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On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle


On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part I of IV)

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler


The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part I of IV) Editor’s Note:  As a nod to the World Meeting of Families, in this post we will look at how the family, as domestic Church, hands on the faith by living out her share of Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king, and by responding to the universal call to holiness.  Today we will introduce our topic and examine... Read More

The Witness of Anna


THE WITNESS OF ANNA “And there was a prophetess called Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow until four score and four years, who departed not from the Temple, by fastings and prayers serving day and night. Now she, at the same hour, coming in, gave praise to the Lord,... Read More

The Purification


THE PURIFICATION “And after the days of her Purification, according to the Law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord. As it is written in the Law of the Lord, That every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: and to offer sacrifice, according as it is written in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.” Luke... Read More

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Presence of God – I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to allow me to enter in spirit the humble home at Nazareth, to contemplate Jesus’ most admirable life there. MEDITATION On this day for the last time in the cycle of the liturgical year, the Church invites us to contemplate the mystery of Jesus’ humble, hidden life. A feeling of close intimacy... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XII – Part I

February 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Poetry

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Broken? Stanza XII Part I “No pain, No gain!” You led the way, and showed the path we too must find. Your saints remind us through example, on what to set our heart and mind. Human beings are noble creatures. God made us in His own likeness, and if He is good, then it follows that we must be good, as well. The concept of nobility, goodness, or dignity does not include any selfishness or inclination... Read More

Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

December 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Seasonal


“The family has an essential role in the divine plan of salvation. Not only was it ‘willed by God in the very act of creation’ (Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio-The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, John Paul II, 1981), Jesus himself was part of the Holy Family, ‘where he grew and became strong [and was] filled with wisdom’ (Luke 2:40a), and... Read More

Should I Grow Closer to Mary as a Wife and Mother? I Feel Distant


Dear Angela and David, as a wife and mother, I’ve always thought that I should find Mary to be a spiritual example. But instead, I really feel distant from her. She’s sinless, and I’m not. Should I be trying to grow closer to her, and, if so, how? What a beautiful and honest question. We have both grown tremendously in our love for Our Blessed Mother. One of us, Angela, is a cradle Catholic,... Read More

Holy Family, Pray for Us

December 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal

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Holy Family Feast of the Holy Family Holy Family, Pray for Us! “Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him. “Here we can learn... Read More

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