for our children and for their studies throughout the upcoming year. As a mother with two in college, one in high school, and three more being taught at home, I have much to pray for, including myself and all their teachers.
I, with all who belong to me, dedicate myself forever to thy service, and pray thee, oh Mother of God, to receive us into the number of thy servants, taking us all under thy protection, aiding us in life, and still more, at the hour of our death.
Do you know who the patron saint of marriage is? Actually, that’s a bit of a trick question, because there’s more than one. Some are patrons of specific situations within marriage, which might make one of them in particular a very fitting intercessor for your needs:
Did you know that creating a space for prayer at home will encourage you to pray more? Here’s a simple way to take this idea outdoors! Creating such a space for your home can be a great place for your and your family members to escape on a “mini-retreat” to spend a few quiet moments of prayer, spiritual reading, or journaling. Being outside in nature helps you to more easily lift your heart and mind to God. Nature is designed that way!
St. Charbel Makhlouf (1828 – 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, known during his life and after his death as a saint, mystic, and a great miracle-worker. He is also known for his holy wisdom, gleaned from a life of deep prayer, silence, and penance. One of the themes he articulated was the foundational importance of the human family in God’s created order and salvation history, and Satan’s attacks against it.