The saying “Go big or go home” sounds so much more impressive than “Go little. Trust God.” We are not told to “grow down” but to “grow up.” Those who are small go unnoticed and merit no rewards. Or do they? In St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who lived in the late 1800s, we have a saintly companion whose “Little Way” is a[...]
Prayer & Inspiration
The most extraordinary and staggering conflict that ever took place happened not between men, but in the heavens, before the dawn of man on earth. Sacred Scripture gives us this history in Revelation 12:7-9: “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought[...]
One of the aspects of the Catholic faith that Protestants struggle with the most is the honor that Catholics give Our Lady. In particular, the "Hail Mary" seems to be a particular point of contention. Some Protestants point to that prayer and say, “That is proof of Catholics’ idolatry of[...]
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not pu[...]
Time is a gift that we have been given. We misuse it—especially today, with social media commandeering every free moment—but we have the gift of free will, too. Teresa of Avila, that beloved Carmelite saint, composed a beautiful prayer which we can say every day, or every night before we go to sleep, to redeem time.
Las novena de Tres Avemarías es una oración bella recitada para honrar las tres dones especiales de María dados por Dios: su poder, su sabiduría, y su misericordia. En esta novena le pedimos a Nuestra Señora que use sus dones para nuestro bien y para que Dios nos conceda nuestras peticiones, y sobre todo, la gracia para vivir un[...]
A patron is a saint who is venerated as a special intercessor before God. The theological background of the patronage of saints includes the dogmas of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Communion of Saints. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, (962) "We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are[...]
The United States were dedicated to the Immaculate Conception by Bishop John Carroll, its first bishop, in 1792, and in 1846, all the bishops of the nation officially named the Immaculate Conception the Patroness of the United States. An act of Consecration to the Immaculate Conception was made by the Bishops of the U.S. on the
The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary's special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.
There is no doubt that spending time with Our Lord at Mass or Adoration are perfect ways to be close to God. Yet I must remember that He is with me always ... wherever I am.