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The Three O’clock Hour

In October 1937, in Cracow (Poland), Lord Jesus instructed Sister Faustina to venerate the hour of His death and to connect with Him in prayer referring to the value and…

Come Holy Spirit

“Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved Spouse.” This is a beautiful prayer invoking the Holy Spirit through the…

Prayers Before Confession

Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten my mind that I may clearly know my sins. Move my heart that I may be sincerely sorry for them, honestly confess them and firmly resolve…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

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The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The…

The Angelus

  The Angelus is a centuries-old Catholic devotion that recalls the annunciation of Christ’s birth by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. The history of the Angelus is a…

Hail Mary

  The Hail Mary (Ave Maria in Latin) is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Roman Catholicism, the…

Divine Mercy

  ORIGIN OF DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, THE DIVINE MERCY IMAGE, THE CHAPLET, AND THE NOVENA In his second encyclical, Rich in Mercy, Pope Saint John Paul II offers an extended meditation…

Apostles’ Creed

  The Apostles’ Creed is so called not because it was composed by the apostles themselves, but because it expresses their teachings. The original form of the creed came into…

Hail Holy Queen

  The Hail Holy Queen prayer, originally known by its Latin name, Salve Regina, is recited at the end of the Rosary and is also used in night prayers. It dates back to…

How to Pray the Rosary

More and more people are turning to the rosary to discover a time-tested way of prayer. It is indeed a prayer of the heart! Pope John Paul II, a strong…

A Lenten Prayer

  Loving God, During the sacred season of lent, bring me closer to you. Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may…