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11 Life Hacks for Advent

So… besides there being more flames present at Mass, what else changes during the Advent season? Well, I’m here to provide you with a few Advent life-hacks, to help you enter a bit more fully into this liturgical season:

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How I Got Out of the Darkness of Doubt When I Thought God Didn’t Exist

I thought to myself, “I don’t think God exists.” as I walked out of my college classroom.

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Can Non-Catholics Go to Heaven?

As Catholics, we believe that those who die in God’s grace and friendship, those who chose to accept salvation, will reach heaven.

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More Friends Than You Can Count: Why Catholics Pray With the Saints

I am doing the same thing that the saints do for me when I ask them to pray with me to Jesus… to join their prayers to mine, en route to Christ. Since they’re closer to Him than I am, it actually makes even more sense for them to pray for me, than for my earthly friends to pray for me.

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Do You Want to Start Reading the Bible? Here’s How to Begin.

Before you open God’s Word, ask the author of that word – the Holy Spirit – to be present in a bold and fierce way. Quiet yourself, spend some time in silence, and hold the Bible in your hands as you pray.

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15 Amazing Padre Pio Quotes on the Spiritual Life

I want to share some of that wisdom with you. Here are a couple short quotes from his letters that have left a lasting impact on me.

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Is the Catholic Church Sexist?

Unfortunately, however, when the Catholic Church enters the discussion, it’s immediately branded as a male-dominated institution full of prejudices.

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4 Things St. Teresa of Calcutta Taught Me

As I walked through the exhibit reading all about her life, I kept thinking, “How can I love like she did? I don’t have it in me…”

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What Makes a Saint?

To be clear, the Church doesn’t “make someone” a saint. The Church recognizes the holiness of certain individuals and honors some with the title of “saint.” If you make it to heaven, you are a saint – whether or not the Church recognizes you as one publicly.

The title of saint is conferred on someone after what is called the canonization process.

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Don’t be Fooled: How to See Past the Glamour of Sin

Sin can disguise itself as whatever it can, but it can be the most dangerous when it puts on the mask that it’s something so beautiful, so precious, and so well loved that you feel ostracized if you don’t take part in it.

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