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Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

All Christians agree with the practice of praying the Our Father. However, the honor given to Mary by faithful Catholics is often mistaken for worship. This is something I run across quite often. You see, most of my childhood was...

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Praying Like Jesus:
The Lord’s Prayer

The Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer is the one prayer that all people of Christian belief have in common. This is a familial prayer we mutually pray and is raised up to the heavens countless times each day. Although...

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The Recipe for a Faithful Life

What does baking and a faithful life have in common? The answer lies with the ingredients and instructions. A correlation recently occured to me while performing an ordinary task. I often bake our daughter’s favorite pie for her birthday. The...

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Are Meatless Fridays Still A Thing?

Historically, practicing meatless Fridays is one of the most obviously Catholic social practices. From school menus to restaurant fare, there is an across the board acknowledgment of this devotion dating back hundreds of years. Yet in tandem with the Second...

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Abstaining From Meat
Kid-Friendly Meatless Friday

Hmmmm…it’s Friday and the troops are hungry, but if you’re like me you’ve simply been too busy to worry about it…that is until the rumbling bellies distract you from other matters! Since our family adheres to the practice of abstaining...

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Saint Maria Goretti: Chastity, Mercy, and Love

During my sixth grade year of Catholic school, Sister James Alma taught us about Saint Maria Goretti – the young patroness of chastity, rape victims, and merciful forgiveness. Although my knowledge of sexuality was immature, I felt an instant affinity...