In my mid-twenties I began to practice my Catholic Faith more seriously and attend Mass regularly. During that time, I kept hearing a priest talk about confession during his homilies.
Even though I wanted to go to confession, I didn’t know much about it because I wasn’t taught to go regularly.
I desired to understand why I need to receive the sacrament, what it is and the effects.
Once I discovered this information and received the sacrament, it was life-changing!
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Today, August 8th is the feast of Saint Dominic.
Did you know that this saint has an important connection to the Rosary?
In honor of his feast, I’d like to share an interesting article.
It describes St. Dominic, when and why he received the Rosary and a miracle attributed to this prayer!
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Throughout the centuries, the testimony of many Christians, including a number of saints, confirms that objects blessed by a priest, through the power of the Church’s intercession, can repel demonic powers. Again and again, evil spirits have recoiled in dread, not just from the Sign of the Cross, but also from holy water and blessed oil, crosses, crucifixes, medals, candles, or salt (Manual for Spiritual Warfare, 55).
In a previous post, Spiritual Warfare, I mentioned that sacramentals provide protection from the devil.
Someone close to me suggested that I write a post on these valuable weapons.
In honor of Saint Benedict of Nursia, a champion in spiritual warfare whose feast we celebrate today, here’s a post dedicated to sacramentals.
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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.
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
Since May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, my posts this month will continue to honor her.
I’d like to share one of my favorite conversion stories!
This true story demonstrates Mary’s powerful intercession, specifically through the Miraculous Medal and Memorare.