The best thing you can do to start off your day is to offer it up in prayer to the Blessed Mother, traditionally called a “Morning Offering.” Below is a classic Morning Offering prayer to give all the trials and joys that may come to your day to the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that she may take them and purify them as a worthy offering, and present it to the Sacred Heart of her Son.
Although gift-giving is a common practice when celebrating any sacrament, is it especially true of the Sacrament of Marriage. We love to shower new couples with love as they start a life together. Besides frying pans and bath towels, what are some unique gifts to give a Catholic couple? Here are some suggestions.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our sacramental life where children receive for the very first time the body, blood, soul, and divinity of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Eucharist, the “Blessed Sacrament,” Jesus comes to dwell their hearts in the most real and personal way imaginable.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our sacramental life where children receive for the very first time the body, blood, soul, and divinity of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the most precious encounter with Christ imaginable! So, needless to say, this is a very special day, and it should be turned into an occasion for the whole family to celebrate together. Showering the First Communicant with gifts is customary, but, only certain kinds of gifts are appropriate for such a sacred occasion.
After Baptism and First Communion, the next Sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church is Confirmation. Making this day special for a young person—with gifts and a small celebration with close family and friends—will teach them to remember and honor this day that they receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit and his seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
One of the ways that family members, godparents, and friends can make this day special for a teen is with religious gifts that become special mementos or keepsakes. If you’re not sure what kinds of gifts are appropriate for Confirmation, our top recommendations are listed in the video below.
Prayer cards are an important part of Catholic devotion and tradition. The small, devotional pictures depicting a religious scene or saint can be mass-produced and distributed among the faithful. They are a popular and practical way to encourage people to pray and live out their faith.
There are some kind of problems that only fellow Catholics would understand.
As a new Catholic I found myself collecting all kinds of random things, many of them given to me by other Catholics who thought that I needed some good religious stuff — medals, rosaries, pamphlets, CD’s, and more than anything else — prayer cards.
At first it was just one or two. Then five or six. Soon I had a collection going. I thought, What on earth do Catholics do with all these prayer cards?
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