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Pray a Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Oct 23, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

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. St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) was a b[...]

7 Reasons to Bring Back the Tradition of Catholic Christmas Cards this Year

Oct 19, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

If you walk into any store or shop online between now and December 25th, you will see an increasing amount and variety of Christmas cards.Snowmen, snowy landscapes, reindeer, wrapped presents, snow-covered evergreen trees, Santa Claus, cute baby animals in the snow . . . so on and so forth.After evaluating the images, you then m[...]

20 Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Oct 18, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

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[...]

Guide to the Green Scapular: A Powerful (and Surprisingly Simple) Devotion

Sep 29, 2017 By Ashley Osmera
The Story of the Green Scapular

We probably all know at least one person who has fallen away from the Catholic faith, whether it be after a tragic event, a pulling away from family and tradition, or after having doubts about the Faith that have grown over many years.Our hearts ache to see this, because the very strength these people need to overcome their diff[...]

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A Prayer for America by John Carroll, First U.S. Bishop

Jul 04, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

Pope Pius VI named John Carroll the first bishop of the United States of America in 1789. His cousin, Charles Carroll, was one of America's Founding Fathers and the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Archbishop Carroll wrote the following prayer for our newly formed government on November 10, 1791, to be rec[...]

How the Virgin Mary Began the Way of the Cross After Jesus' Ascension

May 25, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

According to tradition, towards the end of her life the Blessed Virgin moved from Jerusalem to Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). No longer able to retrace the steps of her Son's passion where they actually occurred, she set up an identical Stations of the Cross on her property using stones and markings. This became the first devot[...]

The Ascension of Jesus & the Holy Spirit Novena to Pentecost

May 23, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

Historically, the Solemnity of the Ascension is an ancient and major feast for the Church (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 understand it more deeply. Here are three aspects of Ascension Thursday that we can reflec[...]