Category: Faith

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I Am Both Martha and Mary

The Gospel of Luke tells us of the dilemma faced by Martha and Mary – the choice between daily responsibilities and spiritual nourishment. This ageless struggle remains to this day. In these hectic times there is even more emphasis on our worldly duties. Life today rushes along like a whirlwind. In a word, we are busy – all the time....

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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 spent in a primarily Protestant area. While I was growing up, not one of my friends shared my Catholic faith....

54 Day Christmas Miracle Novena

54 Day Christmas Miracle Novena
Will You Join the Grace Force?

    It is indisputable that society is undergoing a period of horrific sinfulness. Even the Catholic Church is not immune. As light shines ever more brightly on the dark underbelly of illicit activity and leanings in the world, the faithful are called to act. This sinful state necessitates supernatural warfare. For this purpose, Father Richard Heilman is initiating the...

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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 the protestant version has an additional doxology (praise response), added as a side note years ago and later made an...

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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 only recipe I have is old. It originates from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late...

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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 Vatican Council and the liberal direction of the 1960s, this practice is no longer widespread. Unfortunately, this presents a weakening...

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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 from meat throughout the year, this quick meal is a favorite. It’s an easy solution that is kid-friendly. The three...

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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 for this young saint of chastity. Her story touched a chord deep within my heart. To think that someone so...