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The Eyewitnesses of Fatima

October 11, AD 2016 61 Comments
The Eyewitnesses of Fatima

With 2017 comes the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima event which is an extraordinary part in the Church’s rich history and so, as with most historic moments, it will be tremendous to celebrate its centennial. However, it is also richly significant to note that this October 13th will be the 99th year since the Miracle […]

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Under the Cloak of the Mother of God

October 1, AD 2016 1 Comment
Under the Cloak of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Theotokos falls on October 1: “Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints She invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together since for our sake She prays to the Eternal God!” This miraculous appearance of […]

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Learning Gratitude When Life is Tough

August 7, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning Gratitude When Life is Tough

Are you in a situation where you are discontent with circumstances? Have you ever wished that things could just turn around? We could waste our lives wishing that situations were different. We must learn to be content where we are during the times when life is less than desirable. The Lord uses every circumstance of our […]

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#PrayForTheWorld

July 24, AD 2016 8 Comments
#PrayForTheWorld

It has become harder and harder to keep track of the places to #prayfor with so much violence occurring all over the world within a short period of time. Most of us realize that posting such hashtags can do only so much for world peace. Just as futile too is the exercise of complaining about […]

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Seeing the Invisible God

July 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Seeing the Invisible God

Don’t we all long to see God? Yet, so much of the time, He remains largely invisible to us. How does He reveal Himself in our day-to-day lives? When we want to see someone we can’t actually meet, such as a loved one who moved far away, we often keep pictures—images—in our homes. Now we […]

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July, Month of the Sacred Blood

July 9, AD 2016 0 Comments
July, Month of the Sacred Blood

The heart of Jesus has made this adorable Blood circulate in His limbs; wherefore, as on the feast of the Sacred Heart, the Gospel presents to our view the thrust of the lance which pierced the side of the Divine Crucified, blood and water gushing forth.  Thus become united the two testimonies which the Holy […]

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The Little Saint of Great Mercy

July 6, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Little Saint of Great Mercy

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Maria Goretti, the Little Saint of Great Mercy. Her story reminds us that we are never beyond hope, that no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. By forgiving her murderer and praying for his conversion, she not only kept herself from falling into sin; she reached […]

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Spiritual Direction from a Mediocre Homilist

July 5, AD 2016 0 Comments
Spiritual Direction from a Mediocre Homilist

This is a post about a Spanish Jesuit priest, who, according to his superior, “is a mediocre preacher and hears confessions and is fit for nothing more” (Walsh 123). Now we have to add a caveat: he was a second-generation Jesuit who lived at a time when the Jesuits were the prized order in many areas. […]

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The Visitor

June 27, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Visitor

I don’t know what to make of these Conjugal visits of ours, Whether they make things better Or worse between us. I have suffered more than you know To make them possible And it would break my heart To see them end, But do they really do any good? Can we really sustain this relationship […]

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What Ms. Frizzle Taught Me

June 19, AD 2016 0 Comments
What Ms. Frizzle Taught Me

(This post originally appeared on www.yellowpelican.net) It started with an episode of the Magic School Bus and ended with a trip to Urgent Care. Last summer, we had just moved to a new city and had minimal resources – a couple new friends and no real knowledge of the area. I had a six month […]

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Since Christ Our Passover Has Been Sacrificed

June 11, AD 2016 1 Comment
Since Christ Our Passover Has Been Sacrificed

All you who have been baptized into Christ / Have put on Christ. Saint Melito of Sardis writes, “In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die.”  Christ was in all the Old Testament types.  If we are in Christ by baptism, then we are […]

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Running in Circles: The Luminous Mysteries

May 25, AD 2016 0 Comments
Running in Circles: The Luminous Mysteries

People like to say that running in circles in pointless. Well, maybe, it’s not as pointless as it seems!

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Joy in Solitude

May 14, AD 2016 1 Comment
Joy in Solitude

For all eternity we will be with God, so we should accustom ourselves to his presence.  If we want to attain heaven, we must train our habits and our loves now.  If I love food more than God, how can I expect to enter heaven?  If I love human companionship more than divine communion, will […]

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2 Sides of the Same Coin: The Annunciation & The Agony

April 27, AD 2016 1 Comment
2 Sides of the Same Coin: The Annunciation & The Agony

A while back, I published a meditation on the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary. In revisiting that piece recently, having just prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries, I was struck by the parallels of many of the mysteries. The approach of God to ask for something important, the “fiat” of both Jesus and Mary, the journeys they […]

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“Enter His gates with thanksgiving / And His courts with praise”: A Soul’s Journey into God

April 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving / And His courts with praise”:  A Soul’s Journey into God

My conversion story begins on Palm Sunday, 1992.  My parents had me baptized and christened “Mary.”  My Mother in heaven was watching over me long before I knew. G. K. Chesterton describes the first step of conversion as “discovering a new continent full of strange flowers and fantastic animals, which is at once wild and […]

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