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A beginner’s guide to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet
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April 21, 2018

A beginner’s guide to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet

For those unsure about how to pray this powerful devotion. During the 1930s, a Polish nun named Faustina Kowalska received several visions and messages from Jesus. During these private revelations a great emphasis was placed on the Divine Mercy of…
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This hermit-nun hasn’t spoken for 16 years. But here’s what she tells us
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April 20, 2018

This hermit-nun hasn’t spoken for 16 years. But here’s what she tells us

Sr. Miriam of the Cross says she has the deepest friendship possible. Sr. Miriam of the Cross belongs to the community of nuns in the Carmelite Convent of Merciful Love in the Polish city of Szczecin, but she did not want…
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Some things never change: This is how early Christians celebrated Mass
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April 20, 2018

Some things never change: This is how early Christians celebrated Mass

A brief comparison of liturgy from the 2nd century and liturgy today. While there exist many different liturgical rites within the Catholic Church, each with their own unique traditions, the basic structure of the Mass across all these rites is…
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These saints were influential astronomers who wed science and faith together
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April 20, 2018

These saints were influential astronomers who wed science and faith together

Not only did they study the stars, they glorified the Creator for their beauty. Unfortunately, scientists are often pegged as atheists, under the illusion that anyone who truly delves deep into science will discover that God does not exist. However,…
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Who holds the Guinness record for fastest track to canonization?
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April 20, 2018

Who holds the Guinness record for fastest track to canonization?

Ok, there isn't such a thing, but if there were, St. Peter Martyr would probably have the title. In many cases, centuries pass between a saint’s death and canonization. By contrast, some saints, such as Teresa of Calcutta, have enjoyed…
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The ark and the empty tomb
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April 20, 2018

The ark and the empty tomb

Mary Magdalene encounters two angels in Jesus’ tomb, but it is the emptiness between them that reveals most. It recalls the form of God’s presence in Israel. There’s much to see in what isn’t there. On Easter morning Mary Magdalene…
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This shrine and monastery were built around an image of Our Lady that didn’t want to move
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April 19, 2018

This shrine and monastery were built around an image of Our Lady that didn’t want to move

Some legends claim that the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat originated in Jerusalem in the days of the early Church. A Spanish soldier in his mid-20s went to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat after recovering from a…
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What you need to know about the Order of St. Benedict
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April 19, 2018

What you need to know about the Order of St. Benedict

A brief guide to one of the most influential groups in history A few centuries after Christian monasticism was born in Egypt, St. Benedict came along and made profound changes that would impact religious life for the rest of history.…
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These apparitions were officially approved by the Holy See as “worthy of belief”
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April 19, 2018

These apparitions were officially approved by the Holy See as “worthy of belief”

This includes well-known private revelations and others that are not as popular. While Catholics are not required to believe any private revelation, even approved ones, apparitions and messages may be approved by the Church for local or universal devotion. This…
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Are we running out of time — or out of love?
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April 19, 2018

Are we running out of time — or out of love?

The paradox of our bloated schedules and shrinking hearts Are we running out of time? By that I’m not asking, “Is the Doomsday Clock perilously close to midnight?” Rather, I’m asking, “Are our days shrinking? Are there fewer hours, minutes…
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