Category: Prayer

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 25 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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Blessed are They Who Mourn

Blessed are They Who Mourn

[ 0 ] March 2, AD 2014 |

I feel truly blessed by God to be on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that spans nearly ten weeks. The pilgrimage has afforded me the opportunity to pray at and visit many holy sites throughout this land where Jesus walked in addition to the study of Sacred Scripture and Ecumenism. Recently our group visited […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite!

Catholic Youth, Unite!

[ 1 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has engaged the youth and young adults of the Church, speaking directly to them numerous times, and encouraging them to become significantly more active in their spiritual lives. As a 24-year-old millennial myself, I feel blessed to be among the vast audience of Catholic young people that the Pope is […]

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Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

[ 2 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Need something to do for lent? How about these FREE activities. Some are from the best Catholic Universities and Colleges, others are for you and your family. Enjoy 1. Lenten Journey with Jesus: A Virtual Tour of the Geography of Jesus (March 5 – April 17, 2014) Absolutely free course offered by Holy Apostles College […]

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When Attending Mass is Tedious

When Attending Mass is Tedious

[ 9 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Even the most devout Catholics have to drag themselves to mass on some days. What should we do when attending mass seems more like a chore than the spiritual delight it should be? The short answer: go anyway. The supernatural graces we receive from the mass have nothing to do with the euphoria (or lack […]

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From Precious Moments to Ignatius Press

From Precious Moments to Ignatius Press

[ 3 ] January 28, AD 2014 |

I think I’ve owned a total of three Bibles in my life: 1. My pink Precious Moments Bible from my childhood. 2. The New American Bible (NAB) that showed me Catholics had ‘extra books’, given to me by the TEC community. 3. The one my homegirl, Shawn, the hippie mystic that she is, suggested I […]

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The Liturgy of “Ours”

The Liturgy of “Ours”

[ 5 ] January 18, AD 2014 |

The Liturgy of the Hours (LOtH) in ancient method of prayer. They have their roots in Jewish traditions where God’s chosen people would gather together to pray during specific times of the day. After Christ’s resurrection, His Apostles, mostly Jewish men, continued this practice until the Church formalized it over the course of several hundred […]

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Time to Fly

Time to Fly

[ 1 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

What is holding you back? It could be something great or small, but we all face hurdles and roadblocks on our journey toward the Lord.  When discerning, it seems that these can’t always be named and some seem unsurpassable.  What is holding you back? St. John of the Cross speaks a great deal about “detachment” […]

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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

[ 0 ] January 13, AD 2014 |

As in seasons past, our recent Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations are now only distant memories.  The weather remains quite frigid and winter has not yet let go of its grip. But even if the days remain dark, we know that spring is ever closer and the sun will shine brighter with each coming […]

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An Epiphany about the Epiphany

An Epiphany about the Epiphany

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

Having just celebrated the beautiful feast of the Epiphany, aka, the Adoration of the Magi, I have been ruminating on some of the things that feast should mean for us as Catholics in the current world, and as harbingers of the New Evangelization. Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning ‘reveal’ or ‘a startling or […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

[ 4 ] December 30, AD 2013 |

It was a debate, a debate that dominated my prayer the night before, my getting ready the day of, and the drive there on that day. Was I really in a state of being that was unworthy of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist? My desire for Him was and is so great…but not great enough, apparently, to […]

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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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