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New Book Review of Praying the Angelus

Have you made a habit of praying the Angelus, but never really thought about its significance? Pete Socks at the Catholic Book Blogger has a review of the recent book by Jared Dees, Praying the Angelus. “When a book arrived in my mailbox about the Angelus prayer, I had to agree with my wife Laura when she said, “Really an …

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St. Josemaria Escriva, Priest and Founder of Opus Dei

Saint Jose Maria Escriva

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei and patron saint of diabetes, highlighted a humble path to holiness in the Catholic Church, teaching that people can become holy by performing their work and daily duties with a Christian spirit. He is the patron saint of diabetes because he himself suffered from type 1 Diabetes.   From the Opus Dei …

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The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today, June 23, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, why is this an important feast for Catholics? As Pope Pius XII explained in his encyclical Haurietis aquas (On Devotion to the Sacred Heart), the Sacred Heart is the foremost symbol and expression of Jesus’s love for …

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St. Thomas More: A Statesman for All Ages

I am by no means the most informed citizen, yet I doubt that I am alone in observing that there is a problem with modern politics. In the recent presidential election, Americans were subjected to unnecessary and offensive language from both major parties, scandals and subsequent cover-ups, and a general lack of integrity and common decency—all among contenders for the …

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St. Joseph: A Model for Fathers

This Sunday, June 18, we honor the men who are fathers in our lives, and especially our own fathers. Both parents fulfill specific, essential roles within the family, which we see demonstrated foremost by the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph within the Holy Family. Nevertheless, research has shown that the specific presence of the father in the home is incredibly …

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The Sign of the Cross

The sign of the cross is one of the first gestures we learn to make as Catholics, and yet for all of its simplicity, the gesture is often unintentionally bungled. Although for many of us the gesture has become a deeply ingrained practice, we frequently overlook its symbolism, even as we bless ourselves at the beginning and end of our …

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