The Holy Name of Mary

The virgin’s name was Mary (Luke 2:27) On September 12, the Church celebrates the liturgical feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Although this feast was always celebrated in some...

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Late Have I Loved You

Late have I loved you, Beauty ever ancient and ever new, late have I loved you! These words were written by Augustine of Hippo, one of the Church’s greatest saints....

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A Patient Mother

Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Monica. Most of what we know about this saint comes from the writings of her famous son, St. Augustine. He was a sharp...

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St. Maximilian – Martyr of Charity

The good thing about the saints is that they were people made of flesh and bones, just like us, and they could reach a level of heroic virtue.   Fast...

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12 Promises From His Heart: First Promise

THE 12 PROMISES of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to St. Margaret Mary between 1673-1675. Among the words spoken to...

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Freedom Through Forgiveness

Friendships are not always smooth and unbreakable. I had a group of friends throughout my childhood, and as we got to be seniors in high school, I remember our friendship...

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Finding God Through Creation

“It is difficult to believe in God when I can’t see Him” A very common concern that I encounter among young men and women, both in high school and even...

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3 Ways to Fight Anxiety

Abiding in Jesus' Love In today’s society we can often feel alone and anxious, even if at the same time we have thousands of followers on social media. The truth...

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On the Palms of My Hands

I have the joy of being a Chaplain and Spiritual Director at a Catholic High School in San Diego. Every year before graduation the students sign one another’s year books....

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To Live or Die… Spiritually

Our Life in Christ, God’s Life in Us When I was in high school, I remember asking our religion teacher which sins were mortal. My “plan” was to try to...

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How to Stay Catholic in College

One of the toughest realizations I had when I started working with college students was the amount of Catholics who stop practicing their faith within the first year of school...

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Easy Steps To Do a Time of Personal Prayer or Meditation

It’s About Speaking With God, Who Loves You Infinitely There is no question that spending time in daily prayer or reflection will help you find true interior freedom—but how can...

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You Are Never Alone!

It Happens All The Time I’m seated in a crowded airplane about to take off. I’m on my way to lead a spiritual retreat. For some reason, whenever I’m at...

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The Almighty God Needs You!

Saul was a passionate and committed Pharisee who had decided to put an end to the new “heresy” of Christianity. He asked for permission from the religious authority and headed...

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Sister Death

It has been said that there is nothing so certain as death, and nothing so uncertain as the moment of death. Death is a mystery in so many ways.  What...

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Scruples, an Illness of the Soul

From a spiritual approach, when we talk about “scruples” we are referring to a particular disposition or state of the soul by which a person tends to see sin everywhere,...

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When Plagiarizing is Okay

He who sings prays twice. I've heard that phrase attributed to at least a dozen different saints: St. John Bosco, St. Philip Neri, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Augustine, St....

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Let Us Learn from the Fishermen

There are many people who enjoy fishing. I’m one of them. I really enjoy catching trout in the lakes and rivers of Patagonia. Or at least, trying to… What does...

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Jesus Waits

Have you ever wanted a GPS… but for your life? God’s voice—the inspirations of the Holy Spirit—are kind of like a Divine Garmin; the only problem is that we don’t...

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How To Pray When I Can’t Pray

It’s not always that easy It always amazed me to read how some saints had a very hard time praying. Sometimes, like in the cases of St. Teresa of Avila...

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Gratitude: A Path Towards Joy and Love

Each day, month, and year brings us new opportunities to praise, bless, and thank God for the many blessings He pours upon us. Among the countless benefits we have received,...

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Stop Making Cannoli and Go to Mass

Whether it be going off to college or starting your first job after graduating, undergoing any major lifestyle shift will prompt you to ask yourself who you are and where...

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Comparisons: A Waste of Time

There is a weird kind of “sport” that every now and then we are tempted to practice, which consists of comparing ourselves with others, either in human matters or spiritual...

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Hoping Against Hope

In the midst of our path here on Earth, the well-known phrase “hoping against hope” can be a key for us to confront our daily difficulties with courage and peace....

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6 Tips for Maintaining Good Relationships

Relationships, whether with friends or family, can be the source of many good things: first of all, friendship, but also growing, learning, teaching, loving, and being loved. But relationships can...

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The Hidden Beauty of Silent Prayer

In the first book of Kings we read how the prophet Elijah went to the mountain to encounter the Lord. There he could perceive a strong and violent wind, but...

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5 Reasons to Forgive

It is a reality for all of us, at least in certain moments of our life, that we may find it difficult to forgive, especially if the offense committed against...

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Do Whatever He Tells You

“Do whatever He tells you” is one of the rare sentences that we have in Scripture from our Lady, and it is a command, or, at the very least, a...

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“Apostolate? I’m not ready for this!”

Those of us who know the treasure we have in our faith and in our relationship with God know how much everyone needs Jesus – His love, His mercy, His...

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7 Keys to Sharing the Faith

Many of us have friends or family that want nothing to do with Catholicism, and thus we find ourselves stuck in between a rock and hard place. We have found...

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