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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Our true purpose in life: Eternal Life with God…

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Saints & Souls…

Come, let us worship our God, who is glorified in the assembly of his saints. Excerpts from a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot. Let us make haste to our brethren who are awaiting us Why should our praise and glorification, … Continue reading

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Do you recognize the gifts you have? What are you doing with them?

Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words which seem to come … Continue reading

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Jesus…Have pity on me…I want to see…

  The Gospel of Mark tells us the story of Bartimeus, the blind man, who wants to see (Mk 10: 46-52). As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of … Continue reading

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Birthdays: a time to reflect; a time to be grateful…

Adapted from ThrivingFamily.com: Birthdays, for me, are a great time to reflect on our lives, our struggles, & our blessings.  It not only gives us a chance to do a “look back” on our lives, but it is also a … Continue reading

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Can Catholics/Christians celebrate Halloween?

Can Catholics celebrate Halloween? In this national radio interview, Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio explains the origins of Halloween as a Christian rather than pagan celebration, as often supposed. Teresa Tomeo and Dr. Italy also discuss how Catholics can best use these … Continue reading

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What makes a life successful?

Like the young man in the Gospel story, perhaps you too are experiencing situations of uncertainty, anxiety or suffering, and are yearning for something more than a life of mediocrity. It makes you ask yourselves: “What makes a life successful? … Continue reading

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Pause – Pray – Proceed…

short prayers for your pause: Lord, I do believe, help my unbelief… Lord, be Thou my speech, be Thou my understanding… This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice & be glad in it… Come Holy Spirit… … Continue reading

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When will we be truly happy?

Now that we have fully tasted the promises of unlimited freedom, we begin to appreciate once again the old phrase: “world-weariness”. Forbidden pleasures lost their attraction at the very moment they stopped being forbidden. Even if they are pushed to … Continue reading

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Let us pray without ceasing, & pray for all those in need — ourselves included!

We should never come to the point where we say.”I have nothing to say to God; I have nothing to pray for…” Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order: 1.) … Continue reading

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