A Fatima Movie for Our Times

The movie Fatima was just recently released in theaters and drive-ins around the country and is available on just about every streaming service. Many movies have been made about Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal in 1917, and each emphasizes different aspects of the story.  But no movie has done it quite this way before, … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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

You may think the Rosary is too complicated, but you can pray it very simply. The Rosary is a prayer to a loving mother. She will be happy to hear from you, even if you don’t pray all the prayers!  During the Rosary you are asking for Mary’s intercession with her son. And in meditating … Continued

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 … Continued

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, … Continued

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 … Continued

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.” … Continued

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 … Continued
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