Why St. Martha Should Be a Role Model

Many of us have a saint or two whom we can relate to and we want to emulate. One of my favorites is St. Martha (feast day: July 29). We see Martha several times in Scripture, and the first introduction to her is not very flattering. But in her later appearances, we see a woman who grows and becomes a…

Confession 201: How to Confess Like an Adult

For most of us, instruction in going to confession took place in the second grade, right before First Holy Communion. We were taught how to confess like children and most of us have never received any further instruction. So we still think in terms of “I disobeyed Mommy, I pulled the dog’s tail, and I fought with Jimmy in the…

Corpus Christi: How to Live the Feast

Our family has a personal connection to the great solemnity of Corpus Christi. When I was due with my fifth child, the older siblings (three girls, one boy) wanted some say in choosing the baby’s name. I had a slew of boy names saved up but was running out of favorite girl names, and the children were quick to offer…

Freedom Is Not Free: Lessons from Memorial Day and Pentecost

In 1868, General John A. Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 30 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.” Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day honors American soldiers who have died in military conflicts—and I personally think it was a very bad…

What Can the Shroud of Turin Tell Us about Jesus’ Final Hours?

Having recently finished an article on the Eucharistic Miracles proven by science, I was curious to learn more about the scientific evidence regarding the Shroud of Turin, believed since ancient times to be the actual linens used in Jesus’ burial (John 19:39-40). I must tell you, my research affected me profoundly, and I don’t think I’ll be able to look…

How to Pray the Rosary (Everything You Need to Know)

The Holy Father has asked all Catholics throughout the world to pray the Rosary every day in the month of May to end the coronavirus. The month of May is traditionally the Month of Mary, so now is a great time to pick up the Rosary, if you aren’t in the habit already. You may think the Rosary is too…

Tips and Saintly Wisdom for Praying the Rosary Well

“The Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is…that cannot be solved by the Rosary.” Sr. Lucia dos Santos, Fatima visionary These are powerful words from the woman who received the…

The Amazing Science of Recent Eucharistic Miracles: A Message from Heaven? 

The Vatican International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World catalogs over one hundred purported Eucharistic miracles that have been recorded and venerated since the earliest days of the Church to the present. The exhibit tours the world, drawing attention to the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  When we think about Eucharistic miracles, we may be tempted to…

Praying the Stations of the Cross at Home

While the need to slow the spread of the coronavirus is critically important, as Christians we are people of hope and should not be worried by these events, but rather, see opportunities for spiritual growth. Increasing our prayers, especially for an end to the coronavirus and for those affected by it, is one very powerful way we Christians can really…

What the Church Teaches about Saying ‘Alleluia’ During Lent 

Lex orandi, lex credendi. This ancient saying reminds us of the deep, inseparable connection between prayer and faith. Latin is a very rich language, with nuances not easily translated into English, but one good translation is “The rule of prayer is the rule of faith,” or more loosely, “As we pray, so also we believe.” The ancient Church did not…

Preparing for a Good Lent Starts Now

The secular world has essentially hijacked Advent. “Are you ready for Christmas yet?” generally means “Have you bought all your gifts yet?” While this secularism can sometimes cause us to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas, it at least keeps Christmas always at the front of our minds. It’s not easy to forget it’s coming when you’re surrounded…

Blessings and Challenges of Family Bible Study

Our children have a fifteen-year span from the oldest to the youngest, so whenever we engaged in family activities, it was often a challenge to keep the oldest and the youngest equally involved. But we found it was well worth the effort. Shared family activities, especially those that help the children grow in faith and virtue, weave a strong fabric…
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