What is the Purpose of the Rosary in Catholic Life?
Oct01

What is the Purpose of the Rosary in Catholic Life?

October is the month devoted to the Holy Rosary. This is the perfect time for us to reflect upon the meaning of the Rosary and its significance in our walk of faith.

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What is the meaning of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart?
Jun08

What is the meaning of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart?

Catholicism is rich with stunning, faith-inspiring iconography as reminders of the Truths of our Faith. There are several ways to honor the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, all of which deepen our fervent dedication to the Faith and shower us with special graces.

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Why is Mary Important to Catholics?
May23

Why is Mary Important to Catholics?

The Catholic understanding of the importance of Mary is so deep, rich, beautiful, and Biblically-based. Catholics are blessed to have a fullness of understanding of her role in salvation as well as a personal relationship with her.

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Revisiting the Christmas Story
Dec25

Revisiting the Christmas Story

The Christmas story is referred to many times throughout the Bible. It captures the beautiful gift that God gave to humankind which is the gift of His only son, Jesus Christ. Christmas reminds us of how Jesus became human in order to save us but it is not just the account of his birth. The Christmas story also lets us see how Christ’s arrival transformed the lives of the people surrounding Him.

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The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec12

The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Holy Mother has appeared in visions to many blessed people around the world. Through these people she has given many important revelations, instructions and messages. One such person was Juan Diego, an ordinary man from Mexico who relayed the Holy Mother’s desire to have a church built in her honor on Tepayac Hill. The Marian apparition that Juan Diego witnessed has since been associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most well known titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec09

Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Saint Juan Diego is the patron saint of indigenous peoples. He is not just recognized as the first Roman Catholic indigenous saint from the Americas, he is well known for having seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary four times. We celebrate his feast day every year on December 9.

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What is the Correct Meaning of Mary’s Immaculate Conception
Dec08

What is the Correct Meaning of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated every December 8. It is considered a holy day of obligation or patronal feast and some countries even declare it a public holiday. As this date draws near, let us look back to the meaning of this doctrine to better appreciate its significance in our Catholic Faith.

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2017 is the Centennial Celebration of the Apparition of Fatima
May30

2017 is the Centennial Celebration of the Apparition of Fatima

The Apparition of Fatima was a miraculous incident that took place between May 13 and October 13, 1917 in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to three shepherd children. Let’s look back to this wondrous miracle as we commemorate its 100th year anniversary.

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Mother Mary’s Importance in the Catholic Faith
May19

Mother Mary’s Importance in the Catholic Faith

The month of May is the perfect time to celebrate our devotion to Mother Mary. During May, in line with Mother’s Day, we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary’s extraordinary role as a mother to both Jesus Christ and the whole Catholic Church. Mary is a central figure in the Catholic Faith and her life illustrates how our Almighty Father works in our lives. Mary came from a simple background and yet she was called by God to fulfill a very extraordinary role; that of becoming the mother of Jesus Christ.

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The Hail Mary — Reflecting On One of the Most Important Catholic Prayers
Nov16

The Hail Mary — Reflecting On One of the Most Important Catholic Prayers

What is the meaning of the Hail Mary prayer? Each line of the popular Catholic prayer recited countless times since our childhood—the Hail Mary—is rich in meaning and is meant to lead us to reflect deeply on our faith.

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How To Pray The Rosary Infographic
Oct14

How To Pray The Rosary Infographic

​The definitive explanation on how to Pray the Rosary​We have been told that this is by far the best graphic representation of how to pray the rosary there is. We welcome and encourage you, especially if you are a church or school, to link to this page and share it with...

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How To Pray the Rosary
Oct08

How To Pray the Rosary

The rosary is prayed by reflecting on the life of Christ from His birth to His resurrection. Download the guide for free.

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The 6 Apparitions of Fatima
May08

The 6 Apparitions of Fatima

On May 13, Catholics around the world celebrate ​Our Lady of Fatima​. Here are the six apparitions of Mary when she appeared in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal

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May is the Month of Mary: Mark Your Calendars
Apr29

May is the Month of Mary: Mark Your Calendars

May is the Month of Mary and Blessed Mary has appeared many times throughout the centuries to various children and adults bringing with her pivotal messages. The messages in all of her apparitions carry a similar theme: Fatima: Blessed Mary asked the three shepherd children to pray the rosary daily and to spread the message to all of her desire that everyone become devoted to her Immaculate heart. “My Immaculate heart will be your...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe — What was the Miracle of the Roses?
Dec12

Our Lady of Guadalupe — What was the Miracle of the Roses?

A recent convert to the Catholic faith, by the name of ​Juan Diego, was one of those specially chosen to witness several apparitions of Blessed Mary. At the urging of Mary, Juan Diego helped establish a church in her honor at the Hill of Tepeyac (in an area north of Mexico City).

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Dec08

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation celebrated every year on December 8. The word immaculate comes from the Latin word immaculatus, meaning free from spot or stain. With the date being so close to the birth of Christ, those new to the faith or young worshippers sometimes confuse this day as one where we celebrate Jesus’ conception. This day, also called the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the...

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Where Does The Nativity Come From Anyway?
Nov19

Where Does The Nativity Come From Anyway?

Whether it’s a small nativity consisting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the Christ child, or an elaborate scene complete with a stable, animals, and the three kings, displaying the nativity scene, or crèche, has long been a Christmas tradition in the Catholic Church.

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The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Oct07

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

On November 17, 2013, Pope Francis gave some sage medical advice to the thousands in attendance at the Vatican, “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you.” Holding up a box that looked like a prescription packet of pills, he urged the people, “Don’t forget to take it,” he said. “It’s good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life.” What was it? It was a box containing rosary...

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Why Is Our Lady Full of Sorrow?
Sep13

Why Is Our Lady Full of Sorrow?

“As we are under great obligations to Jesus for His Passion endured for our love, so also are we under great obligations to Mary for the martyrdom which She voluntarily suffered for our salvation in the death of Her Son.” These words were spoken by St. Albert the Great and sum up why we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. From the moment Mary accepted her chosen role of being the mother of “the Son of the Most High,” She knew...

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Hail, Holy Queen
Sep03

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
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The Miraculous Medal — Designed by the Virgin Mary Herself!
Aug15

The Miraculous Medal — Designed by the Virgin Mary Herself!

The Catholic Church is filled with symbols and images meant to be visual reminders of our faith. These symbols tell a story and often reveal a powerful message. Besides the cross—the most recognizable image of the Catholic faith — the Miraculous Medal, or the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is another popular image that’s rich with meaning.What makes the Miraculous Medal so significant is that the Virgin Mary appeared to a French...

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Entrust Peace to the Protection of the Virgin Mary
Aug13

Entrust Peace to the Protection of the Virgin Mary

Entrust the path of peace to the protection of the Virgin...

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Jul16

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

For her feast day, we offer a prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity (insert your request)....

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Sacred Heart — Immaculate Heart
Jun10

Sacred Heart — Immaculate Heart

Sacred Heart — Immaculate Heart Blessed be the Most Loving Heart and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the most glorious Virgin Mary, His Mother, in eternity and forever....

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Do you forget to pray? A prayer altar is a visual reminder to pray
May27

Do you forget to pray? A prayer altar is a visual reminder to pray

How many times have you watched an old movie or read a historical novel and told yourself, “I don’t know how they did it back then.” You can’t imagine living during a time where you had to wash and dry your clothes without the help of your energy-efficient washer and dryer, or prepare dinner minus your convection oven or multi-burner cooktop. Not too long ago, laundry day meant you had to wash clothes by hand, and feeding your family...

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5 Family Fun Mary Activities
May20

5 Family Fun Mary Activities

There are many ways you and your family can honor Mary throughout the month of May. While we’re not obligated by the Church to formally participate in a May crowning, the month of May is the perfect time to keep the Mother of God more present in our hearts. Enjoy the slideshow with some great suggestions for honoring Mary that even your kids won’t groan about taking part in! [SlideDeck2 id=624] 1 “Sweet” Mary A “sweet” way to honor...

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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Fatima
May12

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Fatima

Mary’s message to the world was to pray the Rosary, make amends for sins, and to become devoted to her Immaculate Heart. She wanted to make known that God grants graces through her Immaculate Heart, and that they can ask them from her.

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Why is May Mary’s Month?
May05

Why is May Mary’s Month?

In the Catholic Church the month of May is Mary’s month. It’s the month we honor Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus and our Heavenly Mother. If you attended Catholic school, you probably remember taking part in the “May crowning” in the beginning of May–where a wreath of flowers was placed on the head of the statue of Mary as prayers were said. As an older student you understood that this ritual was a way to show our love for Mary.

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The Grand Conversion Story – Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12th
Dec12

The Grand Conversion Story – Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12th

How can the story of She-Who-Transformed-a-Nation be so unknown?  The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is far more than just an apparition to one man. It is more than just her miraculously leaving an image of herself on a cloak made of cactus fibers.  But you would think the truth is a secret.   Does anyone know this story? Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in 1531.  During that same time period, the Reformation was taking...

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October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Oct08

October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

We live 40 miles away from the nearest big city. So driving on the highway is a way of life. On the days when I go into “the amazing town” (as my daughter used to call it), I find my mind filled with worries and random thoughts.  It’s really amazing what twists and turns the mind can take when left to wander at random! Do you find that to be true? I was driving down the road, alone in the car, when thoughts about my high school days...

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September 8th – It’s a Birthday – Mary’s Birthday
Sep04

September 8th – It’s a Birthday – Mary’s Birthday

It’s time for a special party! Bring out the candles. Bake a special cake. Say joyful prayers. Because on Sept. 8 we celebrate the immaculate birth of Our Blessed Mother. It’s Mary’s Birthday! This is a day to celebrate the best of motherhood—because Mary is our guide in the motherhood journey! She nurtures all God’s children and supports our growth in holiness. Celebrating Mary’s Birthday On September 8th we celebrate the...

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Feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th
Aug16

Feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th

Feast of the Assumption of Mary. August 15th. A Holy Day of Obligation Imagine being one of those in the early Church. You know Mary, the Mother of Our Lord because she goes from table to table at dinner; quietly ministering to everyone…she radiates such a deep strength that simply seeing her face inspires peace. It is quite humbling to realize that so many who loved Jesus ran away during the crucifixion, but she, who was the closest...

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Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – We Receive Armor from Mary!
Jul16

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – We Receive Armor from Mary!

When I started attending meetings of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites, my husband teased, “Are you going to make low-fat caramels again?” His joke actually has some merit–there is truly a healthy sweetness associated with The Blessed Mother and her special love for the monks of Mount Carmel! The beautiful mountain that rises up near the Mediterranean shoreline is named Carmel, meaning “beautiful garden.” It...

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Mary, She’s Watching You…
Apr13

Mary, She’s Watching You…

The word “May” comes from the Latin word “Maia,” meaning “good mother.” The 5th month of the year is truly a celebration both for our Heavenly Mother and for motherhood itself! This entire month is dedicated to Mary, perhaps because this is the season for flowers. Mary has many titles including the “Mystical Rose…Cause of our joy…Queen of families.” She is symbolized by the opening flower, since she opened her life most fully to bring...

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Our Lady of Lourdes and the Humble Saint
Feb07

Our Lady of Lourdes and the Humble Saint

When my son, Peter, was 14 we visited St. Bernadette’s Church in Albuquerque, NM. He reported feeling an overwhelming sense of peace and “presence” as he sat in the pew. His experience seems consistent with all the reports associated with Our Lady of Lourdes, and the young girl who saw her. Bernadette was 14 when she saw the Lady on the hillside outside of Lourdes and she experienced a sense of peace and awe. Bernadette was a tiny...

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Our Lady of the Rosary. The Quintessential Mother.
Oct07

Our Lady of the Rosary. The Quintessential Mother.

Our mother in heaven is the quintessential mother…she wants to rescue us, her children from the darkness in our lives. And her special prayer—the rosary—is like a rope dangling down from heaven. In fact, Michelangelo painted it just that way! In his Last Judgment painting, two souls hold onto rosary beads. They are pulled into heaven by an angel! Why is the rosary so special? It is condemned by Protestants for being repetitive and...

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