Saints

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Encountering the Word — John 18:36

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” (John 18:36) Print this entry

"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona

Daily Reflection — Do you believe in Angels?

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) The culture in which we […]

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John Eudes on the Presentation of Mary

“God inspired in the heart of the pure Virgin Mary His own intense love for humility, and abhorrence of pride. She possessed, even from her infancy, a far greater horror of pride and ambition, and a far deeper love for humility than all the saints together. It was the first virtue that she practices. She abased and humbled herself before […]

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

The “Problem” with Praying to the Saints

At one time in my life I viewed Christians as shallow people blindly following silly rules. As I was to discover, these perceptions were not only wrong, they were worlds away from reality. The root cause of my misconception was my confident ignorance. Until I allowed Christians to speak to me and define their faith in their words, I was unable to get anywhere […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what You want me to be – and becoming that person.” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux — of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church) October 1 is the Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1873 – 1897) Print this entry

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When We Struggle in Our Prayer Life

One of the biggest obstacles for me in the early days of my faith journey was the lack of a prayer life. I knew I needed to pray, but I couldn’t ever remember sincerely praying about anything. I was struggling with the typical male challenge of asking for help, especially asking God for help! I rationalized this by thinking, “Who […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Dr. Peter Kreeft

“Saints love true peace. They also hate false peace, peace based on lies. Saints hate violence and intolerance against sinners. But they also hate tolerance of sin. Saints love sinners more, and sins less, than anyone else does. Both of these eccentricities puzzle people and often offend them.” (Dr. Peter Kreeft; How to Win the Culture War, Chapter 7) Print […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

“We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self…. The truest crosses are those we do not choose ourselves…. He who has Jesus has everything.” (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne) November 18 is the Optional Memorial of St. Rose Phiippine Duchesne […]

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Daily Reflection — Lights for Christ

“From this time onward Elizabeth’s goodness greatly increased. She was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry… “Apart from those active good works, I declare before God that I have seldom seen a more contemplative woman.” (From a letter of Conrad of Marburg, Spiritual Director to St. Elizabeth of Hungary) Today is the […]

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by Edmund Blair Leighton"Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" (detail) by Edmund Blair Leighton

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Oftentimes also she led her friends to the cemetery, and said to them, “Remember that we too shall one day be but dust.” Then, when they had reached the charnel- house, she would say, “Here lie the bones of the dead; these people were once living like us, and are now dead as we shall be ; that is why […]