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What is a Scapular?

What is a Scapular

You've seen scapulars. You may even wear one. But do you know what they are and what the conditions are for wearing it?

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What do you know about St. Benedict?

Saint Benedict

  Saint Benedict of Nursia, a figure known famously for being a hermit and for his monastic life, was an extremely influential man during the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. While many people recognize him as the founder of the Benedictine order, in fact Saint Benedict had a profound and lasting impact on the Catholic Church as a whole and …

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Why St. Maria Goretti is Important in our Times

Saint Maria Goretti

Most of us know the story of Maria Goretti, and the martyrdom that led to her canonization. Hers is truly a story of Love and Mercy, and she is the Patroness of Chasity, Purity, and Youths. In 1902, an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed her from her steps and tried to rape her. When Maria said that she would rather die …

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Feast Day of St. Thomas the Apostle

St. Thomas the Apostle

The Gospel account of Jesus' appearance to His grieving apostles after His resurrection in John 20, tells of Thomas the Apostle, who was away, being doubtful of the preposterous story that the Lord was alive. He had been with the Lord during his Passion and Crucifixion. He knew about the stone that sealed the tomb. How could his Lord be risen from …

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Feast of St. Peter and Paul

 Saints Peter and Paul are the principle pillars of the Church founded by Christ. Saint Peter was chosen by Christ to be his first Vicar on earth; he was endowed with powers ofthe keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:13-19) and charged with the role of Shepherd of Christ's flock (Jn 21:15-17). In St. Peter and his sucessors, we …

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St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Defender of the Faith

Saint Irenaeus

Saint Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. At a time when Gnostic sects threatened to undermine Christianity by a perversion of Christian thought, he vigorously denounced all heresies and safeguarded unity of belief. He succeeded the martyred St. Pothinus as Bishop of Lyons. During this “Fortnight of Freedom”, we have yet another holy example of love and …

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Who is Our Lady of Perpetual Help?

Who is Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Succour) or Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, associated with the Byzantine icon of the same name, said to be from the 13th or 14th century, but perhaps 15th century, which has been in Rome since at least the late 15th century. The image is very popular among Catholics throughout the world, and has been much copied and reproduced. In the Byzantine Church this iconography is known as the Theotokos of the Passion.

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Five Ways to Follow Jesus Like John the Baptist

How to follow Jesus like Saint John

John the Baptist could be considered Jesus' first evangelist. Mary went to visit Elizabeth because the angel Gabriel told her that Elizabeth was expecting. When Mary arrived at Elizabeth's home, Saint John leaped in her womb at Mary's greeting. "And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy." RSV Lk 1:43-44 Let's consider five ways that we can follow Jesus like Saint John the Baptist did and improve our evanglism in the process.

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Celebrating the Birth of the Forerunner, St. John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

Today is the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist On June 24th, in the Roman calendar, the church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist. The celebration of the birth of the Forerunner is one of the oldest feasts in the Church's history, dating from the earliest days. St. John the Baptist has remained a …

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