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This is what exorcisms are really like
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April 25, 2018

This is what exorcisms are really like

A basic overview of the Rite of Exorcism. Hollywood loves to exploit Catholic exorcisms. Dozens of movies and TV shows highlight the sacred rite, but do so in an overly dramatic way, focusing almost entirely on the extraordinary phenomenon that…
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Rarely seen photos of Padre Pio, a humble mystic who bore the wounds of Christ
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April 25, 2018

Rarely seen photos of Padre Pio, a humble mystic who bore the wounds of Christ

These photos reveal a holy priest who received extraordinary spiritual gifts to serve the people of God. St. Pio of Pietrelcina (more commonly known as “Padre” Pio), was a humble Italian priest God chose to work through to accomplish extraordinary…
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When should Catholics genuflect in a church?
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April 25, 2018

When should Catholics genuflect in a church?

The gesture is performed at specific times and has deep symbolism. For Catholics in the Roman Rite of the Church, bending the knee to the ground is a common gesture that is steeped in religious symbolism. It is an ancient…
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Pray this angelic prayer for protection from all harm
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April 25, 2018

Pray this angelic prayer for protection from all harm

This ancient prayer asks the angels to "encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory." Angels are all around us, whether we realize it or not. This includes not only our guardian angels, appointed to us at our birth,…
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Francis reveals a secret fault religious people often have
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April 25, 2018

Francis reveals a secret fault religious people often have

It's a temptation Christians have been falling into for millennia. Are you falling too? I have a problem. Pope Francis says I might not be alone. You might have it too. I know a lot about my faith, but I’m…
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These saints were professional dragon-slayers
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April 25, 2018

These saints were professional dragon-slayers

They destroyed evil (and deadly creatures) wherever they went. Dragons are everywhere in Christian art and literature, especially in the lives of the saints, where these holy men and women are portrayed as triumphant victors over inherently evil creatures. The…
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The 1st difficulties of finding God: How an icon-writing retreat taught me about me
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April 25, 2018

The 1st difficulties of finding God: How an icon-writing retreat taught me about me

Benedictine Oblate Margaret Rose Realy is leading us through an at-home retreat that involves creating an icon. The hard work has begun. I’ve been working through Joseph Malham’s book Drawing Closer to Christ: A Self-guided Icon Retreat. Now at the half-way…
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He lived “heroic virtue” and now 1500 nuns follow in his footsteps
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April 23, 2018

He lived “heroic virtue” and now 1500 nuns follow in his footsteps

Father Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly founded the Sisters of the Destitute, an order that also has doctors and teachers. On April 14, Pope Francis met with the Vatican official who heads up the saints congregation, and approved the continued progress of…
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3 Simple prayers to pray throughout the day
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April 23, 2018

3 Simple prayers to pray throughout the day

These short prayers help focus your day on God. One of the most basic Christian practices that has roots in scripture is praying three times a day. For example, David in the Psalms cries out, “Evening and morning and at…
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Confessions of a Catholic book hoarder
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April 22, 2018

Confessions of a Catholic book hoarder

This lifetime reading list means it's time to clear space on that shelf I suppose I could hoard worse things than Catholic books. I once saw a show on hoarders and one person collected penguin stuffed animals that lined every…
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