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A Blessed Feast of the Conception of the All-Holy Mother of God to all of you! Before I was Catholic, the person of Mary seemed so strange. Who is this woman whom Catholics adore so much. Why do they speak of consecrating their hearts to her, and bowing low to her name, and wailing at her image. Is it not God whom we are to adore with our whole heart? Mary is honored because of what she represents for us. She is the example for Christians... [ Read more ]
A Happy St. Nicholas Day! It's really sort of funny to see how a 4th century Greek bishop became the ruddy nosed gift giver of European Christmas folklore. Yet the real life of Saint Nicholas is still shrouded in mystery to most.   The Church calls him a Wonderworker, because through his prayer many miraculous things have occurred. One such event took place before a storm. Nicholas spotted a fishing boat in a storm swell, and... [ Read more ]
Do not be conformed to this World “The interior penance of the Christian can be expressed in many and various ways. Scripture and the Fathers insist above all on three forms, fasting, prayer, and charity, which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others.” Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1434 Until recently, Advent was a time of preparation. Just as folks would work on their houses to weatherproof... [ Read more ]
Friends, Rejoice! For we stand before Advent once again! What does this mean for us though? Why is Advent such a big deal? “Advent” says Pope Benedict: “Is the liturgical season that we have just begun and that prepares us for Christmas, places us before the luminous mystery of the coming of the Son of God, the great "Benevolent Plan" with which he wants to draw us to Himself, to help us live in full communion of... [ Read more ]
The Necessity of Having a Prayer Rule Like all relationships, the one which we share with Christ has both a public and personal dimension. One cannot truly exist without the other. By listening, by conversing, and by living, we deepen our relationship with him. The problem is many of us focus on our exterior or public relationship to the detriment of our personal relationship. Liturgy, community, and charity are all essential to our life in... [ Read more ]