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Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

Nov 28 19 • 0 comments

One of the most intriguing aspects of Thanksgiving is that we give thanks around a table of food with people, typically family members, we may not care for. Though this point may be denied by some, it is fact of life that not everyone gets along. Sin, by our own free will can lead us […]

Best Selling Author All About Life Lessons

Best Selling Author All About Life Lessons

During adoration, Anthony DeStefano picked up the Bible and read the parable about the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and must die before it grows. It is about letting go of fear and trusting God to do great things for our life. But first, we must surrender and give control to God. […]

How Are Your Fridays Going?

How Are Your Fridays Going?

What are you doing this Friday? I’m asking about your penance, not that it’s my business, but the business of the Church is something I care about. And it seems that Friday penances largely disappeared along with the long lines outside Brown’s Fish and Chips every Friday. That was the fish restaurant in my neighborhood […]

Five Funny Stories of Kids at Church

Five Funny Stories of Kids at Church

Oct 13 19 • 0 comments

Taking small children to Mass is a penitential activity. Whether you’re trying to keep your child quiet and in the pew, or you’re speed walking down the aisle with a screaming toddler, rest assured, we’ve all been there. Here are five of the best funny stories of kids at church, taken from Be a Happier […]

Embrace Today!

Embrace Today!

“Don’t let the demons of yesterday ruin the blessings of today,” An exorcist once told me during an interview. Exorcists understand how the devil invades lives and steals away peace and holiness. They also know that the people they help have a past they would like to forget and a future that might loom large […]

Healing Prayer for Divorced and Separated

Healing Prayer for Divorced and Separated

Oct 1 19 • 0 comments

St. Raymond Nonnatus is a saint from the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy or the Mercedarian Order and was born in 1204 in Barcelona, Spain. He is called Nonnatus or “not born” referring to his Caesarean section birth. Since his mother died while giving birth to him, Nonnatus is the patron saint […]

Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel

Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel

Sep 29 19 • 0 comments

Our three year old daughter Liz was in the backseat of the car while my wife was driving.  Mom made a wrong turn. “Grrr,” my wife grumbled, “wrong turn!” From the backseat Liz’s voice chimed: “Recalculating!” That made my wife crack-up.  But while Mom was laughing out loud, Liz didn’t see the humor. “That’s what […]

The Victory of the Cross: Turning Terror Upside Down

The Victory of the Cross: Turning Terror Upside Down

Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew […]

Visitation Sisters’ Ebook Can Help With Discernment

Visitation Sisters’ Ebook Can Help With Discernment

Sep 9 19 • 0 comments

Free Ebook on Salesian Spirituality Every Sunday evening a Visitation Sister gently guides online chatters about their vocational discernment and provides spiritual insights. The discussion is called the “Living Jesus Chat Room,” named after the Visitation Sisters’ motto “Live Jesus.” On this evening, a woman who teaches at an alternative public high school for discipline […]

Saving Quacks

Saving Quacks

This story happened in our family twenty years ago, but lives on today as a lasting sign of just how powerful our God is. “Dad, may I just peek inside?” ten-year-old Luke Armstrong asked holding a cardboard box. “Wait until we get home,” his dad, Mark, answered. “We’re almost there. I don’t want a bunch […]

Ex-Satanist Converts and Builds Basilica

Ex-Satanist Converts and Builds Basilica

It would seem that being raised by devout Catholic parents who prayed the rosary daily would have pointed to a good and holy future for Bartolo Longo. And it did.  Eventually. First, he strayed so far from God that he became a satanic priest. Yet, as far as Bartolo strayed—and it was extreme—he was not beyond […]

Until Death Do We Part

Until Death Do We Part

Aug 24 19 • 0 comments

It’s been a roller-coaster kind of year so far, with thrilling highs, unexpected jolts and surprises. At the end of a roller-coaster ride after being yanked to and fro, it just seems to come to an abrupt stop and it’s time to get off. You are not quite sure if you want to ride again […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019

Aug 18 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics

The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics

Aug 15 19 • 0 comments

Mary was assumed into heaven. It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe. In 1995, I wrote an article for Protestant newspapers called “Trends in Christian Fiction” which considered the possibility that a Christian fiction book might […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019

Aug 11 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 4 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

 First Five Saturdays 

 First Five Saturdays 

If ever there was a good time to make reparation for the offenses to the Blessed Mother, now would be a good time.  Even if you have already made the Five First Saturdays, it’s something we can do again and again. At Fatima, through the Blessed Mother’s apparitions to the 3 shepherd children, the devotion […]

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

Years ago, I attended a non-Catholic, Christian event with a couple of my teens at our civic center. It was called “The Fire” and was an all-out, sing-and-praise-your-heart-out-for-the- Lord evening. But in the midst of thousands of people, a feeling of emptiness unexpectedly came upon me. I felt the absence of those that were missing: […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019

Jul 21 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

Jul 13 19 • 0 comments

I know. St. Paul had the same problem though, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Right now our knowledge of God is conceptual, we use analogies from this created world to speak of the Totally Other: […]

The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church

The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church

Fireworks.  Baseball games.  Picnics.  This is what the 4th of July means to most Americans today.  But July 4th, 1776, was a very solemn day for the 55 men who affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.  For in so doing, they were risking their lives and fortunes to defend the proposition that “all […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Jun 22 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Jun 15 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost

Jun 9 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

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