Although is commendable to invoke our Guardian Angels and learn how to recognize their promptings, there are a few dangers to avoid when seeking out a closer relationship with them. There is a persistent error among many Catholics when it comes to their Guardian Angels: trying to discover their name or identity, or assigning a name to them.
Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone. It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment -Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh. But, nevertheless, it is possible to at least limit some of our distractions at Mass with these simple yet practical tips:
I guess flossing never felt like a real choice that I faced when there was no floss in sight. But it is, as I understand it, the non-negotiable factor in having actually healthy teeth. And I think that’s kind of how the rosary works. And yesterday it hit me, that all this time maybe I would have found myself praying the rosary if I had kept a few around.
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!
Cultivating a deeper relationship with your patron saint(s) is one way to grow in your faith and in communion with the Church of the past and the present. These intimate friendships help connect us to heaven, even as we struggle down here below. It is a great consolation to know that we have the heavenly court urging us on and interceding for us before the throne of God. Here are 6 ways to deepen your relationships with your special Patron Saints:
Do you want to become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life? To learn to speak to Him in your own words? When prayer seems dry and you are not hearing the voice of God, a prayer journal can become a pivotal tool for improving your spiritual life. You’ll be in good company!
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!
It isn’t always easy to pray for joy in work, but when I do, I almost always receive some consolation. However, even if I feel nothing but drudgery about the work I am doing, I can at least offer it up for my own sins and those of the whole world.
While some amount of stress has been shown to be good for us, too much stress is unhealthy. An Ohio State University study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dealing with persistent, long-term stress (like that from a toxic boss, caring for an elderly parent, or dealing with financial difficulties) can actually change your genes, leading to an increase in inflammation.
We got a little inspiration from Pinterest in how you can combine saint statues with rustic or vintage home decor pieces to create a display that is both beautiful and decorative as well as reverent and inspirational.