Saint of the Day: St. Scholastica

Have you ever heard of Saint Scholastica? She was the twin sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia and is regarded as the foundress of Western female monasticism. She was born in central Italy in the year 480, and died of natural causes on February 10th, 543. As she lived pre-schism,…

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Saint of the Day: St. Paul Miki and Companions

How far would you go in the proclaiming of your faith? Would you do so even though it meant death, pain, or suffering? In the comfort of our quiet North American lives, this is not a question we are often confronted with. Perhaps we can claim we ‘relate’ to an…

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Witnessing to Your Family

The second in our series on Evangelization here at the NCSS Blog comes from a blogger who wishes to remain anonymous. Thank you for your contribution!  We often hear the term “cradled Catholic” thrown around referring to those of us who have grown up with a practice of the Catholic…

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Do Catholics Believe in Predestination?

Blog submission from Richard Bernier for NCSS Do Catholics believe in predestination? And if so, does that mean God loves human beings “unequally”? These are heavy questions, for if the answer to them is “yes” or even “maybe,” it may leave us wondering where we sit on the spectrum of…

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Saint of the Day: Marguerite Bourgeoys

Today we begin a new series on the NCSS blog called “Saint of the Day.” The Catholic Church has such a rich history of holy men and women that we can look up to and ask to pray for us, so let’s get to know some of them throughout the…

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Top 5 excuses for NOT evangelizing debunked

When I first heard the word ‘evangelization,’ it actually came with a whole lot of negative connotations. I had images of weird people who knew the Bible backwards and forwards standing on street corners shouting to strangers about Jesus. But the reality of evangelization for most of us is completely different.…

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Christ is Coming!

Like many people who live in cities, I often find myself waiting for some form of public transportation. When I’m waiting, whether for the bus or the metro, it is almost impossible not to find myself straining for signs that something is about to arrive: the glimmer of lights in…

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Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

At this time of year, people (excluding university students) tend to be full of joy. They are joyfully doing their Christmas shopping, baking, and decorating. They are attending Christmas concerts and parties, singing Christmas songs, and going on family outings. These activities bring one kind of joy, and I fully…

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“Prepare the Way of the Lord” – Be a Pathway of Christ!

The Gospel for this Second Sunday echoes a refrain that screams Advent—“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!” (And if you prefer singing to screaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuUl522_8jQ!) Today’s reading (Mark 1:1-8) goes on to describe the eclectic sense of style, eccentric palate, and extraordinary proclamation of Saint John…

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Advent Reflections: God: Yo ! I’m coming by, you around ?

Several years ago, while I was altar serving in an Advent season, my parish priest explained to us in his homily what Advent meant. The term, derived from Latin advenire, referred to the coming and the associated expecting of, a notable important person. I was brought up in a culture…

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