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Virgin Mary – Her Life & Devotions

Explore our Blessed Mother’s life, from her birth, free of original sin, until her Assumption; and various devotions to Mary:

  • First Saturdays
  • Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Green Scapular of Our Lady
  • Brown Scapular
  • Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows

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The Relics of St. Charbel

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox spoke with Fr. Charles Khachan in preparation for the visit of St. Charbel’s relics in San Antonio, Texas. Learn about this important Lebanese saint and mystic.

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Prayer for St. Charbel’s Intercession

Lord, infinitely holy and glorified in your saints, you have inspired Charbel to lead the perfect life of a hermit. We thank you for granting him the blessing and strength to detach himself from the world so that the heroism of the monastic virtues of poverty, chastity and obedience, could triumph in his hermitage.

We beseech you to grant us the grace of loving and serving you, following his example. Almighty God, who has manifested the power of St. Charbel’s intercession through countless miracles and favors, grant us…

(State your intention)

through his intercession. Amen.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

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Unlocking Christian Symbols

What are symbols? How are they different from signs? Learn about the meanings of popular symbols in our Christian faith that we see in churches and other places. We dive into this topic with Fr. Rodolfo Caballero.

Introduction to the Devout Life

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the seventeenth century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ.

Francis’s compassionate Introduction leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.

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St Joseph of Nazareth

On Devotion to St. Joseph (Quamquam Pluries)

“On Devotion to St. Joseph (Quamquam Pluries)” encyclical by Pope Leo XIII

“In Joseph, faith is not separated from action,” said Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. For centuries, the model of St. Joseph has quietly resided in the hearts of Christians. Many popes have called his example out of the quiet, so that we would gain from friendship and devotion to him – towards a stronger faith in Christ.

Pope Leo XIII was one of these popes. His encyclical demonstrates why St. Joseph is so special, and why we should look to him for prayerful help, protection and guidance in following the Lord. At the end of the encyclical, he also mentions a special prayer to St. Joseph that we should especially include during our Rosaries for the month of October:

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

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The Miraculous Medal

How can a little piece of metal be called “miraculous”?

In November 2011, the Pilgrim Center of Hope organized and led a Marian Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of  Paris.  One of those Shrines in Paris is located in the center of town on a street called Rue de Bac.  It is there, where Mary, the Mother of God appeared to a nun in 1830 and gave her a unique mission – to have a medal made with the image Mary gave her.   Learn why this mission since 1830 has been instrumental for thousands of healings, conversions and hope!  Hear about a powerful conversion and this special sacramental, the miraculous medal.

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The Prayer of John Paul II in the Chapel of Rue De Bac

«Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. »

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. O Mary, this was the prayer that you gave to Saint Catherine Labouré in the Chapel of the Apparitions, more than one hundred and fifty years ago! […]
This invocation, engraved on the Miraculous Medal, is now worn and repeated by the faithful throughout the world!

Blessed are you among women!

You are intimately associated with the work of our Redemption, associated with the Cross of our Savior, your heart has been pierced, next to his heart. And now, in the glory of your Son, you never cease to intercede for us, poor sinners.

You watch over the Church for you are its Mother. You watch over each of your Children. From God, you obtain for us, all graces that are symbolized by the rays of light which radiate from your open hands, and the only condition that you demand of us is that we approach with the confidence, the hardiness, and the simplicity of a child. And it is thus that you bring us before your Divine Son.

John Paul II (1980)