Everyday Life

Catholic Everyday life
  • Prayer of the Day: Guardian Angel Prayer

    Guardian Angel Prayer Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen....more...
  • Prayer of the Day: Hail Mary

    Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen... more...
  • Prayer of the Day: Act of Love

    Act of Love O Lord God, I love you above all things and I love my neighbor for your sake because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all my love. In this love I intend to live and die. Amen...more...
  • Prayer for the Day: Act of Hope

    Guido_Reni_-_St_Joseph_with_the_Infant_Jesus | Rosary Mart Act of Hope O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful...more...
  • Prayer of the Day: Act of Faith

    Act of Faith O my God! I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy... more...
  • Prayer of the Day: Our Father

    Guido_Reni_-_St_Joseph_with_the_Infant_Jesus | Rosary Mart Our Father Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.... more...
  • Who Should Pursue Theology?

     

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    Theology is the study of God, coming from the combination of the Greek words: theos (god) + logia (study).Theology's end is twofold: love of God and neighbor.However, many think that the subject is irrelevant to today’s culture.Surprisingly, theology is very pertinent to daily living, and is important for every Catholic—whether a scholar or not.

    A lay person can enjoy theology because he/she is able to respond to “being in love”:

    “O that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth! Make haste, my beloved...” (Song of Solomon, 1:1-8:14)

    The main purpose of studying theology is the desire of being an amazing lover! The theologian's whole life is a romance.  This life-long adventure gives purpose: being wholly consumed in the deepest love, the love of God.  Being a "theologian" is not limited to reading, writing, or teaching, but actually living. more...

  • Confirmation: Grace to Find & Fulfill Our Particular Vocations

     

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    Every person was uniquely created to participate in the Kingdom of God; we know this because God said to Jeremiah: “Before you were in the womb, I knew you.”  (Jeremiah 1:5) This indicates Divine Providence, a plan for each of God’s creatures.  However, unlike robots, He did not “program” us to respond to His plans in an autonomous way.  This is because God wants us to freely choose to love Him.

    “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him a share in His own blessed life.”  (CCC 1)

    The ability to choose to love or reject Him also means that we are responsible for the consequences—good and bad— of all we do.  For instance, if we choose to overindulge in sweets, God isn’t going to step in and “magically” undo the effects.  He is like a good parent who allows His children to discover and explore; He wants us to learn how to recognize and act for not just the perceived good (instant gratification of taste), but the actual good (health and longevity of life).  Also, like a good parent, He doesn’t leave us “unguided”.  Thus, while He allows us to make our own choices, He never turns a blind eye to us, but gives us the tools and gifts we need to make informed decisions. more...

  • The Division and Ordering of the Seven Sacraments

     

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    Sacraments are the outwards signs that were instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace, that is, they give the capability to respond to God’s general and specific call for our lives. Our general call is to know, to love, and to serve God, our Creator. Our specific call is the particular way that we are to do this using our unique talents.

    “The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in divine n ature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.” (CCC 1129)

    In total, the Catholic Church offers her members seven direct means of grace: Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation (Penance/Confession), Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction). The are efficacious only because, “in them Christ himself is at work: it is He who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace each sacrament signifies.” (CCC 1127) more...

  • Reconciliation: The Sacrament of Healthy Living

     

    Have you ever weeded Raspberries only to discover that ant obnoxious weed growing up with them are Nettles— those horrific stinging plants? This is a survival tactic. Nettles closely resemble the Raspberry leaves, including its texture.  By looking like the “wanted” plant, it is more likely to remain and steal nutrients

    In a similar way, evil presents itself as a good, or intermingles with the good, so that it can stay alive in our lives.  However, ultimately, it will always seek to choke the good and replace it.   For instance, eating is a good; it is something that sustains us.  Pleasant tastes are also a good.  But when we forget that the purpose of eating is to perpetuate our life, and instead eat or drink for the purpose of experiencing pleasure, then eventually our bodies become accustom to the doctoring and the over indulgence of sweets, salt, fat, alcohol, etc.,.— factors in obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. more...

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