Prayers to Grow in Faith and Virtue

Posted by Julie Cragon on 5/30/16 7:00 AM


We have a tendency to believe that we need to be in control of our lives and, oftentimes, of the lives of our family, our coworkers, and our neighbors. We build up burdens upon ourselves and when we are completely stressed, then we run to God.

But God says, “come to me,” “trust in me,” “have faith the size of a mustard seed,” before you are worried and weak. He wants it all. He can handle it and he can give us the grace we need and the strength we need to follow his will. Trust in him and, above all, have faith. 

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Topics: Catholic Authors, Prayer, Catholic Books, Saints, women

A Walk with Three Female Saints

Posted by Guest Blogger on 5/27/16 7:00 AM

Three Female Saints

Staying faithful—and faith-filled—can be difficult for anybody. For women who are looking for role models as they make their way along their spiritual journeys, they should look no further than three holy women. Three holy and inspiring women, Saints Clare of Assisi, Julie Billiart, and Angela Merici: Each one was ahead of her time. Dedicated to serving the Lord, they recognized societal needs and sought remedies for these concerns.

Each of these female saints founded a religious order of women with the intent of bringing education to women and care to society’s poor and marginalized.

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Topics: Saints

Pope Francis' Year of Mercy Challenge

Posted by Jeremy Harrington, OFM on 5/26/16 7:18 AM

(Steve Evans, Citizen of the World)

On February 8, we celebrated the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, whose life was burdened with many wrongs. She was kidnapped when she was 7, sold into slavery, and resold several times, bearing a lot of abuse along the way. In 1883, Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan, bought her and, two years later, took her to Italy and gave her to a friend and his family. Eventually, she learned about the Catholic faith, was baptized, got her freedom, and became a well-loved sister.

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Topics: Pope Francis, Year of Mercy

My Clumsy Confession

Posted by Guest Blogger on 5/25/16 7:24 AM

Clumsy ConfessionA little coffee spill shouldn’t be a problem for a Franciscan. Their robes are brown anyway. And I’ve seen Franciscans pull things out of hidden pockets, so each one probably holds a stash of napkins at the ready. Besides, I asked myself, what was the chance of my empty coffee cup having anything to do with a Franciscan prayer circle a floor below? 

One Saturday per year, I join 2,000 other enthusiastic “Catholic Men for Christ” to hear nationally renowned speakers in a posh, comfortable opera house. Various vendors of spiritual materials and refreshments are waiting for us during session breaks.

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Topics: Confession

Family Treasures: Helping and Celebrating Grandparents

Posted by Guest Blogger on 5/24/16 7:00 AM

Celebrating GrandparentsImage: flickr.
As a link between past and future, it is the grandparents who plant the seed, knowing full well they may not see the fruit of their harvest. They plant anyway. Sue and Marv Prins have grandchildren in Milwaukee—an eight-hour drive from home. Facebook and phone calls help shrink the distance, but Sue, who lives with a chronic illness, reasons, “I probably won’t live to see my grandchildren as adults.
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Topics: family, grandparents

Talking to God: Morning Prayers

Posted by Julie Cragon on 5/23/16 7:00 AM

prayer_LongThin.jpgImage: Long Thiên.
Throughout the day, we should be mindful that God wishes to continually hear from us. But how can we possibly speak to Him every minute when we are obviously busy?
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Topics: Prayer, God

Ask a Franciscan: Sacraments 101

Posted by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 5/20/16 7:00 AM


I receive many questions from curious, confused, or concerned Catholics about everything from the Mass to divorce to the saints. Sacraments are also of interest to people. Below are some recent ones.

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Topics: Sacraments

Pope Francis and Abraham Lincoln: Models of Faith

Posted by Guest Blogger on 5/18/16 10:22 PM

Pope Francis and Abraham Lincoln

Pope Francis mentioned four prominent Americans during his address to Congress on September 24, 2015. Three of these Americans— Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and Martin Luther King Jr.—seemed to be obvious choices as all three were significant religious leaders. Why Francis selected the fourth person, Abraham Lincoln, is less clear.

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Topics: Pope Francis, abraham lincoln

True Beauty Comes from God

Posted by Lisa Mladinich on 5/18/16 7:00 AM

Image: Yanko Peyankov.

Standing next to my daughter in front of a mirror used to be a jarring experience for me. I gave birth to her when I was almost 40 years old after many years of infertility; so we have certainly never been mistaken for sisters. Still, her beautiful, young face unconsciously became my beauty standard, and my aging skin could not stand up to the comparison.

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Topics: God, beauty

Daily Prayers for Catholic Women

Posted by Julie Cragon on 5/17/16 7:00 AM


As women, we have so much work to do in our world. We are called to love, to serve, and to accept the responsibility of bringing others to Christ and Christ to one another. Our family, our spouses, our children, our co-workers, and all of the people in our lives need our love and attention. And they need good examples that they can follow in striving for holiness.

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Topics: Prayer, women

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