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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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Advent calendar | Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

Rediscovering Catholic Traditions: Advent and Christmas Calendars

Advent/Christmas calendars are an enjoyable way for everyone, adults, and children alike, to prepare for the feast of Christmas.
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Men are seen wearing scapulars during a Mass July 16 marking the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Harlem, N.Y. Founded in 1884 to serve Italian immigrants, the parish now ministers to a congregation comprised primarily of people of Haitian and Latino ancestry. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Rediscovering Catholic Traditions: Scapulars and Medals

There is a current crisis of Catholic identity, as a generation raised on the possibilities and question marks of Vatican II comes of age without sure answers.
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pilgrimage wall | Photo by Max Kukurudziak on Unsplash

Rediscovering Catholic Traditions: Shrines and Pilgrimages

For centuries, Catholics have visited places linked to Jesus, to Mary or to other saints, partly as a way of acknowledging that we are always “on pilgrimage.”
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people praying | Photo by Eric Mok on Unsplash

Rediscovering Catholic Traditions: Novenas

Novenas began in the early Middle Ages in Spain and France as a nine-day preparation before Christmas. The number nine represents the months Jesus lived in his mother’s womb.
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Mary statue with a crown of flowers | Photo by Marites Allen on Unsplash

Rediscovering Catholic Traditions: May Crowning

May Crowning and other Marian devotions remind us to honor our heavenly Mother all year.
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