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April 23, 2019

How St. Patrick returned home and became a priest

Although Patrick was only 16 years old when taken into slavery, he was able to escape six years later and return home. He recounts a "dream" (vision) he had, in which an angel of the Lord came in the night,…
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April 23, 2019

St. Patrick’s great mission to Ireland and the arrival of civilization

Once Patrick was ordained as a priest and had learned Latin and French, he asked to be sent as a missionary to Ireland, or, as it was known then, Hiberniae, which means the "Land of Winter." Patrick had a great missionary zeal…
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April 23, 2019

Ten ways to deepen our relationship with God

Over the years I’ve heard from many good people who want a closer relationship with God.  But they’re stymied by what they perceive as God’s silence.  What they often mean, without knowing it, is that they’d like God to do…
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April 20, 2019

Five Marian Titles To Encourage Your Devotion To The Blessed Mother

There’s nothing more consoling than to find refreshment in the arms of our heavenly mother, Mary. When we doubt or feel abandoned by God, turning to Mary under specific titles dispenses particular graces to our wounded and weary hearts. She…
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April 20, 2019

HOW TO UNDERSTAND RELICS

Relics are holy objects that are venerated by the Church. This is not to be confused with worship. We worship God alone, but we recognize certain objects in a way that inspires us. In sacred Scripture, we read that miracles often…
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March 26, 2019

The Nicene Creed and its origins

I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD Christians, like Jews and Muslims, believe that only one God exists. The creed states the assumption of the ancient Shema: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord." It begins with "I believe,"…
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March 26, 2019

Fatima: The ordeal and God’s providence

It is 1917, and the three young visionaries of Fatima – brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto, and their cousin, Lúcia dos Santos – have learned much over the preceding months. Part of God’s plan, the true identity of…
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March 26, 2019

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus…
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March 12, 2019

6 Saints With Rather Intense Stories

November 1st is All Saints Day, a day to commemorate all the saints, known and unknown. In recognition, here are the stories of six known saints. 1 & 2. Perpetua and Felicity Perpetua was a 22-year-old noble and Felicity was…
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March 12, 2019

Amazing Tales Of The Child Jesus

Even by the most liberal reckonings of the liturgical calendar, Christmastide has finally passed with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple on February 2, also known as Candlemas. Since the sixteenth century, perhaps because the commemoration of Candlemas is in February,…
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