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Fear Not the Night: St. John of the Cross and Spiritual Darkness

Dec 12, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Even a simple glance at St. John’s poetry reveals a depth and richness that can be understood only by living the reality spoken of. It was in St. John’s darkest time that Our Lord drew him close and gifted him with words to poignantly describe the journey of the soul, and the path to God that inevitably passes through darkness.

Lessons From St. Martha's Legendary Dinner Party

Jul 26, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

St. Martha, the feisty sister of Mary of Bethany, tends to get a bad rap. After all, when Jesus came to visit the two sisters, Martha complains about Mary not helping—and Jesus’s response seems to be a scolding in which He praises contemplation and disregards practical action and service. However, the story isn't as simple as th[...]

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[...]

30 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

Apr 14, 2018 By Mary Thierfelder

When it comes to our health and the health of loved ones, we often turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing or for peace. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for every illness and health concern we can think of! Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for commo[...]

Begin Lent With The Four Last Things

Feb 14, 2018 By Whitney Hetzel

"Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."These words, which derive from the Book of Genesis,  were spoken in the liturgy on Ash Wednesday when ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful.  We naturally begin this season of Lent with a contemplation of our death.Join us for an in-depth 40-day journey[...]

9 Saintly Modern Lay Women To Inspire You Throughout The Year

Jan 16, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Who are the first five women who come to mind when you think of female saints?(Take a moment to name those five before continuing to read.)When I stopped to consider five female saints, I thought of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Agnes, and St. Clare. (I'll be honest, I'm on a bit of a "[...]