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July 2018

5 Simple but powerful words of advice for any challenge
Articles
July 19, 2018

5 Simple but powerful words of advice for any challenge

Practical advice from the British novel 'Late Have I Loved Thee,' based on the life of a recently beatified Irish Jesuit. “Just keep going, that’s all.” It is a sentiment emphasized in a section of British novelist Ethel Mannin’s Late Have…
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Are you using Aristotle’s 3 ways of convincing? Or being used by them?
Articles
July 19, 2018

Are you using Aristotle’s 3 ways of convincing? Or being used by them?

And what about emotions? Fair game or manipulation? Pope St. John Paul II wrote in Redemptoris Missio that the Church was in a “new springtime” for evangelization, a period in which the Gospel message could be proclaimed to the world in a…
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Pray this St. Michael prayer for personal protection
Prayers
July 19, 2018

Pray this St. Michael prayer for personal protection

A powerful alternative to the traditional St. Michael prayer many are familiar with. St. Michael the Archangel is an angel who is clearly associated in the Bible with protection and spiritual warfare. He is one who leads the heavenly army…
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Four Urgent Reasons To Turn to St. Kateri
Articles
July 18, 2018

Four Urgent Reasons To Turn to St. Kateri

The Mohawk saint shows us how to live today In our tumultuous times, we need a great saint to turn to — a saint who knows how to handle a world where the faith is out of favor and the…
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The Secret to Praying Better
Articles
July 18, 2018

The Secret to Praying Better

Do we truly understand what we are asking? “Father, would you teach me how to pray better?” People are always surprised when I answer, “No,” so I have to offer an explanation.  I tell them that, “Jesus never said, ‘Pray…
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So You’re Thinking of Converting to Catholicism?
Articles
July 18, 2018

So You’re Thinking of Converting to Catholicism?

Advice from someone who's recently made the journey home I get a lot of questions from friends and readers who are interested in Catholicism but don’t know where to begin on their journey to learn more. As still a recent convert (class…
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An Art Lesson: Getting Down to Earth With Jesus and Mary
Articles
July 18, 2018

An Art Lesson: Getting Down to Earth With Jesus and Mary

Looking for clues in portraits of the Madonna and Child When strolling through a church or an art museum, it is quite easy to become bewildered by the profusion of images of the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus. The…
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8 Questions Non-Catholics Almost Always Ask When They Attend Mass
Articles
July 18, 2018

8 Questions Non-Catholics Almost Always Ask When They Attend Mass

Even for some cradle Catholics, The Mass can be confusing Whether it’s non-Catholics who attend Mass with their Catholic significant others or folks who are inquiring about the faith; if you weren’t brought up with Mass, your first (and second…
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How to pray when you don’t know how
Articles
July 18, 2018

How to pray when you don’t know how

A beginner's guide to prayer. Prayer isn’t always easy to learn and often converts to the Catholic faith are never taught what prayer is or even the basic mechanics of prayer. This can leave a person confused, searching the internet…
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Defending ourselves against the devil’s darkness
Articles
July 18, 2018

Defending ourselves against the devil’s darkness

An antidote to drowning in self-pity is thinking not about what Christ should do for us, but what we can do for him. “If you want to forget about your problems, help someone who has bigger problems.” Wise advice from…
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