Christ the King

The feast day of Christ the King is one that is commonly forgotten within Catholic circles; however, the feast seems as necessary today as it was when it was first established in 1925 by Pius XI. Christ’s Kingship over all of creation is declared by Christ himself (John 18). Likewise, Christ’s Kingship is affirmed in […]

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Cooperating with God through Redemptive Suffering

As a pregnant mother approaching the arrival of our newborn baby, I know, as any mother does, that I am going to face the suffering of labor and childbirth. There is great anticipation as we await meeting our newborn daughter face-to-face, but I know that to get there, there is going to be some pain. […]

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Consecration to Mary, Our Queen and Mother

For just as the Immaculata herself belongs to Jesus and to God, so too every soul through her and in her will belong to Jesus and to God in a much more perfect way than would have been possible without her. Such souls will come to love the Sacred Heart of Jesus much better than […]

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St. Maximilian, Martyr of Charity

Today is St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day, and I am so incredibly thankful for this saint (for a short bio, click here). In many ways, this Polish Franciscan friar and priest is responsible for the love I have developed for Mary and the closeness I feel to her, and consequently, the flourishing of my relationship […]

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Windows into Heaven

The Eastern Church in the 8th century experienced the “iconoclastic controversy.” The main controversy was over the veneration of icons (holy images of Jesus, Mary, the Saints &c.). Those who thought icons ought not be used destroyed icons (hence the name “icon-smasher”). Saint John of Damascus responds to this controversy in On the Divine Images. […]

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St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Response to Modernity

I was prompted to write this post because of something my Catholic seminarian friend, Andrew Lane, shared on Facebook. His post was this: Today Love is being killed. We want to blame hate, because it’s repulsive. But I think there are few who are truly hateful. Love is not just being choked by hate. It […]

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His Friends are Ours, Too

Before I was confirmed in the Catholic Church, I never anticipated how comforting I would find the intercession of the saints. For me at the time, it was nice to know that the saints do pray for us and intercede on behalf of the Church. But when times become trying and you need a lot […]

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An Antidote to Our Troubled Times

“I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, ‘What can get through such snares?’ Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Humility.’” – St. Anthony the Great While reading Saint Teresa of Avila’s autobiography I found her humility incredibly striking. Here is a piece of her […]

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Coming Close to Mary

Since my consecration to Mary late this summer, I have been trying to understand what consecration to Mary really means. What does it mean to come close to Jesus through Mary? Thanks to the Militia of the Immaculata, I had some really good resources when I was preparing for consecration to begin to understand, in […]

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