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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Quotes on the Rosary

From May to October 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal. She appeared to Francisco and Jacinta Marto (now canonized saints) and Lúcia dos Santos on the thirteenth day of each month.

Mary referred to herself as “the Lady of the Rosary” and told the children to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world. She also told them to pray and sacrifice for sinners in order to save souls from going to hell.

Since we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fátima on May 13th, I want to share thirteen quotes on the Rosary.

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Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Christians should follow the example of the most holy Virgin Mary because Jesus Himself gave her to us as our Mother. He has pointed to her as the model we should follow. It is, in fact, a natural thing that children should have hearts like their mothers and should reflect their mothers’ goodness and virtues.” ~ St. Paul VI

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Church.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I want to share a beautiful prayer that honors our Blessed Mother.

It’s called the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka the Litany of Loreto).

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Lourdes: a Place of Healing and Grace

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor teenage girl named Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.

Between February 11th and July 16th, she appeared eighteen times in the grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France.

Several years ago, I was reading about the events in Lourdes and discovered these words from the Blessed Mother to Bernadette:

“I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.”

When I read those words, they pierced my soul.

From that moment on, I’ve felt a strong connection to St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Even though I never seriously considered going to Lourdes, something changed recently.

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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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