May 2017

Praying with Mary

The life of Mary, mother of the Word of God, can show us how to read the Bible in a personal, prayerful and transforming manner. This way of listening to God's word in Scripture is traditionally called lectio divina, an
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Honoring Mary in Your Garden

During the Middle Ages, the faithful saw reminders of Mary, the Mother of God, in the flowers and herbs growing around them. Violets were symbols of her humility, lilies her purity and roses her glory.
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St. Christopher: Fact or Fiction?

St. Christopher—patron of travelers, protector against toothaches, hailstorms, and sudden death—is one of the most endearing for Catholics. His life and story, bordering somewhere between legend and legitimacy, is a faith-affirming exercise in service, grace, and love.
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Family, Redefined

How many singles have fielded the marriage question? How many childless couples have been quizzed about when they'll be starting a family? Our society, even in this diverse century, rarely knows what to do with us.
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Statue of Blessed Virgin Mary

Why Pray to Mary and the Saints?

Why do Catholics pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to various saints? Is there anything in the Bible to back this up? Can't this be considered idol worship? Why not pray directly to God? The mother of Jesus Christ
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Fatima statue in Portugal

The Third Secret of Fatima

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near F√°tima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for
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