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Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: Saving Education from Experts

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I can remember vividly that August morning nearly eleven years ago.  I sat cross-legged on the floor of my family room facing my soon to be two year old son reclining in his little rocking chair and my newborn daughter nestled in her baby swing.  The house was quiet. My husband had just left for […]

St. Gregory VII
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St. Gregory VII

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GREGORY VII, by name Hildebrand, was born in Tuscany, about the year 1013. He was educated in Rome. From thence he went to France, and became a monk at Cluny. Afterwards he returned to Rome, and for many years filled high trusts of the Holy See. Three great evils then afflicted the Church: simony, concubinage, […]

Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
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Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

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Fifty days after Easter the apostles and disciples of Jesus were assembled in an upper chamber, engaged in prayer, according to the recommendation of the divine Master. They awaited the accomplishment of the promise He had made to them, of sending them a Comforting Spirit, the Paraclete, Who should teach them all things. Lo! a […]

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St. Julia, Virgin, Martyr

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JULIA was a noble virgin of Carthage. When the city was taken by Genseric in 439, Julia was sold as a slave to a pagan merchant of Syria named Eusebius. Under the most mortifying employments of her station, by cheerfulness and patience she found a happiness and comfort which the world could not have afforded. […]

Easter weekday
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Easter weekday

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St. Rita of Cascia
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St. Rita of Cascia

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It is common for a child growing up in a Catholic home to know about Saints.[i] Many Catholic children are asked “to name that Saint”, or the most important question of all “what is your Confirmation name.” These questions take thinking and researching. There are times where researching a Saint can be almost impossible. According […]

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St. Hospitius, Recluse

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ST. HOSPITIUS shut himself up in the ruins of an old tower near Villafranca, one league from Nice in Provence. He girded himself with a heavy iron chain and lived on bread and dates only. During Lent he redoubled his austerities, and, in order to conform his life more closely to that of the anchorites […]

St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Mexican martyrs
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St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Mexican martyrs

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Between 1915 and 1937, St. Christopher Magallanes, and 21 other Mexican priests – as well as three lay companions — were martyred by the anticlerical Mexican government. They supported either covertly or spiritually or even sometimes directly the Cristero Revolt, an attempt in the late 1920’s by Christians to win back religious freedom in a […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Acts 2:1-11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Responsorial: Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 Gospel: John 20:19-23 Pentecost, A Time to Say Yes to Work of the Holy Spirit and No to Fear The doors were locked. (John 20:19) Fear can be such […]

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St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest

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IN 1408 St. Vincent Ferrer once suddenly interrupted his sermon to declare that there was among his hearers a young Franciscan who would be one day a greater preacher than himself, and would be set before him in honor by the Church. This unknown friar was Bernardino. Of noble birth, he had spent his youth […]

St. Peter Celestine
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St. Peter Celestine

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As a child, Peter had visions of our blessed Lady, and of the angels and saints. They encouraged him in his prayer, and chided him when he fell into any fault. His mother, though only a poor widow, put him to school, feeling sure that he would one day be a Saint. In 1235, at […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: Six Words to Transform the Family

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On May 13th, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family by reflecting on three phrases: “May I?”, “Thank you”, and “Pardon me”. These simple phrases are difficult to put into practice but “when they are ignored, their absence can cause cracks in the foundation of the family, which can lead to its collapse. If […]

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St. Venantius, Martyr

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ST. VENANTIUS was born at Camerino in Italy, and at the age of fifteen was seized as a Christian and carried before a judge. As it was found impossible to shake his constancy either by threats or promises, he was condemned to be scourged, but was miraculously saved by an angel. He was then burnt […]

Pope St. John I
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Pope St. John I

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St. John held the office of Vicar of Christ from 523-526 when he was martyred at the behest of Theodoric. His official journey to Constantinople was successful in making peace at a time when Arianism had again reared its heretical head, and had created dissension between the Latin and Greek churches. The Byzantine Emperor, Justin, […]

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St. Paschal Baylon

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FROM a child Paschal seems to have been marked out for the service of God; and amidst his daily labors he found time to instruct and evangelize the rude herdsmen who kept their flocks on the hills of Aragon, Spain. At the rage of twenty-four he entered the Franciscan Order, in which, however, he remained, […]

The Ascension
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The Ascension

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The mystery which the Church honors on this day is at the same time that of the triumph of Jesus Christ and the hallowed hope of His disciples.  The Savior, after having accomplished His mission on earth, ascends to heaven to prepare for us an abiding-place. He ascends thither as our King, Liberator, Chief, and […]

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St. John Nepomucen

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ST. JOHN was born, in answer to prayer, 1330, of poor parents, at Nepomuc in Bohemia. In gratitude they consecrated him to God; and his holy life as a priest led to his appointment as chaplain to the court of the Emperor Wenceslas, where he converted numbers by his preaching and example. Amongst those who […]

St. John Baptist de la Salle
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St. John Baptist de la Salle

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The great saint, who feast is celebrated today was born at Theims, France, on the 30th of April, 1651.  His parents were very careful about his early training, and insisted that their son should receive a thorough education, and that the moral side of his schooling command the utmost attention. Perceiving that his vocation was […]

St. Isidore the Farmer
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St. Isidore the Farmer

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Patron of farmers and rural communities, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference.  Born and died in Madrid (1070-1130).  Canonized 1622. As a child Isidore entered the service of John de Vergas, a wealthy landowner from Madrid.  There he worked faithfully on Vergas’ farm for the rest of his life. He married a […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 17, 2015
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Reflections for Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Acts 1:1-11 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 Responsorial: Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 Gospel: Mark 16:15-20 Experiencing a Fresh Infilling and Release of the Holy Spirit In a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. (Acts […]

Our Lady of Fatima
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Our Lady of Fatima

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Our Lady of Fatima is a title for the Virgin Mary due to her apparitions to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal on the thirteenth day of six consecutive months in 1917, beginning on May 13. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Many miracles have been associated with […]

St. Robert Bellarmine
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St. Robert Bellarmine

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St. Robert Bellarmine, of whom Pope Clement VIII said: “The Church of God had not his equal in learning,” was born of a noble family at Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy, in 1542. He lived until 1621, and it was a full life conspicuous for exemplary piety. He suffered from delicate health all his life. Before […]

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St. Epiphanius, Archbishop

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ST. EPIPHANIUS was born about the year 310, in Palestine. In his youth he began the study of the Holy Scriptures, embraced a monastic life, and went into Egypt to perfect himself in the exercises of that state, in the deserts of that country. He returned to Palestine about the year 333, and built a […]

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Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs

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Little is known of the lives of these two 1st century martyrs, whose graves are among the eariest honored by the Church. It is thought that they were soldiers, possibly members of the praetorian guard. Pope Damascus wrote a poetic epitaph for them in the fourth century, and though the slab on which is was […]

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