The Catholic Company recently published "Teaching Kids How to Pray: Pope Francis' Five-Finger Method". You can read it here.
Studies Show The Ten Commandments Are Good For You! An article published on the website SpiritualDirection.com yesterday begins:
The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good.
You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living.
To read the full article, click here
The Feast of the Epiphany was this past Sunday, January 3rd. This is traditionally the time people will Epiphany House Blessing or chalking the door.
Typically a family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 16. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2016 is the year.
If you prefer not to use the traditional chalk, there are signs available in the back of the church or the parish office. You are most welcome to pick one up.
Blessing the Chalk:
V. Our help is the name of the Lord:
R. The maker of heaven and earth.
V. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
R. From this time forth for evermore.
Let us pray:
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Offer the following prayer:
Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”
Trouble Understanding the Mass? Here’s a Simple Explanation (Part 1)
The Mass is the sacrifice of Christ. He offered himself once and forever on the cross. It is the Center of our Christian life and the thanks offering that we present to God for His great love toward us. It is not another sacrifice. It is not a repetition. It is the same sacrifice of Jesus that is present. It is a re-presentation of Calvary, memorial, and application of the merits of Christ.
The Mass has two parts: the liturgy of the word (after asking for forgiveness of sins) and the liturgy of the Eucharist, which is an offering to the Father by Jesus and by us, because we are also sons of God.
To take advantage of the great spiritual fruits that God gives us through the Eucharistic Celebration, we should know it, understand the gestures and symbols, and participate in it with reverence.
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This article is from a blog post on one of our favorite websites, Catholic Link. To read the full post, click here
3 Ways to Pray the Rosary (Hint: It's Not A Necklace)
You probably have a rosary lying around your house somewhere. Maybe you received it as a Confirmation gift or picked one up when the sweet old lady was passing them out at church, but you don’t really know what to do with it.
If you remember praying the rosary as a kid as something that took a long time and was really boring, we encourage you to give it another try. (Click here for information from Lighthouse Catholic Media on how to pray a traditional rosary.)
However, we realize that it takes some time to sit down and pray the rosary. Here are three other ways to use your rosary to pray that take a little less time. Try incorporating one into your prayer time today.
The August 21st edition of The Catholic Witness featured a very informative article about Marriage Annulments titled: 12 Myths about Marriage Annulments in the Catholic Church on page 6. There is often confusion or misunderstanding around this issue, so we are taking this opportunity to pass along this resource.
To read the full version of this edition of the Catholic Witness, click here
Why would Christ ask us to eat his flesh and drink his blood? This video explains it all.
This is our Teaching Tuesday post... a day late! We're sorry about that.
The Anima Christi is a prayer from around the 14th century.
It is still widely used after receiving the body and blood of Our Lord,
Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
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