Category: Learn & Live the Faith

The Meaning of Easter
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The Meaning of Easter

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To the secular world, our celebration of Easter Sunday is an odd event. In their eyes, we celebrate a corpse rising from the dead, and they really can’t figure out why.

The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
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The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

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Easter Sunday is not the end of our Easter celebration.  After forty days of preparation with Lent, and the Easter Triduum from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, it is easy to miss looking ahead on the Church’s liturgical calendar. This is, after all, the climax of the Christian year with the celebration of the Passion, […]

Good Friday, Allegri, and A White Easter
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Good Friday, Allegri, and A White Easter

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Today is Good Friday. Now I know that I ought to be focused on the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and I am, but I am also a mother. Therefore, I must plan ahead for my family accordingly. And this entails preparing any necessary music that my family will want to sing and listen […]

Triduum Traditions
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Triduum Traditions

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These days of the Paschal Triduum are a very special time.  For me, they are not an easy time, but they are a wondrous time. They are full of traditions…traditions common to the Church throughout the world, traditions I brought from home, and traditions I have developed personally during my time here at St. Anne’s. […]

Powerful Prayer for Spiritual Protection
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Powerful Prayer for Spiritual Protection

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“You’d better take down your article,” I was advised in an email.  “The Blessed Mother has warned that anyone who interferes with her message will suffer consequences.”  Ah the joy of writing about condemned apparitions.  The article being referred to was five years old. The odds of me taking down an article I had carefully […]

In the Shadow of Saints -- Padre Pio and St. John Paul II
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In the Shadow of Saints — Padre Pio and St. John Paul II

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Meeting a Future Saint In the 80s, my husband Cliff, a news photographer and reporter, accompanied Bismarck, ND Catholic Bishop John Kinney to Rome to record his five-year Ad-Limina visit, which is an obligation of church hierarchy to visit the tombs of the apostles, and to meet with the pope, in this case, Pope John […]

Heretical Groups Are Barnacles on the True Church
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Heretical Groups Are Barnacles on the True Church

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I could have been talking to the devil rather than a man ordained as a Catholic priest. He clings to the title “Father” while operating far outside the Church. During an interview with him for another article, at one point he yelled, “Screw the Catholic Church!” He said that he hates JPII and that, “Pope […]

Passion Sunday and Veiling Images
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Passion Sunday and Veiling Images

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There’s some crazy stuff in the Old Calendar that is just interesting to learn about. My husband is forever telling me this.  (By Old Calendar I mean those things connected to the Traditional Latin Mass.) For example, this Sunday is called Passion Sunday. It always falls on the Sunday immediately before Palm Sunday and serves […]

The Solitude of St. Patrick
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The Solitude of St. Patrick

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I rise today with the strength of the sky, with the light of the sun, with the splendor of the moon, with the brilliance of fire, with the blaze of lightening, with the swiftness of wind, with the depth of the ocean, with the firmness of earth, with the firmness of rock. — From the […]

Redemption for Lent: Sin, Soul Searching and Salvation
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Redemption for Lent: Sin, Soul Searching and Salvation

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There’s a famous story in St. Augustine’s Confessions in which he and a group of youngsters looking for mischief steal pears, just for the thrill of the theft: We carried off a huge load of pears, not to eat ourselves, but to dump out to the hogs, after barely tasting some of them ourselves. Doing this […]

The Holy Spirit's Gifts Must Be Opened and Used
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The Holy Spirit’s Gifts Must Be Opened and Used

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My husband is hard to shop for. He has simple tastes and knows what he likes. Over the years I have tried and tried to find the perfect gift he would really love and use. I’ve attempted to be clever, tapping into his interests, hoping to come up with something he would enjoy. I have […]

Billy Graham's Saving Message
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Billy Graham’s Saving Message

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The Rev. Billy Graham had a simple message–give your life to Jesus. And that’s exactly what he did. He may have counseled presidents, he may have been the first religious leader to lie in state in the nation’s Capitol, he may have founded a media dynasty, but he always knew who he was. In many […]

A Conscience-Stinger for Lent
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A Conscience-Stinger for Lent

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Anyone want a good conscience-stinger for Lent? Recently I just reread Thomas Dubay’s Happy Are You Poor. And my conscience was stung. I have too much stuff, and my children have too much stuff. And this stuff gets in the way of knowing Jesus. And it’s time to clean house and make space for Him. Now as […]

Thy Kingdom Come: Why We Shouldn't Fear the End Times
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Thy Kingdom Come: Why We Shouldn’t Fear the End Times

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Hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist threats, mass shootings – if you watch the news these days you could be tempted to go hide under the bed. These events bring on talk of the end times that we are warned about in the New Testament. The apostles expected Jesus to return at any moment, though He told them […]

Lent: It's Upon Us
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Lent: It’s Upon Us

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Sober up, people!  How are you going to prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? The 3 Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving Prayer If you’re not already setting aside a specific time every day to pray, you need to.  I am the mother of six little children.  If I can do […]

Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog
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Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog

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What is February 2nd known for? In secular society, it’s ‘Groundhog’s Day.’ While there’s nothing wrong with remembering this little rodent and speculating on whether or not he’ll see his silhouette created by the sun, I’d invite us to go a little deeper. While the sun is a beautiful thing, and certainly necessary for life, […]

Ukraine: ‘Most Important Mission of the Church is to Bring God to the People’
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Ukraine: ‘Most Important Mission of the Church is to Bring God to the People’

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MANY PEOPLE in the Ukraine are destitute, especially older people and families. The armed conflict taking place in the eastern part of the country also continues to claim victims. The suffering Church receives both pastoral and material aid. Nonetheless, the Church should not get so wrapped up in its charitable commitments that it forgets that […]

Mary, Mother of God
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Mary, Mother of God

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The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years –the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her “the Mother of God,” and you’ll see some Christians squirm. This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the […]

Today's Holy Innocents
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Today’s Holy Innocents

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When one looks at the liturgical calendar, one sees a message the Church is attempting to instill within us.  Right after we erupt with jubilation over the birth of Christ, we meditate over the first martyr, St. Stephen.  He reminds us that this joy has a price, and that price is higher than we could […]

About Those Christmas Animals
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About Those Christmas Animals

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The Classic manger scenes always include cows (or oxen), donkeys (or mules), and sheep. The Egyptian god Apis was a bull who was believed to be a king and who would become a god after his ritual slaughter. The Roman god Consus was a protector of grain, who had an altar underground, and who considered mules […]

Where Did All the Angels Go?
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Where Did All the Angels Go?

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Padre Pio and an Exorcist Talk About Angels While many of us have felt our angel’s presence at times or at least trust that he’s there, what do all the guardian angels do when people turn from God? Are they still on guard? During an interview with Father Patrick, (not his real name) an exorcist […]

A Maternal Heart
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A Maternal Heart

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As I age and have more life behind me than in front of me, I find myself in my deepest emotional hurts identifying most intensely with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here is the woman who in her own Earthly life experienced so much suffering through her fiat. God designed woman in a particularly ingenious way […]

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray
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Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

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This title is from the first lines of a poem/prayer I first heard from my Mom as a little boy. This is more an invitation than an article for readers. Please speak your thoughts in comments below about how Mary, today, would teach us how to pray. Imagine if it were possible – Our Lady […]

To Whom Do We Belong?
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To Whom Do We Belong?

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In general, people are born into certain groups based on their personal, social, and cultural surroundings. They also voluntarily join groups based on shared occupations, beliefs, or interests. Membership in these groups influences how people think of themselves and how others think of them. (Science for All Americans, pp. 91–93). We do not choose our […]

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