Posts by Catherine

A Lenten Prayer

Give Us This Day

Welcome to God is Calling, a weekly Podcast that meets you wherever you are on your journey of faith. Each inspirational episode is filled with hope and spiritual truth that…

My Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union…

Citrus Vinaigrette

When you add lemon juice or zest to a dish, whether it’s sweet or savory, magic happens. Suddenly, roasted vegetables, such as asparagus or broccolini, aren’t just simple side dishes,…

Holy Moments

You have so much more to offer. You sense it. You may have known it for a long time. It’s a truth that lingers, waiting patiently for us to pay…

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (not to be confused with another mysterious and miraculous event, the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus). The Immaculate Conception…

Jelly Belly Factory

If you’re looking for a fun activity for the entire family (including visiting relatives and friends), plan a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory. This factory of fun is located…

Advent Reflections 2022

Advent marks the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. It is a season of joyful expectation, hope and preparation for the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. We all know…
Palline all’Arancia

Palline all’Arancia

  In Sicily, even before the making of pastries and confections became a source of income for the convents, the tasty treats as gifts were an acceptable currency by which…

Feasting and Fasting

For many Catholics, fasting is usually thought of primarily (almost exclusively) during the liturgical season of Lent, the 40-day penitential period leading up to Easter. During this time, the faithful…

A Reflection on Fasting

In the early Church and, to a lesser extent still today, there were two fasts. There was the “total fast” that preceded all major feasts or sacramental events.  The ancient…

Holy Communion

While we, as sinners, do not receive our Lord in a state of perfection, we should be striving nonetheless to avoid sin and approach our Lord with humility and love.…

Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

In order to understand how you can help the “Poor Souls” in Purgatory by offering up your Plenary and Partial Indulgences, you may need to review All Soul’s Day, Prayers…

Divine Mercy Chaplet

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from…

Spiritual Works of Mercy

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) The human…

Indulgences

Simply put, an indulgence is a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins! Now that I have your attention … Indulgence is the English…

Enchiridion of Indulgences

“Enchiridion” means “handbook,” and the Enchiridion of Indulgences is the Church’s official handbook on what acts and prayers carry indulgences and what indulgences actually are. In 1967 Pope Paul VI…

Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory

Praying in cemeteries, for departed loved ones, especially in November is customary in all Catholic countries. It’s typical for the faithful to visit the graves of relatives and friends on…