The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted

Has your heart ever been broken?
Has your spirit ever been crushed?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had an experience (or more than one) that caused us to feel emotional pain. An experience that made our hearts ache. An experience that made us feel like we were kicked in the stomach and had the wind knocked out of us.

Whether we’ve experienced the loss of a loved one; end of a romantic relationship; betrayal of a significant other, friend or family member; or something similar, we can probably remember how much it hurt.

When we go through painful situations, do we try to deal with them on our own or do we turn to the Lord for help? When we go through painful situations, do we believe God is somewhere off in the distance or right there with us?

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Love One Another

How do we know what love really is when the word is used so casually and its meaning is often distorted and misunderstood? As always, we must look to God for the truth…

When we see Jesus on the cross, we witness the greatest demonstration of love that will ever take place. When we look at Christ crucified, we discover the true meaning of love: sacrifice.

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Don’t Miss Divine Mercy Sunday!

I’ve been praying the Divine Mercy Novena since Good Friday. (I’m grateful to those who are praying along with me!)

Those praying the novena know it ends on April 27th, the day before the Feast of Mercy.

Have you heard of this feast?

I’d like to tell you about this special day because I don’t want you to miss out!

I’ll explain:

  • What it is
  • How one participates in it
  • Why one participates in it
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Divine Mercy Novena Begins This Friday

Have you ever heard of the Divine Mercy Novena?

St. Faustina wrote,

“The Lord told me to say this chaplet for nine days before the Feast of Mercy. It is to begin on Good Friday” (Diary, 796).

Jesus explained,

“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.

On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls” (1209).

Pray with Me

I’ll be praying the Divine Mercy Novena, and I want you to join me!

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Saint Benedict the Holy Moor

While cleaning out my room recently, I came across an essay I wrote in sixth grade!

The sixth grade students of my school participated in a Diocesan wide essay contest. Each student was asked to research a saint or prominent Catholic of African ancestry and compare the person’s values with someone we knew.

Below is my article. I’ll explain why I’m sharing it with you at the end of the post.

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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross — also known as the Way of the Cross, Way of Sorrows and Via Dolorosa — is one of the most popular Roman Catholic devotions. It consists of fourteen events that took place during Jesus’ Passion.

History

Do you know where this tradition comes from? (I didn’t but discovered it while researching this post!)

After Jesus’ death, the Blessed Mother walked the path of His Passion daily. When she moved from the Holy Land, she created a similar outdoor route near her home. She used stones to mark each event and prayed while she walked.

Once Christianity became legal in the year 312, the “stations” were marked along the original route in Jerusalem. For centuries, people traveled to the Holy Land to honor these sacred locations.

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The Cross

About a year ago, I wrote a post on the cross. I decided to resurrect the post (with a few edits) since we’re in the season of Lent, journeying toward the cross with Christ.

If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, you probably read it. However, you may not remember what you read a year ago — I sure don’t!

Even if you do remember, I recommend reading it again. The cross teaches us many lessons, and it’s essential that we continue to learn from it…

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