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9 Days for Life Novena - Day 9
Prayers and resources for the ninth day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 3
Prayers and resources for the third day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 4
Prayers and resources for the fourth day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 5
Prayers and resources for the fifth day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 6
Prayers and resources for the sixth day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 8
Prayers and resources for the eighth day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 2
Prayers and resources for the second day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 7
Prayers and resources for the seventh day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

The USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena (2016)
Join the U.S. Catholic bishops in their 9 Days for Life—nine days of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage to end abortion.

9 Days for Life Novena - Day 1
Prayers and resources for the first day of the USCCB's 9 Days for Life Novena.

Mother Teresa's Dark Night of the Soul
What does it mean to be a saint? The life of Mother Teresa might provide a surprising answer.

How Late Can I Arrive at Mass and Still Receive Communion?
How much of the Mass do you need to attend in order to receive Communion? The answer may surprise you.

Catholic Lenten Calendar 2023 - Significant Dates in Lent
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2023, as well as links to further information.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2021
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2021, as well as links to further information.

How Often Can Catholics Receive Holy Communion?
Can Catholics receive Communion more than once per day? If so, under what conditions?

Are There Married Catholic Priests? (And Who Are They?)
The celibate priesthood is the norm in the Catholic Church, but it's not the only practice. Learn more about married priests in the Catholic Church.

Catholic Calendar 2023 - Holy Days of Obligation and Feasts
This Catholic calendar for 2023 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.

Catholic Lenten Calendar 2022 - Significant Dates in Lent
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2022, as well as links to further information.

Catholic Calendar 2022 - Holy Days of Obligation and Feasts
This Catholic calendar for 2022 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2022
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2022, as well as links to further information.

The Exorcist, Horror, and Faith
William Peter Blatty reveals the secret message of his blockbuster novel, The Exorcist.

Offer It Up (Suffering for the Holy Souls in Purgatory)
Learn about the practice of offering up your daily sufferings for the good of the souls in Purgatory.

Catholic Calendar 2021 - Holy Days of Obligation and Feasts
This Catholic calendar for 2021 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.

Catholic Lenten Calendar 2021 - Significant Dates in Lent
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2021, as well as links to further information.

How to Make a Better Confession (in Seven Steps)
Want to make a good Confession? Follow these seven steps.

Catholic Calendar 2020 - Holy Days of Obligation and Moveable Feasts
This Catholic calendar for 2020 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.

Should the Age of First Communion for Catholics Be Lowered?
Why should Catholic children wait to receive their First Communion? One cardinal argues they shouldn't.

The 40 Days of Lent - A Short History of the Lenten Fast
Learn more about the history of the Lenten fast, why it is exactly 40 days, and why Sundays have never been part of the Lenten fast.

Philip's Fast - The Nativity Fast in the Eastern Church
Learn about Philip's Fast, the Nativity fast observed by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox in preparation for Christmas.

Catholic Lenten Calendar 2020 - Significant Dates in Lent
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2020, as well as links to further information.

Is Santa Claus Just a Secular Saint Nicholas?
Is Santa Claus just a secular version of Saint Nicholas? The answer is not so simple.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2020
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2020, as well as links to further information.

When Is Immaculate Conception 2019?
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the preservation of the Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin. Find the date of Immaculate Conception 2019.

A Prayer for the Dead (by Saint Ignatius of Antioch)
This ancient Prayer for the Dead is traditionally attributed to the martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch.

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Find the text of the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, traditionally recited on the Feast of Christ the King.

Halloween, Jack Chick, and Anti-Catholicism
Learn more about Jack Chick, the anti-Catholic author who has waged a war against Halloween and the Catholic Church for 30 years.

Why the Devil Hates Halloween (And Hopes You Will, Too)
Think Halloween is the Devil's holiday? Think again. Here are six reasons why the Devil hates Halloween.

A Novena to Saint Anthony Mary Claret (For Healing)
This Novena to St. Anthony Mary Claret is a powerful prayer for the healing of soul as well as body.

A Novena to St. Charles Borromeo (For Love of God)
In this novena, we recall St. Charles Borromeo's zeal, the virtues of his life, and his support for Christian education.

A Novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
This short novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally prayed nine times per day for nine days.

A Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila (To Imitate Her Virtues)
This Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila was written by St. Alphonsus Liguori. In it, we ask Christ for the grace to imitate the virtues of Saint Teresa of Avila.

Miraculous Novena of Grace - To Saint Francis Xavier
This Miraculous Novena of Grace was revealed by St. Francis Xavier, the cofounder of the Jesuits.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2014
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2014.

When Is Christmas Day 2014?
Christmas Day celebrates the nativity, or birth, of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Christmas Day 2014.

A Prayer of Impetration to Saint Nicholas
In this prayer of impetration to Saint Nicholas of Myra, we ask Saint Nicholas to intercede for us and for all who need his help.

The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi (and Its History)
Learn more about the history of the Prayer of Saint Francis and find the text of the prayer.

A Prayer to Saint Dominic (For Various Virtues)
In this prayer to Saint Dominic, we pray for the virtues of penance, purity, fidelity, and charity.

A Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that Mary is the new Temple, in whom God has come to dwell.

What Is a Sacramental? (Definition and Examples)
Learn more about the Catholic Church's use of sacramentals in this lesson inspired by Question 292 of the Baltimore Catechism.

Is a Sacramental Different From a Sacrament?
Learn more about the difference between the sacraments and sacramentals in this lesson inspired by Question 293 of the Baltimore Catechism.

What Does the Communion of Saints Mean?
Question 338 of the Baltimore Catechism - on the Communion of Saints

Why Must Roman Catholics Go to Mass Every Sunday?
The Catholic Church says that all Catholics have an obligation to participate in Mass every Sunday. Why is that necessary, and how do we fulfill our duty to worship God?

A Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In this prayer, we ask the Mother of God to intercede for us, that we may know the Will of her Son and live it in our lives.

Prayer of Intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This long and very beautiful prayer of intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary reminds us of the Blessed Virgin's complete submission to the will of God. In uniting ourselves with Mary, we draw closer to Christ, because no other human has been closer to Christ than His mother.

Prayer of St. Peter Damian to the Blessed Virgin Mary
This beautiful prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, written by St. Peter Damian, asks her to intercede with her Son on behalf of those who repent.

What Is Laetare Sunday in Lent?
Laetare Sunday is the popular name for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Learn more about this important milestone in our Lenten journey.

What Is Quinquagesima Sunday?
No longer officially marked by the Catholic Church, Quinquagesima Sunday still shows up in some liturgical calendars. What is Quinquagesima Sunday?

What Is Sexagesima Sunday?
No longer officially marked by the Catholic Church, Sexagesima Sunday still shows up in some liturgical calendars. What is Sexagesima Sunday?

What Is an Ecclesiastical Province? (Definition and Examples)
An ecclesiastical province is a little-known organizational structure in the Catholic Church. Learn more about the role of ecclesiastical provinces.

Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI on the War in Iraq
What did Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI say about the war in Iraq? How did they view the war in light of the Church's teaching on Just War Theory?

Why Roman Catholics Don't Sing the Alleluia During Lent
As a form of penance and expectation, Roman Catholics don't sing the Alleluia during Lent. Learn more about the roots of this practice.

Is Annunciation a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Annunciation a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates Mary's dedication to God and her identification with the Temple of God. Learn more about this feast.

Can I Go to Mass on New Year's Eve?
January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Can you fulfill your obligation by going to Mass on New Year's Eve instead?

Saint John of Avila - Priest and Doctor of the Church
Learn more about Saint John of Avila, whose missionary zeal in Andalusia inspired the lives of many other Spanish saints.

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Non Nobis Domine
The inspiring story of Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism Expert for About.com, who rose above a debilitating injury to complete the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Is All Saints Day a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is All Saints Day a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

How Is the Date of Easter Determined? (Western and Eastern)
Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it occurs on a different date each year. How is the date of Easter determined for both Western and Eastern Christians?

How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?
Lent is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. How can that be?

What Is the Easter Duty?
The Catholic Church requires all Catholics to receive Communion at least once during the Easter Season. Learn how to fulfill your Easter duty.

Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

Can Catholics Eat Meat on the Assumption?
Like all feasts in the Catholic Church, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary sometimes falls on a Friday. When it does, can you eat meat?

Can Catholics Eat Meat on Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for Easter. Can you eat meat on Ash Wednesday?

Can Catholics Eat Meat on Good Friday?
Can you eat meat on Good Friday, the day that Jesus Christ was crucified? And if not, why not?

When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?
Is there a right time to take down your Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations?

When Is Saint Patrick's Day 2015? - Date of Saint Patrick's Day 2015
Saint Patrick's Day, commemorating the life of the great apostle of Ireland, has become a day of celebration for both Catholics and non-Catholics. Find the date of Saint Patrick's Day 2015?

What Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.

What Is an Occasion of Sin?
What is an occasion of sin? About.com discusses examples, dangers, and how to avoid sinning.

When Did the Holy Spirit Come Down on the Apostles?
Learn more about the Feast of Pentecost in this lesson inspired by Question 97 of the Baltimore Catechism.

What Are the Seven Deadly Sins?
Find the names and meanings of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.

What Are the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

Weekly Prayers for the Faithful Departed
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Embryonic stem-cell research looms large in the 2008 presidential election. Where do Barack Obama and Joe Biden stand?

The Fourth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the fourth day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, we pray for the gift and virtue of fortitude.

First Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
The first day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost reminds us that we need the grace of the Holy Spirit to live our lives as Christians.

The Office of Bishop in the Catholic Church
Learn more about the role and symbolism of the office of bishop in the Catholic Church.

Indulgence for a Visit to a Cemetery
This indulgence for a visit to a cemetery encourages us to spend a moment in prayer for the souls in Purgatory.

Benedict XVI - Pope Emeritus of the Catholic Church
Pope Benedict XVI was the 265th pope of the Catholic Church. Learn more about the life and pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger, the man who became Pope Benedict XVI.

What Is the Church? - The Catholic View
How does Catholic doctrine view the nature of the Church and the status of those churches not in full communion with the Catholic Church? Find the answer here.

The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living - John Zmirak and Denise Matychowiak
Both humorous and faith-filled, The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living is a must-have book for everyone who takes his Catholic faith seriously—yet can still laugh at a good joke.

Why Are Catholics Anointed With Chrism at Confirmation?
Learn more about the use of chrism in the Catholic Church in this lesson inspired by Question 171 of the Baltimore Catechism.

Why Did God Make Me? | The Catholic Church's Answer
Find out why God made you in this lesson inspired by Question 6 of the Baltimore Catechism.

How Long Did Jesus Live on Earth? (And What Did He Do?)
Find out how long Jesus lived on earth and the key events of His life here in this lesson inspired by Question 76 of the Baltimore Catechism.

What Is Sanctifying Grace?
Learn more about sanctifying grace in this lesson inspired by Question 105 of the Baltimore Catechism.

What Is Sacramental Grace? (Definition and Examples)
Learn more about the meaning and importance of sacramental grace in this lesson inspired by Question 146 of the Baltimore Catechism.

A Prayer to Mary, the Queen of Martyrs
In this prayer to Mary, the Queen of Martyrs, we recall the sorrow that she, Our Lady of Sorrows, endured watching her only Son die on the Cross.

Memorare to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (A Prayer)
In this Memorare to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we ask to look not at our sins but to hear our request for a special favor.

A Novena of Confidence to the Sacred Heart (For a Favor)
In this novena to the Sacred Heart, we ask Christ to present our request to His Father as His own.

Prayer for the Crusade of the Family Rosary
This prayer to spread the practice of the daily recitation of the rosary was written by Francis Cardinal Spellman, the cardinal archbishop of New York.

A Prayer to Mary, the Mother of Sorrows
In this prayer, we ask Mary to pray for us, so that we may look forward to the joy that comes from remaining faithful witnesses to Christ.

A Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is particularly appropriate to pray in the month of August, which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart.

Prayer of Pope Pius XII In Honor of the Immaculate Conception
Pope Pius XII composed this prayer in honor of the 100th anniversary of Pope Pius IX's promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph: A Powerful Novena
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.

Conformity to the Will of God - A Prayer to Saint Joseph
In this prayer, we ask Saint Joseph to pray for us, so that we may live the lives that God wills us to live.

An Act of Love to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
In this prayer, we ask Christ to unite our heart to His, so that we may never forget the sacrifice that He made in dying for us.

An Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
In this prayer, we unite ourselves fully to the Sacred Heart, asking Jesus to purify our wills so that everything we do may be in line with His Will.

A Prayer to the Sacred Heart (by Saint Gertrude the Great)
In this prayer by St. Gertrude the Great to the Sacred Heart, we ask Jesus to conform our hearts to His and our wills to His will.

A Prayer to the Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist
In this, prayer, we ask Jesus, present in the Eucharist, to purify our hearts and to make them like His own.

St. Margaret Mary's Invocation to the Sacred Heart
This short prayer was written by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, whose visions of Christ in the 17th century are the source of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Scripture Reading for Tuesday of Holy Week
As Easter approaches, Saint Paul's words in the Letter to the Hebrews are timely. We must continue the fight; we must not give up hope.

Scripture Reading for Wednesday of Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)
As Moses approached Mount Sinai, this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, we should approach Mount Zion, our heavenly home.

A Short Novena to Saint Jude
This is one of the simplest and shortest novenas to Saint Jude, the patron saint of difficult causes.

The De Profundis - Psalm 130 (129)
The De Profundis (Psalm 130) is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of evening prayer and in commemorations of the dead.

Scripture Reading for the First Sunday of Advent
In the beginning of the book of Isaiah, the prophet speaks in the voice of God and calls the people of Israel to repentance, to prepare them for the coming of His Son.

Scripture Reading for the Third Sunday of Advent
In this reading from the book of Isaiah, we see that the Lord has passed His judgment on Israel. The gospel will be preached to all nations by Christ.

Scripture Reading for the Blessing of an Advent Wreath
This passage from the Prophet Isaiah reminds us that Christ is our light, and that His Birth brought us out of the darkness of sin and saved us. It is often read during the blessing of an Advent wreath.

The Athanasian Creed (Quicumque) a Profession of Faith
The longest of the standard Christian creeds, the Athanasian Creed is an beautiful meditation on the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel (by Pope Leo XIII)
Find the text of the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, which used to be recited after every Low Mass.

A Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for May
In this beautiful prayer, to be offered during the Marian month of May, we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for her protection and for the grace to imitate her in her love of Christ, and Christ in His love of her.

A Prayer to Saint Anne (The Mother of the Virgin Mary)
In this prayer to Saint Anne, we ask the mother of Mary to pray for us so that we may grow in love for Christ and His Mother.

A Prayer to Saint Joachim (Father of the Virgin Mary)
In this prayer to Saint Joachim, we trust the love of Mary and Jesus for Saint Joachim to bring us the fulfillment of the favor for which we ask.

A Prayer to Be Said by Young Men (to St. Aloysius Gonzaga)
This prayer acknowledges the trials and tribulations that young men face and asks St. Aloysius Gonzaga to intercede for them.

What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.

Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Against the Holy Name
Through this Act of Reparation, we offer our prayers to make up for our sins and the sins of others who have taken Christ's Name in vain.

A Prayer for a Deceased Father (For the Repose of His Soul)
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.

A Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.

A Prayer for Deceased Parents
This prayer is a good way to remember our parents who have gone before us.

A Prayer to the Holy Ghost by Saint Catherine of Siena
This short prayer, written by Saint Catherine of Siena, asks the Holy Spirit to unite us to Him and to infuse us with His grace.

A Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
In this prayer, we ask Christ to cleanse the souls in Purgatory from their sins.

A Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory
Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.

A Catholic Prayer for the Dying in Their Last Days
In this prayer for the dying, we ask God to strengthen their souls so that they may approach Him in the hope of the resurrection.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit for a Favor
This prayer to the Third Person of the Trinity is well suited for praying as a novena.

A Prayer to Saint Thomas More for Lawyers
This prayer invokes St. Thomas More as the patron saint of lawyers, asking him to pray to God for the grace to rise to the highest standards of that profession. The final verse can also be prayed by itself as a prayer to St. Thomas More as the patron saint of large families.

A Prayer to Saint Joseph the Worker, for Workers
This beautiful prayer, composed by Pope John XXIII, asks Saint Joseph the Worker to help us regard our work as a means of growing in holiness.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
In this prayer, which is part of the famous Novena to the Holy Ghost recited every year between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, we ask Christ, Who promised the Holy Spirit to the apostles, to send His Spirit to us that we may receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Pange Lingua Gloriosi - St. Thomas Aquinas's Hymn
A traditional English translation of the famous Eucharistic hymn composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron Saint of Youth
In this Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, we ask the patron saint of youth to help the youth of today.

A Prayer to Saint Paul for Perseverance
In this prayer to Saint Paul, we pray for the grace to persevere in the Christian Faith.

For the Peace of Christ (A Prayer by Cardinal Newman)
This is a very good prayer to begin a period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Petition Before the Blessed Sacrament - A Prayer to Christ
In this Petition Before the Blessed Sacrament, we acknowledge Christ's presence and ask Him for the grace to serve Him as we should.

A Prayer for Those in the Armed Services (For Protection)
This prayer emphasizes the spiritual dangers of war, because physical death is powerless to kill the soul, but sin can deprive us of Heaven.

A Short Novena for Corpus Christi
This very short novena can be prayed at any time, but it is most appropriate in the nine days before or after the Feast of Corpus Christi.

A Novena to Saint Joseph - A Prayer for Fathers
This is a good prayer for fathers to ask for the strength necessary to rear their children well, or for children to pray on behalf of their fathers.

An Act of Consecration to Saint Joseph
In this prayer, we consecrate ourselves to Saint Joseph and ask him to protect us, especially at the hour of our death.

The Our Father - The Lord's Prayer
Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.

A Prayer to Know Our Vocation
This is a very good prayer to pray as a novena at those times in life when we need to make a decision about our vocation.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan by Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI composed this prayer in May 2008 and asked that it be recited every year on May 24, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

The Litany of Saint Joseph (Foster Father of Jesus)
This litany, approved by Pope St. Pius X, is a sign of the growing devotion to Saint Joseph in the 20th century.

The Breastplate (or Lorica) of Saint Patrick
The Lorica, or Breastplate, of Saint Patrick is known for one of its verses. But the full version incorporates all the elements of Catholic morning prayer.

An Act of Love to the Blessed Sacrament (by Saint Francis)
This act of spiritual communion was written by Saint Francis of Assisi.

A Prayer to Jesus in the Manger (A Christmas Prayer)
This prayer to the Baby Jesus in the manger is the perfect prayer to accompany the placement of the Christ Child in our home Nativity scene.

A Prayer to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
In this prayer, we ask St. Margaret Mary to intercede for us with Jesus, that we may obtain the graces of the Sacred Heart.

Catholic Morning Offering - Your First Prayer of the Day
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.

A Novena to Saint Anthony to Find a Lost Article
This popular novena to the patron saint of lost items reminds us that the most important goods are spiritual.

A Novena to Saint Anthony for Any Need
In this novena, we ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession and promise to live more Christian lives.

The Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary - Text and History
The Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known of all Marian prayers.

Grace After Meals - A Forgotten Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Catholic Grace After Meals.

Offering Grace Before Meals - Catholic Table Blessing
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.

How to Pray the Hail Mary to the Mother of God
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.

A Prayer in Honor of Saint Paul (From the Coptic Liturgy)
This remarkable prayer in honor of Saint Paul is drawn from the ancient liturgy of the Coptic Church, the original Christian Church of Egypt.

A Prayer for the Intercession of Saint Paul
In this prayer, we ask for the intercession of Saint Paul, whom the Holy Spirit guided in his preaching, so that we may be guided in the ways of the Lord.

Invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this short prayer, we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary for her help in safeguarding our virtue.

The Jesus Prayer: A Prayer to Pray Unceasingly
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.

Prayer Before a Crucifix (to Jesus Crucified)
This prayer, recited before a crucifix, is often prayed after Communion or after Mass. The final words are from Psalm 21:17-18.

Eternal Memory - A Prayer for the Faithful Departed
A prayer for the dead prayed by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.

An Act of Reparation - A Prayer From the Angel of Fatima
This Act of Reparation, revealed by an angel, was taught to the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917.

Fatima Prayer - Decade Prayer for the Rosary
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.

A Prayer for Government by Archbishop John Carroll
This prayer, written by Archbishop John Carroll in 1791, is good to pray on national holidays, such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

For the Help of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Prayer
This prayer, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary's help, is addressed to God, the source of all blessings.

A Prayer to St. Gerard Majella for Motherhood
This prayer to St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and motherhood, is for women trying to conceive.

Prayer to St. Gerard Majella for Safe Baby Delivery
In this prayer, a mother asks St. Gerard Majella, patron of mothers, to intercede for her and her child during childbirth.

Eternal Rest - A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
Find the text of Eternal Rest, one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.

Anima Christi (John Henry Newman's Translation)
This beautiful prayer, which dates from the early 14th century, was translated by John Henry Cardinal Newman.

The Apostles' Creed - The Earliest Profession of Faith
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.

A Prayer for the Feast of Christmas
This beautiful prayer reminds us what Christmas is all about: our salvation and a foretaste of the world to come.

Come Holy Spirit
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Commending Oneself to Mary
In this beautiful prayer, composed by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, we pledge ourselves to Mary, that she may intercede for us so that our will may be aligned with the will of Christ.

Consecration to the Holy Family (A Catholic Prayer)
In this prayer, we consecrate our family to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Through their intercession, we hope that our family may be saved.

A Prayer for Our Courts and Judges (by Priests for Life)
This pro-life prayer by Priests for Life, a Catholic pro-life organization, seeks wisdom for our judges and the politicians who appoint them.

Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus - A Prayer
A group prayer to the Holy Name of Jesus for January, the Month of the Holy Name.

An Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
This prayer is primarily used in the Novena to the Holy Ghost, but it is a good prayer to say anytime to rededicate oneself to the Holy Spirit.

An Act of Charity
Find the text of a traditional version of an Act of Charity, also called an Act of Love.

The Act of Contrition
Find the full text and a complete explanation of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition, used in Confession and as part of daily prayers.

An Act of Faith
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.

A Petition to Mary (by St. Alphonsus Liguori)
In this beautiful prayer to the Virgin Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we hear echoes of both the Hail Mary and the Hail Holy Queen.

The Angelus - Brief Background and Text of the Prayer
The Angelus is an ancient prayer celebrating the Angel Gabriel's annunciation of the Lord to the Virgin Mary. Find the text of the Angelus.

What Is a Scapular? (And Why Would You Wear One?)
Learn more about the scapular, a small religious object worn by Catholics and tied to a particular devotion.

Scripture Reading for Ash Wednesday
In this reading from the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord explains that fasting that does not lead to works of charity does us no good.

The Definition of Aspirations in Catholicism
Learn about aspirations, short prayers that Catholics memorize and repeat throughout the day.

What Is an Ejaculation? (A Short Prayer)
An ejaculation, sometimes also called an aspiration, is a short prayer meant to be memorized and repeated throughout the day.

What Is the Meaning of the Lord's Prayer (the Our Father)?
The Lord's Prayer is a common name for the Our Father, the prayer the Jesus taught His disciples to pray. Learn the meaning of the Lord's Prayer.

An Act of Adoration of the Holy Eucharist
In this Act of Adoration, we thank Christ for His continued presence among us, not just through His grace but physically, in the Holy Eucharist.

What Is Shrove Tuesday? (Definition, Date, and More)
Find the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and learn about the history and traditions of the last day before Lent begins.

The Solemnity of Palm Sunday - Introduction and Facts
Learn the history of Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem that marks the beginning of Holy Week.

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
Known popularly as Candlemas, the Presentation of the Lord celebrates the presentation of Christ in the temple at Jerusalem on the 40th day after His Birth.

The Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom
Find the text of the famous Easter homily by St. John Chrysostom, read in many Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

What Is the Novus Ordo? (The Mass of Paul VI)
The Novus Ordo (or Novus Ordo Missae) refers to the Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II.

What Is the Catholic Mass? - An Introduction
The Mass is the central act of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and symbolism of the Catholic Mass.

Divine Mercy Sunday - The Octave of Easter
Learn more about this history and devotions of Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.

Christmas: The Second Most Important Christian Holiday
Christmas is the Christian feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the history of Christmas.

Scripture Readings for the First Week of Lent
The readings for Ash Wednesday through the First Week of Lent from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.

Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Lent
The readings for the Second Week of Lent from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.

The Revised Good Friday Prayer for the Jews
Find the text of Pope Benedict's revised prayer for the Jews, for use in Good Friday celebrations according to the traditional Roman Missal of 1962.

Scripture Readings for the Third Week of Advent
The readings for the Third Week of Advent from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.

Popes of the Modern Age - From Leo XII to Francis
From Leo XII (1823-29) to the current pope, Francis (2013—), find the popes of the Modern Age here, with the dates of their reigns.

A Prayer of Saint Jerome for Christ's Mercy
A remarkable scholar and a sometimes prickly man, Saint Jerome nevertheless believed deeply in the mercy of Christ, as this prayer abundantly shows.

JFK's Famous Speech on Separation of Church and State
The full text of Sen. John F. Kennedy's famous September 12, 1960, speech on the separation of Church and state.

A Prayer to Saint Catherine of Alexandria (For Purity)
In this Prayer to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, we ask the great martyr to intercede for us so that we may grow in purity, love, and faith.

What Is a Purgatorial Society (and Where Can You Find One)?
Purgatorial societies are not very common today, but they are beginning to make a comeback. What is a purgatorial society in the Catholic Church?

Why Is There No First Sunday in Ordinary Time?
Why is there no First Sunday in Ordinary Time?

When Is Lent? (In This and Other Years)
Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, changes every year. Find the dates of Lent this year, previous years, and future years.

What Is a Moveable Feast?
The definition of a moveable feast in the Catholic Church.

What Is Fat Tuesday? (And How Did It Get That Name?)
Learn about the traditional day of feasting before the Lenten fast begins.

What Is Mardi Gras?
What is Mardi Gras? Catholicism.

What Is Holy Week?
The definition of Holy Week. Catholicism.

Definition and Alternative Names for the Ave Maria
The Ave Maria is one of the more popular religious melodies, with several composers creating their own musical arrangements.

Blessed Pope John Paul II Pray for Us- Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Pope John Paul II Witnessed in Suffering - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

John Paul II Is Blessed Because of His Faith - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Mary Sustained the Faith of Pope John Paul II - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Pope John Paul II Saw With the Eyes of Faith - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Pope John Paul II and Totus Tuus - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Pope John Paul II Gave Us the Strength to Believe in Christ - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
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Christ Is the Way of Man - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
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John Paul II Is Blessed - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
Pope Benedict XVI discusses the grace which was the fruit of Pope John Paul II's life in his homily for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Heaven Rejoices at the Beatification of Pope John Paul II - Pope Benedict's Homily on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Scripture Readings for the Fifth Week of Lent - Catholic Scripture Readings for the Fifth Week of Lent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Lent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church has chosen scriptural passages that are appropriate to every day of the Lenten season.

Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Lent - Catholic Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Lent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Lent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church has chosen scriptural passages that are appropriate to every day of the Lenten season.

Delicious Recipes for Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
Find Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras recipes from around the world, and learn about Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and Fat Tuesday traditions.

What Is the Easter Triduum?
The definition of the Easter Triduum.

The Life and Writings of Saint Luke, Evangelist
Saint Luke is the third of the four evangelists and the author of the Acts of the Apostles. Learn more about the life of Saint Luke.

Prayers for October - The Month of the Holy Rosary
The month of October is dedicated to the holy rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. Learn how to pray the rosary and find other rosary prayers.

Prayers for September - The Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
Find prayers for the month of September, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

Pentecost 101 - All About Pentecost in the Catholic Church
Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Learn more about this holiday that is often called the birthday of the Church.

All About Easter in the Catholic Church
Learn all about the history and practice of Easter in the Catholic Church, and find resources for the entire Easter season.

Catholic Prayers for Every Occasion
Along with the sacraments, prayer is at the heart of our life as Catholics. Find prayers for every occasion, from daily prayers to novenas for special needs. Learn how to pray the rosary, and find prayers to various saints and for different times of the year. Enrich your prayer life by learning the traditional prayers of the Catholic Church.

The Five Types of Prayer
Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.

Tips for Lenten Reading With Your Children
Lent is the perfect time to help your children develop the habit of reading the Bible daily. Here are some quick tips on how to make the process painless.

When Christmas Falls on Friday, Can Catholics Eat Meat?
What happens when the laws of fasting and abstinence collide with the celebration of a great feast like Christmas?

When Is the Midpoint of Lent? - Halfway Through the Season
The Thursday of the Third Week of Lent marks the midpoint of this season of preparation for Easter. Learn how to make the most of the rest of Lent.

The Doctors of the Church
The Doctors of the Church are great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Read about the lives of various Doctors of the Church.

Is Lent Longer in a Leap Year? (40 Days or 41?)
For Catholics and other Christians who observe Lent, Leap Day raises an important question: Is Lent 41 days in a Leap Year instead of 40?

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Lent 2016
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2016, as well as links to further information.

Prayers to the Virgin Mary - Prayers to Saint Mary, the Mother of God
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2016 Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar
This Catholic calendar for 2016 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.

A Prayer to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
This theologically rich prayer to Mary, the Queen of the Holy Rosary, calls to mind the Blessed Mother's protection of the Church throughout history.

2017 Calendar - Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2017
Find the dates of Catholic holy days and moveable feasts for 2017.

When Is Easter 2017? (And More Easter Resources)
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and links to other Easter resources.

When Is Easter 2016? (And More Easter Resources)
Easter 2016 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2016 and links to other Easter resources.

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Meditations for Lent - For Catholics and Other Christians
These Lenten meditations, drawn from Scripture and the Fathers of the Church, will help you use the season of Lent to prepare for Easter.

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What Is Good Friday? (And Why Do Christians Celebrate It?)
Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the rituals of Good Friday, and why Catholics don't celebrate Mass that day.

The Annunciation of the Lord (The Annunciation of Our Lady)
The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary to announce that God had chosen her to be the Mother of Jesus Christ.

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Lent 101 - A Primer on Lent in the Catholic Church
Do you have questions about Lent? Here are the answers. Find everything you need to know about Lent in the Catholic Church.

Catholic Dictionary - Definitions of Catholic Terms
A collection of Catholic terms, with links to more information.

When Is Saint Joseph's Day? (In This and Other Years)
Saint Joseph's Day celebrates the life of the foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Find the date of Saint Joseph's Day in this and other years.

When Is Good Friday? (In This and Other Years)
Good Friday, the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Good Friday in this and other years.

When Is Immaculate Conception? (In This and Other Years)
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's conception without sin. Find the date of the Immaculate Conception in this, previous and future years.

When Is All Saints Day? (In This and Other Years)
All Saints Day celebrates all of those who have died believing in Christ. Find the date of All Saints Day in this, previous, and future years.

When Is Halloween? (In This and Other Years)
Find the date and day of the week of Halloween in this, previous, and future years, as well as information on the history of Halloween and its Christian origins.

A Prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo (For Virtue)
In this prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo, we ask the great convert to Christianity to intercede for us, that we may abandon evil and embrace virtue.

Confirmation Catechism - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
All of the questions from the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (Confirmation Catechism), arranged according to the original 37 lessons.

What Do the Second and Third Commandments Mean?
Lesson Thirty-Second of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 provides the text of the Second and Third Commandments and an overview of their meaning.

What Do the Second and Third Commandments Mean?
Lesson Thirty-Second of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 provides the text of the Second and Third Commandments and an overview of their meaning.

Pro-Life Prayers - Prayers for the Protection of the Unborn - Roman Catholic Pro-Life Prayers
Being pro-life isn't simply a political act. Even more important than voting is actively praying for the end of abortion. Find pro-life prayers, novenas, and litanies here, and make prayer for the unborn part of your daily prayer life.

When Is Thanksgiving Day? (In This and Other Years)
Thanksgiving Day falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day for this year, previous years, and future years.

When Is Saint Nicholas Day? (In This and Other Years)
Find the date and day of the week for Saint Nicholas Day for this year, previous years, and future years.

When Is the Baptism of the Lord? (In This and Other Years)
The Baptism of the Lord commemorates Christ's Baptism by John the Baptist. When is the Baptism of the Lord celebrated in this, previous, and future years?

When Is Good Friday 2016?
Good Friday 2016 is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Good Friday 2016.

When New Year's Day Falls on Friday, Can Catholics Eat Meat?
What happens when the laws of fasting and abstinence collide with the celebration of a holiday like New Year's Day?

How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on a Standard Rosary
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.

Catholic Prayers, Novenas, and Litanies
Find Catholic prayers for every occasion and every season, including Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, and learn when to use each kind of prayer.

Prayers to the Sacred Heart - Sacred heart Prayers - Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which represents Christ's love for mankind, is very widespread in the Roman Catholic Church. These prayers are especially appropriate for the Feast of the Sacred Heart and for the month of June, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2023
Find the dates of Catholic holy days and moveable feasts for 2023.

Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2022
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2019 Calendar - Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2019
Find the dates of Catholic holy days and moveable feasts for 2019.

2018 Calendar - Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2018
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2016 Calendar - Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2016
Find the dates of Catholic holy days and moveable feasts for 2016.

2020 Calendar - Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2020
Find the dates of Catholic holy days and moveable feasts for 2020.

2021 Calendar - Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2021
Find the dates of Catholic holy days and moveable feasts for 2021.

When Does Lent 2016 Begin? - First Day of Lent 2016
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2016 begin?

The Catholic Family - Tips on Raising Your Children Catholic
Find tips and advice on Catholic education, prayers and practices to teach your children, and preparing your children to receive the sacraments.

Christmas Eve Customs - Preparing for Christ's Birth
Christmas Eve is always a day of expectation. These activities will help you observe Christmas Eve more fully.

What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas? - Myth and Reality
There are three answers to the question What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas? and one of them is correct.

Advent Prayers - Catholic Prayers for Advent
Find popular Catholic prayers for Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, including prayers for the Advent wreath and the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena.

The Twelve Days of Christmas . . . Haven't Started Yet!
Think the 12 Days of Christmas are the 12 days before Christmas? Think again!

What Is Gaudete Sunday? - Third Sunday in Advent
How did Gaudete Sunday get its name, and what is the significance of Gaudete Sunday?

What Is the Immaculate Conception of Mary?
Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. What is the Immaculate Conception?

Is Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

Saint Andrew - Apostle
Learn more about the life of Saint Andrew, one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ.

Is It a Sin to Miss Mass Because of Bad Weather?
Do Catholics have to go to Mass when doing so would put them in danger because of the weather?

Christmas Prayers - Catholic Prayers for Christmas
Find Catholic prayers for Christmas, the second most important feast in the Catholic liturgical calendar.

Is Christmas a Holy Day of Obligation?
Do Catholics have to go to Mass on Christmas? And if so, why?

Will We Know Our Friends and Loved Ones in Heaven?
Will we enter Heaven with a clean slate, or will we remember those we knew on earth?

Preparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath
Learn about the history of the Advent wreath and how to incorporate it into your preparations for Christmas.

The History of the Catholic Church
Learn about the Catholic Church's history and the Church's role in secular history, and find short historical sketches of events and biographies of major Catholic figures.

Catholic Controversies
Throughout her history, the Catholic Church has found herself at the center of many controversies—and she still does today. Here are some of the most famous and current Catholic controversies.

Prayers for November: The Month of the Souls in Purgatory
Find popular Catholic prayers for November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Visit a Cemetery and Pray for the Dead
Did you know that you can release a soul from Purgatory if you visit a cemetery November 1-8? Here's how.

Indulgence for a Visit to a Church on All Souls Day
Learn how to release a soul from Purgatory on All Souls Day.

Civic Prayers - Catholic Civic Prayers
A collection of Catholic prayers for civic government, primarily focused on the United States.

A Prayer for Protection From Tragedy by Saint Augustine
This beautiful prayer by Saint Augustine of Hippo echoes the cries for help at night found in the Psalms.

What Is a Triduum? (Definition and Examples)
A triduum is a period of prayer that recalls the three days that Christ spent in the tomb, from Good Friday until Easter Sunday.

Catholic Worship - The Liturgical Life of the Catholic Church
Learn more about the great liturgical richness and diversity of the Catholic Church, and find tips on how to participate more fully in Catholic worship.

What Is the Meaning of Maundy Thursday?
Find the meaning of Maundy Thursday, and learn more about the origins of the term and the traditions of the day.

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Ready to Run
Join About Catholicism Expert Scott P. Richert as he runs the 2015 Chicago Marathon to raise money for the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago.

Prayers to the Blessed Sacrament - Prayers to Christ in the Eucharist
Eucharistic adoration is central to Catholic spirituality. These prayers to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament are appropriate as post-Communion prayers and for visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

Prayers to the Holy Family - Prayers to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
The Holy Family is the perfect example of family life for all Christians. In these prayers to the Holy Family, we meditate on the example of the Holy Family and ask the Holy Family to intercede on behalf of our families.

Blessed Junípero Serra - Priest and Missionary
The life of Blessed Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest who established many of the missions of California and evangelized the Native American tribes.

Saint Matthew - Apostle and Evangelist
Learn more about the life of Saint Matthew, one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ and the first of the four evangelists.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion (Thomas Aquinas)
This prayer after Communion by St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that the Eucharist strengthens us to live a Christian life, even though we are unworthy.

Sorrowful Mother Novena (For the Gifts of the Holy Spirit)
A meditation on the role that Mary played in our salvation and a plea for her intercession so that we may follow her example in following Christ her Son.

Scripture Reading for the Second Sunday of Advent
In this reading from the book of Isaiah, the Lord calls on the inhabitants of Jerusalem to mourn for their past sins, yet they continue to celebrate.

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Healing Body and Soul
Is there a spiritual lesson to be learned from the failure to complete the Chicago Marathon?

Commemoration of Holy Saturday - Lent in Catholicism
Holy Saturday is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum. Learn more about Holy Saturday.

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Help the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels spread the Gospel of Christ in inner-city Chicago.

Is Lying Ever Justified? (Can You Lie for a Good Cause?)
Can you lie for a good cause? What does the Catholic Church teach about lying, and why?

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the Patron Saint of Youth
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of youth, lived a short life dedicated to prayer, study, and the care of others. Learn more about this Jesuit saint.

A Prayer to Saint James the Greater, Apostle
In this prayer to Saint James the Apostle, we ask for the strength to be worthy followers of Christ.

Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist
Saint John was one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ and the last of the four evangelists. Learn more about the life of Saint John.

Can Catholics Support Same-Sex Marriage?
How should Catholics respond to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage?

A Prayer to Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
In this prayer, we ask Saint Lawrence to pray for us that, in the hour of our temptation, we may have the strength to endure as he did.

A Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene
A prayer asking St. Mary Magdalene to intercede for us with Christ, Whose Resurrection she was the first to witness.

Scripture Reading for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Once again, Moses' intervention saves the Israelites from God's wrath. Still, the Lord refuses to allow those Israelites who doubted His word to enter into the Promised Land.

Scripture Reading for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
In this reading from Hebrews, Saint Paul points out that a change in the priesthood signals a change in the Law. The New Testament priesthood is a participation in Christ's eternal priesthood.

Scripture Reading for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Israel has come to the edge of the Promised Land of Canaan, and, in this reading from the Book of Numbers, the Lord tells Moses to send a scouting party in.

Scripture Reading for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Melchizedek, king of Salem, foreshadows Christ. Christ is compared to him, in this reading from Hebrews, to stress the never-ending nature of His priesthood.

Scripture Reading for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
In this reading from the Book of Leviticus, we get a restatement of parts of the Ten Commandments and the Book of the Covenant. The emphasis here is on love of neighbor.

Scripture Reading for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
In the Book of Numbers, we read a version of Moses' appointment of the judges. The Holy Spirit descends on the 70 elders, and they begin to prophesy.

Scripture Reading for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
In this reading from Hebrews, St. Paul tells us that we should be strong in our faith because we have reason to hope: God has sworn His fidelity to His people.

Memento Mori - Definition of Memento Mori
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Prayers for June - The Month of the Sacred Heart
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart represents Christ's love for all mankind.

Will Roe v. Wade Ever Be Overturned? - A Reflection
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Put Not Your Trust in Princes - A Reflection on Roe v. Wade
The battle against abortion may be lost at the national level, but that doesn't mean there is no cause for hope.

Travel and Catholics' Sunday Obligation to Attend Mass
When Catholics are traveling, is their obligation to attend Mass on Sunday lifted?

Prayers for Each Month - Catholic Prayers for Each Month of the Year
The Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a specific devotion. Find the devotions and prayers for each month here.

Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen! (An Easter Message)
Easter is not something that happened just once, long ago; Christ is still alive and with us today.

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Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics?
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Why Is Wednesday of Holy Week Called Spy Wednesday?
Why is the Wednesday of Holy Week known as Spy Wednesday?