According to a decree issued today by the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary, a plenary indulgence is being granted for Catholics who are afflicted with COVID-19 and those who care for them, as well as those who pray for them.
The Stations of the Cross are a beautiful expression of our faith, which is that Jesus Christ is Emmanuel (Matt 1:23)—God with us. In praying the Stations we accompany the Lord on his journey to Calvary. We watch him closely: how he suffers, falls, agonizes, perseveres, is strong in spirit even as his body weakens. We observe his valiant heart, loving eyes, beaten body. He is the Lord rejected and scorned. Read the rest…
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Your Women of Grace Family
“It is better not to fast and be thereby humbled, than to fast and to be
-Pascal: Pensees (17th century)
We must always be on the lookout for wrong intentions. They can creep into everything we do, even spiritual exercises. Take a moment today to renew your intentions for this Lent and remember to do so from time to time throughout this holy season.
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Women of Grace® study programs give you the blessed privilege of witnessing the magnificent movement of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the women who attend – and you will experience His dynamic power and grace in your own life as well. As your study group learns about the great gift of authentic femininity and how to live it out in our world today, hearts will be healed, lives will be changed, and souls will be saved. This is indeed a time of transformation, renewal, and deepening commitment. Read the rest…
As the world celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph amidst the isolation and anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis is calling upon the faithful around the world to join him in praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary for protection from the coronavirus at 9:00 PM their time (4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central/2 pm Mountain/1 pm Pacific).
One of our readers recently alerted us to a channeler who has been luring Catholics into attending online sessions in which she “channels” the Archangel Michael, Padre Pio, and other saints who deliver personal messages. Is this ever possible?
The Oratory of Saint Joseph at Mount Royal is a magnificent structure, its imposing dome dominating the highest point of the cosmopolitan city of Montreal. In the incomprehensible ways of God, this majestic basilica, the largest church in Canada, is named for and dedicated to one of His humblest creatures: the carpenter of Nazareth, whose feast day we celebrate on March 19th.
“Oh how happy I am to see myself imperfect and to be in need of God’s mercy.”
-Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Love of God and love of neighbor are God’s greatest commandments to us but even the saints struggled on their journey toward perfection. What can you do to love God or your neighbor more perfectly today? How can you extend mercy to yourself for your failures?