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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 "[...]

Why Do Catholics Choose A Saint’s Name At Baptism?

Jan 08, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Candles are lit, the petite white gown has been donned by a squirming infant, and now the celebrant turns to the parents holding the child and solemnly asks:“What name do you give your child?”In reply, you might hear:Ashley Elizabeth...David Joseph...Mary Joy...Justin Michael…There’s nothing that says “Catholic” quite like the n[...]

St. John the Beloved and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Dec 27, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

What is not commonly known about St. John is that he has a strong connection to the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. About 400 years before devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus became widely popular through St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, two nuns at a monastery in 13th century Germany had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart: St.[...]

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary & The Litany of Humility: A Powerful Combination

Nov 15, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

Even though she was a woman of great holiness, Elizabeth was still human. I can only imagine the humiliation which she experienced from the public and private reproach she received from the family she married into! She is truly an incredible example of patience, surrender, and humility. In light of this beautiful testimony, I’d[...]