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Five Tips for Praying the Rosary as a Family

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Five Tips for Praying the Rosary as a Family

By Colleen Pressprich

October is the month of the Rosary, and as such, it’s a great time of year to explore the ways that you can pray the rosary as a family.

Start small.

Praying an entire rosary as a family can sometimes feel like a daunting task, especially if you have young children. You can build confidence (and endurance) by taking it one step at a time. I think we’ve all had experiences where we’ve bit off more than we could chew and ended up walking away from a goal simply because we tried to do too much too soon.

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Not One, But Two Feasts for the Angels

Not One, But Two Feasts for the Angels

By Lindsay Schlegel

As September ends and October begins, the Church celebrates not one, but two feasts that put angels front and center. The Feast of the Archangels (also known as the feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael) is celebrated on September 29, and the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels follows soon after, on October 2.

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Tips for Choosing a Family Patron Saint

Tips for Choosing a Family Patron Saint

By Colleen Pressprich

One of my very favorite things about being Catholic is having access to the entirety of the communion of saints. There are thousands of men and women who have come before us that we can lean on during our own journey to Heaven. And not only can we as individuals have patron saints, but we can choose a patron saint for our family.

If you’ve never chosen a patron saint (or saints, you can have more than one!) for your family, here are a few tips that might help you find just the right person for you.

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Creative Times to Pray with Children

Creative Times to Pray with Children

by Anne Metz

Praying with children teaches them what to pray and how to pray, but more importantly, it helps them build their own relationship with Jesus. With any good friendship, it’s necessary to spend time together, and prayer is a vital way to spend time with God.

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How to Help Your Kids Love the Saints as Much as You Do

How to Help Your Kids Love the Saints as Much as You Do

By Lindsay Schlegel

If you want your kids to love the saints as much as you do, there’s one thing you need to keep in mind: You can’t love someone until you get to know them.

Now, of course, we are called to love all people, to honor their dignity, and to treat them with respect. But love in this context is something that comes from building a relationship, from spending time learning about the other and from time interacting with the other. Without this time and effort spent, the other isn’t much more than an abstraction. If you want your kids to have a real relationship with the saints, you need to get personal.

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