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What flowers do you plant for a Mary garden?

Discover the top flowers to plant in your Mary garden, a peaceful space dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Learn how to create a serene and contemplative atmosphere with our tips and suggestions.


What is Our Lady of Sorrows Feast?

I was recently asked what is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and why is it significant? I answered by reminding them that we all grow up knowing that Mary is the mother of Jesus. Many faith traditions honor Mary as not only the mother of Christ, but also as our mother. “Mother Mary” […]


Who is the patron saint of pandemics? It may not be who you think…

​During times of pandemics we turn to who is the patron saint of pandemics for protection and spiritual guidance to help see us through.  Many, incorrectly, attribute this to be Saint Corona but in fact he is Saint Roch, or San Rocco in Italian. Quick Navigation ​Who is Saint Roch?​How do you​ invoke Saint Roch’s […]


The Story of Saint Basil the Great

Saint Basil the Great is considered very influential in the history of Christian liturgy. Although it is not clear which parts of the Divine Liturgies credited to him are actually his work, it is accepted that a vast corpus of prayers that he created has survived in different churches in Eastern Christianity.


The Story of Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of great musicians, poets and hymns. She is one of the most revered early Roman martyrs and one of the seven women commemorated in the Canon of the Mass.

We celebrate the feast day of Saint Cecilia every year on November 22 and as this day approaches, let us reflect on her extraordinary life and steadfast faith.


The Story of Saint Albert the Great

Saint Albert the Great, also known as Albertus Magnus, was a German Catholic Dominican friar, teacher, preacher, scientist, administrator and bishop. Many scholars call him the greatest German philosopher of the Middle Ages. In time for this feast day, which we celebrate on November 15, let us revisit his remarkable life and contributions.


Catholic Traditions for All Saints Day

Every year on November 1, we celebrate All Saints Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints. As the name implies, this occasion honors all those who have entered heaven and these include the saints who are recognized by the Catholic Church and those who are not.


The Story of St. Jude Thaddeus

On October 28, we celebrate the feast day of St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of lost causes, desperate situations, hospitals and Armenia. In time for this occasion, let us reflect upon his life and legacy and look for lessons that we can apply in our walk of faith.


The Story of St. Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta is well known and well loved for her burning passion for the poorest of the poor. Many admired her for her charity work and her heart for serving others. As we celebrate her feast day on September 5, let us look back to her life and her extraordinary ministry.


The Story of St. John Marie Vianney Patron Saint of Priests

St. John Marie Vianney was a priest who Pope Pius X proposed as a model of parochial clergy for his extraordinary devotion and life which he committed to the church ministry. In time for his feast day, which we celebrate on August 4. Let’s revisit his inspiring and thought-provoking story.


What is the Bread of Life?

What food did Almighty God provide for them every morning? Bread. What did Christ multiply for the hungry crowds who had gathered to hear Him teach? Bread.


Saint Josemaria Escriva and Opus Dei

Josemaria was a bright, hard-working little boy with a sunny disposition. His home life was bustling and joyful, with five siblings and happy, faithful Catholic parents. His life shifted suddenly when his three sisters all died at a young age and his family, suffering financial hardship from the father’s job less, needed to move to a different town in Spain to find work.


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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