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A Few Simple Words

Edifa | Aug 31, 2020 A few simple words are enough to make true love blossom. And chances are you already know them! In the course of his numerous speeches, Pope Francis has reiterated the fundamentals of our faith, wisely summing them up in a few plain words. Among other things he has told us is […]

Civilize It

A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate? The U.S. bishops have responded to that question with Civilize It, a campaign that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue in the 2020 campaign season. The […]

What is Spiritual Communion?

What is Spiritual Communion? Simply Catholic.com FATHER FRANCIS HOFFMAN 1 MIN READ Years ago, I learned a “spiritual communion” prayer that St. Josemaría Escrivá learned as a child from his mother’s confessor. It goes like this: “I wish, my Lord, to receive you, with the purity, humility and devotion with which your most Holy Mother […]

How Should Catholics Pray Before & After Mass?

Critical Moments: How should Catholics pray before and after Mass? Simply Catholic.com 7/24/20 AMY TROOLIN 5 MIN READ It happens every Sunday. Parishioners scurry into their pews moments before Mass begins. A few sneak in during the opening song or even the first reading, hoping that no one will notice. After Communion, the church is […]


Virtue of Hope

From the Catechism: The Virtue of Hope Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 One of the three theological virtues along with faith and charity, hope enables us to “desire the kingdom of heaven and […]

Bad Day

From the August 2, 2020 Bulletin of St. Anthony Church, Hillsdale, Michigan Did you ever have a particularly bad day when nothing seems to work out and every thought you have is negative? I had one of those days last week. It started when I first woke up after a restless night. So much was […]


Pope Francis’ 2020 Monthly Prayer Intentions

THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS ENTRUSTED TO HIS WORLDWIDE PRAYER NETWORK FOR THE YEAR 2020 August Universal prayer intention – The Maritime World We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. September Universal prayer intention – Respect for the Planet’s Resources We pray that […]