Articles Tagged ‘Rosary’

6th Sunday of Easter: We become His friends

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You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (Jn 15:14-15) We are nearly at the end of the Easter Season, a privileged time of catechesis or instruction for both the newly baptized and for all of us who renewed ... (Continue reading)

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Gift Guide: For the woman who is always busy

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I've been checking out gift guides lately. They range from the utterly ridiculous (for those who have everything) to the downright practical (for those who have nothing) and everything in between. So I didn't pause for a minute when our blog editor, Meaghen, suggested I come up with a gift list for the busy women in your life. Here's a short list of great gifts. Prayer and Devotion A Catholic Woman's Book of Days by Amy Welborn looks mighty lovely. I haven't read this, but it ... (Continue reading)

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Defeating the poverty of indifference

On a wet, chilly Saturday morning in October, something wonderful but odd happened at my parish. Wonderful because it was during the Mass in which young people and their parents took part in a Confirmation enrolment ceremony. Odd because the promises that parents and the confirmandi made ought to be obvious and as natural as breathing for all who were there. We, the parents of the Confirmation class, promised to support our children by attending Mass each week and following a ... (Continue reading)

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Our imperfect family rosary

When I was growing up, my immature self believed that the family rosary was something that had to be endured. Through no fault of my parents, the nightly ritual was anything but idyllic. My siblings and I were called into our parents' bedroom where we knelt facing the crucifix. My older brother and I would sneak jabs and pokes at each other and then my mother would scold and separate us. I would often rush through the responses hoping that ... (Continue reading)

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The rosaries of our lives

Sometime before Christmas I made the upsetting discovery that I had lost one of my favourite rosaries. People lose rosaries all the time, I know, but this particular one was very special to me. This was the rosary that accompanied me to work each day, sized perfectly so that I could finger the beads while driving. Its small, oval, burgundy beads were on a strong silver chain. The attached St. Benedict medallion and detailed crucifix, both made ... (Continue reading)

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Our Lady’s Psalter

Our Lady's Psalter

Our Lady's Psalter: The Rosary of the Mystery of Christ Translated by Fr. Marco Testa ISBN 978-0-9880692-0-6 Cost: $10. Proceeds benefit the pro-life movement. Father Marco Testa, a priest in the Archdiocese of Toronto, has published a beautiful 63-page pocketbook with which to pray the Rosary: Our Lady’s Psalter, The Rosary of the Mystery of Christ. Fr. Marco explains that the Rosary originated in monastic times, between the 14th and 15th centuries. Dominic of Prussia, a Carthusian monk, composed meditations or clauses (clausulae) summarizing the ... (Continue reading)

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