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From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism

As fall descends upon the Northern Hemisphere, the Catholic liturgical year draws to a close. In the traditional calendar, many of the feasts between mid-September and the First Sunday in Advent make reference to conflicts between Christianity and Islam, and great victories in battles in which the Church–and, more broadly, Christendom–was threatened.

October: The Month of the Holy Rosary

The memory of these events turns our thoughts to the end times, when the Church will undergo trials and tribulations before the return of Christ the King. It may not be obvious how dedicating the month of October to the Holy Rosary fits into this pattern. But the rosary–and, more specifically, Our Lady of the Rosary–is credited with victory in a number of the battles commemorated in these final months of the year. Read more…

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Reader Question: Just Words

Many Protestants attack the rosary not simply because it is a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary but because of the fact that, in praying the rosary, we recite the same prayers over and over. And, sadly, in recent decades (no pun intended) many Catholics have begun to question the rosary for the same reason. But are rote prayers like the rosary really a problem? Or can they be an aid to a deeper prayer life? Read more…

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The Guardian Angel Prayer

Each one of us, the Church teaches, has our own guardian angel, who protects us both spiritually and physically. That physical protection is a reflection of the dignity that God has instilled in our bodies, and not simply our souls. We should thank God and our guardian angel for such great care, and make the Guardian Angel Prayer that we learned as children a part of our daily prayer life.

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An Act of Love for the Eucharist, by Saint Francis of Assisi

Most Catholics know the Prayer of Saint Francis (“Make me a channel of your peace . . . “), but this Act of Love, which he also wrote, is less well known. An act of spiritual communion, it expresses our belief in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and asks Him to come into our heart even when we cannot receive Him physically.

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