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St. Joseph Pray For Us.


Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Find the Original Here: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-joseph-novena/#ixzz4bEyPtPu1

St. Andrew the Apostle


“Andrew’s heart burned with love for Jesus, to the point that he was honored to share in the same death on the cross. Do you desire to love Jesus more intensely? ” (The Word Among Us)

To read the entire article on St. Andrew go to: https://wau.org/resources/article/st_andrew_the_apostle/



Saturdays: In Honor of the Virgin Mary

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Historical Background of the Saturdays in Honor of Mary

“To dedicate Saturday in honor of Mary is an ancient custom.  It is based on a legendary account that Jesus appeared to Mary on the Saturday, the day after His death.  He did so to reward her for her steadfast faith in His divinity, which did not waver under the Cross.  Another strain of devotional thought explains that Divine Wisdom, becoming flesh of the Virgin Mary, rested (Saturday=Sabbath=day of rest) in Mary as on a bed.

‘One of the oldest customs traced to honoring Mary on Saturday in the Church of Rome took place on the Saturday before “Whitsunday” [White Sunday].  The newly-baptized members of the Church were led from St. John’s baptistry of the Lateran to Mary’s great shrine on the Esquilin, St. Mary Major [built under Pope Liberius 352-66].  St. John of Damascus’ († 754) writings testify to the celebration of Saturdays dedicated to Mary in the Church of the East.  The liturgical books of the ninth and tenth centuries contain Masses in honor of Mary on Saturday.”

Excerpt taken from: http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/firstsaturday.html  You can go to this University of Dayton website for more information on this and other Marion days.

Our Lady of Lourdes

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“On February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous–beginning a series of visions. The lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.” -American Catholic


How to Avoid a Fractured Spirituality


“You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

Go to http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/how-to-avoid-a-fractured-spirituality/5076/ for a terrific article by Chris Hazell February 09, 2016. Just in time for Lent.

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church


Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors. This is the ninth day of the Christmas season. – See more at: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-01-02#sthash.ViYZttDE.dpuf

Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary

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St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – 1231)

St Elizabeth was born a Princess, the daughter of the King of Hungary. She became interested in the Franciscan way of life and, supported by her husband, greatly enhanced her charitable deeds including feeding the poor and building a hospital for the sick which she visited daily. St Elizabeth used her dowry money, which was returned to her, to build another hospital and, with her companions, she continued to care for the less fortunate in life. To learn more go to:

Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world. Shine in our hearts so that we can see your true love in the rich and the poor, in our words and our actions