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Pray the Rosary, Franciscan style

There’s more than one way to pray the Rosary. If you have a special devotion to St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast we celebrate on Oct. 4, or if you’d simply like to explore a different angle on a familiar form of prayer, the Franciscan…

Feeling hopeless? Try this!

When faced with a hopeless situation, people will respond in a variety of ways. Some will be overcome with panic, some will turn to food or alcohol, and some will just “get busy.” For the most part, responding in any of these ways will not…

A short history of the Nicene Creed

Every Sunday, midway through Mass, we rise and pray together the Nicene Creed: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth” and so on. Unfortunately for some, the Creed can seem somewhat rote, something taken for…

A prayer for the sick

The sick flock to you Lord, for you are the greatest instrument of healing. All those ailed in both body and soul need only to turn to you and your graces for relief. You support your faithful, and so your faithful remain ever on the path…

A prayer for conversions

Today the Universal Church celebrates the incredible conversion of Saul of Tarsus from a bitter persecutor of Christians to one of Christ’s most ardent apostles. This singular marvelous act, besides the Resurrection, provided the early…

Daily Blessing of a Child

May God bless you.  May God keep you safe.  God be with you.  God be in your heart.  May God bless and protect you.  — Daily Blessing of Child, Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers, Revised Edition (United States Conference of…