Category: Devotions

Liturgical Abuses

Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

The encroachment of liturgical abuses in the Church is a long debated bone of contention between various members of the Body of Christ. In addition to the diverging thoughts about the ordinary and extraordinary forms of Mass, the Spirit of Vatican II brought a divisive opportunity like no other. Back then, the laity could not research on the internet we...

mercy

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...

seder

Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

During a past Lent, I shared a seemingly innocuous and informative post about the Jewish practice of Seder during Passover. The resulting confusion and charges of antisemitism bewildered me. The catalyst? A fact-packed video by a Catholic priest, The Christian Seder Meal: A Violation of  the First Commandment and a blog link to another video by a Catholic priest. Strong Reactions Below are...

veil

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.

rosary, lent

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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Why Fix Your Hair, If You’re Wearing a Veil?

We cannot veil what is inside our hearts and souls. Wearing a chapel veil is no excuse not to fix your hair. In the same way, hiding what is inside our hearts and souls cannot be hidden from God, Who sees all.

crucifix

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...