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Why I Don't Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace

…has performed and presented master classes around the world, including the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.   Why I Don't Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace Part memoir, part philosophy about reality, and part a practical guide for living chastely.…

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Unbelief: Its Causes and Cures & Answering Atheism (2 Book Set)

…mind Why Christianity could conquer the brutal Roman Empire, but suffers ever more defeats in our day The one thing that always opens the gates of faith even to those who live in darkness It's called Rationalism, but here Fr. Laforet shows it's not rational at all True faith: why it…

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Why Latino Catholics Celebrate 3 Life Events in Ways that Other Cultures Normally Don't

…religion, but I don't see that too much from my own experience. I think that most Latino Catholics keep their beliefs, and we continue to grow thanks to the respect for values and customs that are practiced from a very young age and encouraged by parents who are good role models. And I bet our kids,…

Why the Sunday Mass Obligation is a Gift from God

…Mass I was attending. In fact, the thought came to me precisely because I was wondering whether I would go to Mass always if it were not something I was obliged to do. Don't get me wrong.  I love participating in the Mass.  I look forward to it and often attend on weekdays if possible. Yet I found…

Fr. Leo Patalinghug Answers: How Can Young Men Discern their Call to the Priesthood?

…moment during Mass where he recounts, "I don't know how to say it . . .  but I saw God in the Eucharist." This spiritual experience sparked his desire for God, and daily Mass attendance from that day on enabled him to stay close enough to God to hear his call to holy orders. Watch our interview…

Don't Start Christmas without Advent: Here's Everything You Need to Know!

…waited for the Savior. WHY ARE ADVENT CANDLES PURPLE AND PINK? Violet is a liturgical color that is used to signify a time of penance, sacrifice, and prayer. During the first, second, and the fourth weeks of Advent we light violet candles. The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice)…

Saints 911: How to Ask a Saint for Help and Protection

…The Right Way to Call on a Saint I was not educated about how to venerate a saint and ask for their prayers on my behalf. Actually, I didn't have a special devotion to any particular saint at all. I normally felt comfortable praying directly to Jesus, so I thought, why do I need intercession…

30 Quotes About God & Faith from 30 Team U.S.A. Olympians in Rio

…and want to be the best I can be . . . It's Jesus. That's why I play. I play to glorify Him." 17. Laurie Hernandez: Gymnastics “Usually, before I salute the judge I’m able to just grab the event and I pray on it and that really grounds me. For some reason, once I do that, I am able to think clearly…

4 Steps To Finding Detachment in a Busy Life

…stops when I think about the fact that my children need me. And that is why I don't want to leave this world now. After becoming a parent, we learn that it is not about us anymore. That dream I had, though: I think I did something right and something wrong. The good thing is that I didn't worry…

How To Celebrate As A Catholic When It’s Ash Wednesday & St. Valentine’s Day

why not save it for Sunday? Sundays during Lent are not fasting days. Don’t you just love that? 4. Say "I love you." Tell your spouse, children, family, and friends that you love them. What better day to remember the blessings we have in them but on Ash Wednesday? I mean, St. Valentine’s Day? I

The Rosary and the Trick to Tricky Habits

…place I went, I ended up with small floss containers in my backpack, purse, car, and vanity drawer in my bedroom. It's changed my response to what was a vague theory of dental hygiene to something I don't think about anymore. If I see it and I'm able to use it, I do so and carry on with my day. I

Sacrament Spotlight: Holy Communion

…Do this (eat My Body) in remembrance of me” (1. Cor. 11:24).  If this isn’t telling, then I don’t know what is. Without the Eucharist there would be no church. I always remind myself that living in the U.S. I am very blessed to be able to receive the Eucharist every single day, unlike some Catholics…

Catholic Jewelry and Non-Christians: A Good or Bad Mix?

…Is that acceptable? How are we as Catholics called to react to that? At first I thought, what’s the big deal?  Hopefully a non-Catholic wearing a rosary necklace or rosary bracelet will have a good influence in their life in the item, even if they don’t have the right intent in wearing it.  But…

What Mary's Perfect, Immaculate Heart Means For Her Imperfect Children

…room that you almost don’t want to go into for fear of tracking a spot of dirt on the carpet or leaving a smudge on a window or wall. I used to see Our Lady in that way. Why in the world would she want to be associated with my dirty, selfish heart and my weak, fallen soul? I would only stain her…

Nine Unexpected Blessings of a Large Family

…than me." "How come I didn't get a bike when I turned nine and Thomas did?" "Why do I have to do the dishes and Sam gets to play outside?" "How come she got the last piece of cake and I didn't get any?" (Child #2 is named Mary Kate and my husband and I still remember calling her Mary Cake for…

My "God Incident" with Our Lady of Perpetual Help

…can do is cry.  It is beautiful. Usually, I don't feel anything extraordinary when I go to church. Why did it happen this time? My husband had a great experience in the church, too. He was praying near the front in one of the pews when a priest called him over. My husband was shy at first, almost…

Pope Francis Delivers TED Talk: Watch & Read Here

…wondering: "Why them and not me?" I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today's "discarded" people. And that's why I always ask…

Fasting: The Benefits For Body, Mind, And Soul

I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to fast.  While I know that the spiritual benefits of fasting are good for the soul, it doesn't make it any easier to do. We know that Christ himself fasted, and the Church has recommended it as a spiritual practice for over 2,000 years. So why is it…

Three of the Most Misunderstood Saints of All Time

…died December 6th, 343. We don't know as much about him as we'd like, but we do have some impressive facts for a man who lived so long ago. We know, for example, from the examination of his skeletal remains that he was 5'6" tall and had a broken nose. (We don't know why his nose was broken.) Since…

The Story Behind the Making of the Official Fatima Statue

…Jesus Rosa Santos.” Still, at the Colégio do Sardão, she is always called just Irmã Dores. Before I visited Sardão, I always thought of her as Lucy, the girl to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared at Fatima; since I have known her, I have always thought of her as Irmã Dores, the sister who lives in…

Praying with a Crucifix Like a Saint

…of faith, hope, and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Your five wounds, pondering over them within me, and calling to mind the words which, long ago, David the prophet spoke in Your own person concerning You, my…

12 Inspiring Religious Paintings & Their Meanings

…Catholic dining room. I think it is the first famous painting that I remember seeing in my childhood. In addition to the meaning, the sense of depth is one of the details that I admire in this masterpiece; and I learned that Leonardo had no surname and that is why he is called "da Vinci", meaning…

A Better Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

…zone_id="207190"] WHY IS ST. PATRICK FAMOUS? St. Patrick is well-praised and celebrated for his missionary work in Ireland. He spent around forty years converting the native Irish who were entirely pagan and druidic prior to his arrival with his missionaries. This was his calling and his life’s…

Didn't the Catholic Church Do Away with Purgatory?

…Without this purification we cannot be happy in heaven, because our sinful clingings prevent us from loving God with our whole soul. WHY THE CONFUSION? Why do so many Catholics wrongly insist that the Catholic Church has declared that there is "no more purgatory"? Many who think that the Church…

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