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Five ways to help reinforce the truth of the “Real Presence”

Five ways to help reinforce the truth of the “Real Presence”

by Michaelyn Hein — Earlier this month, Catholic media was abuzz with news that, according to a Pew Research Center poll, almost 70% of self-identified Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Instead, the majority of Catholics feel more

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The ‘third’ secret, the visions of Fatima and the path we are called to follow

The ‘third’ secret, the visions of Fatima and the path we are called to follow

by Larry Maginot — When I first began to travel with the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, I was asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation on the message of Fatima. In preparation for this, I read over Sister Lucia’s memoirs several times,

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The Portolá 250: An historic expedition to raise the voice of California Catholics

The Portolá 250: An historic expedition to raise the voice of California Catholics

By James Aitchison – The year 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the Portolá Expedition, which was the first expedition over land into Alta, California. Joining Catalonian-born explorer, Don Gaspar de Portolá in the year 1769 was Rev. Junípero Serra, who at the age of

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Our Lady, a basilica and a painting by St. Luke

Our Lady, a basilica and a painting by St. Luke

by Reverend Matthew R. Mauriello – The most important church in the city of Rome dedicated to Our Lady is the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, erected around the year 352, during the reign of Pope Liberius. (352-366) According to legend, a member of an

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The Eucharist is an inestimable gift not to be taken for granted

The Eucharist is an inestimable gift not to be taken for granted

by Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, was known for the long hours he spent hearing confessions.  He lived during the aftermath of the French Revolution and tried to rekindle

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Who does God want you to be when you grow up?

Who does God want you to be when you grow up?

By Michaelyn Hein – “Don’t remind me!” my son whined to his sister as she marveled that he would turn 10 soon. He suffers from the quintessential Peter Pan syndrome — a desire to never grow up. My daughter, on the other hand, couldn’t wait

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The 4th of July and the First Saturday devotion

The 4th of July and the First Saturday devotion

by Barb Ernster – With the 4th of July upon us, many people are making plans for an extended weekend to celebrate the birth of our nation. It is hard to think of the first Saturday devotion, which generally falls on this weekend, amid the

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The disillusioned man and the June 13 apparition

The disillusioned man and the June 13 apparition

by Barb Ernster – Mario Godinho was 25-years-old at the time of the Fatima apparitions. He was a member of an important and distinguished family from Vila do Paco, about 20 miles from Fatima. He owned a car, a Peugeot, which was a prestigious thing

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Let us use the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Let us use the gifts of the Holy Spirit

by David M. Carollo, Executive Director – The third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the decent of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the apostles. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. Fifty days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of

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How Mary helps us confront the culture

How Mary helps us confront the culture

by Barb Ernster A quote by St. John Damascene, one of the Fathers of the Eastern Church, speaks volumes about devotion to the Blessed Mother:  “What is there sweeter than the Mother of my God? She has captivated my spirit, she reigns over my tongue,

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