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The Goodness of God’s Answers

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 26th, 2020Italy, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Have you ever prayed fervently for something to happen only to have the exact opposite thing occur? And you couldn’t understand why in the moment, but later on it became really clear? If so, you are in good company! St. Monica, like most mothers, worried about her son, the future St. Augustine, and the state of his soul. When … Read More

For the Love of Cherries

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: August 25th, 2020Saints

St. Gregory the Great – Pope Gregory I – shaped the papacy and reformed the liturgy in such a stunning way that it made him one of the greatest popes in history. His influence has had a permanent effect on the Catholic Church.  Here are just a few highlights of this great pope:  He wrote more than 850 letters. He wrote an extensive commentary … Read More

How to Make the Virgin Mary Queen of your Life

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Crowning Mary with a garland of flowers while singing songs and celebrating a special Mass was a favorite tradition in my Catholic school. It’s from this simple act repeated every year for 12 years that made Mary queen of my heart. Mary’s queenship is a direct result of the doctrine of her Assumption, naturally flowing to when she was crowned Queen of Heaven. … Read More

Saints along the St. Lawrence

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 13th, 2020Canada, Featured Pilgrimages, Saints

The Gulf of St. Lawrence was named after the saint we celebrated earlier this week by the French explorer Jacques Cartier as he first sailed into the gulf on August 10, 1535, the feast of the martyr St. Lawrence of Rome. It is fitting then, to explore today some of the other saints now connected … Read More

Prayer of Examen

Prayer of Examen

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: September 15th, 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