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INRI: Iíll Never Regret It
As I returned home, at the end of the summer, I knew if God was really calling me to become a Sister, the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus would be the Order I would choose. I saw only good and dedicated women working for the Lord.

Random Thoughts
Isnít it odd that Catholic pacifists, given a choice of two candidates who both say they will prosecute the war on terror to the full, would intervene on behalf of the candidate with a consistent anti-life record?

The Blessed Virgin Mary and Women
As the masterpiece of the new creation, Mary is a model for women of all states of life and time.

Breaking the Host Before Consecration
This abuse seems to have arisen from a literal and somewhat dramatic interpretation of the words of the institution narrative of the consecration ďHe took the bread, broke itÖĒ

Serious Relationships
Is it possible for me to deepen my love of God, to reach such a level in terms of my spirituality without experiencing that particular type of love on a human level?

What If My Parents Are Against It?
Do not walk away from the vocation just because it is not easy and is forcing some hard choices on you.

All Souls Day
Christís death and resurrection won eternal life for everyone. Yet the fruit of his redeeming work needs to be personally appropriated.

A Primer for Committed Couples
Couples in Love, by Fr. John R. Waiss, provides a comprehensive yet approachable and enjoyable overview of the Churchís teachings on issues that confront young couples in relationships.

The Discernment Process
The main problem is not in being able to see what God wants, but in not being willing to do it.

Hey, Whatís My Vocation?
In order for you to have a vocation there are certain conditions you have to fulfill. If there is anything missing that you are not able to acquire by putting in a little bit of effort, it would be a sign that you donít have a vocation.

Me, a Nun? No Way!
I understood that God had planted a certain desire in my heart when He first created me, and that the fulfillment of that desire would make me happy.

Communion Services Before Daily Mass
In order to hold a daily Communion service guided by lay ministers, express permission is required from the bishop, who is encouraged not to grant it with ease.

The Sixth Sense, Kiki's Delivery Service, Horror of Dracula
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Author Interview - Shower of Heavenly Roses by Elizabeth Ficocelli
In her new book Shower of Heavenly Roses: Stories of the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux, author Elizabeth Ficocelli shares stories of countless hearts touched through the intercession of St. Therese.

Picture of Martin Luther King Jr. in a Church
When the Church reverences a person through public worship she thereby makes a statement that she holds, not only that the person is an example to others but also that the person is certainly in heaven.

Christ the King
Yes, he was indeed on a mission to rescue his people from the power of darkness (Col 1:12). But his crown was of thorns rather than of gold. His weapon was the cross rather than a sword. He came to serve rather than to be served.

On the Right Track
I think our Lord, if he is calling you to the priesthood is purifying your heart very early on, almost as he were forcing you to go to the roots and reality of your vocation . . .

Vocation Yes, but...
A good course of action for you is to continue your discernment, continue praying and opening your life to be guided by God.

An Outreach To Abortion-Seeking Women
While many abortions are procured for selfish reasons, a not insignificant number of abortion-seeking women do choose life for their babies when provided with loving alternatives.

Getting More out of the Mass
Nothing and no one can stop us from being in Jesusí presence to receive him and give ourselves to him. The bad news is, if we donít get anything out of Mass, thereís no one to blame but ourselves.

Thanksgiving & Eucharist
But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday? Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, family, and freedom enjoyed by Americans are all gifts from the Creator.

Thanksgiving
But thanksgiving canít be limited to Sunday Eucharist. We are called to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Weíre called, in this year of the Eucharist, to become a eucharistic people.

Use of the Church Organ During Advent
The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument that adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up the spirit to God and to higher things.

Celebrating Advent as a Family
For families longing to build Catholic traditions, few times of the year hold greater promise than the liturgical season of Advent.

Rose-Colored Vestments on Gaudete Sunday
I have always observed that the priest wore a rose or pink vestment on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.

The Key is Loving Christ
The way to master your heart and the drive to love in our life, is to choose whom you are going to love and put all our energies into loving that person.

Rhythm of the Scripture Readings
How and by what process is the daily Scripture reading determined?

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given (Isaiah 9:5)
The words of the Prophet Isaiah, proclaimed in the First Reading, contain the truth of Christmas, which together we re-live this night.

A Catholic Approach to Holiday Gift-Giving
Words alone are inadequate to express lots of things, especially personal messages like ďI love you.Ē

Holy Family
We learn our native tongue not from our schoolteachers, but from our parents. We pick up from them, as by osmosis, attitudes, mannerisms, gestures, and habits. Like it or not, we are profoundly influenced not only by our genes, but by our family experie


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