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Saint Joseph the Worker          

By |2020-05-01T00:35:15+00:00May 1st, 2020|

St. Joseph is the friend and ally of all believers: he is the patriarch of God’s holy people, the saint of workers, and the patron of the Universal Church. We owe much to his constant patronage. Only in heaven will we really see how fully the silent saint has interceded for our welfare. Above all, [...]

Holy Saturday in the Company of the Blessed Virgin

By |2020-04-09T15:16:36+00:00April 9th, 2020|

Our Lady Before the Tomb Oh, my Son! My Son! Jesus, my Son! “Why have you abandoned me?” My soul is forlorn, once widowed, twice bereaved, alone among many. The world is bereft of all comfort. The rock that covers your place of rest, Jesus, my Son! Is harder than the hardest diamond, stronger than [...]

Mary Untier of Knots, Our Recourse in Temptation

By |2020-03-07T12:49:45+00:00March 7th, 2020|

Temptations from the devil are instruments in God’s hands to strengthen the spiritual dimension of the human person, namely, the human mind and will. The sacred humanity of Jesus Christ had to submit to temptation because He chose to experience everything human. Our Lady was united to Him spiritually during His temptations and stands by [...]

We Need Temptation for Spiritual Growth

By |2020-03-05T12:56:34+00:00March 5th, 2020|

If you’re not tempted to violate your core values from time to time, you’re not growing in the most important dimension of your being: your spirit. Actually, we need temptation for spiritual growth. That is its purpose, and that is why God allows us to be tempted. Biblical Precedent If you don’t believe me, just [...]

Our Lady’s Victory over Anxiety

By |2020-02-02T19:40:09+00:00February 2nd, 2020|

The parents of Jesus must have felt some apprehension when they brought the Christ Child to present Him to the Lord in the Temple (a feast day we celebrate on February 2nd). Would He be accepted or rejected? Yet, in that moment of clarity and grace, the parents of the Messiah were released from anxiety [...]

God Will Never Forgive Me For What I’ve Done

By |2020-02-02T01:39:27+00:00February 2nd, 2020|

 “God will never forgive me for what I’ve done.” This is often the desolate, hopeless cry of a woman who made a decision to abort her child. The people and circumstances that led to that decision years earlier matter little to her when she thinks about the event now. Even if she was coerced into [...]

Safeguarding Human Dignity through Mary

By |2020-01-23T19:43:28+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

The world does not share our belief in human dignity; it might proclaim it at times, but their actions speak otherwise. For Catholics, the essential value of the human person is intrinsic. It is not bestowed by decrees of governments or the changeable customs of societies but by God, in whose image and likeness we [...]

The Angel Who Ordered an Emergency Baptism

By |2020-01-01T01:35:15+00:00January 1st, 2020|

Do angels intervene in sacraments? We know from our earliest instructions in the faith that angels exist and are concerned about our welfare. Anyone who has learned the traditional Guardian Angel Prayer (“Angel of God”) knows that they are sent “to light, to guard, to rule and guide” us throughout life. (See the text of [...]

A Guide for Our Advent Journey

By |2019-12-01T19:55:48+00:00December 1st, 2019|

Advent symbolizes the waiting and anticipation of a pregnancy, and Our Lady appears as a key figure in the season. There is a good reason for that: she prepares us for Christ’s birth by helping us to let go of inner obstacles to grace and ties that bind us. She teaches patience and attentiveness to [...]

A Tyrant and a Saint from the Same Small Country

By |2019-12-01T01:22:05+00:00December 1st, 2019|

 Mother Teresa of Calcutta was largely known for her work in India, so we tend to forget that she was born in the tiny Eastern European county of Albania. What many also may do not realize is that Albania is the first country in the world to establish atheism as the official state religion. Albania’s [...]