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Our Lady of Guadalupe and How She Adopted Our Family

December 12th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and it is a very special day in our home. This feast day is significant to many throughout the...
December 12, 2022
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BIS Reviews // Fr. Stu

For all of the causes for concern that are splashed across our screens day after day, I have noticed a trend that is heartening. Over the past several years, entertainment...
September 01, 2022
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Saints Who Had Conversions Later in Life

Age is an interesting concept. What was once considered old, our modern experience now perceives as the prime of life. Likewise, what we currently qualify as middle-age, our ancestors might...
March 28, 2022
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The Return of the Prodigal Son // Nouwen’s Conversion Through Art

Many of us are familiar with the story of The Prodigal Son. In fact, sometimes when people bring up the story of the Prodigal Son I find myself tempted to...
July 08, 2020
Sts. Monica and Augustine: Lessons from a Famous Mother-Son Duo in the Church

Sts. Monica and Augustine: Lessons from a Famous Mother-Son Duo in the Church

As I have grown in my faith, I have gotten to know and make closer spiritual friendships with a wide variety of holy men and women. Like many of you,...
August 26, 2019
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Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: What Modern Catholic Women Can Learn from Two Third-Century Martyrs

I recognized their names from the Roman Canon, but it wasn’t until daily Mass one March 7th that the priest brought Sts. Perpetua and Felicity to life before the eyes...
March 07, 2019
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All About Novenas

A few months ago, my husband and I decided to start praying the St. Andrew Novena together. The novena begins on November 30th (St. Andrew’s feast day) and ends on...
February 26, 2019
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St. Josephine Bakhita + Other Black Saints

Right before His Ascension, Jesus tells His Apostles, to “...make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:18). After an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles went and did just that....
February 08, 2019
Bubble Gum and the Baby Jesus: Welcoming Visitors to Our Parish During Christmas

Bubble Gum and the Baby Jesus: Welcoming Visitors to Our Parish During Christmas

Growing up, my family had a lot of Christmas traditions. New pajamas on Christmas Eve, Bing Crosby’s album playing as we came down the stairs, and a special breakfast following...
December 21, 2018
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Crooked Lines: My RCIA Experience

There is a lull on a day in late June. I find myself searching for Catholic churches nearby where I live in the Loop. I remember a friend recommending Old...
August 22, 2018
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Counterparts: On the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

There was a time after I finished school that I lived in a community of volunteers. We talked a lot about the potential for conflict, the importance of ‘I’ statements,...
August 11, 2018
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How to Join the Catholic Church // Insight Into RCIA

I love the Catholic Faith. I love the richness of its history and the courage of its Saints. There are so many inspiring stories of men and women who have...
August 06, 2018