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New Advent Devotional with the Catechism and Saints

New Advent Devotional with the Catechism and Saints

By Susan Ciancio She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7 One of my favorite things to watch before Christmas is a video of Josh Groban’s rendition of “O Holy Night” set to some of the...

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Her and the Baseball Boy

Her and the Baseball Boy

By Madison Marzullo  Madison Marzullo is a senior at Elk County Catholic High School who is very passionate about her faith and beliefs, especially when it comes to defending the preborn. This poem recently won 1st place in a pro-life writing competition held at her...

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10 Quotes from St. John Paul II That Teach Us How to Love

10 Quotes from St. John Paul II That Teach Us How to Love

By Susan Ciancio On Saturday we celebrate the remarkable life of Karol Wojtyla, the man who would become St. John Paul II. Elected pope in 1978, he served lovingly and faithfully until he died in 2005. Throughout his 27 years as our Holy Father, John Paul II helped...

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Pro-Life Essay Contest Attacked on Social Media

Pro-Life Essay Contest Attacked on Social Media

By Susan Ciancio For the first time in three years, the Culture of Life Studies Program is hosting its annual Pro-Life Essay Contest. This is a vital tool in helping young people articulate their pro-life beliefs and learn to stand up for the most vulnerable among us....

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God Heals the Brokenhearted

God Heals the Brokenhearted

By Susan Ciancio It’s hard to read the news these days and not feel brokenhearted. There’s so much pain and suffering in the world, and it can leave even the most faithful among us questioning whether God had abandoned us. We, of course, know that He hasn’t. But if...

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Pro-Life Essay Contest Makes a Comeback This Fall!

Pro-Life Essay Contest Makes a Comeback This Fall!

By Susan Ciancio In the time since the Supreme Court decided the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case and reversed Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, I’ve thought a lot about the phrase “Ignorance is bliss.” This is so because I have seen more ignorant...

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The Strength of a Mother’s Love

The Strength of a Mother’s Love

By Susan Ciancio Behind nearly every great son is a great mother. This weekend, we have the chance to celebrate both mother and son. Saturday is the Feast of St. Monica, and Sunday is feast of her son, St. Augustine. St. Monica prayed for many years for her wayward...

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Mary’s Assumption into Heaven

Mary’s Assumption into Heaven

By Susan Ciancio In 1950, Pope Pius XII wrote Munificentissimus Deus—an apostolic constitution that defined the dogma of the Assumption of Mary. The Holy Father stated: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own...

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Start the New School Year with Pro-Life Education

Start the New School Year with Pro-Life Education

By Susan Ciancio American Life League's Culture of Life Studies Program is a Catholic pro-life educational program for students preschool aged through high school. Our lessons cover a wide range of topics—from one-day lessons on saints; to handprint lessons with...

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