Jul222013
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A CHALLENGE TO LOVE AND TRUST ONE ANOTHER

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Researching a priest's obituary while working at a diocesan newspaper, I learned that, following ordination in 1942, the recently deceased priest's first assignment was in the high school cafeteria, overseeing milk orders. Even with an...

Jul212013
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UNITY OF MISSION

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871   “The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ’s priestly, prophetic, and...

Jul202013
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FRIENDSHIP, HOSPITALITY, FAITH

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When I was in seminary preparation to become a priest, my friends and I were told to give homilies that focus on one point and that were less than 10 minutes.  For the past 5 years I have tried to stick to it.  Now, I don’t know about you but...

Jul192013
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HUNGER FOR FREEDOM, HUNGER FOR THE EUCHARIST

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Editor's Note:  The following is an excerpt from a homily given at the 1976 International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia by then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who would become, two years later, Pope John Paul II.  You can read the entire...

Jul182013
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A SACRAMENT OF HEALING

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On May 5, 2011, my life as I knew it changed forever.  After three weeks of unusual bruises and other symptoms, I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).  The type of AML that I had is one of the rarest and is very difficult to...

Jul172013
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STRENGTH IN ILLNESS

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1511    The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick: This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by...

Jul162013
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A PICNIC WITH OUR SISTER OF MOUNT CARMEL

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Right after I had made my decision to join the Carmelites, my best friend in high school and college asked me, “why them?”  I thought about it a moment and said, “They just seem like a bunch of regular guys, but trying to see...

Jul152013
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A SAFEGUARD IN DANGERS

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The scapular gets its name from the Latin word scapula, meaning “shoulder”.  It is part of the habit of monastics and other religious, worn over the habit and known as the “yoke of Christ.”  Over time, the practice of investing...

Jul142013
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THE LILY OF THE MOHAWKS

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In 1656, a daughter was born to a Christian Algonquin woman and a Mohawk Chief.  Named Kateri, she began her life in a fortified Mohawk village in modern-day New York State.  At the age of four, her family was struck with small pox; her parents...

Jul132013
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SPREADING THE LOVE

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A young girl, baptized Juana Enriqueta Josefina de los Sagrados Corazones Fernández y Solar, was born in Santiago Chile on July 13, 1900.  She grew up in a well-off household, surrounded by her parents, siblings, and extended family; they were...

Jul122013
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HOLINESS IS FOR EVERYONE

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It's a miracle worthy of examination.  You've finally made a promise to yourself and God to get up early, read the bible, pray, and today you are doing it!  After spending what seems like only a minute or two checking email, you dive...

Jul112013
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OUR WOUNDEDNESS

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One of my favorite methods of prayer is to read a passage from Sacred Scripture and imagine myself as a character in the passage. St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is famous for promoting this type of prayer. You can do it with any...

Jul102013
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THE TRUTH OF ANNULMENTS

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“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NAB) Annulment = Catholic divorce, right? Wrong. Contrary to popular belief, an annulment is not a Catholic divorce. An annulment, more accurately referred to as a...

Jul092013
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COME AWAY, MY BELOVED

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Editor's Note: Today, we are excited to feature a post that explores the connection between married love and the love God has for us.  Make sure you visit last Sunday's post to learn more about what the Catechism teaches about the...

Jul082013
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A MYSTERIOUS SANCTITY

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It's not easy to figure out what made Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati so remarkable. It is easy to understand why people loved to spend time with him in his life: by all accounts, he was the life of the party, gregarious, outgoing, enthusiastic,...

Jul072013
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A GIFT OF STRENGTH AND GRACE

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THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY I. Marriage in God's Plan 1602    Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.”[1] Scripture...

Jul062013
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LITTLE GIRLS CAN SURPRISE YOU

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Saints have a way, it seems, of lending themselves to the times and cultures which need them most. That is why some spend centuries in anonymity before they are venerated… and why others spend scarcely a decade. St. Maria Teresa Goretti, the...

Jul052013
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HEART SPEAKS TO HEART

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Whenever I hear words of Jesus commissioning his disciples to go out two by two to villages and houses to evangelize, I also think of these words of Blessed John Henry Newman’s motto: Cor ad Cor Loquitur, Heart speaks to heart. Isn’t this...

Jul042013
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THE GIFT OF LIBERTY

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At the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8th, 1776, the Liberty Bell was rung, fulfilling the Biblical inscription engraved on its side: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof”...

Jul032013
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CELEBRATE AMERICAN SAINTS

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The history of the Catholic Church in the United States is blessed with examples of heroic and holy women and men who gave their energies, their commitment and even their lives for the Catholic faith in this country. Many have been honored with...

Jul022013
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A FORCE FOR GROWTH

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MAN'S FREEDOM 1730    God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. “God willed that man should be ‘left in the hand of his own counsel,’ so that he might of...

Jul012013
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FREEDOM TO LIVE OUR FAITH IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

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Each time I go to church to praise and worship the Lord with my fellow Catholics, I enjoy a freedom denied so many other Christians around the globe. It becomes so easy to take our freedoms for granted if we are not mindful of what our brothers...

Jun302013
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NOT AS STRANGERS OR SILENT SPECTATORS

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Editor's Note: We've all heard “Vatican II” referenced when talking about changes to the Mass.  But have you ever read any of the documents of the Second Vatican Council that instituted some of these changes?  The following is an...

Jun292013
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DON’T LOOK BACK

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It seems like we have to make difficult decisions just about every day of the week.  I remember once when I was faced with such a dilemma, I talked with my parents about it, and as usual, they gave me great advice that I have tried to follow ever...

Jun282013
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PETER AND PAUL & THE UNITY OF FAITH

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Tomorrow at St. Peter's in Rome, Archbishop Tobin of Indianapolis, along with all those named a metropolitan archbishop within the last year, will receive the pallium from Pope Francis. In the Western Church, the pallium is a narrow band of...