Singing Praises with St. Cecelia

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1 Holy EarwormsLately I’ve found myself singing hymns more often. Instead of singing my favorite pop songs, I’ve been catching myself humming and singing church hymns, like “O God Beyond All Praising” and contemporary ChristianContinue reading “Singing Praises with St. Cecelia”

How to do Little Things with Great Love

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Inspired by St. ThérèseAfter St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Feast Day this year, I challenged myself to intentionally do little things with great love. I knewContinue reading “How to do Little Things with Great Love”

Meditating on the Luminous Mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries are the ones that I mediate on the least often, but that doesn’t mean that I love them less than the others. The Luminous Mysteries of the rosary allow us to reflect on the events during which Jesus revealed his divinity. Instituted by St. Pope John Paul II, the Luminous Mysteries remindContinue reading “Meditating on the Luminous Mysteries”

Meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary are my other favorite set of mysteries. Each time I mediate on them, I remember that I’m not alone in my suffering. However small it may be compared to Jesus’ suffering, I remember that he understands the pain that I go through. The Sorrowful Mysteries help me to rememberContinue reading “Meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries”

Meditating on the Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries were the first ones that I learned. When I learned how to pray the rosary in my CCD classes, we memorized the Joyful Mysteries. That was in second grade, and I actually didn’t even know there were more sets of mysteries of the rosary until I had to memorize them in fifthContinue reading “Meditating on the Joyful Mysteries”

Meditating on the Glorious Mysteries

Usually prayed on Sundays and Wednesdays, the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary allow us to reflect on the end of Jesus’s earthly ministry, Mary’s role in Heaven, and God’s plan and relationship with humanity. These mysteries are not stagnant events, but ongoing, relevant beliefs which encourage us as missionary disciples. As we meditate on theContinue reading “Meditating on the Glorious Mysteries”

Why Pray for the Souls in Purgatory?

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives Colossians 1:9 What is Purgatory?A coal miner is walking home from work when he passesContinue reading “Why Pray for the Souls in Purgatory?”

Where is God When I’m Stressed?

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 Accumulating StressIf you want the answer to the question in the title of this blog post, then it’s written above in the cited Bible verse. If you’d like to hear my personal testimony, then read on. I start out theContinue reading “Where is God When I’m Stressed?”

It’s the Little Ways: A Reflection for St. Therese of Lisieux’s Feast Day

Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love. St. Thérèse of Lisieux Little Things with Great LoveToday is the feast day of one of my favorite Saints, St. Thérèse of Lisieux! She alwaysContinue reading “It’s the Little Ways: A Reflection for St. Therese of Lisieux’s Feast Day”

Being Thankful When the Answer is “No.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11 I was certain I knew what God’s will for my life was. For about a year and a half, I thought I knewContinue reading “Being Thankful When the Answer is “No.””