Category: Prayer

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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My Little One, Am I Not Your Mother?

My Little One, Am I Not Your Mother?

[ 0 ] December 12, AD 2013 |

Today the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a great appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego, which forever changed the course of history in the Americas. Her appearance on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico in 1531 helped convert millions and millions of people in the New World — Native Americans, […]

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Does Jesus Love the Elf on the Shelf?: Five Ways to Celebrate the Sacred in the Secular

Does Jesus Love the Elf on the Shelf?: Five Ways to Celebrate the Sacred in the Secular

[ 4 ] December 10, AD 2013 |

We’re in the thick of the Christmas season, well, the secular Christmas season. We all know the Christmas season doesn’t start until after Christmas, right? That was a little obnoxious, but as Christians, some of us might be tempted to think we stand above the “secular” Christmas. Like, “Ugh, you buy your kids Christmas presents? […]

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Reflections on Generosity

Reflections on Generosity

[ 0 ] December 5, AD 2013 |

The past month has been, for me, a month of humbling lessons in generosity as millions worldwide answered calls to help my fellow-Filipinos who survived Typhoon Haiyan. I learned, for example, that one need not be rich or powerful in order to be generous. Stories abound of such examples as a pre-schooler who donated his […]

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Tuesday Five: Liturgical Season of Advent

Tuesday Five: Liturgical Season of Advent

[ 1 ] December 3, AD 2013 |

Advent is a season of preparation, waiting and expectation, but society all around us says otherwise. Christmas has been sprawled out in supermarkets and department stores since mid-October, manger scenes spread across suburban lawns and the music, oh the music that is jingle belling and deck the halling… I can’t stand it. Yes, maybe I […]

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Sorrowful Mysteries and Sin

Sorrowful Mysteries and Sin

[ 2 ] December 2, AD 2013 |

It was a Friday evening as I sat in line for confession. I thought to myself, “This certainly isn’t how the average twenty-something gal spends a Friday night.” I sat in a quiet church with the Blessed Sacrament exposed, waiting for my turn to get my soul scrubbed clean. As I waited, I pulled out my rosary […]

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Three Reasons to Pray the Angelus this Advent

Three Reasons to Pray the Angelus this Advent

[ 6 ] December 1, AD 2013 |

Farmers pause in their fields at midday and bow their heads in prayer. Businessmen and women overhear the ringing bells of nearby churches during their lunch break in the downtown business district. Neighbors to Catholic Churches hear the church bells toll thrice daily at six, noon, and six, as an invitation to pray the traditional […]

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Why Is Jesus Bleeding?

Why Is Jesus Bleeding?

[ 2 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

My three year old son was a ring bearer in a wedding a few weeks ago. I couldn’t help myself, he just looked so adorable, I think I followed him around all day smiling and snapping photos of him. I was in full on “Mommy Bliss Mode”, when the pre-ceremony tour of the the church […]

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Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

[ 14 ] November 11, AD 2013 |

By now you probably have heard that a massive typhoon hit the Philippines last Friday. Named Haiyan (or Yolanda), the typhoon is reportedly the strongest ever recorded in history, with winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235 mph. Early reports coming out of the country say that as many as 10,000 […]

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How to Discern: a Guide by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

How to Discern: a Guide by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

[ 5 ] November 6, AD 2013 |

If we are truly going to discern by focusing on the Lord, whether it be what our vocation is in life or whether or not we should go on that weekend trip, there are some practical measures we can take so that His will in our lives remains clear. Our friend the great Italian 18th […]

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Charity for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Charity for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

[ 2 ] November 1, AD 2013 |

We ran this lovely guest column from Jessamine last year on All Saints Day. Here it is again. Several years back, I ordered some green scapulars from a Catholic apostolate. Upon reception of the package, not only the green scapulars were in the envelope, but a booklet came with it. I was pretty sure I didn’t order […]

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What is Hail Mary?

What is Hail Mary?

[ 1 ] October 23, AD 2013 |

Well, Hail Mary is a historical and biblical phrase used by an angel of God to a virgin called Mary. This historic event is so important that the most ancient Christian Church has made it into a prayer to remind her members who are the Body of Christ about what the Yes of a Virgin […]

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To Close Our Eyes and See

To Close Our Eyes and See

[ 1 ] October 21, AD 2013 |

I recently moved to New York City a little less than a month ago to begin a semester-long internship. So far, I’m enjoying the work and consider it a dream come true to be here. New York is one of those cities that no one can quite sum up. There are so many places to […]

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The Jonah Experience: Prophets of Life

The Jonah Experience: Prophets of Life

[ 0 ] October 18, AD 2013 |

What would it be like for God to send a prophet among us? How would we of today’s society respond? Would it be like in the days of the prophet Zechariah, who pointed out the people’s unfaithfulness, and was stoned in the porch of the Temple (2 Chron 24:20-22)? Or would it be like in […]

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Ralph’s Mom

Ralph’s Mom

[ 1 ] October 11, AD 2013 |

Recently my son and I were at the grocery store. He was wearing a Thomas the Tank Engine shirt and was playing with the cart as we waited in line at the deli counter. He turned the cart in a circle and then smiled up at me and the woman ahead of me.     “Is […]

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Getting Back to the Basics

Getting Back to the Basics

[ 2 ] October 8, AD 2013 |

You’ve graduated from college, found yourself in your (dream) job and find that taking the time to pray just isn’t as easy/conducive as it was in college when you had your cozy Newman family, FOCUS Missionaries, and a quaint little chapel right in your backyard. In your college days you were, in a sense, awesome. That’s right. You […]

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