The Day the Fatima Prayer Was Revealed

July 13, 2017

Today, July 13th, is the 100th commemoration of one of the famous apparitions of Mary to the children at Fatima. On the date of the July apparition,  two of the most critical moments of the interaction between Mary and Lucia, (Saint) Francisco and (Saint) Jacinta took place: the visions commonly referred to as the “secrets” of Fatima, and the revelation of the so-called Fatima Prayer: O My Jesus, forgive us…

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Do you pray the Rosary? You should!

January 19, 2017

These days, I don’t do much driving, and so I listen to the radio very, very rarely. But in the last few weeks, it seems any time I happen to be in the car long enough to turn on Catholic radio, I’ve inevitably heard somebody talking about the 100th anniversary of Fatima, which Catholics will celebrate this year.  For those not keen to the Fatima story, in 1917, in a small…

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Learning to love with the Holy Family of Nazareth

December 30, 2016

Recently my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, a daughter named Lily Marie.  Her addition to our family has been more powerful and joy-filled than we could have ever imagined, though this is not to ignore the exhaustion that comes with a newborn!  Here’s a picture of her: By naming her Lily Marie we wanted to honor two Saints who have been and continue to be…

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When Your Wine Glass Is Empty

December 19, 2016

  As a tumultuous 2016 quickly draws to a close—a year wrought with political vitriol, unprecedented violence between police and the citizenry, international humanitarian crises, and a shortage of hatchimals, we need our Mother more than ever. Let us turn to her in these final days of Advent and ask her to intercede on behalf of our country. Where do we get this concept of Mary as advocate and intercessor?…

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Remembering and Celebrating the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2016

Today, the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception.  In case you’re one of those Catholics (like me) who used to think that this feast was about the conception of Jesus, recall that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.  This is a particularly interesting dogma as it was not formally defined until 1854, in the encyclical of Pope…

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