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The Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday)
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The Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday)

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The Holy Trinity is the one true God in three Persons, equal in all things and co-eternal.  The Father gives being to the Son, and the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son. St. Anselm has endeavored to explain this most impenetrable of mysteries, and proceeding from a single point of view only, […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 22, 2016 The Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)
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Reflections for Sunday, May 22, 2016 The Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:    Proverbs 8:22-31 2nd Reading:     Romans 5:1-5 Responsorial:   Psalm 8:4-9 Gospel:               John 16:12-15 Placing Our Trust in the Love of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I have much more to tell you. (John 16:12) Imagine you’re deep in conversation with a close […]

The Difference the Spirit Makes
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The Difference the Spirit Makes

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As a teen, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything. We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey. Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course. The original 10 seemed overwhelming enough. Then I discovered the Sermon on the Mount and nearly passed out. Perhaps this is why many inactive Catholics […]

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 […]

The Good Shepherd and His Abundant Life
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The Good Shepherd and His Abundant Life

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The atheist philosopher of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche, once said: “if Christians want me to believe in their redeemer, they need to look more redeemed.” He was drawing the wrong conclusion from a perceptive observation.  To Nietzsche most Christians looked just as burdened, clueless and lost as everybody else.  When he looked into their […]

The Annunciation
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The Annunciation

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THIS great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin, concerning the Incarnation of the Son of God. It commemorates the most important embassy that was ever known: an embassy sent by the King of kings, performed by one of the chief princes of His heavenly court; […]

St Richard of Chichester
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St Richard of Chichester

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RICHARD was born, 1197, in the little town of Wyche, eight miles from Worcester, England. He and his elder brother were left orphans when young, and Richard gave up the studies which he loved, to farm his brother’s impoverished estate. His brother, in gratitude for Richard’s successful care, proposed to make over to him all […]

St. Francis of Paula
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St. Francis of Paula

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AT the age of fifteen Francis left his poor home at Paula in Calabria, to live as a hermit in a cave by the sea-coast. In time disciples gathered round him, and with them, in 1436, he founded the “Minims,” so called to show that they were the least of monastic Orders. They observed a […]

Holy Saturday
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Holy Saturday

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Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger
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Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI The Dating of the Last Supper The problem of dating Jesus’ Last Supper arises from the contradiction on this point between the Synoptic Gospels, on the one hand, […]

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
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Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

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THAT St. Peter, before he went to Rome, founded the see of Antioch is attested by many Saints. It was just that the Prince of the Apostles should take this city under his particular care and inspection, which was then the capital of the East, and in which the faith took so early and so […]

Memorial of St. Severianus
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Memorial of St. Severianus

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IN the reign of Marcian and St. Pulcheria, the Council of Chalcedon, which condemned the Eutychian heresy, was received by St. Euthymius and by a great part of the monks of Palestine. But Theodosius, an ignorant Eutychian monk, and a man of a most tyrannical temper, under the protection of the Empress Eudoxia, widow of […]

St. Eucherius, Bishop
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St. Eucherius, Bishop

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THIS Saint was born at Orleans, of a very illustrious family. At his birth his parents dedicated him to God, and set him to study when he was but seven years old, resolving to omit nothing that could be done toward cultivating his mind or forming his heart His improvement in virtue kept pace with […]

St. Barbatus, Bishop
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St. Barbatus, Bishop

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ST. BARBATUS was born in the territory of Benevento in Italy, toward the end of the pontificate of St. Gregory the Great, in the beginning of the seventh century. His parents gave him a Christian education, and Barbatus in his youth laid the foundation of that eminent sanctity which recommends him to our veneration. The […]

The Common Declaration
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The Common Declaration

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February 12, 2016, Friday — Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba The Middle East — “We call upon the international community to act urgently in order to prevent the further expulsion of Christians from the Middle East.”—Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Common statement, issued today in Cuba, just a few minutes […]

St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr
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St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

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ST. SIMEON was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, brother to St. Joseph, and of Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin. He was therefore nephew both to St. Joseph and to the Blessed Virgin, and cousin to Our Saviour. We cannot doubt but that he was an early follower of Christ, and that he […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order
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Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

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The Servite Order was founded in 1233 AD, when a group of cloth merchants of Florence, Italy, left their city, families and professions to retire outside the city on a mountain known as Monte Senario.  There they pursued a life of poverty and penance. In 1888 they were canonized by Pope Leo XIII. The seven […]

St. Flavian, Bishop, Martyr
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St. Flavian, Bishop, Martyr

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FLAVIAN was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 447. His short episcopate of two years was a time of conflict and persecution from the first. Chrysaphius, the emperor’s favorite, tried to extort a large sum of money from him on the occasion of his consecration. His fidelity in refusing this simoniacal betrayal of his trust brought […]

St. John de Britto, Martyr
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St. John de Britto, Martyr

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DON PEDRO II. of Portugal, when a child, had among his little pages a modest boy of rich and princely parents. Much had John de Britto—for so was he called—to bear from his careless-living companions, to whom his holy life was a reproach. A terrible illness made him turn for aid to St. Francis Xavier, […]

First Sunday of Lent
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First Sunday of Lent

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St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr
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St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr

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VALENTINE was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St.  Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with […]

St. Catherine of Ricci
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St. Catherine of Ricci

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ALEXANDRINA of Ricci was the daughter of a noble Florentine. At the age of thirteen she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic in the monastery of Prato, taking in religion the name of Catherine, after her patron and namesake of Siena. Her special attraction was to the Passion of Christ, in which she was […]

St. Benedict of Anian
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St. Benedict of Anian

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BENEDICT was the son of Aigulf, Governor of Languedoc, and was born about 750. In his early youth he served as cup-bearer to King Pepin and his son Charlemagne, enjoying under them great honors and possessions. Grace entered his soul at the age of twenty, and he resolved to seek the kingdom of God with […]

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