10 Things That Happen When You Go To Adoration More Often

01-23-2022Liturgy CornerRuth Kennedy

The Eucharist is described in the Catechism as the ‘source and summit’ of our faith. Finding the time to go to Adoration can be difficult. But if you can make it happen, committing to regular Adoration with an open heart can have some surprising results. While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (Mark 14:22-24)

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This fragrant element of our Catholic heritage dates to millennia before Christ.

01-16-2022Liturgy CornerLarry Peterson

For me, there is something about the smell of freshly burned incense filling the church that is spiritually uplifting. But where did it come from and why do we use it?

The use of incense in religious worship started more than 2,000 years before Christianity even began. The use of incense in China is documented before 2000 BC. Trade in incense and spices was a major economic factor between east and west when caravans traveled the Middle Eastern Incense Route from Yemen through Saudi Arabia. The route ended in Israel and it was here that it was introduced to the Roman Empire.

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The Holy Family’s Marriage Advice

12-26-2021Liturgy CornerTom Hoopes

Ways that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph set us on the right track in everyday life.

My son is getting married this weekend, and his Christmastime wedding is making me think of how the Holy Family’s lessons apply to everyday life. Here are four ways.

First, God makes things way harder — and way happier — for you.

I know a priest once who had a saying: “Mary got Jesus, and then all her troubles began.” It’s true. Even those God appoints a special task — especially those whom God appoints a special task — can expect things to get harder, not easier.

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How Christmas Lights Remind Us of Jesus

12-19-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Christmas has always been a "feast of lights," reminding us that Jesus is the "light of the world."

In the Western world, Christmas trees and houses are often lit by electric lights during the darkest time of the year. While this tradition has become commercialized and is practiced by Christians and non-Christians alike, it is rooted in a Christian understanding of who Jesus is.

In the early Church, Jesus was often depicted as Sol Invictus, the “Unconquered Sun.” Meanwhile, December 25 was known in the pagan world as the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Unconquered Sun).

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Christmas highlights Jesus’ personal love for you

12-12-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Jesus loved you so much that he came into this world as a little child.

Why did Jesus come into this world? Have you ever thought that he came into this world for you, in a personal way, that he had you in his mind?

We don’t always remember that Jesus didn’t simply come into this world for all of us in a general way, but more importantly, he was born in a stable for each one of us in a personal way. He knew about us and chose to suffer so that we might have life.

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Christmas Novenas and Their Beautiful Symbolism

12-05-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

The Church has always had a soft spot for Christmas novenas, whether it is the St. Andrew Prayer or the O Antiphons. The Catholic Church tends to emphasize the need for adequate spiritual preparation before any major feast. Whether its Christmas or Easter, the Church urges its members to prepare their hearts for an encounter with the Lord. Christmas in particular has retained many popular devotions and traditions that go above and beyond the normal Advent preparations.

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Catholics can get an indulgence for the dead by praying at a cemetery any day this November

11-07-2021Liturgy CornerCourtney Mares

This year, the Vatican has decided once again to grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November.

In a typical year, the Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory to those who pray in a cemetery on Nov. 1-8, the week of the Solemnity of All Souls’ Day.

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