Category Catholic

Forgive Yourself

“Everything is clearer in retrospect. You know what or how you could have done something better when looking back. Things are not so clear or easy when you are under pressure to care for your loved one 24/7. Your responsibilities are great, and you often must perform your duties without proper rest or assistance. Most […]

Celtic Cross and God’s Everlasting Love

As with much of Irish symbolism, the Celtic cross is rich in legend. Ancient roots are clouded, resulting in some guesswork to its exact origin. The Celtic cross is the Latin cross with a circle of light intersecting it. It is also known as the Irish cross or cross of Iona. These crosses may be […]

Underground Ancient Symbols of Faith

The ancient city of Rome was home to an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants at its height in AD 117. And where there is life, there also is death–and the need to bury the deceased. During the first century, most Christians buried their dead in public cemeteries. After the middle of the second century, […]

Pray It to Pieces

Beads, chains, center pieces, and crosses. Serious rosary pray-ers have a collection of broken rosaries and rosary pieces. Inexpensive strings of beads are not well constructed and don’t hold up for long. If we use these rosaries, beads eventually become disconnected. My favorite devotion is to pray the rosary. It’s calming, allows me to escape […]

When Life is Prayer

When is the best time to pray? Always. When we get into the practice of talking to God, Mary, the saints, or our angels all day long, we find it becomes an essential and integrated way of life. This past year has raised the bar on reasons to pray. Family members, friends, neighbors, our country, […]

American Novena

Prayer works. Calling on our God for guidance, assistance, relief, and peace is always answered, as all prayers are in one way or another. And if God is with us, we are never left alone. Back-up and support comes in numerous ways. The following prayer was shared with me by my friend, Marla, who received […]

Praying for Those on Your List

If I tell you that I’ll pray for you, I definitely will. I know that prayer works and plays an important role in healing broken bodies and hearts. Getting through our troubles is a lot easier when riding on the wings of prayer. In addition to helping others, praying for those in need benefits us, […]

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

In the Catholic and Orthodox Church, we celebrate Mary throughout the year. We do so because of her position as Mother of Jesus and her purity. Three special days to remember Mary occur over the next few weeks— The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) which honors Mary’s conception as a pure vessel in […]

Compassionate and Devout Saint Margaret

November 16th is the Feast Day of Saint Margaret Queen of Scotland and a special day on my calendar. On this day, we remember Saint Margaret because of her piety and works of charity and love. Since childhood, I’ve been obsessed with reading biographies, particularly those of the saints. I enjoy discovering what ordinary people […]

Through the Church Doors

Prior to March, attending weekly Mass was vital to my well-being. Mass set everything right. I prayed for the issues of the past week and the week ahead. Joining with my fellow parishioners in praise and petition invigorated me. The fellowship of community reminded me that I was not alone. We were one body and […]