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Image: “The Holy Virgin in Old Age” by James Tissot Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold?  Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, she beheld her tender Child All with bloody scourges rent. For […]

Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why […]

Father of mercy, give your people help and strength from heaven. The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son was the dawn of our salvation. May this celebration of her birthday bring us closer to lasting peace. Grant this though our […]

“Of the astonishing and flattering number of people who wrote to me when I fell so ill, very few failed to say one of two things. Either they assured me that they wouldn’t offend me by offering prayers or they […]

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures […]

Sister Denise Mosier, OSB August 26, 1943 – August 1, 2010 The tragic story of the Benedictine nun killed in a Virginia car crash has grabbed a lot of headlines — but so should this story, about how her community […]

Julie over at Happy Catholic has tagged me, and asked me to name a few of my favorite things — or, at least, my favorite devotions. Okay, in no particular order: The Miraculous Medal Novena Chaplet of Divine Mercy Benediction […]

Leave it to The Anchoress to craft this beautiful and heartfelt meditation. Don’t you know someone who could benefit from this prayer? A snip: First Mystery: Jesus in Gethsemane Prayer: Lord, I feel stranded and abandoned. Although I am surrounded […]

Outside Jerusalem, you can visit an unusual church that could be one of the most important – and most overlooked – in the world. It’s a little off the beaten path. Unlike most churches in the Holy Land, this one […]

“I would say it is appropriate and even mandatory to do what one can for another who is sick; and if you believe that praying helps, to pray. It is in any case an expression of one’s deep hopes. So […]