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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Why Saints?

Saint of the Day St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) A student of St. Albert the Great, Thomas was a priest who taught theology in Paris. There he wrote his great work, Summa Theologica. He once experienced a divine revelation which so … Continue reading

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Importance of Family…

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.                              – St. Angela Merici     How are we called to live? As a family, are you living as one who serves the Lord, or are you contributing … Continue reading

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…Why do you persecute me?

Saul, the young man who looked after the cloaks of the men who were stoning St Stephen, grew into a dedicated and efficient persecutor of Christians. Today’s feast celebrates the day that Christ appeared to him in a vision as he … Continue reading

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Are you wise?

      Romans 12:14-16 © Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends … Continue reading

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Hope – Don’t lose it – but know where to put it…

While this Scripture verse about hope may seem pessimistic, I assert that it is rather realistic.   When we put our ultimate hope in others – even those we love, we are bound to be disappointed.  People are weak, they sin.  … Continue reading

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Pray & Praise…

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name. Psalm 96 How do you see people? Is there anyone you need to forgive? Are there any past hurts … Continue reading

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Living a spiritual life…

People who change their way of life and begin to think about spiritual progress also begin to suffer from the tongues of detractors. Whoever has not yet suffered this trial has not yet made progress, and whoever is not ready … Continue reading

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Ordinary Time – the color green…

The Church returns to Ordinary Time: Liturgical color: green Green is the color of living and growing things, which directly or indirectly are the source of our own physical life, since without them we would not be able to live. … Continue reading

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Ending the Christmas Season with a Baptism…

The Baptism of the Lord Sunday, January 10, 2016 – End of Christmas Season Let us do honor to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to … Continue reading

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Seeing Christ…Sharing Christ…

Feast of the Epiphany In the United States celebrated on Sunday, January 3, 2016. “We observed His star at its rising…” –Matthew 2:2 The prophets foretold the coming of the Savior, the angels adored him when he came; today is … Continue reading

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