Saint of the Day: St. Colette (SATURDAY, MARCH 6)

Reformer and Mystic. Foundress of the Poor Clares Colettine (1381-1447) Her life + Nicolette Boilet was born in Corbie, France, to older parents who died before Nicolette was 17. + After spending time with the Beguines and the Benedictines, she failed to discover her vocation and eventually became a Franiscan tertiary and, later, an anchoress.… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. Colette (SATURDAY, MARCH 6)

Pope entrusts Iraq visit to Our Lady with trip to Roman basilica

Following his custom, Francis asks Mary for her protection during March 5-8 journey.   On the eve of his departure for Iraq, Pope Francis visited the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome to pray before the icon of the Virgin Salus Populi Romani (Protector of the Roman People). The pope entrusted his next apostolic journey to… Continue reading Pope entrusts Iraq visit to Our Lady with trip to Roman basilica

5 things to know about the Christians of Iraq

While their numbers are diminished, Christians have been inhabiting Iraq since the first century AD. On his 33rd apostolic journey out of Italy, Pope Francis will visit the Christian population of Iraq, which has been suffering through successive wars. Learn about the characteristics of this community, which represents less than 2% of the population.  … Continue reading 5 things to know about the Christians of Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (THURSDAY, MARCH 4)

Prayer for the Evening   Come, let us give thanks to God for all his gifts to us!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Come down, O love divine, Seek… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (THURSDAY, MARCH 4)

Pope’s trip to Iraq is like a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

First papal visit to country will bring Bishop of Rome to significant religious sites.   In many ways, Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq is a pilgrimage to part of “the Holy Land.” It is a land that was graced by the presence of Abraham, the Old Testament prophets Daniel and Jonah, and apostles who personally… Continue reading Pope’s trip to Iraq is like a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Daily prayer to my Guardian Angel by Padre Pio

Padre Pio regularly saw his Guardian Angel and spoke with him often. Among the many miracles that surrounded St. Pio of Pietrelcina was his ability to talk not only with his own Guardian Angel, but also with other Guardian Angels. One day a fellow priest, Padre Alessio, came to speak with Padre Pio. However, Padre… Continue reading Daily prayer to my Guardian Angel by Padre Pio

If feeling guilty is the reason you’re NOT going to Confession: A priest’s advice

“I already feel guilty enough about what I did. I don’t need a priest to make me feel more guilty.” Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are three spiritual practices we encourage during Lent. As part of those practices, we also encourage making a good confession. And yet, rather oddly, some people see feeling guilty as an… Continue reading If feeling guilty is the reason you’re NOT going to Confession: A priest’s advice

Saint of the Day: St. Casimir

Patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania. Prince (1458-1484) His life   + Casimir was born in Krakow, Poland. The third child of Casimir IV, the king of Poland and Lithuania, he was educated at court but secretly fostered habits of penance and devotion. + Casimir was especially devoted to the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin,… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. Casimir

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (THURSDAY, MARCH 4)

Prayer for the Morning   Blessed are you, O God of the universe, giver of all good gifts!   Glory to the Father…. Amen.   Hymn   We sinned each day we passed you by And did not bind your wound, To this one’s pain and that one’s cry Remaining unattuned.   So doing to… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (THURSDAY, MARCH 4)

PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (TUESDAY, MARCH 2)

Prayer for the Evening   Let us give thanks and praise to the Lord of Peace!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   HYMN   Blest are the pure in heart, For they… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (TUESDAY, MARCH 2)

How to encourage kids to keep their Lenten resolutions

Children must be guided and supported if they’re to maintain their commitments all the way to Easter.   When it comes to Lenten resolutions, we may lack the time or the energy to take our progress towards Easter seriously. The temptation is great to just say, “We’ll try better next time.”But resolutions do not simply… Continue reading How to encourage kids to keep their Lenten resolutions

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