Author Archives: Maria.Nicole

Church Madness 2017: Vote for St. Francis de Sales Oratory


Isn’t this church spectacular? Out of 64 nominated churches, my beautiful parish, St. Francis de Sales Oratory, has made it into the FINAL ROUND of the annual Church Madness contest!  The contest was created to celebrate the beauty of Catholicism … Continue reading

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Salesian Advice for Holy Communion


“Every time you approach Our Lord in the Eucharist, receive Him with more devotion than before.” – Fr. Paul Hamilton

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The Beauty of Suffering


Today’s culture has lost a sense of what it means to suffer and persevere.  We spend our days finding ways to make work easier, erase pain, and enjoy the modern conveniences of 1st world luxuries.  The atheistic message reverberating through society is that happiness is directly proportional to the level … Continue reading

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Te Deum Laudamus


“You cannot have faith without trust, and trust is built upon gratitude.  Be thankful for all the little things God has granted to you; and, day by day, you will find your faith rewarded.”  Canon Talarico Te Deum Laudamus!  To … Continue reading

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Shhhhhhhhh… (Silence is Powerful)


A while ago, I was working part-time doing odd jobs around an office.  At that moment, I was tucked away in some back corner room by myself all week painting.  Towards the end of my painting streak, one of the other … Continue reading

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The Mantilla and I


For my entire Catholic life (and then some) I have been aware of the practice of women covering their heads during Mass.  I converted to Catholicism straight into a TLM community – so I had never really been exposed to … Continue reading

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Tota Pulchra Es, O Maria


All fair art thou, O Maria… There are always many levels of little Sunday joys in my life… from just being grateful to arrive for Mass on time, to actually making it through the long confession lines before Mass, to … Continue reading

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The Screwtape Letters for Modern Times


I have just come across this brilliant piece of work mimicking C.S. Lewis, which was posted on the blog Etheldredasplace (wow – that’s a mouthful ‘aint it?): for the original post, click here. 1 – I love C.S. Lewis and I love … Continue reading

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An Act of Charity


This morning I was praying before Mass at a local parish I sometimes frequent.  It’s a beautiful church – one that really feels like a sanctuary when you walk in and echoes when you whisper.  It has these beautiful white marble pillars … Continue reading

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A “Jolly Good” Video on the Institute’s Work in the UK


Watching this video made me miss visiting New Brighton just a tad bit. It’s a good video if you’re interested on what is going on overseas!

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