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We All Have Crosses to Carry

We All Have Crosses to Carry

By Susan Ciancio Every parent’s nightmare is losing a child. On Friday, we celebrate the feast day of a young woman who died too soon but who made an immense impact on the world during her short time here. Blessed Chiara Luce Badano was a young Italian girl who was...

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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 Friday 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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Celebrate the Feast of St. Gerard Majella

Celebrate the Feast of St. Gerard Majella

By Susan Ciancio As adults, we often pray to discern the will of God, but do we teach our children to do so? Teaching them how to talk to God and to listen for His response is vital for their spiritual growth. One way to do this is to follow the examples of great...

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Make Me an Instrument of Peace

Make Me an Instrument of Peace

By Susan CiancioMonday was a very special feast day—the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was a young man who renounced his family wealth to follow Christ. His efforts started the beloved Franciscan order. Many know the story of how, when praying in front of...

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31 Unique Ways to Celebrate Life This October!

31 Unique Ways to Celebrate Life This October!

By Susan Ciancio October is almost upon us! Crisp air, comfy sweaters, beautiful leaves, and apple picking are just a few of the things people enjoy this month. But did you know that October is Respect Life Month? Not only that, but it’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month...

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What We Can Learn from the Man in an Iron Lung

What We Can Learn from the Man in an Iron Lung

By Susan Ciancio The human will is a spectacular thing. I was reminded of this recently as I watched a YouTube video about one of the last remaining people living in an iron lung. After watching this video, I felt compelled to learn more of this man’s fascinating...

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Celebrate the Nativity of Mary Today

Celebrate the Nativity of Mary Today

By Susan CiancioToday we celebrate the Nativity of Mary—the day that Mary was born without original sin. What an immense blessing! Mary’s fiat—her “yes” to becoming the mother of Christ—ensured that the gates of heaven would be open for us so that we have the...

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The Love of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Love of St. Teresa of Calcutta

By Susan Ciancio This weekend, we will celebrate the feast day of a woman who spent her life caring for the poorest of the poor. Born Gonxha Agnes, she joined the Sisters of Loreto at the age of 18, where she took the name Sister Mary Teresa. Upon taking her final...

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Building a Culture of Life with Saints Monica and Augustine

Building a Culture of Life with Saints Monica and Augustine

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

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Why CLSP? And Why Now?

Why CLSP? And Why Now?

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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