Gaudete Sunday

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Paul to the Philippians 4:4-7 The opening antiphon for the third Sunday of Advent begins with this exhortation Continue reading Gaudete Sunday

Month of the Most Holy Rosary

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Happy October – Month of the Most Holy Rosary! Whether you’re looking to get started with praying the rosary, or simply want a refresher on how to pray the rosary as contemplative prayer, you’ve come to the right place. From the origins of the rosary, to instructions for praying, we’ve got you covered. Throughout the month of October, we will keep a special place in our sidebar dedicated to these articles to make them easy for you to find and Continue reading Month of the Most Holy Rosary

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the sixth and final article in a series focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the glorious mysteries are the conclusion of the cycle of prayers. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I Continue reading Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the fifth article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the sorrowful mysteries are where you may feel the most emotional connection during your meditation.  While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at Continue reading Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the fourth article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview In the past decade or so, we have experienced a lot of unusual circumstances in the Church: the resignation of a pope and the election of a Jesuit pope from the Americas, to name a few. The luminous mysteries of the Continue reading Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the third article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the joyful mysteries are where you will start. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I recommend praying those Continue reading Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

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This article, the second in a six article series, focuses on how to pray the rosary. If you missed the previous post, an introduction to the rosary, you will find it here. The remaining articles in this series will focus on the four sets of mysteries of the rosary. Preparing to Pray the Rosary As I mentioned in the previous post in this series, to pray the rosary is an exercise in contemplative prayer. To engage in contemplative prayer with Continue reading How to Pray the Rosary

The Rosary: An Introduction

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I’ve been around rosaries so long that I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that “rosary” was one of the first words I ever spoke. I’ve always been a fan of sacramentals in general, and rosaries in particular. I still have the rosary I made in the first grade with aquamarine colored plastic beads and knotted together with white string. I also have the rosary I was given by the Knights of Columbus after my Confirmation in the 5th grade. These Continue reading The Rosary: An Introduction

Confessions of a Simonist: Relics & Simony

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I didn’t mean to commit a crime, let alone one of “the most abominable of crimes.” Luckily, the first three words in the definition of simony according to most Catholic sources are “a deliberate intention,” so I’m good, right? Well… in the midst of my simoniacal spree, I learned what I was doing, and I did it anyway. Also, canon law 1190:1 is pretty clear: “It is absolutely forbidden to sell sacred relics.” So, I’m guilty as charged. (If this upsets you, Continue reading Confessions of a Simonist: Relics & Simony