Category: Devotions

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The New Covenant Brings the Lamb of God

The readings for Holy Thursday clearly illustrate Jesus’ intent concerning worship for the Catholic Church. We see the Old Covenant fulfilled and that the New Covenant brings an entirely new reality. The first reading, from Exodus provides a glimpse into the Jewish tradition of Passover – a practice Jesus would have participated in with His family. The LORD said to Moses...

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Is A Chapel Veil or Mantilla
Mandatory for Catholic Women?

Almost seven years ago, I ventured into the hot topic of veiling. As I quickly found, there is quite the cyber skirmish going on concerning this topic as well as the issue of what constitutes modesty. As with many devotions and other disciplines, discussion can get quite contentious. In my post, Devotion: Lifting the Veil…Onto My Head, I shared what...

The Saint Peregrine Novena, Cancer, and a Miracle

The Saint Peregrine Novena, Cancer, and a Miracle

As a victim of breast cancer, in blessed remission for thirteen years, the fresh diagnosis (or recurrence) of a friend strikes cold fear in my heart. Once you are a part of the cancer club, your life is never quite the same. Fortunately, the grace of faith was given to me. I also have a husband who is part knight...

Catholic Women Veiling 101
Explaining The Devotion To Children

  The devotion of Catholic women veiling is seeing a definite upswing throughout the country. This is evidenced by first time sales by veiling companies as well as the rapid growth of veiling groups in social media. One such group to which I belong, has seen its numbers grow to almost 2,500 actively participating members. Lively discussions, education, and camaraderie...

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Why Women Are Wearing a Chapel Veil Again

A resurgence in the optional devotion of wearing a mantilla, or chapel veil, has many people in the pew scratching their heads. Why would women, especially younger women, return to a practice that is described as submissive and subordinate? The answer to this question lies in the motivation leading to the devotion. It may be simpler to address the mistaken...

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Saint Francis of Assisi
So Much More Than A Garden Statue

As arguably one of the favorite among all the saints – among Catholics, Protestants and even non-Christians – Saint Francis has quite the reputation. Yet, to quell rampant secular misrepresentations, wisdom dictates that we take a closer look at this multifaceted saint. At first glance, he holds quite the worldly image as a kind of garden decoration who holds bowls...

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Jesus’ Gift of Self
Giving Ourselves to Others

“That our nation may become a Culture of Life that rejects abortion, and more effectively welcomes children for Jesus’ sake, therefore welcoming Him, we pray to the Lord…”, from the General Intercessions for Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Priests for Life As a pro-life service to the Church, Priests for Life offers supplemental pro-life prayers and meditations to Catholic dioceses...

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The Smells and Bells of Mass
8 Ways Senses Matter When We Worship

Worldly Smells and Bells We are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by God and His crafting of us is undeniably intricate. Our five senses give us a plethora of experiences with which to enjoy all of His creation. Our immediate surroundings provide much in the way of sensory pleasure – to the point that we often take them for granted. Similarly,...