St. Joseph leads us back to Nazareth

by Barb Ernster – Editor’s Note: Portions of this article are taken from Sign of Her Heart by John M. Haffert. The family is the foundation of society. As no chain is stronger than its links, society is no stronger than the permanent unity of the families of which it is composed. Every irreligious force […]

November helps us focus on gratitude

by David Carollo – The whole month of November is focused on gratitude. On Nov. 1, we honor All Saints, those who have been found worthy to stand before the Lord and whose lives are models for us. Many are well-known as the Church has canonized them. Many more lived quiet lives sanctified by grace, […]

Keep Christ in your children’s Chrismas

by Michaelyn Hein – My children are big Elf on the Shelf fans. Every year, at the beginning of Advent, the elf “magically” returns from the North Pole to keep an eye on the children’s behavior until Christmas. As in the children’s book of the same name, the elf reports to Santa Claus each evening […]

The Eucharist: A central part of the Fatima apparitions

by Father James L.P. Miara – His Excellency Joao Pereira Venancio, who was bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima from 1958 – 1968, when asked to summarize the message of Fatima, said: “Fatima is reparation, reparation, reparation and especially Eucharistic Reparation.”  Fatima is very Eucharistic. This is evident when one visits the sanctuary in Portugal, […]

Remembering our war veterans

by Susan Tassone – The month of November is dedicated to the holy souls in purgatory. There is great wisdom in the Church giving us this month. Our charity and gratitude not only demand we pray for the holy souls, but our faith requires our prayers to help them join the house of the Lord. […]

Teaching kids about purgatory

by Michaelyn Hein – “Okay, kids,” I said as I turned the calendar from October to November, “time for us to seriously up our game in praying for the souls in purgatory.” I anticipated the need to explain why exactly we suddenly needed to improve our prayers for the dead. Instead, I was surprised to […]

St. Louis de Montfort and the coming of Our Lady of Fatima

by Barb Ernster – There are some significant ties between the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort and the Fatima message to the point that I imagine St. Louis was rejoicing in heaven when the Virgin Mother began to appear at Fatima. The time had arrived when all that he foresaw was beginning to unfold […]

A healthy society needs the protective force of fathers

by Michaelyn Hein – The other day, I opened my web browser and clicked my way to my email in search of the day’s Mass readings. On the way there, I was confronted with an article that grabbed my attention. “Actress Reveals Teen Abortion,” it read, adding the woman’s own description of the event as […]

Charity and forgiveness begin in us

by David M. Carollo As people redeemed in the Blood of Christ, we know that our sins are forgiven if we sacramentally confess these and are truly contrite. Once cleansed, we must take the lessons of our failures and help others who have fallen to avoid sin and return to a life of grace. The […]

Uniting the family around the Rosary

by Michaelyn Hein – The first time my family attempted to pray a Rosary together was, admittedly, a disaster. My toddler broke one of our rosaries, my preschooler whined her way through it and my husband increased the speed of praying so that the words were nearly indecipherable. I understood his desire to get it […]

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