It’s Ordination Day! Praying for Vocations

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“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community … Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” — Pope Francis’ […]

How Joseph Ratzinger’s Family Prepared Him for Mass

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If you aren’t reading Pope Benedict XVI, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? An easy way to stay connected to his comings and goings is to subscribe to the VIS, the Holy See Press Office daily newsletter, free of charge. Subscribers receive emails a few times per week that include a daily account of the Holy Father’s […]

Adopt-a-Seminarian: Africa eBook Project

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I have advocated for adopting-a-seminarian here before. When “adopting,” you pledge to pray for the seminarian daily, send letters or emails often, dedicate Mass for him once a month, send care packages from time to time, invite him to dinner over breaks, etc. Great idea, right? Sure, assuming those seminarians are studying in counties like the […]

Peace on Earth, One Family at a Time

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I recently received this message from one of our readers: I was wondering if you have any resources on dealing with less than loving parents. My parents fall in this category. Our oldest is 10-years-old, so I have been dealing with this issue for quite some time. I have experienced a lot of heartache and […]

Power to the Sheeple!

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The faithful should embrace this barb for what it really means. I had a Facebook dialog a few weeks ago with a couple Catholic friends who struggle with some of the Church’s teachings. The subject of the exchange was Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. One of them suggested he should be denied communion because he […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s April Prayer Intentions

Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope’s monthly prayer intentions. Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s […]