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The Joy of a Merciful and Marian Advent

The holy season of Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 3. In the words of Pope St. John Paul II, “Let us walk with joy and watchfulness, as we wait for the season that recalls God’s coming in human flesh, a time which reached its fullness when Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem.”

Carrying Jesus as a Little Child

Five-year-old Ella Cornmire has not received her First Holy Communion yet, nor does she experience visions of the Baby Jesus resting His head against her heart. But, every day, Ella reaches for Jesus and finds Him, not only in her baptized soul, but in her arms. 

'Inspectio Cordis': First Sunday of Advent

A new weekly web series by Fr. Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, introduces us to the meditations for Sundays by the Marian Founder. The goal is to allow Jesus to gaze into your heart and teach you self-examination, leading you to a more fruitful reception of Holy Communion at Sunday Mass, where there is a true encounter of our hearts with His Sacred Heart.

Saint Andrew led the way to Christ

Did you know “The Rock” had a brother? And that he owes him a huge debt of gratitude? We celebrate his feast on Nov. 30.

All are welcome at Mass!

It's Thanksgiving. We Catholics don’t say nearly often enough that everyone’s welcome at Mass, says Chris Sparks. It's time to ask ourselves: Who do we know who, if we asked them right now, would gladly attend Mass with us? Who do we know who probably doesn’t attend Mass because they’ve been made to feel unwelcome? 

Welcome to "Inspectio Cordis," a new weekly web series

A new weekly web series on Fridays by Fr. Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, introduces us to the meditations for Sundays by the Marian Founder. The goal is to allow Jesus to gaze into your heart and teach you self-examination, leading you to a more fruitful reception of Holy Communion at Sunday Mass, where there is a true encounter of our hearts with His Sacred Heart.

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On Nov. 21, the Feast of Mary’s Presentation in the Temple, let us remember to call upon the Blessed Virgin in all our needs, strive to imitate her evangelical virtues, and follow her example of complete trust and surrender to God.

Mercy and Mary work together

The title of our province is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, whose feast day is Nov. 16. That title for Mary is also known by the alternative names: Our Lady of Vilnius, Ostra Brama (Polish) or Ausris Vrtai (Lithuanian). The full title is “Our Lady of Mercy of the Dawn Gate.”

Scotland's medieval supermom: St. Margaret

St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland (feast day: Nov. 16) was a beloved figure, wise, virtuous, benevolent, and pious; a mother of eight, including a future king and saint; a ruler who cared for the poor and launched an ecclesiastical reform that led to wider practice of the Catholic faith.

Mother Cabrini: God’s mercy in action

In Mother Cabrini, I found a friend, a patroness, and someone to turn to in a moment of searing grief, writes Maria Gallagher. This saint of the streets, whose feast we celebrate on Nov. 13, loved the immigrants who had turned to her with outstretched hands and wounded hearts. 

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