A New Series

I was recently inspired to begin a new series on my blog!

Since I enjoy learning about the saints, and they’re an important part of the Catholic Faith, I decided to create a series for them.

The new series is called Saint Spotlight. 

In this series I’ll highlight a saint for a specific purpose. It will most likely be a saint whose feast is celebrated in the current month.

I’ll describe the life of the saint and provide interesting information that I find.

I’ll choose saints from different time periods and walks of life, some well-known and some obscure.

Today I’ll present a saint I recently learned about: Frances Xavier Cabrini.

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Litany of Trust

Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life (Respect Life).

In honor of Respect Life Month I’d like to share a prayer from the Sisters of Life, a religious order whose mission is to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

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Behold the Heart

On June 16, 1675 Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (now a saint) and asked for the creation of a new feast.

He requested for the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost.

In 1856, Pope Pius IX extended the feast to the Universal Church. This year, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on June 28th.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is very popular and one you may already know and/or practice. If not, I recommend learning about it.

Rather than explain the devotion, I’ll share a recent experience that connects to the Sacred Heart.

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, May 31st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and says she’s been chosen to bear the Son of God. He also says that her relative Elizabeth, who was considered barren, is in the sixth month of her pregnancy.

Immediately after hearing this news, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth. This is known as the Visitation.

First, we’ll look at the Gospel account of the Visitation.

Then, I’ll share four lessons from this significant event.

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Church of the Visitation, Ein Karem, Jerusalem. Photos from a friend.

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