Why Ash Wednesday?

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. It’s no secret that most Catholics my age don’t go to Mass much...

Ashes

If you receive blessed ashes to mark the start of Lent, you will hear one of two phrases used by the minister who smears ashes on your forehead. “Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” “Repent and believe the Gospel.” Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. The Church uses ashes as...

Nobody Doesn’t Love Serra

Among all the announcements around Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States, one of the most exciting for Franciscan-minded people was the unveiling of plans to canonize American missionary Junipero Serra. While my fellow residents of the USA might tend to think that Christianity has been here...

The ‘Ups’ of Lent

Our guest blogger is Msgr. Richard Hilgartner, a former executive director of the US bishops’ Secretariat of Divine Worship and currently president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. “What are you giving up for Lent?” is always a popular question among Catholics as Lent approaches,...

Hope and Joy through the Miraculous Medal

Our guest blogger is Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, author of The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions from Servant Books. To learn more about Donna, click here. A couple of months ago I felt inspired to give a blessed Miraculous Medal to a woman I met who was working at a department store....

Four Ways to Increase Faith and Trust in God

Today our guest blogger is Randy Hain, author of Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic.  To learn more about the book—or to share stories of faith—click here. Joe Zuniga has been married for 30 years, is the parent of 11 children, has nine grandchildren, and has enjoyed a long and...

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