Category: Devotions

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The Smells and Bells of Mass
8 Ways Senses Matter When We Worship

Worldly Smells and Bells We are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by God and His crafting of us is undeniably intricate. Our five senses give us a plethora of experiences with which to enjoy all of His creation. Our immediate surroundings provide much in the way of sensory pleasure – to the point that we often take them for granted. Similarly,...

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Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

  The true meaning of the word mercy is often misunderstood and misused. Far from indicating that all bets are off and you are free to do whatever you please – without repercussions – true mercy has ramifications that benefit the immortal soul. The definition of Mercy is: The disposition to be kind and forgiving. Founded on compassion, mercy differs from compassion...

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The Weight of the (Chapel) Veil

The decision to veil is not taken lightly by the women who voluntarily practice this devotion. In the same way, perceptions of them require careful thought as well. Although many still misunderstand veiling, this practice has gained ground. It would reflect Christian charity to be fully informed before judging.

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Lent: Sometimes the Rosary is All You Need

By now, many of us are fully immersed in Lent and all the plans we have made to live it to the fullest. Some hardy souls have kept up with all or most of their prayers, sacrifices, and charitable acts. Others have fallen a bit, but continue to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and regain the momentum they seek...

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Devotion: Lifting the Veil Onto My Head

The devotion of wearing a veil should indicate an inner holiness and submission to the will of God. If the resolve is to be taken seriously, if the Lord is to recognize our gift of self, our actions must speak fully and without reservation. Otherwise we are no more than the clanging gong of self congratulatory vanity.

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Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

The use of the crucifix or cross is one of the most easily noticed differences between Catholics and Protestants. We Catholics prefer to see the corpus, a representation of the crucified Lord, on our crosses. This reminds us of many aspects of our faith. Among these is the painful realization of what He did for us and our invitation to...

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Wearing a Veil: Don’t Judge the Motive

Assigning a motive for religious practices sometimes leads to unfortunate misconception and false judgement. This unfortunate error often affects women who practice the devotion of wearing a veil while in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. With a bit of tolerance and thought, these negative assumptions can easily be dispelled. Hopefully the examples below, followed by the actual...