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The Feast of St. Joseph by Carlin Tesoro

The Feast of St. Joseph by Carlin Tesoro

St. Joseph adopted my husband and I, years ago when we were just dating. In the first few months of meeting, I learned my now husband was of an Italian Catholic background, although not Catholic at the time, and Joseph was their family name. When March 19th arrived, 6 months after meeting him, I couldn’t help but celebrate. Especially, since St. Joseph’s Day has a longstanding Italian tradition. In the beginning, my husband’s faith went as far as helping his dad with music ministry at their protestant church. So, the feast day started out very small, just as a way...

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St. Michael's Lent

St. Michael's Lent

St. Michael’s Lent is what St. Francis termed the period between the Assumption, August 15, and the feast of St. Michael, September 29.

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Rediscovering the Nine First Fridays by Sister Anne Flanagan, FSP

Rediscovering the Nine First Fridays by Sister Anne Flanagan, FSP

In the 19th century, the German countess-nun, Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, renewed the call for the nine First Fridays, writing insistently to Pope Leo XIII to consecrate the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (He did.)

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The Burdens and Surrender of Daily Battles by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

The Burdens and Surrender of Daily Battles by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

“Patience in adversity gives power to the soul.” — Diary, 607    Each day, we fight a battle. It might be with the challenges we face in our vocation, state of life, or employment. It might be in the fact that every day, a spiritual battle is waged over our souls. The devil, who never sleeps, is constantly seeking to snatch souls to hell. Not a happy thought, but nonetheless, this is the reality of our life on earth. We need to be battle ready. We are to pray and stay in the state of grace, striving to be a...

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