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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.

Ever Ancient, Ever New: A New Feast For Mary, Mother of the Church

May 18, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

The Monday after Pentecost is a Marian feast day.Didn’t you know?It’s alright if you didn’t. After all, Pope Francis only just declared the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, to be a permanent memorial this past March. VATICAN MEDIA/CNAWhy Mary, Mother of the Church?Since the earliest days of Christian history, Catholics have[...]

9 Saintly Modern Lay Women To Inspire You Throughout The Year

Jan 16, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

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. (I'll be honest, I'm on a bit of a "[...]

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The Incredible Historical & Biblical Symbolism of the Jasper Christmas Rosary

Nov 21, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

Just as Jasper has been used to cut away and bring out the best in other stones, so do we need to cut away what is unnecessary and ugly in our souls to be prepared to receive Christ at Christmas. When He comes, He skillfully and lovingly carves away everything in our hearts that keeps us from living fully and freely in His love.

St. John XXIII: Genius Humor From the Farm Boy Turned Powerhouse Pope

Oct 10, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

Throughout his life, especially during his years as pope, John XXIII was known for his genuine joy and a magnificent sense of humor. Considering his story, that is a striking quality and virtue to possess. John XXIII used humor in various types of moments to keep himself humble, to shed new light on situations, or simply to make[...]

A Mother's Tears: The Story of Our Lady of La Salette

Sep 18, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

On September 19, 1846—the century following the diabolical French Revolution—Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat, in La Salette, France. She was weeping, and she told them of a time of impending trial for France as well as for the whole world. Our Lady first spoke to the two children tog[...]

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