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Passiontide

Passiontide: beginning on Passion Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent, consists of the final two weeks of Lent – Passion Week and Holy Week During Passiontide, the crucifixes, statues, and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Purgatory

This moving documentary on the afterlife, delves deeply into the evidence of science and mysticism (including the experiences of St. Padre Pio and St. Faustina). The powerful film examines the…

Eucharistic Adoration

According to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand…

The Sign of the Cross

The sign of the cross, often the first thing a Catholic does upon waking, and the last thing done before bed, is not simply a way to begin praying, it is…

Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary signifies, first of all, the great purity and love of the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for God. This purity is manifested in her…

Regina Coeli Prayer

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  The Easter prayer Regina Coeli (“Queen of Heaven” in Latin) is a wonderful tribute to our Lord’s resurrection and to the Blessed Virgin Mary (pictured in her Coronation above).…