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Spiritual Gameplan for Lent

February 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Lent, Seasonal, Spiritual Direction, Videos


Spiritual Gameplan for Lent   …with our thanks to Father Michael Najim for sharing this video with us on having a spiritual gameplan for Lent. Editor’s Notes:  This was originally posted in 2013. So, the date for the start of Lent that he mentions is not February 13th this year. Rather, this year Ash Wednesday begins Lent on February 18th. We are posting this now in order to give you a head start so you can... 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 where he sanctified it by his... Read More

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part I of II)

December 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Paul McCusker, Seasonal

Author Paul McCusker

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part I of II) Life, As I Find It In 1945, Academy Award-winning director Frank Capra returned to feature-filmmaking after spending the previous five years serving his country during World War 2. He was nervous. Did he still have the right creative sensibilities to produce films people would want to see? It’s remarkable to think that the man behind such classics as It... Read More

The Crucifixion of Our Lord

March 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Liturgy, Seasonal


Timeline of Jesus’ Final Hours Preceding Events The Last Supper €¨(Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-38; John 13:21-30) In the Garden of Gethsemane €¨(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45) Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested €¨(Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11) The Religious Leaders Condemn Jesus €¨(Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)  6:00 AM Jesus Stands Trial... Read More

Saint Paul the Apostle, Pray for Us!

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy, Seasonal

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle Saint Paul the Apostle: Pray for Us! “Paul addressed the people in these words: ‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the... Read More

Baptism of the Lord, Feast

January 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal


Baptism of the Lord Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Praying through Art “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who... Read More

Solemnity of the Epiphany

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Seasonal, Solemnity

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Solemnity of the Epiphany Adoration of the Magi “The loving providence of God determined that in the last days he would aid the world, set on its course to destruction. He decreed that all nations should be saved in Christ. “A promise had been made to the holy patriarch Abraham in regard to these nations. He was to have a countless progeny, born not from his body but from the seed of faith. His descendants are therefore... Read More

Mother of God, Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us! – January 1 Solemnity

January 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Mary, Seasonal, Solemnity


Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us! Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. “The Apostle tells us: ‘The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, and so had to be like his brothers in all things.’ He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence; she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving... 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 to realize who Christ really... Read More

Holy Innocents and Martyrs, Pray for Us

December 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal

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Feast of the Holy Innocents Holy Innocents and Martyrs, pray for us! “A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child, he himself would reign in peace in this life... Read More

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