The Power of the Rosary to Transform and Heal

Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints, artist unknown, Brooklyn MuseumIn this month dedicated to the Holy Rosary we wanted to draw your attention to the power this prayer has in the most dire situations.  The rosary is one of the greatest weapons we have in the Catholic arsenal and stories of its power abound.  In fact, the reason we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary on the seventh of this month is because the miraculous victory of the Christian fleet over the Turks at Lepanto is credited to the intercession of Our Lady through the rosary, which the whole Church was praying.

Last month we had the privilege of hearing Immaculee Illibagiza speak about her experience during the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.  If you aren’t familiar with her story you need to read her book, Left to Tell, which has made a deep impact on each of us Continue reading

A Queen Who Intercedes for Her People

Esther before Ahasuerus;  Giovanni Andrea SIRANI; 1630s;Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest   The Liturgy of the Hours is part of the heartbeat of our religious life, which, along with Eucharistic Adoration and the Mass, gives a rhythm to our daily life.  The cycle of readings which we go through each year is another element of this rhythm, and at different times of the year we can look forward to rereading our favorite books of the Old or New Testament as we come upon them in the Office of Readings.

Yesterday we began reading the Book of Esther. It only takes a few days to read through before beginning the book of the prophet Baruch, so we spend less time with it than we do with some of the other Old Testament books in the Office of Readings.  But just because it’s short, doesn’t mean it isn’t important.  Esther is one of the prefigurements of Our Lady which we find in the Old Testament.  There were many different women who foreshadowed or mirrored the role Our Lady would have in salvation history:  Eve, Judith, Esther and Ruth, to name just a few  Marian types found in the Old Testament.  The Church Fathers recognized this as early as the second century.  Here’s a great blog post about Esther and Our Lady from Fr. Joseph of the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph.

Bl. Pope Paul VI: Courageous Christian, Tireless Apostle

Another blessed has been added to the Church’s roll of holy exemplars and intercessors- and it’s another pope!  Today in Rome Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI.  This has been an extraordinary year with two popes canonized and now another beatified.  What gratitude to God we should have in our hearts that He has blessed us with holy pontiffs to steer the Barque of Peter in these modern times.  Below is the English translation of Pope Francis’ homily from this mornings Mass:

We have just heard one of the most famous phrases in the entire Gospel: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt22:21). Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 10/15/14

A Good Habit Show Notes

This past Wednesday on A Good Habit we were blessed to introduce y’all to a guest we have been looking forward to bringing on the show for a quite a while:  Dr. Fredericka Vyvlecka, PhD, LPC-S.  Dr. Fredericka is a counselor educator, counselor supervisor and therapist, and she was with us to talk about dating from a Catholic perspective.


We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed the show, and since we only scratched the surface of how to date with marriage in mind (or “dating for heaven”), we plan to have her back with us again to talk about it more.  Judging from the emails and feedback that we’ve

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Show Notes – A Good Habit 10/8/14

A Good Habit Show Notes

We’re a little behind on our show notes for last week, and since we had some great topics we wanted to get these notes up for you.

As you likely know, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR passed away on the evening of Oct 3, the  Transitus of Our Holy Father Francis.  His funeral was held last Friday, and if you weren’t able to see it on EWTN you can watch it here.

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Farewell to a True Son of St. Francis

father-benedict-groeschelOur Lord has called out of this world to Himself, a very dear friend of our community, of EWTN, and of so many people around the world:  Fr Benedict Joseph Groeschel CFR.

He died on the Transitus of our Holy Father Saint Francis.  One could not think of a more appropriate moment to leave this world for such a true Son of Saint Francis.
He was a defender of Holy Mother Church, a teller of truth, a guide and mentor, a spiritual giant. His life and teaching touched the lives of so many.  May his Soul rest in that wonderful peace of Jesus his Lord.

Last evening a prayer vigil was held in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.  This included the Rosary, Eulogies, and Evening Prayer.  You can join your prayers to the prayers of all who were in attendance last night, and countless people around the world who were watching on EWTN, by viewing the video below.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.

We will post the video of Fr. Groeschel’s funeral as soon as it becomes available.