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The Surest and Easiest Way to Sainthood

The first day of this new year was one of the best days of my life because it was the beginning of a new life.  For 33 days I had been preparing for this day and finally it was here.  After Mass as I knelt before the tabernacle and poured out the words to the prayer… Continue reading “The Surest and Easiest Way to Sainthood”

The Christmas Story Is a Story About You

Did you know that if you take the time to look deep into the Christmas story, you will see how much it is a story about you?  This is not just a fun tale about characters a couple thousand years ago, but a living biography about people who had to make choices that you and I make every day.  It is a story that when applied to your life, you will see it become a story about your life. Continue reading “The Christmas Story Is a Story About You”

Can I Become a Saint?

St. Kizito, St. Maria Goretti, St. Dominic Savio, St. Agnes of Rome, St. Philomena, St. Pedro Calungsod, St. Dymphna, St. Stanislaus Kostka… and the list goes on.  But what makes these people particularly important?  What do these eight Saints have in common? Continue reading “Can I Become a Saint?”

Why is Modesty Important?

Modesty is hard.  I admit it, staying modestly dressed takes commitment and struggle in this day and age.  I love fashion and really enjoy shopping, but when I put that and modesty together in this culture I’m faced with a challenge.  If it’s high in the front it’s low in the back.  If it’s modest on top it’s short on the bottom.  But I have always been taught to be modest by my parents, at retreats, and by the church.  Whatever I wear gets the “yes” or “no” of my parents and I just go with that.  I have always been told what to do…but why?  Why do I have to spend an extra few hours shopping to get that shirt with a neckline 3in higher or that bathing suit that gives more coverage?  What is the point?

I would like to share with you 5 reasons why being modest is so important.  Hopefully you can take these reasons to heart and strive to be more modest because of them. Continue reading “Why is Modesty Important?”

Is This Modest? The Dos and Don’ts of Modesty.

There are so many definitions for modesty around the world ranging from covering only bare minimums to leaving only the eyes showing. How are you supposed to know what is good enough?  What modesty guidelines should a Christian girl follow? Continue reading “Is This Modest? The Dos and Don’ts of Modesty.”

Burning an Image of Christ on your soul

Look at the three dots in the middle of this picture for 30 seconds.  When that time is up immediately look at a wall or piece of paper.  What do you see?  Hopefully you’re getting all excited because you see an image of Jesus on a blank wall!! 😉  Temporarily the black and white contrast burned an image in your eyes. But sadly it probably now its fading away. 😦  But that’s okay you can do it again! 🙂  Okay you’re probably rolling your eyes and wondering why I’m making you do this?  Well, it has to do with an experience I had this summer. Continue reading “Burning an Image of Christ on your soul”

Why Journaling Is Worth Your Time and Prayer Life | Guest Post by Maddie Catherine

When I was a kid, I used to hate journaling. With a burning passion. My parents always forced my siblings and I to keep “travel journals” whenever we went out of state and it was horrible. I hated writing about things that I already knew about and I didn’t like sitting down and writing for 20/30 minutes. Lets just say journaling was not my favorite past time.

Then, when I was in 6th grade, I decided to start a personal journal. There didn’t have to be due dates, and I didn’t have to write in it every day. I’m pretty sure I wrote something along the lines of “Let’s see how long I can keep this up.”

Well personal journaling succeeded… and that led to my spiritual journaling. And my friends, I seriously could not live without it today. You know why? Well I’ll give you 4 solid reasons why.  Continue reading “Why Journaling Is Worth Your Time and Prayer Life | Guest Post by Maddie Catherine”

How Skipping Ketchup Can Get You to Heaven | Sunday Meditation

Saturday evening I picked up the readings to prepare for Sunday Mass.  A phrase from the second reading of St. Paul to the Colossians really stood out to me and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.

What is your ultimate end goal in life?  What do you long the most to achieve someday? Continue reading “How Skipping Ketchup Can Get You to Heaven | Sunday Meditation”

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Forgive Offenses Willingly | Year of Mercy

We have all been hurt by someone in some way or another.  It may have been purposefully or accidentally, big or little, physical or emotional, or from friends or enemies.  I’ve been hurt.  I’m sure you have been hurt.  This world is full of pain and sin and so we get bruises and sometimes scars.  But what may be harder than taking the offense is forgiving the offender.  Continue reading “Spiritual Work of Mercy: Forgive Offenses Willingly | Year of Mercy”

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