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  • Making Mass Matter

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    “When I was a little girl,” the older Catholic woman said to me, “and I had any sort of complaint or problem, my Irish mother would listen sympathetically and then say in her brisk, no-nonsense way, ‘Well, offer it up, my dear.&rsquo… read more

  • A Mother's Liturgy of the Hours

    by Danielle Bean

    I grew up with a dad who prays the Liturgy of the Hours, and as a result, the Church’s daily pockets of prayer have always held a special attraction for me. Perhaps when I am an older woman, I will live the kind of life conducive to praying the… read more

  • Dr. Jesus and Nurse Mary

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    After years of neglect by her drug-addicted mother, the social worker finally put eight-year-old Carol, into foster care. She was adopted by a loving family, but the damage had been done. Carol was wounded at a very deep level. Racked with low self-esteem… read more

  • Prayer for the Dead

    by Fr. Roland Guilmain

    Dear Father, I generally read the obituary column in my daily newspaper. Lately I’ve noticed that in obituaries which are clearly for Catholic families, there is a decrease in the number of funeral Masses that are included as part of the announcement. There… read more

  • The Healing Rosary

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    In the Evangelical church in which I was raised, we didn’t hate Catholics, but we thought they were wrong. One of the areas we were convinced they were in error was their “Mary worship.”   As I followed the path to the Catholic… read more

  • But Mass Is So Boring!

    by Fr. Roland Guilmain

    Our pastor said in a homily that the Eucharist makes us more like Christ. It transforms us. Well, I go to Mass every Sunday, and I find it a rather boring routine. It’s always the same thing, week after week. I’m just as impatient and critical as ever. … read more

  • The Importance of Personal Prayer

    by Rachel Swenson Balducci

    Sharon Cosper knows the importance of prayer. For years she has started her days with quiet devotion, and when she makes the effort to spend time in prayer, Sharon notices the difference.   But these days, with three children under the age of … read more

  • How I Learned to Love the Rosary

    by Daria Sockey

    The rosary, an icon of Catholic identity, rattling around in millions of Catholic drawers, purses, and pockets—not to mention dangling from Catholic rearview mirrors. It’s one of the most popular devotions acclaimed by popes and saints. Bl. … read more

  • We Are God's Cats. Let's Be His Dogs.

    by Tom Hoopes

    I have a theory: God gave us cats to show us the stupid ways we act toward him, and God gave us dogs to demonstrate how he really wants us to treat him.   My whole life long, I have been a cat person. I was heavily influenced by my cat-person … read more

  • 20 Ways to Teach Children to Pray

    by Nancy Flanders

    The single most powerful thing Catholic parents can do for their children is teach them to pray. Depending on the child, this may be an easy or difficult task. By teaching your children to pray, you give them the opportunity for a close relationship … read more

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