Oct302013
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DELIVER US FROM EVIL

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Editor's Note: Halloween is tomorrow and as the world often uses this time of the year to focus on things that are evil – devils and witches, goblins and ghouls – it’s good for us to be reminded that as Christians, we have been...

Oct292013
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BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH

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We come from families whose Black Catholic roots go back many generations. We spent most of our youth in the Catholic Schools, where we were never taught that there was diversity in the Church.  Revelation 1:15 describes a vision of a glorified...

Oct282013
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CATHOLIC ALL STARS

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When I first encountered Christ in college, my heart was set on fire for evangelization. I think it is typical after your initial conversion to become overly zealous and enthusiastic about spreading the Gospel. After experiencing the Lord's...

Oct272013
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DAY FOR THE FAMILY

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This weekend in Rome, Pope Francis celebrates special liturgies with families who have gathered for pilgrimage.  Last night he addressed them, calling them to “live the joy of faith!”  To read the full text of his short Saturday night...

Oct262013
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I AM A SINNER

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Tomorrow's Gospel reading tells us about a tax collector who repents with true humility.  He confesses to God, “I am a sinner.”  He doesn't beat around the bush and excuse his actions, or try to paint over them and make himself seem...

Oct252013
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SALT OF THE EARTH & LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER
 TO THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD
 ON THE OCCASION
 OF THE XVII WORLD YOUTH DAY 
(TORONTO 18-28 JULY 2002) “You are the salt of the earth…”. One of the main functions of salt is to season food, to...

Oct242013
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A CULTURE OF LIFE

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One of the great legacies of Blessed Pope John Paul II to the Church and world was his passion for building a Culture of Life, even in a world which seems to be ruled by a culture of death.  He continually called the People of God to spread the...

Oct232013
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THE MYSTERY OF THE MOTHER

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Blessed Pope John Paul II had a deep and life-long devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus, perhaps because he lost his own earthly mother at such a young age.  Mary appeared often in his speeches, writings and prayers, as he sought to deepen the...

Oct222013
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JP2: A LIFE IN PICTURES

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Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920 to Karol and Emilia.  He had an older brother 13 years his senior, and an older sister who died before he was born.  Karol's mother would die in childbirth when he was only 8...

Oct212013
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CELEBRATING A LEGACY

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On Tuesday (the 22nd) the Church celebrates the feast of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon to be canonized a saint!  Here at My Year of Faith, we will be celebrating the life and legacy of this dear friend in heaven all week. Today, we ask for...

Oct202013
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SAINTLY COSTUME IDEAS

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It's that time again, when children and adults alike are putting together creative costumes for trick-or-treating, Halloween parties and All Saints day celebrations.  While our culture often uses the month of October to focus on the scary,...

Oct192013
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PERSISTENT

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Today, we are happy to share another great reflection from Mark Hart (aka “The Bible Geek”) on this weekend's Gospel reading.  What does persistence do for us in our everyday lives?  Is our persistence endearing or annoying?  And...

Oct182013
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THE PRAYER OF A PARENT

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May the Father bless you with a restful, peaceful and healthful sleep;May you wake with the fire of the Holy Spirit, in the name of His Son, Jesus;And may your guardian angel watch over you and protect you day and night.In Jesus' name,...

Oct172013
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THE KEY TO CATHOLIC IDENTITY

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What does it mean to be Catholic? Being Catholic can means many things; rooting for Notre Dame, coming from a large family, going to Mass with your parents, celebrating St. Patrick's Day. But, if you had to narrow it down to the very core,...

Oct162013
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PORTA FIDEI

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Two years ago, Pope Benedict first announced a celebration of a Year of Faith.  Set to launch on October 11, 2012, Pope Benedict intended that this year would help all Catholics “to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer...

Oct152013
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INALIENABLE

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2273    The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation: “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the...

Oct142013
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TO MOSES EMMANUEL, AS YOU ARE BAPTIZED

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I'm writing you this note on your baptismal day, Moses. Someday, your mom and dad can read it to you; in time, you'll be able to read it to yourself. And I hope you will read it once in a while, especially when this day rolls around every...

Oct132013
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IMAGINE SISTERS

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We hope you've heard about all the great things Imagine Sisters has been doing, and if you haven't, we intend to tell you about it! The mission of Imagine Sisters is to “make Jesus loved by introducing the world to religious sisters in...

Oct122013
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UNCLEAN?

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There is a story that I recently read in a Catholic periodical about a man named George. George, 26, is from a village in central Congo. Last year he fell in love with a local girl, but she didn’t want to marry him and moved away to a nearby...

Oct112013
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GOOD POPE JOHN

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We had an exciting announcement from the Vatican this week:  Pope Francis revealed that the canonization of two beloved 20th century popes would take place on April 27th of this coming year.  The world has been waiting for that date since July,...

Oct102013
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THY WILL BE DONE

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In my position, I spend a fair amount of time traveling by air.  Whenever there is an especially uncomfortable flight due to severe turbulence, it is interesting to watch the reaction of my fellow passengers.  Some simply order another drink. ...

Oct092013
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LOVED WITHOUT JUDGMENT

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Editor's Note: Today is Part 2 of our feature of the work of the Women's Care Center.  Click here to read Part 1.     You may wonder why Women's Care Center is able to serve so many abortion vulnerable women, with 97%...

Oct082013
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COURAGEOUS CHOICES FOR LIFE

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Founded by theologian Dr. Janet E. Smith, Women's Care Center has been a vehicle for many of us in the mid-West to put our Catholic pro-life values into action in an unconditionally loving way.   Every day, young women come to Women's...

Oct072013
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THE JOY OF HEAVEN BEGINS IN THE ROSARY

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People spend their whole lives in search of happiness. Everyday new variations of different philosophies of life are proposed seeking it. The advertising industry and popular songs bear witness to the reality of this search. Christianity claims to...

Oct062013
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FAITH LIVED IN HOPE

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Christian hope is rooted in our faith in Christ.  The virtue of hope is often represented in art as an anchor.  This is because hope is the anchor of salvation that makes it possible for us to look beyond the darkness of this world to the light...