Deus Vult

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Spiritual Warfare

The Rosary: Our Lady’s Favor

Knights during the middle ages wore many layers of leather, plate armor, and chainmail to protect themselves from harm during the dangers of battle and close combat. Should not we, who are confirmed soldiers of Christ, do the same? Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be […]

The Rosary: The Ultimate Petition

St. Dominic started the practice of praying the rosary daily; a devotion he spread far and wide during his life. Since then, the graces flowing from this prayer has been confirmed and emphasized through the examples of many great saints and apparitions of the Blessed Mother. One of the most well-known apparitions of Mary was […]

The Rosary: Prayer Victorious

The air is rent with shouted orders, the clatter and clamor of a fleet being prepared for battle. Soldiers and sailor alike prepare themselves, checking the sharpness of weapons, tying off this rope, reefing that sail. But the readiness of the ships is not all that wins a battle. The men know this well. Whispers […]

The Sign of the Cross: Part 4

The Church is truly an incredible institution. Seen from a worldly point of view, it began as a small group of Jewish fishermen and peasants, who taught a new religion two thousand years ago. The new creed spread rapidly, and from a few thousand people it grew into the national religion of the Roman Empire […]

Litany of Humility

“Take up My yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am meek, and humble of heart…” (Matthew 11:29). This prayer was written by Cardinal Merry delVal, and it is a wonderful prayer to recite at Mass, Adoration, or different times of the day. The Litany of Humility: O Jesus meek and humble of […]

A Prayer for the Unborn

“Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee…” (Jeremias 1:5). Every day babies are being aborted. These innocent little ones are being deprived of their right to life. I have for you today a prayer for the unborn, […]

The Brown Scapular: Our Lady’s ‘Little Habit’

Take this Scapular. Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and pledge of peace. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s words to St. Simon Stock When Our Lady gave the scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16th, 1251, she gave the world […]

The Sign of the Cross: Part 3

The Church has always produced many great saints and heroes throughout history.  Saint John saw, in his Apocalypse, “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Apoc. 7, […]

The Regina Caeli

The city of Rome was undergoing a plague and mortality rates were extremely high. Pope Gregory the Great began a procession, carrying the statue of the Blessed Virgin carved by St. Luke and beseeching God to end the pestilence. The procession reached the base of a hill, at the top of which was a castle, […]

The Sign of the Cross: Part 2

An important characteristic of the early Christians was their frequent and devout use of the Sign of the Cross. We can learn a thing or two about the Sign of the Cross by observing the character of these first members of the Church, including the origin of this sacramental and its importance in the lives […]

St. Dominic and The Rosary

St. Dominic de Guzman, who’s feast was on the 4th, was born to a noble Spanish family in the year 1170. He was an incredibly pious child, and it was no small surprise when, in 1194, he entered the Benedictine order, after ten years of intense study in theology and liberal arts. While Dominic was […]

The Angelus

For centuries, the Angelus Domini, more commonly called “the Angelus”, has been recited by the Church three times a day – at six in the morning, at noon, and at six in the evening – to commemorate the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the announcement of the Angel and […]

The Sign of the Cross: Part 1

Before Christ ascended into heaven, one of his final commands was to “Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). How are we to do this? Are we supposed to do exactly as the Apostles did and leave our homes and families to go preach Christ’s kingdom to the heathen […]

Discovering the Devil’s Attack: The First Temptation of Christ

When we think of Christ’s temptations by the devil in the desert, we tend not to realize that these are often the devil’s three principle methods of attack. The tempting of Christ with bread symbolizes any temptation of the flesh or appetites we might have. The reason why ‘appetites’ is used to describe our desires is […]


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