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St. Raphael Novena

Novena to St. Raphael for the Financial Provision of our Our Lady of Mount Carmel Retreat and Center for Spiritual Formation DAY 1 “But I alone used to go often to Jerusalem for the festivals, as was prescribed for all Israel by longstanding decree. Bringing with me the first fruits of crops, the firstlings of the flock, the tithes of livestock, and the first shearings of sheep, I ...

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He is Risen!

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Passiontide: A Shift of Lenten Focus

We've been walking the desert sands with Jesus the past few weeks, reflecting upon our own sinfulness and doing what we can to make reparation for our sins and the sins of others. This Sunday, however, the Church shifts our focus from ourselves and our sinfulness to Jesus and His Passion. Today, we celebrate Passion Sunday, the beginning of Passiontide. Dom Prosper Gueranger says ...

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In the Desert with Jesus and Mary

Today, we begin our journey following Jesus into the desert. Can you imagine? He was just baptized in the Jordan, when, suddenly, the Holy Spirit led Him into the desert. He looks back and beckons. Not with His hands. Just a look. Come. We set out, uncertain, but not entirely. We know Who we're following, after all. We trust Him. We thank God for...

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Ember Days

Fat Tuesday, Skinny Wednesday While it may be difficult to imagine a modern Mardi Gras parade along the Narrow Way, it is good to know that the origins of Mardi Gras were actually quite honorable and tied to the liturgical celebration which quickly approaches: LENT. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". Back in the day, before people had refrigerators and freezers and when ...

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What're You Doing for Lent?

There's a holiday song that I love, but which, I think, always gets lost in the holiday shuffle. The song goes like this: Maybe it's much too early in the game Ah, but I thought I'd ask you just the same What are you doing New Year's, New Year's eve? Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight When it's exactly twelve o'clock that night Welcoming in the ...

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Septuagesima: Exile and Buried Alleluias

The Symbolic Seventy In the traditional Roman calendar, this Sunday is called Septuagesima, which is Latin for "Seventieth". While not exactly 70 days before Easter—it's actually 63—the number is symbolic, representing the 70 years of exile the Israelites spent captive in Babylon after Solomon's Temple was destroyed after the Jewish-Babylonian War. The three ...

Lumen Ad Revelationem Gentium - A Reflection on Candlemas

The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites: When a woman has a child, giving birth to a boy, she shall be unclean for seven days... and then she shall spend thirty-three days more in a state of blood purity; she shall not touch anything sacred nor enter the sanctuary till the days of her purification are fulfilled. ... When the days of her purification for a son or for a daughter are fulfille...

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Novena to St. Joseph - January 15th

Dear Friends and Family, Please join us in our annual re-consecration to St. Joseph which is to be prayed from January 15th to the 23rd. For those who are members of Apostoli Viae, we ask you to join with our community intentions. It is always best to state them out loud and then offer our own intentions in the chat below this post so we can all pray for one another. For the repose of ...

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Pray for the Repose of the Soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict

The Apostoli Viae community is saddened by the news of the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Please join us as we pray for the repose of his soul. photo: Giulio Napolitano/CNA / CNA

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