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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.

Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!

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Preach the Message of St. Paul - Family Reflection Video

Saint Paul loved the young Christian Community at Corinth. He knew the Lord had led him to them – in those first years of the Church. Corinth was a thriving port city near Athens. It was a pagan and, often, immoral place.

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Return to the Church  |  Strengthening family unity

Jesus, I Trust in You - Family Reflection Video

Sometimes, after hearing someone’s confession, I’ll offer them the penance of sitting quietly, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament, with Rosary in hand, moving from bead to bead through all the decades, silently repeating, “Jesus, I trust in You.”

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seasonal reflection

The Assumption of Mary: Visions of Creation and New Creation

We kayaked across Yellowstone’s Lewis Lake, up the Lewis River and halfway across Shoshone Lake to the campsite. Stepping out, stepping back, a different perspective unfolded as we celebrated the Eucharist on the shore. This gaze opened into infinity, finding and awakening vision: the faculty to be able to see and to understand, where sometimes only nature can reawaken this sense.  At the same time, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, in a similar and complementary way awakens our vision, yet with even greater clarity and depth.  

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Holy lives of inspiration

A Martyr for Truth and Love - Family Reflection Video

Edith Stein, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: a beautiful person, a seeker of truth and love who found her way in Christ. A Martyr for Truth and Love. A great sister for us and a model for our times.

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A Home for the Family of God - Family Reflection Video

Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, one of the four principal churches in Rome. Someone might say: there you go, you Catholics, with all these weird devotions – even to the point of a devotion to a building!!! How do we explain to him what’s going on here?

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Love, Knowledge and Holiness: St. John Vianney - Family Reflection Video

After the French Revolution in the 1790’s, parts of France were left in social chaos. Extreme atheist factions had gotten control in some areas and the aftermath was a material, social, and spiritual collapse. This was still the case in a rural village in south central France called Ars when a young priest named Jean (John) Marie Vianney arrived there 20 years later, in 1818.

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