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Is there a rule concerning the positioning of Stations of the Cross in Catholic churches?

Way of The Cross is a devotion followed by Catholic Church especially during Lent. It comprises of 14 Stations, the representative images of which are placed on the walls of the church. The pattern ...
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How did St. Veronica get her name?

Vignettes from Nature, a book written by Grant Allen and published from London in 1881 has this interesting note: the piece of cloth with which Jesus' face is believed to have been wiped on his way to ...
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What's the purpose of a 40-hours devotion?

Our new pastor is spearheading a 40-hours devotion in our pastorate, we've never done one of these before. What does the ideal 40-hours devotion look like and how can the laity make it the most ...
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What are some of the reasons why Catholics would feel more drawn to focus on pius devotions than the Psalms?

It seems to me that most Catholic lay people do not focus on the 150 Psalms (found in the Bible) in their daily prayer life. It seems that many focus on pious devotions instead. I have always felt ...
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Saints Who Correlated the Prosperity of an Age to Its Devotion to the Holy Eucharist

Consider the following quote of St. Peter Julian Eymard: An age prospers or dwindles in proportion to its devotion to the Holy Eucharist. This is the measure of its spiritual life and its faith, of ...
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Is it sinful to be a "prayer squirrel"?

My question arises from a preacher's Facebook post condemning the practice of being a "prayer squirrel" (i.e., getting distracted while praying). He offers the following as an example of ...
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How do Protestants explain the benefits of Marian devotion and praying the Rosary experienced by Catholics?

It's common sense knowledge that millions of Catholics pray the Rosary and make devotion to Mary an integral part of their everyday spirituality. See for example this answer to the question According ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the difference between veneration and devotion?

I've seen both terms (veneration and devotion) used when referring to the Catholic attitude toward Mary and the Saints. According to Catholicism, what is the difference between these two terms?
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How widespread was Marian devotion during the first two centuries of Christianity?

Was Marian devotion commonplace among early Christians during the first centuries of Christianity? What about the first century AD? What about the second century AD? There are a few related questions, ...
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According to Catholicism, to what extent is the spiritual growth of a Christian impaired by his/her lack of devotion to Mary and the Saints?

According to Catholicism, if a Christian lacks devotion to Mary and the Saints, is he or she spiritually "handicapped" or "missing out" spiritually? For example, let's suppose that ...
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Homilies during liturgical seasons?

I would like to know the differences, if any, seen in homilies offered at Mass during different liturgical seasons. For instance are both Marian and Rosary-based prayers included customarily or are ...
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What are the origins of St. Joseph's title "Guardian of Virgins"?

When and where did St. Joseph's title "Guardian of Virgins" originate?
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Did any saint pray '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'?

Was there any saint (or blessed, or venerable) that prayed '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'? Does any saint (or blessed, or venerable) recommend that prayer? Did the St. Bridget pray them?
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Is there any evidence in the Roman catacombs that the Early Church had a devotion to the Virgin Mary?

Is there any archeological evidence in the catacombs of Rome that the Early Church had any (particular) devotion to the Virgin Mary? If so, what are the sources that support such a devotion?
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was present at the foot of the Cross as her Son was dying in order to ransom mankind from sin. This got me thinking that Mary must hold a special place in Catholic devotion. ...
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Why do Roman Catholics show devotion to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart?

I wonder why Roman Catholics show devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary if their devotion can be shown to Jesus Christ and Mary instead? What's the difference?
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What is the biblical and traditional support for the Catholic Marian devotion?

In this answer it was stated that the Bible does support Marian devotion, which the Catholics practice. In Luke, Mary says "all generations will call me blessed." I can see how this lends credence to ...
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What is the role of "Sign of the cross" gesture in Catholicism?

Catholics make this gesture during or after prayer, by using their right hand to touch the forehead, then the middle of the breast, then the left shoulder, and finally the right shoulder. Is this ...
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How much time did medieval Christians devote to prayer? [closed]

I was critiqued on this answer concerning it taking less time out of the day for someone to be a Muslim than a Christian, and that may be untrue for a majority of Christians today. But how much ...
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How does societal consecration to Mary differ from individual consecration?

For individual Catholics, consecration to Mary is a serious commitment not to be lightly entered into. It seems to me that this consecration is seen as an "advanced" step for people who are already ...
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What is the Little Office of Our Lady in connection to the Scapular Devotion?

This is particularly confusing and the wikipedia entry is not helpful. I've worn a scapular since going to World Youth Day in 2005, but I've never asked a priest to consecrate my devotion. The ...
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