The Family That Prays Together…

Praying As a Family

...Stays Together. That was the message of Servant of God Patrick Peyton, the founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries who was best known as the "Rosary Priest."Just in time for the World Meeting of Families, Saint Benedict Press has released a new book chock-full of ideas and inspiration for parents who want to lead their families in prayer. The Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation authored the beautifully illustrated hardcover book, titled A Short Guide to Praying as a Family: Gro … [Read more...]

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Why Attend Church? Five Pretty Good Reasons, But There’s Another One…

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"5 reasons to attend church."  The headline in The Examiner caught my eye: After all, the recent PEW study demonstrated that Catholics and Christians are dropping out of the church-attending group, as society grows increasingly secular. "People can pray anywhere," they reason; and of course that's true, but aren't there real reasons for showing up in the pew on Sunday morning, for staying connected with a church community?Jessica McFarlane, reporter for the Philadelphia Catholic Examiner, o … [Read more...]

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus: Where Did That Devotion Come From?

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Today, nineteen days after Pentecost, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But where did that tradition originate?Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the eleventh century, when pious Christians meditated on the Five Wounds of Christ.  There grew up among the faithful  prayers to the Sacred Heart, prayers to the Shoulder Wound of Christ—private devotions which helped Christians to focus on the passion and death of Christ, and thu … [Read more...]

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