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10 Tips for profound and effective prayer
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January 29, 2018

10 Tips for profound and effective prayer

When and where should I pray? What words should I use? Prayer is a personal and authentic encounter of faithful love. It renews us, it changes us, it gives us life. Everything else is extra. Here are ten tips to…
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Do you trust in the Virgin Mary? Speak to her with this prayer…
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January 29, 2018

Do you trust in the Virgin Mary? Speak to her with this prayer…

"Thank you for being a mother who will never leave me..." What better describes a mother than unconditional love for her children, her willingness to succor them, to lift them when they fall, guide them when they are losing their way?…
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Has our obsession with following rules and regulations blinded us?
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January 29, 2018

Has our obsession with following rules and regulations blinded us?

Jesus challenged the Pharisees and invites us to keep the big picture -- of love of God in neighbor -- in view Amariah escorted the forlorn widow to the front door of his home, assuring her that he would meet…
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Who are these mysterious beings that God created? September 29 is the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the only archangels mentioned by name in the canon of scripture. Originally this day, instituted by the Church in memory of a Roman basilica that was dedicated in 530, only mentioned Michael. At one point in history this day was a holy day of obligation for Catholics. Whatever may be the case behind the origin of this feast, why do we dedicate an entire day in the liturgical calendar to archangels? Who are they in the first place? How do they affect my life today? Do they still exist? To help you understand more about these mysterious beings that God created, here are five things you need to know about archangels: 1) Archangels are the second lowest “rank” of angels Traditionally, angels are divided into what is called “nine choirs.” This hierarchy is based on nine names of ranks of angels that are found in Sacred Scripture. Saint Gregory the Great listed these “choirs” in a homily: “We know on the authority of Scripture that there are nine orders of angels, viz., Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Throne, Cherubim and Seraphim…” (Hom. 34, In Evang.) 2) Archangels are entrusted with delivering important messages to humans The lowest ranks of angels are the ones we are most familiar with as they are the ones who communicate or interact with us. Saint Michael is believed to be the angel who delivered God’s divine inspiration to St. John in the Book of Revelation and is known as the protector of the Church, guarding her from evil. Saint Michael is most widely known for his role in expelling the rebel angel Lucifer from heaven. Saint Gabriel is first mentioned in the Book of Daniel and helps Daniel in his mission on earth. Later on Gabriel appears to Zachariah and the Blessed Virgin Mary, delivering the greatest message ever, that God meant to Incarnate and set his tent with us. Saint Raphael is mentioned in the Book of Tobit, to heal Tobit and deliver Sarah from a demon. Raphael accomplished both acts, disguised as a human, guiding Tobias along the way and instructing him on what to do. 3) Archangels do not have wings, bodies or swords Unlike us, angels are pure spirits and do not possess anything material. On occasion they can look like a human, but it is only a façade. Dr. Peter Kreeft gives an excellent description in his book, Angels and Demons: “Because of their lack of bodies, angels do not occupy space like we do and move within our world without taking up space. The closest analogy to how angels move is like ‘electrons’ or in ‘quantum leaps.’ Angels ‘move instantaneously from one place to another without passing through any space or time in between.’” On the other hand, even though they do not have material bodies, they can impact and influence the material world. They are pure spirits (like God) and have such intelligence and mental power that they can move material things or assume the appearance of a body. How exactly that all transpires is a bit of a mystery. Saint Thomas Aquinas goes in more depth in the Summa. Wings and swords are simply artistic representations of their roles and actions in our world, as messengers and protectors. 4) Archangels can protect us from evil If Saint Michael and the heavenly host can expel Satan and his minions out of heaven, the archangels can certainly fight against demons tormenting our world and us and protect us from their influence. One of the greatest prayers is the Saint Michael prayer, which for many years was routinely said at the closing of Mass: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 5) Archangels still exist today Thankfully, angels do not depend on our belief of them for their existence. God created their immortal spirits at the beginning of time and they will never cease existing for all eternity. We may not see them, hear them, or feel their presence, but they are as real as the screen in front of you. Sometimes they let us know they are here, but most of the time they are busy protecting us from harm without us knowing. Just think what would happen if they weren’t here! Children get it. They understand that angels exist and trust completely that they are present and will pray to them without hesitation. Maybe we need some of that child-like simplicity of heart to renew our belief in these celestial creatures. “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
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January 29, 2018

5 Things you need to know about Archangels

Who are these mysterious beings that God created? Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, are the only archangels mentioned by name in the canon of scripture. To help you understand more about these mysterious beings that God created, here are five…
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3 Saints who lived in politically turbulent times
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January 29, 2018

3 Saints who lived in politically turbulent times

We can turn to these holy men and women who embodied virtuous citizenship when things got difficult   Whatever our views are regarding politics, as Catholics we are obligated to participate in it, in one form or another. The USCCB…
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3 Saints who lived in times of terror
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January 29, 2018

3 Saints who lived in times of terror

Holy ones who stood in the face of fear and conquered it with love and mercy. With the recent terrorist attacks in so many places around the globe, we are reminded again that we live in a new age of…
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Saints Who Fought the Devil: St. Gemma Galgani
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January 29, 2018

Saints Who Fought the Devil: St. Gemma Galgani

"His claws were brutal": The Italian saint's story brings chills but builds trust in God. This Italian saint was a mystic who lived wondrous mystical experiences. In a letter to a priest, she wrote: “For two days after receiving communion, Jesus…
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5 Stigmatics you might not know about
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January 29, 2018

5 Stigmatics you might not know about

Meet the holy men and women who were given the wounds Christ endured in the crucifixion Union with Christ is the mark of holiness, and some saints are asked to reflect this union even in their bodies. Stigmatics are those…
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3 Little-known details about Purgatory
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January 29, 2018

3 Little-known details about Purgatory

What happens to souls of the "Church Penitent" after they die While 20th-century contemporary philosophy and political theory have profusely used categories and theoretical frameworks drawn from Catholic eschatology (literally, the study of the “end things”) — in surprising and truly…
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25 Secrets of spiritual struggle that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina
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January 29, 2018

25 Secrets of spiritual struggle that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina

How to protect yourself from demon attacks  In Cracow-Pradnik, June 2, 1938, the Lord Jesus directed a young Polish Sister of Mercy on a three-day retreat. Faustina Kowalska painstakingly recorded Christ’s instruction in her diary that is a mystical manual…
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