The Liturgical Year

Question for Holy Thursday: And the high priest tore his garments...

April 19, 2014

At the beginning of the year I started on a Bible reading plan using the Verbum phone app. I haven't been keeping up like I should so I'm only 15% of the way through the Bible. Still, since I've never read the whole thing, I'll claim it as a win. A couple of weeks ago […]

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

December 18, 2013
24 Christmas Stories to welcome Jesus

For Young Children For Children For the Music Lover    E-books for the Techie Family Movie Time

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Never forget a novena again

September 26, 2013
Novena reminder service

We've all done it. You promise to pray a novena for our job, for a friend, for our mom. Somewhere around day five you wake up in the morning and realize that you forgot to pray your novena the day before. Shoot. Again. About nine years ago I started a Novena Reminder service which was […]

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What Could You Endure?

July 17, 2013
The Song at the Scaffold

The French Revolution was in no way like the American Revolution. One was led by reasoned men who wanted to create a more just country. The other was led by blood-thirsty mad men who wanted to seize power and get revenge on the wealthy and the king for real and perceived injustice. The Carmelite nuns […]

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Just the Facts, Ma'am - The Theotokos

December 31, 2012
Theotokos

Who: The Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as Theotokos (Greek for “God-bearer”, “the one who gives birth to the one who is God”). The title Theotokos was decreed at the Council of Ephesus in 431 to counter the Nestorians who believed that Mary was only the mother of his human nature, and not his divine […]

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St. Thomas Becket - Defender of the Church Against Encroaching Government

December 29, 2012

  On December 29, the Catholic Church remembers St. Thomas Becket, the other Thomas who was martyred for the Catholic Faith in England by a king named Henry over matters of Church governance. Thomas was born in London on the 21st of December in either 1117 or 1118 to Gilbert Becket and Matilda Roheise. His parents were buried in Old St. Paul's Cathedral. […]

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Christmastide Prayers

December 28, 2012
Flight into Egypt

Christmastide -- also known as the 12 Days of Christmas, or Yuletide -- runs from Vespers on Christmas Eve to the Epiphany of Our Lord. Each day is a great Feast Day, so here’s a collection of daily prayers to help you celebrate and enjoy the Christmas Season. The Nativity of the Lord (Dec 25): […]

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Celebrating Christmas in the Eastern Catholic Church

December 28, 2012
Nativity Icon

O Christ, our Defender, taking the form of man, You have bestowed upon him the joy of becoming Godlike (St. John Damascene) Eastern-Rite Catholics (non Latin-Rite) have beautiful and ancient traditions for celebrating Christmas, which is commonly called the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. The time before Christmas is known as the pre-Nativity […]

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There's Something About Mary - A Primer on the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2012

Who: The Blessed Mother, also known as Mary, Our Lady, Theotokos, the one whom "all generations will called 'blessed'", and the one who is "full of grace"   What: It was declared, pronounced and defined “that the doctrine which asserts that the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular […]

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Five Reasons to Love St. Francis Xavier

December 3, 2012

Co-Founder of the Jesuits: St. Francis Xavier was one of the co-founders of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), along with St. Ignatius of Loyola, Blessed Peter Favre,and four other men. The Jesuits focused on evangelization throughout the world, and also participated in the Counter-Reformation. Because of their vow of obedience and willingness to spread the Word to remote areas of […]

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