Faith

Mary’s Way of the Cross

The photo above is the exquisite work of art by Michelangelo Buonarroti. I have had the great fortune of viewing this magnificent sculpture of Carrara marble many times at St.…

The Receiving of Ashes

Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent, which is structured to spiritually prepare us to walk with the Lord through his passion and celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday.…

Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy have their roots in the teachings of Jesus Christ and have been practiced by Christians throughout history. The concept of the Corporal Works of Mercy…

Easter & the Moveable Feasts

The proclamation of the date of Easter and the other moveable feasts on Epiphany dates from a time when calendars were not readily available. It was necessary to make known the…

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a…

The Spirit of the Season

“Tis the season” is a phrase that’s often heard during the holiday months, especially around Christmas. It’s a phrase that carries a sense of anticipation, joy, and celebration. It is a…

The Magnificat

During this special time of year, we celebrate Advent by reading the words of Luke as he tells the Christmas story. The birth of Christ marks a time when hope…

Spiritual Communion

Receiving the Blessed Sacrament in the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. There are, however, times when we are unable to receive the Blessed Sacrament, but…

Anima Christi

The Anima Christi (Latin for “Soul of Christ”), is a prayer inviting us to ask our Lord for comfort, strength, and guidance. It offers us a chance to meditate on His…

On Spiritual Combat

“This is not a time for passive living, not a time for passive Christianity, and we are required to not only take up the full armor of God but also…

What it Means to Love God

What does it mean to love God? There are people in our lives, who are at the edge of our worlds. They are called acquaintances. If we see them at…

Saint Michael the Archangel

Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels. Archangels have unique roles as God’s messengers to people at critical times. Among all the angels, they have the most special…

A Holy Communion Prayer

Dear Lord, May I receive you in this Communion with open arms and a loving and contrite heart, so that I may be filled with Your grace, for my good and…

Confession for Grown-Ups

If you are like most of us “Cradle Catholics” what you know about Confession, is what you were taught prior to making your First Holy Communion. The problem with our…

“I (Still) Do”

Lord Jesus, grant that I and my husband will continue to have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both forever be filled with faith…

40 Days

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  40 days—the duration of Lent—is one of the most symbolically significant periods of time in the Bible. Lent, the special season that precedes Easter, is an English word and…

Splinters from the Cross

Although, this prayer can certainly be prayed at any time, I find praying Splinters from the Cross, particularly meaningful at the close of The Way of the Cross SPLINTERS FROM…

Shoulder Wound of Christ

The cross our Lord carried was indeed quite heavy — heavy enough that he fell several times under its weight, as we prayerfully observe when making the Stations of the…

The Way of the Cross

“Mary advanced in her pilgrimage of faith through her perfect union with her Son unto the cross, and offers an eminent and singular example to the whole People of God,…

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…