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.
The St. Benedict medal is one of the most popular among Catholics, and there are many indulgences associated with this medal which you can read about here. There are also spiritual benefits associated with the pious use of the medal including warding off evil and temptation, obtaining the conversion of sinners, help for women during childbirth, strength in preserving purity, granting the grace of a happy death, protection during storms, and interceding for curing diseases.
Part of what makes this DVD series so powerful is the quality of director Kevin Gallagher’s production. This includes the choice of Shakespearean actor Leonardo Defilippis for narration, and on-location filming at sites such as the National Shrine, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Blue Army Shrine. Images and recreations of the beautiful scenes of Fatima, Lourdes, and Mexico City at the time of the Guadalupe apparitions are contrasted with images of opposing forces who wish to disrupt Heaven’s plan.
If you’ve ever heard of Rosemary and Marigold, then you already know some plants named after the Blessed Mother. Each time one of these plants caught the eye, the faithful were sweetly reminded of the Queen of Heaven and Earth. As a sign of devotion to Our Lady, people began to plant gardens in churches, monasteries, convents, and family homes intentionally filled with plants named after her, which became known as Mary Gardens.