Katrina Fernandez

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Autumn is the Quintessential Memento Mori Season

There is something ineffable about the fleeting transition from summer to winter, which makes Autumn irresistible to artists and poets revering it as the quintessential memento mori season. Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold,...

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The Chaplet of Adoration and Reparation is a Timely Salve for Our Souls

Earlier this week Pope Francis released a letter to the people and asked for all the faithful to pray and fast in penance for the atrocities of the recent sex abuse scandal.   “I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential...

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Are We Really ‘in This Boat Together’?

Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. posted a message yesterday, which said in part: This has been the summer from hell for the Catholic Church and our sins are blatantly exposed for the world to see. The recent tsunami of headlines about abuse of minors...

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The Laity Demand Justice and Action

“Now will you finally leave the Catholic Church?” What do you do when there’s an intruder in your home? You defend yourself, your family, and your property. You call the police. Someone is in your home when they ought not be. Logically, the...

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Holy Smoke! Seminary Has Unique Relationship With Firefighters

In the lush southern city of Charlotte, North Carolina, sits a new minor seminary that is building ties in the community in the most unlikely, and accidental, way. St. Joseph Minor Seminary, a thriving seminary that houses the Diocese's growing...

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A Sea of New Faces — Welcoming the Stranger at Mass

While cradle Catholics have shared experiences from their childhood they all can relate to, Catholic converts have their own as well. For most converts, their reception into the Catholic  Church during Easter Vigil is one of those main unifying...

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Why a Pro-Life Presence at Abortion Facilities is So Needed

Every Lent the annual 40 Days for Life campaign kicks off across the nation. One of the strongest campaigns can be found in my own city of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city was recently featured in the Charlotte Observer and described as “the...

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The 5 Sorrowful Mysteries in Sacred Art

A common practice of personal piety that some Catholics undertake during the weeks of Lent is praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary every day, not just on Fridays. The Sorrowful Mysteries echo the hardest parts of our lives when we...

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Stolen Crucifix Makes a Remarkable Journey Home

A crucifix that was stolen last year has made a remarkable journey. In May of 2017 thieves took several metal items from Holy Trinity Church in Ocean View, Virginia. Among those items was a large copper cross that was used in the parish’s...

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Converts and Cradle Catholics Have Something Special in Common

Easter will soon be upon us. It’s fitting that the Church uses that liturgical time of the year to welcome in her new converts. As we prepare to herald the resurrection of Our Lord, we also prepare to celebrate the spiritual resurrection of...