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The Ignatian Examen Prayer

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: July 29th, 2020Saints, Spiritual Reflections

St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day we celebrate on July 31st, has gifted the church with a unique expression of spirituality. His Spiritual Exercises are integral in the lives of the members of the Society of Jesus, more commonly called the Jesuits, which he founded in 1540. Though few others are able to participate … Read More

Resting in Mary’s Mantle

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 16th, 2020Holy Land, Saints

What do St. Edith Stein, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. John of the Cross all have in common? Apart from residing in Eternal Paradise together, these three saints lived their lives in the Carmelite order, leaving the world behind to live in a community devoted to prayer, contemplation, and being in union with the … Read More

The Two Freedoms

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 1st, 2020Spiritual Reflections

The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus – a devotion that has existed within the Church since the 16th century. July also happens to be a big month for the United States, the month in which the most uniquely American holiday occurs – Independence Day, or the Fourth of … Read More

Be a Living Sanctuary

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: June 25th, 2020Medjugorje, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

“If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15 I made my first pilgrimage ever in September, 2018 to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a place of alleged apparitions … Read More

Home is Where the Heart is

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 19th, 2020France, Spiritual Reflections

Did you know that some months of the year have different themes in the Catholic Church?  The traditional dedications for the months are: January – Holy Name of Jesus February – Holy Family March – St. Joseph April – Blessed Sacrament May – Blessed Mother June – Sacred Heart July – Precious Blood August – … Read More

God’s Way or the Highway

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Germany, Pilgrims' Stories, Saints

Fifteen years ago, when I was living in Germany, I learned the story of the Passion Play at Oberammergau and decided I would attend in 2020 – the year I turned 40 – as a birthday gift to myself. Last year, as soon as tickets were available, I made all my plans for a wonderful … Read More

What is a Novena and Where did it Begin?

Tekton MinistriesLast Updated: May 21st, 2020Spiritual Reflections

Novena: a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days (Oxford dictionary) From the Latin novem, meaning nine Upon the death of a Pope, a nine-day period of mourning is observed.  We last saw this in 2005, whereupon the death of (now Saint) Pope John Paul II, his papal funeral … Read More

Working Alongside St. Joseph

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: May 12th, 2020Domestic Church, Ebooks, Saints

This article is an excerpt from our new eBook Homes, Hobbies, & Holiness: Living with the Saints in your Domestic Church. As a small child, helping my dad work on projects in the garage was always a treat.  My brother and I would spend weekends with him out there learning the difference between a flathead and … Read More