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The Work of St. Margaret Bourgeoys Lives on Today

The Work of St. Margaret Bourgeoys Lives on Today

By Susan Ciancio Margaret Bourgeoys was born in 1620 in France. At the age of 20, she took part in a Marian procession and was so moved by the statue of Mary—who seemed to be looking right at her—that she knew she had to devote the rest of her life to God. She...

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Gifting God and Others with Love

Gifting God and Others with Love

By Susan Ciancio Though Christmas has come and gone all too quickly, it’s likely that many of us are still enjoying the gifts we received or that we’re watching the people we love enjoy their gifts. Before Christmas, we spent hours searching for the perfect Christmas...

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Begin 2022 with the Bible in a Year Podcast

Begin 2022 with the Bible in a Year Podcast

By Susan Ciancio Three hundred sixty-three days ago I started a journey—a journey filled with excitement, battles, conflict, burning bushes, and more. But most importantly, a journey filled with wisdom, heroes, and God’s love. This journey has taken me through nearly...

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We Find Hope in a Stable

We Find Hope in a Stable

By Susan Ciancio One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary’s Boy Child” by a Euro-Caribbean group called Boney M. I like this song for many reasons: It’s joyful, it has a fun beat, it makes me feel happy, and it has some very poignant lines. One stanza in particular...

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Nine Reasons to Read ‘An Angel’s Story’ Before Christmas

Nine Reasons to Read ‘An Angel’s Story’ Before Christmas

By Susan Ciancio “What manner of love is this?” Michael the archangel asked. Advent is a time of preparation, reflection, anticipation, and joy. And nowhere is there greater joy than in the coming of Christ. Christian author Max Lucado understands this. His fictional...

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8 Ways to Celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

8 Ways to Celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

By Susan Ciancio Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception! This is the day we celebrate the fact that Mary was conceived without original sin. God knew He could not send His Son to be conceived and carried within a woman who had the stain of original sin,...

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Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier

By Susan Ciancio A few days ago, we began the joyous season of Advent. Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Those who knew Francis said he was always filled with an immense joy. Though he died at a young age, he spent the last 15 years of his life...

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5 Reasons to Celebrate Advent with Our Daily Reflection Guide

5 Reasons to Celebrate Advent with Our Daily Reflection Guide

By Susan Ciancio It’s almost Thanksgiving! And you know what that means: Advent is right around the corner. Advent is a time of preparation. The four weeks leading up to Christ’s birth should be weeks during which we contemplate God’s love, His sacrifice, and His...

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Six Ways to Show Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Six Ways to Show Gratitude This Thanksgiving

By Susan Ciancio We all need hope. One look through a news feed is enough to fill anyone with despair. So, between now and Thanksgiving, instead of focusing on the news or on the state of the country, let us focus on gratitude. Let us look at our blessings and...

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