Guest Bloggers

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A Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the U.S.

At a crucial point early in my relationship with my husband we climbed up Monte Subasio to the hermitage of St. Francis outside of Assisi. Our whole semester abroad at Franciscan University’s campus in Gaming, Austria was an extended pilgrimage...

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St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

On Dec. 12 we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is the feast of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, a native Mexican peasant who experienced apparitions of Mary on the Hill of Tepeyac in present-day Mexico...

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Wife and Mother of Four Describes Experience of Possession, Exorcism

Terese Piccola suffered under so many secrets. “On the outside, I was the perfect mother, the perfect wife,” she said. “Inside, however, I was broken — and what is worse, I thought I deserved it.” Speaking exclusively with the Register over the...

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The Host and Chalice Both Contain Christ’s Body and Blood

An anti-Catholic Calvinist polemicist wrote: I openly challenge the Roman apologists to bring forth any example of a church father who says that after the consecration the bread is the blood of Christ (bolding his own) I’m more than happy to...

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Vatican Nativity Scene is Symbol of Hope for Embattled Region

The traditional and much-awaited Christmas tree lighting and unveiling of the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square took place Dec. 5, before a crowd of hundreds of onlookers. The ceremony, which was presided over by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello...

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A Tale of Two Canonizations

Last year I was able to attend the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Óscar Romero, and others. I had a great time, and it was a memory worth sharing. This year was completely different as I attended the canonization of John Henry Newman and four...

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What Kind of Habits Do You Have?

“Why is it easy to make that initial decision to change, and even to start to do some of the right things—but difficult to persist in the longer term?” Wendy Wood poses this question and, really, she got my attention.   Wood’s book, Good...

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Biblical Support for Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is  harmonious with Holy Scripture, and is supported by both analogy and plausibility. Luke 1:28 (RSV) And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” [in the RSV –...

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An Unknown Patroness: The Immaculate Conception

Every year for the past eight years or so, our family has had the tradition of taking annual patron saints. This has been the source of some specific blessings, even beyond that gift of coming to know and have the patronage of a heavenly friend...