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A Prayer of Thanksgiving - 2023

Posted on November 16, 2023 in: News, Reflections

A Prayer of Thanksgiving - 2023
Heavenly Creator, In this season of gratitude and abundance, we give You thanks for our many blessings as we pray for all who struggle with hunger and want. Be with them in the dark of night, when all hope seems lost. Keep their faith strong as they await relief. Let Your goodness flow thr...

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What to do about Halloween? Catholic Parents and an Exorcist Weigh In
For years, Cecilia Cunningham and her husband took their children trick-or-treating in their then-suburban Philadelphia neighborhood. "It was the kind of neighborhood outside of Philadelphia where everybody knew each other, and it was a really fun neighborhood thing," Cunningham told CN...

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Celebrating the Month of the Holy Rosary
Since the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, the entire month is dedicated to celebrating the Holy Rosary. But how did this extra-liturgical devotion become the most popular Catholic devotion? A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROSARY According to legend, St. Dominic&...

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A Christmas Message in September: How ‘Good King Wenceslas’ Inspired His People to Follow God
Wenceslaus I is known by many titles: king, warrior, saint. Yet he is by far most popularly known as “Good King Wenceslas” in one of the most beloved Christmas carols of the 20th century. During his time, he was a beloved Bohemian prince and now he is the patron saint of the Czech Rep...

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Remembering September 11th- Mercies in Disguise
Sometimes, the best stories come from unexpected moments of inspiration. Recently, I had a unique experience attending Mass at St. Columba in Columbia. Originally, I hadn't planned on going there; the church I regularly attend had canceled the early Mass for the summer. At the same time, I was s...

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Spend Some Quality Time with God - Ideas for Your Own Retreat Day
In a previous column titled “Got time to pray?” we discussed a few ideas for people who are short on time but recognize the need for prayer. But perhaps you’ve finally reached a place where you’re able to dedicate more time to prayer or even participate in a retreat. How bles...

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Take Time to Talk with Jesus

Posted on September 03, 2023 in: Reflections

Take Time to Talk with Jesus
Research shows 95 percent of people have an interior dialogue with themselves and 25 percent talk to themselves out loud. I confess. I’m one of the 95 percent … and, I hesitate to say this, I’m one of the 25 percent. While I was wandering through the supermarket the other day, ...

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Bishop Chairmen Issue Reflection on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the Season of Creation
WASHINGTON - Each year on September 1, the Catholic Church commemorates the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day of prayer also marks the beginning of a month-long ecumenical awareness initiative known as the “Season of Creation,” which concludes on October 4 with ...

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Make Time for an at Home Retreat

Posted on August 30, 2023 in: Reflections

Make Time for an at Home Retreat
So often I hear people say: “Oh, I wish I could make a retreat, but my schedule makes that impossible or ...” You can insert your own explanation for not making a personal retreat, and it may sound valid. However, so often people don’t make retreats because “I wouldn’t ...

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On Aug. 27, Pray to St. Monica, Patron Saint of Married Women, Mothers
If there were a poster child for the power of prayer, it would be St. Monica, whose feast day we celebrate on Aug. 27. Through her unceasing prayers and unfailing example of how to live a Christ-like life, St. Monica brought about the conversion of both her husband, Patricius, and her son, Augu...

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'

Posted on May 09, 2024 in: Reflections

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'
Mary is our heavenly mother and the month of May, dedicated to her, always provides us an opportunity to consider how much our Mama loves us and cares for us. Nowhere is her maternal protection over us more evident than in the numerous visits from heaven that she has made. Each apparition of Our Lady demonstrates that the Queen of the Universe loves us and will do all that she can to aid us and bring us to her Son. Many people know about the marvelous visit of Mary to Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, beginning in May and culminating in October with the great miracle of the ...

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In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my small concerns. Meanwhile, my contemporaries in Rwanda had real problems: a genocide unfolding around them. There had always been tensions between the two tribes that inhabited Rwanda: the Hutu and the Tutsi. But now, it was exploding into intense violence. Almost overnight, ...

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