Keep up with the Holy Father’s visit from afar.

For those of us that can’t be on the East Coast for Pope Francis’s 2015 USA visit, here is a list of websites where you can watch all of the events LIVE.

Find the live feed for most events at EWTN and Vatican News.

In case you miss something, live and recorded events at WalkWithFrancis. Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Pope Francis’ Visit to the USA

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Sometimes I get to the end of my day and realize I wish I had prayed more throughout the day. Even in simple ways like putting intention into my work and being conscience of giving my best work to Him. Here are a few ways to put a little more prayer in your life and help develop the habit of daily prayer.

1. Good Morning to God

A little whisper of thanksgiving to God with your waking breath takes the edge off the blare of the alarm clock. Added bonus:  you start your day with gratitude, which lifts your mood automatically.

2. Singing hymns in the shower

Showers are a great place to sing! Belt out praise and glory in God as you lather up. Think about the words of the hymns that pass your lips and offer it up as prayer. Added bonus: You get to pick your favorite hymns that seem to never get sung at church. Continue reading 7 Simple Ways to Add a Little Prayer to Your Day

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Why is it silver? Why did it look like iron? Who designed it?

It’s not iron (but they thought it was). It’s not gold (but it usually is).

The first time I laid eyes on Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, I remember thinking it was unlike anything else I had ever seen. When the first shipment of crosses arrived at our office, I noted a few different things… the detail, the signature on the back… and the hologram seal?

Turns out, the cross design is copyrighted and the seal makes sure my customers are getting the real deal. But there is so much more behind that story. Continue reading The Story Behind Pope Francis’ Pectoral Cross

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Our diocese recently celebrated our 125th anniversary. The weekend was packed with bishops, speakers, performers and, of course, Mass. My notebook was jammed with notes and so many things I want to remember.

But the main stand-out idea came from Curtis Martin, the founder of Focus. (If you ever have the chance to hear him speak, GO!!) He was talking about lectio devina, prayerful reading of the scripture. The verse he had spent weeks on was from John 1:39 where John tells us the time of day: 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Why was this time important? Mr. Martin turned this over in his mind over and over until it hit him. John was telling us what time it was when his life changed forever and he chose to follow Christ. Just like I know exactly where I was when I heard my first news report of 9/11. It was John’s “Where were you when…” experience. Continue reading When was your 4:00 Moment?

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In case you missed the coverage of Pope Francis’s Christmas speech to the Curia, here are just a few of the headlines that it produced:

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican’s Bureaucrats : The Two-Way : NPR.

Pope warns Curia against ‘spiritual diseases’ | Crux.

Pope issues scathing critique of Vatican bureaucracy in pre-Christmas meeting | National Catholic Reporter.

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This is what I am really loving about Pope Francis. He doesn’t worry about the bureaucracy or playing nice and leaving things as is; If he see something that needs to get fixed, he tells us. Continue reading Christmas Speech by Pope Francis

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The song Hallelujah is one of my all time favorite songs. I first heard it on Jeff Buckley’s album Grace years ago. Since then, I have heard many variations of it performed by a variety of artists from Lenard Cohen (the original writer) to Justin Timberlake, to A-Capella groups and even in the movie Shrek.

However, I just found this version from the group Cloverton. They change up the lyrics (which always had a very spiritual feel to it) to tell the story of Christ’s birth.

Here is their version:

Here is my favorite version from Jeff Buckley

Have a wonderful Christmas season everyone.

-Travis

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Being a convert to Catholicism I have learned a lot over the past 14 years and even more these past few months of owning Discount Catholic Products. However, one of the things that I’ve always understood is the importance that the Pope has in the Catholic Faith. He is not just the leader of the one billion plus Catholics, but is seen as one of the moral leaders of the world.

While I took an interest in the election of Pope Benedict XVI, I was even more intrigued a year ago Continue reading Celebrating One Year of Pope Francis

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