Feast Day Fun: St Gertrude

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) was a Benedictine mystic and she is patroness of the West Indies.  She was born in Germany and placed in a Benedictine convent at the age of five. She had a vision of Jesus at the age of twenty-six. She wrote a number of books and many prayers, spreading devotion of the Sacred Heart. She is also credited with this special prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Jesus, Himself told her that He would ease the suffering of 1000 souls, release them from purgatory and welcome them into Heaven, each time this prayer is prayed devoutly!

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5 Mysteries of Mercy

The Mysteries of the Rosary offer intense events within the lives of Jesus and Mary for focus and contemplation while we recite the prayers of each decade of the Rosary. While the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is considerably shorter, I started wishing there were associated Mysteries of Mercy to contemplate during each decade of prayers.  In Scripture, we see Jesus model His Mercy as He interacts with the people and preaches to them. I did search online for Mysteries of Mercy, but only after I tried my best to extrapolate them for myself from Jesus’ Public Ministry.

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Subtle Saints Stationary and Tools

The Saints make me happy. I like having my Dream Team of Saints in my corner and they help me with a lot of things…intercession for sure, but also practical tips to strive for holiness, guidance for everyday coping, safe-keeping of snail mail, an excuse to celebrate often (so many favorite Feast Days this month!) and subtle saints evangelization…

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New Prompts to Pray in a Hurting Church


In these difficult days in our Church, many of us feel angry and helpless.

Our only recourse seems to be prayer, fasting and writing letters.

The #SackClothandAshes campaign has offered a number of ways to approach fasting and reparation.

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No Rosary? No Problem! 5 Finger Rosary Hack

Just a little practical tip for busy Catholics trying to squeeze in their daily Rosary.

Sometimes throughout our busy day, we may find ourselves with an opportunity to pray, but no Rosary in our pocket. Despair not! While a blessed Rosary is ideal to recite the Rosary with and very helpful to keep track of all those Hail Marys, we need look no further than our own hands for an easy way to keep track of prayers.

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Our Response to the Abuse Scandal: #SackClothandAshes

The Holy Father has just sent this letter to Catholics Worldwide: Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

He encourages us to pray and do penance so “that we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation.”

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Equipping Catholic Families with NEW Prayer Resources

A Little Way to Pray Companion Workbook is a 12 page workbook kit to help you find your own custom prayer prompts to pray every day. The PDF includes practical tips for Prayer Prompts, pick and choose templates to establish your own custom Prayer Prompts that fit your life, Prayer Starters, printable Prompts to Pray banner and Pocket Prayer Prompts.

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Track Changer: Game Changer for Prayer

Does praying “Jesus, I trust in You” seem empty and ineffective? The Track Changer can help us pray more deliberately, consistently and effectively!

Recently, when I was facing a little extra stress and anxiety, I learned something integral to effective prayer! While I’ve been taught that the effectiveness of our prayer does not rely on or become apparent through our feelings, there is something we can do to make our prayer more deliberate and consoling. I’m going to call it the track changer.

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Focus Your Faith This Summer!

Up here in Canada, we still have a month left of school, but summer has already started for many across the US!

Summer is super fun and we’re definitely looking forward to some lazy mornings, relaxed schedules, Catholic crafts and fun in the sun!

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DIY Litany of Trust

On the Feast of the Annunciation, Lauren of @brickhouseinthecity shared the Litany of Trust for Mothers that she wrote and prays daily. Lauren also has a line of inspiring Catholic Women’s Apparel and a blog here: Brick House in the City

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