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Is your Catholic parish safe during the holiday season? These tips help plan for medical emergencies, liturgical disruptions, and all safety

Keep Your Parish Safe With These Essential Tips

“So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. “ Luke, 2:3 It is easy to imagine the chaos that consumed Bethlehem during Caesar’s census.  It is fitting, because like Mary and Joseph, we too are likely spending this time of year traveling, visiting the places and people we grew up with.  Or, […]

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Getting Rid Of Preconceived Notions About How Things Are “Supposed” To Be

Gospel of Matthew 11:2-11 When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,“Are you the one who is to come,or should we look for another?”Jesus said to them in reply,“Go and tell John what you hear and see:the blind regain their sight,the lame […]

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How To Make Real Spiritual Progress In 2023

“Each day that begins, if welcomed in prayer, is accompanied by courage, so that the problems we have to face no longer seem to be obstacles to our happiness, but rather appeals from God, opportunities for our encounter with him.” Pope Francis We all know that we should pray every day. Prayer connects us to […]

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What are the Holy Days of Obligation in 2024 for Catholics in the United States

A Catholics Guide To Living 2024: Quotes, Devotions, & Resources For A New Year!

Start 2024 strong by committing to grow in your Catholic faith and answering the call to be devoted to daily prayer. Our Catholic Guide to 2024 will lead you with the quotes, monthly devotions, and intentions to help you stay motivated each month of the year. Save or print this article so that you can […]

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How can Catholics keep their minds and bodies healthy in order to live as a temple of God? Here are 3 tips for maintaining your health

Top 3 Ways Catholics Can Start Improving Their Mental And Physical Health Today

Health and soundness are better than all gold, and a robust body than countless riches. Sirach 30:15 St. Paul made clear that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16 -1 7; 6:19 – 20), and St. Thomas elaborated in his great Summa Theologica that Christ’s command to love God with […]

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3 Simple Ways To Cultivate Grace In The New Year

As December draws to a close, the bare trees and winter winds tempt me to think that God lies dormant with the rest of creation. He chose this season, however, for His incarnation, showing me that the Lord works wonders in the moments that seem the most unexpected. Wherever you find yourself as we transition into the new year, here are three […]

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Top Catholic News Stories From 2022

This Catholic Year in Review is not an exhaustive list of every important event to happen in 2022, but these are some of the biggest news stories in the United States and globally to transpire in the Catholic world. The war in Ukraine, the German Synodal Way, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and much […]

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Discernment Of Spirits And Mental Health: The 3 Spirits At Work In Our Lives

I want to introduce two things to you- discernment of spirits as taught by St. Ignatius and Satan as the great accuser.  St. Ignatius taught that there are three spirits at work in our lives. The first is the spirit of God. The idea is that we can tell which spirit is at work by the […]

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Here's your Lent guide for 2023! Find the best Catholic Lent resources from books to apps! This is your go-to from Ash Wednesday to Easter

A Lent Resource Guide For Catholics

The Lent and Easter seasons mark the holiest times of the year for us as Catholics. It’s essential that we start preparing now for Lent so that Lent will be a season spent preparing for Easter. This Lent resource guide is designed to provide Catholics with the books, videos, apps, and programs available to help […]

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Prayer can be boring. Here's why and a helpful guide for Catholics to learn more about prayer and consolations.

Here’s Why Prayer Can Be Boring (And How To Fix It!)

The first thing to realize about prayer is that it can be boring. Just about everything else we do gives us results within a relatively short period of time. Not so in prayer. I began praying the rosary daily as a freshman in high school. My motive was to pray for world peace. The Sisters […]

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What can you do as a Catholic to turn your bad day around? Start with prayer. Fill your day with gratitude and offer it up!

What Can Catholics Do To Conquer A Bad Day?

We’ve all been there. The day just isn’t going well. The culprit could be a rough night with the kiddos, bad news, or maybe you’re just in a funk and don’t know why. I don’t enjoy any of those, but for me, the worst part is that a bad day can be hard to shake. […]

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Ever since man chose to separate himself from God, this attempt to reach the heights has been a near constant search

Man’s Search For God: The Pyramids Of The Sun And The Moon

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend 10 days in and around Mexico City. The first half of our trip included visits to various holy sites and churches, ample time at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and a couple opportunities to be immersed in the culture and history of Mexico. […]

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What is Holy Abandonment and why is it so difficult? Surrendering and trusting in God's plan is hard, but here are so tips to help

What Is Holy Abandonment And Why Is It So Difficult?

Have you ever struggled to fully comprehend the concept of “holy abandonment” when it is discussed? I have personally experienced this, and even though I understand it better now, I still find it challenging to put it into practice. The idea of surrendering one’s will and desires to God can be daunting. It requires a […]

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6 Things That Happen When You Go To Daily Mass

“You are what you eat.” This popular phrase is usually related to eating healthy food, but some have raised the question as to whether this applies to eating the Body and Blood of Christ[JR1] . When I first heard someone connect the two several years ago, I wondered if it was truly possible to become […]

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Is It AI (Artificial Intelligence) Or A Verse From The Bible? Take our QUIZ!

In this digital age, where information is readily accessible at our fingertips, we are faced with a new challenge: discerning the truth amidst the vast sea of online content. As a Catholic, our faith calls us to seek truth and embrace it. However, we must recognize that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has introduced […]

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Memorial Day: Uniting Both Faith And Patriotism

Whether a person dies in combat or survives for years after their retirement from service, serving in the military leaves a mark on a soldier, airman, or sailor. It is likely one of the few careers that leaves one with a distinguished title – veteran. Too often on Memorial Day, the true purpose of the […]

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A Million Miles Away Catholic Review

“A Million Miles Away” Inspires With a 5-Ingredient Recipe For Success

Amazon Prime has released a new inspiring movie, A Million Miles Away, inspired by Jose Hernandez’s life. The opening minutes of the movie tell the early life story of Jose Hernandez, the son of migrant farming parents who were constantly on the move in order to work the land. A teacher of Jose became concerned for him because he […]

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My Favorite Catholic Traditions | Diego

Almost every single time I hear a Taylor Swift song, I think of my friend Sofía. During high school, I didn’t have a car of my own, and she didn’t mind giving me free rides everywhere, so we spent our semesters going together to mass and holy adoration in her Toyota. I never got to […]

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Does your child know how to identify truth from lies? The world is trying to get them to believe many things that just aren't true. Use these

Practical Ways To Teach Your Child How To Identify The Truth

The act of thinking is in a bit of a predicament these days. American culture has never cared less about what has been known for millennia as “objective truth.” Despite the apathy, an objective truth still guides and directs reality, whether I or anyone else cares about it or not. Why would I care? The […]

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A Catholic Review Of Netflix’s All The Light We Cannot See

In 2014, a novel by Anthony Doerr captured readers in the 500+ page novel, 16+ hour audiobook All the Light We Cannot See.  At the time of its release, I was a seminarian studying for the priesthood at Mundelein Seminary under (now) Bishop Robert Barron. In 2015, Barron penned an essay on the book for Word on […]

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How can you improve your mental health with prayer? This is something all Catholics should think about and implement.

Fostering Mental Health With Prayer 

The Early Bird Finds Serenity The first step in fostering improved mental health with prayer is to have a regular time and place for prayer. For years I was a night owl. I stayed up late and slept in whenever I could. During the work week, I would get up, shower, grab a protein bar […]

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I can actually pinpoint the day that wearing modest clothing became a choice rather than a happenstance. Do you know why Catholics dress

Why I Choose To Dress Modestly (And How You Can, Too, Ladies!)

 For much of my life as a child, a teenager, and even a young adult, I never really considered my clothing except for those “big” moments like what I would wear for a school dance or a graduation day. As a child, my mom sewed all of my clothes, and as I grew, I would […]

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How can I help my Catholic daughter through puberty? This resource will guide you in encouraging your daughter to bloom during these years

How To Help Your Catholic Daughter Through Puberty: Cultivate The Soul Of Her Heart So She Will Bloom

As the snow and icy wind begin to die down and melt into the sunny warmth of spring, I can’t help but get excited about the gardening season! Not only do I love the sprouts of green interrupting the once white and brown landscape, but I also love the sacredness of cultivating my yard and […]

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Dear Coach…| A Letter To Catholic Youth Coaches

I hope this finds you well. Before we get into the particulars, please allow me to take a brief moment to simply affirm you … right here, right now. Thank you for stepping up to coach. It often goes unrecognized but to coach means to make a decision: to lead others, to foster relationships, to […]

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Get to know these Catholic women who inspire us to grow in holiness and also show that the Church loves women!

5 Catholic Women We Should Be Talking About More Often

First things first. When I embarked on the quest to find Catholic women, who are not saints or blesseds, I was prepared for surprises. Many of us know our holy and inspiring women saints (Saint Catherine of Sienna, Saint Rita, Saint Therese, Saint Edith Stein… I could go on and on), and some of us […]

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Holy Week To-Do List For Catholics

Holy Week To-Do List Go to Confession. Forgive people. Help others. Clean your house and your mind. Spend time in silence reflecting on the sacrifice Christ made for you. Stay strong in your Lenten fast. Learn about Holy Thursday. Learn about Good Friday. Learn about...

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