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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…

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.…

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

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,…

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…

“Saying Grace”

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  “The 40 days of Lent” has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count and begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset before the Mass of…