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Highlights from the 2021 January Priest Conference

Thanks to your support, since COVID hit we have successfully and safely held two in-person retreats serving our spiritual fathers. At our latest retreat at Lakeway Resort in Austin, Texas, we hosted over 150 priests from across the country—many of whom had never been to a St. Paul Center event before ...
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john bergsma, Jesus and the Old Testament Roots of the Priesthood

How the Laity Can Help Renew the Church

There are two modes of participation in Christ’s priesthood: the common (or royal) and the ministerial. Let’s first look at the common priesthood, the basic priesthood of all Christians.  ... Read More

3 Steps to Build Eucharistic Devotion in the New Year

Now’s the time to deepen your Eucharistic devotion. Make the decision this year to spend more time with the Blessed Sacrament and strengthen your love for Jesus in the Eucharist. Here are three ways to easily jumpstart your journey ... Read More
Personal Prayer, Fr. Boniface Hicks, Lectio divina

Lectio Divina: A Guide to Praying with Scripture

“I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of lectio divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart.”—Pope ... Read More
Kimberly Hahn, Chosen and Cherished

What Is Our Worth?

The word for “jewels” in Hebrew refers to something very costly, like rubies or pearls. Proverbs 31 tells us that these pale in comparison to the value of a godly wife. In Matthew 13:45-46 Jesus tells us about a man who searches for fine pearls ... Read More
Mary, Mother of God, the Nativity, The Bible and the Virgin Mary

A Christmas Prayer

My precious Lord, Jesus, I adore You with profound love and rejoice in the celebration of Your birth. Your love for us is unfathomable, ... Read More
chosen and cherished, kimberly hahn,

God Created You for a Purpose

God created you and me for a purpose. Our destiny is not based on our talents, skills, abilities, gifts, education, wealth or health, though these may be useful. God’s plan for our lives is based on God’s grace and our response to him. All that we have is a gift ... Read More
Advent, Christmas, Readings for Advent, John the Baptist and Jesus, Loosing the Lion, Leroy Huizenga

Why Is John the Baptist Important During Advent?

In Advent, thoughts naturally turn to the birth of little baby Jesus and his Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. And yet, the lectionary readings for the first and second weeks of Advent feature quite a few stories about John the Baptist, either with John himself as the protagonist or with ... Read More
How to Become a more grateful person, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Catholic thanksgiving

How to Become a More Grateful Person

There is a running joke in my family about asking God for help in parking the car. My nana initiated the practice of imploring God when encountering difficulty in finding an open parking space: “Jesus, please help me find a parking spot.” Well, my dad repeats this prayer, adding his ... Read More
Chris Stefanick, living joy, thanksgiving

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

A lot of people wonder what the secret sauce for a happy life is, and why God doesn’t just tell us. Turns out he did, but what he said is simple, and we’re busy looking for a mystic light to shine from behind a cloud—illuminating a hidden path. We’re looking ... Read More
having fun, Chris Stefanick, Living Joy

Having Fun Is Spiritually Powerful

Let’s start by saying an uncomfortable truth: You used to be more fun than you are. Very few people keep the childlike gleam in their eyes. They let life make them very, very serious. They let their adult responsibilities rob them of their childlikeness.   ... Read More