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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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Franz Jägerstätter: Executed for refusing to say “Yes”
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January 29, 2018

Franz Jägerstätter: Executed for refusing to say “Yes”

Franz Jagerstatter was the only one in his Austrian village who voted against the "Anschluss." It wouldn't be the last time he refused to submit to Nazism. The pages of Christian history are filled with countless names of those who…
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5 Prayers for 2018 you might have forgotten, or never heard of at all
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January 28, 2018

5 Prayers for 2018 you might have forgotten, or never heard of at all

Try incorporating them into your prayer life this year   Classic prayers like the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and a handful of others from our youth are probably so deeply ingrained in our subconscious that it’s not hard…
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Biblical travel: How far to where, and what about the donkey?
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January 28, 2018

Biblical travel: How far to where, and what about the donkey?

All the Gospels portray ancient travel as undemanding, but no one was teleporting, that's for sure   Distance from Nazareth to Judean Hill Country: 90 miles. “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill…
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A 22-year-old priest called out one word as he met his martyrdom
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January 28, 2018

A 22-year-old priest called out one word as he met his martyrdom

Dario Acosta Zurita was a priest for just three months before he was murdered by Mexican soldiers The damnable and malevolent Cristero War was officially considered over in 1929. But that did not signal the end of the torture, murder…
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What is the powerful Seven Sundays devotion to St. Joseph?
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January 28, 2018

What is the powerful Seven Sundays devotion to St. Joseph?

A little-known devotion that honors Joseph's joys and sorrows. St. Joseph, while he never spoke a word in scripture, is one of the most beloved saints of Christianity. His silent example of obedient faithfulness is one that spoke much louder…
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No two stories of Our Lady are ever the same: A mother’s individualized love
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January 28, 2018

No two stories of Our Lady are ever the same: A mother’s individualized love

Our Lady of Miracles of Caacupé is beloved in Paraguay. As we hear stories of Marian devotions from different countries, we start to identify common elements. Our Lady often, for example, blesses countries with signs of her presence and closeness…
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Atheist turned mystic: The amazing story of Itala Mela
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January 28, 2018

Atheist turned mystic: The amazing story of Itala Mela

She took as her motto "Lord, I shall follow You unto the darkness, unto death." Born to atheist parents in 1904, Itala Mela was primarily raised by her Catholic grandparents. They helped Mela prepare for her First Communion and Confirmation,…
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A Saint for those suffering from broken, unfaithful and abusive marriages
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January 28, 2018

A Saint for those suffering from broken, unfaithful and abusive marriages

Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora is a model of holiness lived even after happily-ever-after goes sour. There’s an old saying, dating back at least to St. Francis de Sales, that certain saints are to be admired but not imitated. We don’t…
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The inspiring story of the great Catholic woman who was a twice-divorced nun
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January 28, 2018

The inspiring story of the great Catholic woman who was a twice-divorced nun

Remembering the "Prison Angel," Mother Antonia Brenner Can a Catholic woman get married and divorced twice, give birth to eight children with two different men, become a nun and eventually found a new religious order? The answer is Yes! In…
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