Category: Prayer

mary, mother of God

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 Joyful Mysteries and the Veil

I first began practicing the optional devotion of wearing a veil seven years ago. The post, Lifting the Veil, explains the decision making process. Initially, my adult daughter and I both felt the call and chose to begin on Mother’s Day of that year. One of my more recent posts is entitled Veiling Revisited – Is It Mandatory?. There I...

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...

praying the rosary

5 Ways of Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary is a revered and desirable devotion for Catholic Christians – from the laity all the way to the pope. However, those for whom it is not yet a developed habit, the task is often daunting. As with any worthy behavior, the practice of praying the Rosary daily is something we can easily develop over time. I have...

patience, family

Patience – I Need It Now!

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Considering that one of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “Dear Lord, give me patience – and I want it right now”, there might be a correlation. After all, my mother influenced my life like no other. When my two younger brothers grew into unruly teens and Mom sought the advice of our...

mercy

Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

  The true meaning of the word mercy is often misunderstood and misused. Far from indicating that all bets are off and you are free to do whatever you please – without repercussions – true mercy has ramifications that benefit the immortal soul. The definition of Mercy is: The disposition to be kind and forgiving. Founded on compassion, mercy differs from compassion...