Need Help? Pray a Memorare

Mary’s maternal love abounds in this time-honored prayer.

05/31/2016 Comments (1)
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George Hitchcock's Blessed Mother

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Many would say the Rosary is their favorite Marian prayer. It is a lovely prayer, of course. But my favorite Mary-themed prayer is the Memorare.

Many a time, I have prayed it with anxiety or worry weighing on my mind. And the Blessed Mother has always helped. Her maternal mercy intercedes so well, from special intentions for myself or others to immediate needs — from small to large matters.

One of my favorite saints, St. Francis de Sales, recognized the beauty of this prayer, too. During one time of distress, he “recited the Memorare day after day,” and she “did not leave him unaided.”

Reflect on the beautiful words and pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it...READ MORE

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St. Gianna’s Guide to Happiness

Five joyful quotes from a beloved saint.

04/28/2016 Comment

As I have written about before, St. Gianna is one of my favorite saints.

For her feast day today, I offer five of my favorite quotes of hers (although a more comprehensive list of quotes can be found here:)


“As to the past, let us entrust it to God’s mercy, the future to divine Providence. Our task is to live holy the present moment.”

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that he, in his goodness, sends to us day after day.”

“We must be living witnesses of the beauty and grandeur of Christianity.”

“Whatever God wants.”

“Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.”


By living the truth of...READ MORE

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5 Things That Give Me Hope

07/28/2015 Comments (2)

Pierre Puvin de Chavannes (1824-1898), "L'Espérance"

The world is often a depressing place, as anyone living in it well knows.

Thank God for hope, which is...

1) Related to the joy of faith. 

What else increases my hope?

2) Hopeful reminders to put things into perspective, like a recent tweet from @Pontifex“When everything falls apart, only one thing sustains our hope: God loves us; he loves everyone!” Also, daily doses of hope @VerilyMag, like this

3) Holy people, like St. Thérèse’s parents, who show us how to live holiness within family life, and St. John Paul II — whose advice on being light and love in the world is increasingly timely: “Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be conquered by love.” And his...READ MORE

Filed under faith, family, hope, jane austen, john paul ii, joy of faith, st. gianna molla, st. therese of lisieux

A Catholic Single's Guide to Hope

08/20/2012 Comments (7)

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“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience. Or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.”
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

My English-major self loves all things Jane Austen, as I’ve noted on this blog before.

I was just reminded of this quote recently, and I think its theme is key to faith as much as it is to dating.

You need to be happy with yourself and your life before you can be happy sharing your life with someone else. That’s what Jane Austen illustrates in her novels. The heroines discern the heroes’ characters so they know their marriages are based on love and virtue. That’s the point of a new interview (at National Review Online) with Elizabeth...READ MORE

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Why We Need Joy

04/18/2012 Comments (5)
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"Live joyfully!" St. Francis de Sales advises.

In a world so badly in need of joy, we Christians need to live joyfully and share joy with the world.

After all, “Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.” So said Blessed Columba Marmion.

That’s what Easter is all about.

Pope Benedict calls on us to have joy in the Resurrection this Easter season because Christ enters our lives, “bringing joy and peace, life and hope, gifts we need for our human and spiritual rebirth.”

Benedict also encouraged youth to be joyful missionaries for the New Evangelization earlier this month in his address for World Youth Day 2012: “Be enthusiastic witnesses of the New Evangelization! Go to those who are...READ MORE

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A Catholic Girl's Guide to Valentine's Day

02/14/2012 Comments (2)

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Valentine’s Day is here. Which makes me think of candy and flowers and love.

Jane Austen has great things to say, as I’ve duly noted via each novel as well as overall themes.

God has a lot to say too: God is love.

And my favorite love song is based on 1 Corinthians 13. image

Feeling down today? Read what fellow Register staffer Robyn Lee wrote.

I pray today for God’s plan for my life, love-wise and otherwise. And I will listen to some Brandon Heath [see aforementioned song link above]. :)


Filed under love, valentine's day

A Catholic Girl's Guide to Pop-Culture Christianity

01/24/2012 Comments (10)

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Pop culture revolves around an ever-changing mix of headlines. I am happy to see that many deal with Christianity lately.

“Tebowing” is part of the American lexicon now due to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s Christian faith on and off the field.

I think it’s great how Tebow is glorifying God in all things, standing up for faith, life and purity.

So does another quarterback: Philip Rivers, who just happens to be Catholic (yay!).

The San Diego Chargers quarterback lives his Catholic faith well. (Our article has links to his Catholic Answers’ videos and appearance on Life on the Rock.)

Then there’s actor Mark Wahlberg’s commitment to his faith of late (he carries a prayer book...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop dolan, catholicism, christianity, jane austen, march for life, mark walhberg, philip rivers, pop culture, pope benedict xvi, st. francis de sales

Love Came Down

12/25/2011 Comment

“God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him and love him.”

So said Pope Benedict at Midnight Mass for Christmas 2006.

That sums up Christmas so well.

This quote perfectly fits this Christmas card picture:


Happy birthday, Jesus!

Wishing you a blessed and merry Christmas!

Filed under christ, christmas, love, pope benedict xvi

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Amy Smith is the Register's associate editor. She started writing about everything from Jane Austen to saints for the Register in 2005 and joined the staff as copy editor in 2008. Her writing has appeared in various other Catholic publications. She has a master’s degree in journalism and a B.A. in English.