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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[...]

How To Offer Up Your Intentions At Mass

Aug 02, 2018 By Gretchen Filz

As Catholic laity, we often hear about "active participation" at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We may think that "active" participation means "physical" participation—such as being a cantor, lector, or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. However, first and foremost, the active participation of the laity is our interio[...]

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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[...]

What Mary's Perfect, Immaculate Heart Means For Her Imperfect Children

Jun 08, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Did I have a relationship with Our Lady when I was growing up? If you had asked me, I would have said yes. After all, I recited the rosary. I prayed the Angelus. One year in high school I even memorized the "Litany of Loreto" as my Lenten resolution.But as I came to know myself better, with all my flaws and weaknesses, I realize[...]

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[...]

Hidden Treasures In St. Joseph's Life: Meditating On His 7 Sorrows & Joys

May 02, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

When you're trying to imitate the behavior of someone you admire, reflecting on specific moments in his or her life is particularly helpful.We see the fruits of this practice when meditating on the mysteries of Christ’s life in the rosary, or when praying with the mysteries of Mary’s life in the Seven Sorrows devotion.Another be[...]

While You Were Sleeping: St. Joseph, Pope Francis & A Good Night's Rest

Apr 23, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

When it comes to patron saints and intercessors, Pope Francis has no shame playing favorites. He has made it clear in various audiences, such as his 2015 meeting with families in the Philippines, that St. Joseph is at the top of his list. From this report it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to guess that Pope Francis keeps[...]