Nov142012
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#USCCB12

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Have you heard all the buzz?  If you haven’t it’s probably because you’re not yet following @USCCBLive or all the #USCCB12 tweets.  Our phones here have certainly been buzzing with all the latest from Baltimore. Not sure what...

Nov132012
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OUR 1ST AMERICAN SAINT

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850 in Northern Italy.  Thanks to the example and teaching of her parents, as she grew, Frances developed a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and dreamed of becoming a missionary in...

Nov122012
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A GREAT JEWEL: THE OFFICE OF BISHOP

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One of the central works of the Second Vatican Council was the renewal and reform of the Office of Bishop.  Turning to the Scriptures and the Church Fathers, the Council rediscovered the pastoral and spiritual core of the episcopal office and...

Nov112012
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JESUS: TRUE GOD & TRUE MAN

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464      The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He...

Nov102012
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THE WIDOW’S MITE AND THE WALKING STICK

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Last weekend I had the chance to make a retreat at the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani.  It’s a wonderful place to make a retreat if you don’t mind silence!   It is also a wonderful place to make a retreat if you enjoy quiet walks through...

Nov092012
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YOU ARE GOD’S HOLY TEMPLE

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Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  (Wondering why we have a feast day for a building?) St. John Lateran is one of the great churches of Rome.  It was named after St. John the Baptist and sits on a piece of property...

Nov082012
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JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

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The Good News: God has sent his Son 422   “But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”1 This is “the...

Nov072012
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THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

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The World Was Created for the Glory of God 293      Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: “The world was made for the glory of God.”1 St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things...

Nov062012
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A PRAYER FOR FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP

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Let us pray today for our nation as we elect men and women to represent us and govern our nation with wisdom and integrity. The following prayers can be found at www.faithfulcitizenship.org an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic...

Nov052012
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PRAYING FOR THE DEAD

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The Church teaches that “each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment”.[1]  St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) wrote, “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on...

Nov042012
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DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SEMINARIAN

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Today is the feast day of St. Charles Borromeo. St. Charles lived in the 16th Century and was a cardinal of the Church. He was responsible for significant reforms in the Church, including the creation of seminaries to support the education and...

Nov032012
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THE FIRST ROCKS

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One day an old professor was asked to speak as an expert to some large corporations on personal time management. He decided to try an experiment. Standing before a group ready to take notes, he pulled out from under the table a large, empty glass...

Nov022012
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PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM

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As a church, as families and as individuals, on this day and during the month of November we offer prayers, good works and Masses for the souls of all the faithful departed.  We believe that our prayers for the dearly departed can assist those in...

Nov012012
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…PRAY FOR US! AN ONLINE LITANY OF SAINTS

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Today is the Solemnity of All Saints!  On this day, we celebrate all the men and women – those whose names we know and those we don’t – who enjoy perfect joy and happiness in heaven. One of my favorite traditions in the...

Oct312012
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WHAT SAINTS SOUND LIKE

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“I ask for your prayers for our son and for our family. This is not a path we would have chosen, yet it is our path, and God says it is holy. We are trying to do our part to make it so.”   A friend wrote these words to me...

Oct302012
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WHAT HAUNTS ME ABOUT HALLOWEEN

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Halloween conjures up childhood memories of Grandma’s homemade popcorn balls, plastic masks that never lined up with the corresponding facial features, and running from house to house with siblings until our pillowcase candy bags dragged on the...

Oct292012
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HOLYDAYS OF OBLIGATION: LIBERATION FROM THE OPPRESSION OF ...

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Catholics measure time – or should do so – differently from the way the rest of the world does.  Rather than marking time by a calendar dominated or even determined by Wall Street, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, or ESPN, Catholics see time as...

Oct282012
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A VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO ROME

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Editor's Note:  One of the recommended activities for this Year of Faith is to take a pilgrimage, especially to the Holy See (the Vatican) or to the Holy Land.  For many of us, a pilgrimage to Rome or Jerusalem isn't possible.  But...

Oct272012
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WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?

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Imagine for a moment that you had the power to heal people. If you had that power maybe you would go immediately to the nearest hospital, right into the intensive care unit and find someone to heal.  You just touch them, and they are healed. ...

Oct262012
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VATICAN II AND THE CATECHISM

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Fifty years ago, Blessed John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council.  Full of hope and faith, on that day, October 11, 1962, John XXIII exhorted the Council Fathers to remain faithful to Catholic tradition and to present it again in a way...

Oct252012
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I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY

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The Father revealed by the Son  238      Many religions invoke God as “Father.” The deity is often considered the “father of gods and of men.” In Israel, God is called “Father” inasmuch as he is Creator of the world.1 Even...

Oct242012
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A DIFFERENT WAY OF CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN

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Editor's Note:  In preparation for next week's Halloween celebrations, we asked a dear and faithful woman from our own diocese to share some reflections on a different way to celebrate Halloween.   Growing up in a large, Catholic...

Oct232012
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NEW AMERICAN SAINTS!

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This past Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized 7 new Saints of the Church! And two of them lived and worked here in America: St. Marianne Cope and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Here are a few excerpts and links to help you get to know two of our newest...

Oct222012
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I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD

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Each Sunday we begin the Profession of Faith with a simple statement, “I Believe in One God.”  Let’s spend a few moments today reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the One, True God, in whom we proclaim with...

Oct212012
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A MODERN MISSIONARY

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Editor's Note: Today is World Missionary Sunday! To celebrate, we have asked a young missionary to write about her mission and share some pictures. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we have! If you haven't already, please...