Terri Aluise, a Busy Mom on Saying the Rosary Daily, Consecration, and Heaven — BFP 005

By John B. Manos / September 2, 2017 / Play in new window | DownloadIf you are struggling to say your Rosary daily, wonder if your devotion today will mean anything in the future, or looking for a powerful way to step up your spiritual life, then listen to this episode with Terri Aluise. Terri Aluise joins John and discusses the need to…

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Kolbe’s Secret to the Best Month of Mary You’ve Ever Lived

By John B. Manos / May 2, 2016 /

May is the Month of the Blessed Mother Mary. Traditionally, people devoted a special care to do something special for their Blessed mother each day of May. I want to inspire you with “more” you can do and why. Best yet, I want to give you a story of St. Maximillian Kolbe’s secret, and how you can transform…

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Celebrating Advent

By Terri Aluise / November 30, 2015 /

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical calendar, anticipating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, the advent of our Lord began with the Annunciation. St. Louis de Montfort says in True Devotion to Mary: “God the Holy Spirit formed Jesus Christ in Mary, but only after having asked…

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Veni, Veni, Emmanuel: Advent 2015

By John M. DeJak / November 29, 2015 /

Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Here is an excerpt on the meaning of Advent: In Advent, the Greek Church celebrates particularly the ancestors of Our Lord–all the Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament, but especially Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Latin Church also mentions them often in this period. In the Breviary, many texts are…

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Fr. Ciszek and the North American Martyrs: Reflections on Sinfulness and the Love of God

By John M. DeJak / October 4, 2015 /

On August 4, 1964, Fr. Ciszek began his annual eight-day retreat in preparation for his final vows, which he would take on the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, August 15, 1964. The site for this particular retreat was the Shrine of the North American Martyrs (also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs),…

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Do Something to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus Today on the Feast

By John B. Manos / June 12, 2015 /

Today, the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, is the feast of the Sacred Heart. Sometimes, the feast is held on this following Sunday. The short story of the feast is explained in my trusty old catechism: A single word of Christ would have fully sufficed to redeem us, but it was not enough to…

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The Enchantment of Catholicism

By Terri Aluise / May 22, 2015 /

By Guest Author, Terri Aluise   Fr. Andrew Greeley wrote in his book The Catholic Imagination: Catholics live in an enchanted world, a world of statues and holy water, stained glass and votive candles, saints and religious medals, rosary beads and holy pictures. But these paraphernalia are mere hints of a deeper and more religious…

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Four Year Old Lily Gets it, Do You?

By John B. Manos / May 17, 2015 /

There’s just some things that you come across and you know it’s something really special. I was glad that the Wold family let me share with you here a special story from their four year old daughter, Lily. Debra, Lily’s mom, shared on Facebook that last night after dinner, Lily got up from the table, walked…

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Let Nothing Disturb You

By Terri Aluise / March 29, 2015 /

by Guest Author, Terri Aluise   This year, 2015, marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. I have spent the last month or so trying to discern how I can, in my own feeble way, honor her on this occasion – for she is a close friend and a spiritual…

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Ash Wednesday–Station at S. Sabina

By John M. DeJak / March 5, 2014 /

The traditional devotion of the Roman Lenten Stations (or the Stational Churches of Rome), allows us to unite our hearts and minds in our Lenten devotions with the Church of Rome as we spiritually visit the ancient churches and basilicas of the City (Stationalium Ecclesiarum Urbis visitatio). For your devotional life this Lent, consider making…

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