• I recently had one of my teen sons ask me, "Mom, WHY?  Why can't I eat meat on Friday's?  This is torture!"  Being that I have thirteen children, I figured I had better address this question, ASAP! Here is my answer: 1) Dear son, Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday.  Note...that is FRIDAY.  We do not eat flesh (meat) in HIS honor.   While flesh is prohibited...animal products are not (milk, eggs, cheese, butter....plenty of good nourishing things, you won't pass out, son)  When we deny the cravings...

  •  AN ARTICLE FROM OUR SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE SERIES By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P. You can sign up for the entire Free Series here Previously we treated of the necessity of having a right attitude towards that tribunal of mercy we call Confession. Perhaps it might be well to repeat here that if the Sacrament of Penance made God appear as an exacting tyrant, it would be out of place in Christ's "Gospel of Mercy." It appears as such only to the poorly instructed or the unreasonably fearful. Here, we consider...

  •  AN ARTICLE FROM OUR SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE SERIES By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P. You can sign up for the entire Free Series here Ask any saint. Ask any writer learned in spiritual things. Ask any sinner who has returned to the fold of Christ. All will tell you that reformation of life or transformation of character is impossible without prayer. They all know, too, of the amazing changes that occur in the life of anyone who forms the habit of intimate, heart to heart conversation with Christ. This is...

  • An Indulgence is given.    So...what exactly is an indulgence?  An indulgence is "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints" So...let us PRAY: O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and...

  • A little history behind this beautiful piece :  Ave Maris Stella is a song often sung in times of calamities. During a riot at Rome, a mob came to the house where St. Bridget lived. A leader talked of burning Bridget alive! She prayed to Our Blessed Lord to know if she should flee to safety and He assured her to stay, saying: "It doesn't matter if they plot thy death. My power will break the malice of thy enemies: If mine crucified me, it is because I permitted it."...

  • AN ARTICLE FROM OUR SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE SERIES By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P. You can sign up for the entire Free Series here Pick up your newspaper any day. You'll find that most of the sensational headlines print a story of one of the capital sins. Splattered in newsprint is an account of pride or lust, or envy or greed. Read the liturgy of Pentecost Week and you'll discover the remedy for these moral diseases. That remedy is the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.There may seem to be very...