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Catholic Devotions

It’s easy for many of us coming from non-Catholic backgrounds to be confused and overwhelmed by the sheer number and variety of Catholic devotional practices. Here are some great resources introducing you to the most common.

“I’ve had Catholics say, ‘Why should we sit in front of a box in the church? What is this ‘monstrance’ thing all about? I have no clue what Eucharistic Adoration is. What are these Catholic devotions?'”

– Dan Burke & Fr. John Bartunek

What are the most common Catholic devotions?

Have you ever wondered how many rosaries a day you need to recite to be a good Catholic? Or what Catholics mean when they talk about praying a “Novena”? How do you go about choosing what devotions to “make your own”? We’ve gathered here some resources on five of the most common Catholic devotions: Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Novena. We encourage you learn about them and then prayerfully discern God’s leading in this area of your life as you focus on devotions that are particularly meaningful to you and that you find yourself attracted towards.

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