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Including Children With Disabilities in Life
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Including Children With Disabilities in Life

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It was a beautiful sunny day for a man to be at a playground with his preschool grandchildren. That’s exactly where I was. I took my grandson and grand-daughter to a playground at a nearby elementary school; one child sat on my lap while the other stood on the back of my electric wheelchair as […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-14, 22-33 2nd Reading: 1:17-21 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Knowing Jesus More Deeply through Reading and Reflecting on Scriptures Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. (Luke 24:31) Don’t you wish you could have been there when […]

Bl. John Henry Newman, 1880
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Newman: The Praise of Men

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In the sermon The Praise of Men,1 after indicating that ridicule is a powerful weapon used by the devil, Blessed John Henry Newman describes a case in which it is the cause of much pain: when a person who had shunned religion turns by God’s grace back to the practice of religion and meets the […]

Rivers Yes, Babies No!
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Rivers Yes, Babies No!

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Recent news articles about two rivers that have been granted the same legal rights as human beings give us pause to stop and think. Or at least, I hope they do! These rivers in New Zealand and India are viewed as “sacred” bodies of water. In India the decision was based on the idea that […]

St. Faustina’s Diary: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
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St. Faustina’s Diary: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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Easter is the momentous culmination of our Christian faith. As the “Feast of feasts” and the “Solemnity of solemnities,” the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection could not be contained to just one day in the liturgical calendar. So, we celebrate the Easter Octave – the eight-day festal period from Easter to the Feast of Divine Mercy. […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 23, 2017: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 23, 2017: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Responsorial: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Gospel: John 20: 19-31 Rejoicing in God’s Divine Mercy and Great Love Rejoice. (1 Peter 1:8) Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s a special day for us to reflect on […]

Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother
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Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother

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For such a time as this, we have all we need. God has actually increased our spiritual riches during the last century through the messages of Fatima and the Divine Mercy devotion. Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and Tony Mullen, founder of MyConsecration.org, will explain how we can tap […]

The Real Threat
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The Real Threat

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At the homily during a recent Sunday Mass, in a parish which I attended some years ago, the priest was in high dudgeon, almost hysterical about the actions of the current president in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Quoting the Protestant minister Dietrich Bonheoffer and Jesuit priest Alfred Delp, both murdered by the Nazis […]

Easter Sunday
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Easter Sunday

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The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He […]

A Good Friday Devotion
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A Good Friday Devotion

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When I was a kid my Mom used to embroider old sayings and decorate them with stitched designs and images. When they were finished she’d frame them and hang them on the walls, so that walking through our house was a little tour through the patrimony of wisdom from the ages, all arrayed in a […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Gospel: John 20:1-9 He is Risen!! I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. (Psalm 118:17) Jesus, you are the risen Lord, and all creation sings […]

Vatican Previewed The Promise, Film about Armenian Genocide
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Vatican Previewed The Promise, Film about Armenian Genocide

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The movie, The Promise about the Armenian genocide, was viewed at the Vatican’s 50-seat screening room on April 4 with director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian and some of the talent. The Pope was not able to attend however senior Vatican officials were in attendance at the screening. According to Variety: “When there was awareness [within the Vatican] […]

Justice for David Daleiden
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Justice for David Daleiden

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David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, investigative journalists with the Center for Medical Progress, are once again under attack by the justice system, this time in California. As we know, Daleiden and Merritt had previously faced multiple charges, including in the state of Texas where charges were eventually dropped. In addition, the National Abortion Federation filed […]

The New Civil War
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The New Civil War

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The left expects everyone to accept its ideological authority.

Reflections for Sunday, April 9, 2017: Palm Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 9, 2017: Palm Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:    1st Reading:   Isaiah 50:4-7                            2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11    Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24   Gospel:           Matthew 26:14–27:66 (or Matthew 27:11-54) Deepening Our Faith in the Triumph of the Cross Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. (Matthew […]

Affirmation and Salvation
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Affirmation and Salvation

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Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.” […]

Where Did You Find God Today?
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Where Did You Find God Today?

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Several years ago, I had a spiritual director who encouraged me to reflect on the following question: “Where did you find God today?” That is the question at the heart of Andy Otto’s new book, God Moments (Ave Maria Press, 2017). Otto, who has a master’s degree in theology and ministry, is a Catholic writer, […]

Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith
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Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith

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  There once was a very special girl. Sarah was her name: a name that means Princess. This princess happened to be born with Down syndrome. Little Sarah grew up telling those around her that she had a perfect life! “If someone made an unkind remark about her appearance, she would smile and wave at […]

Singles Need Prayers
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Singles Need Prayers

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Single Catholics: the Vocations Solution It is widely known, in both Catholic and non-Catholic circles, that the Catholic Church is experiencing a shortage of priestly and religious vocations at this time. We often hear prayers at Mass for an increase in these vocations. There are those who are called by God to this vocation who […]

Are You "All In" When It Comes to Your Catholic Faith?
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Are You “All In” When It Comes to Your Catholic Faith?

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What’s your relationship to the Catholic Church? Are you devoted? Dedicated but doing the minimum required? Dabbling? Discouraged or done with the Church? Unsure? In All In (Ave Maria Press, 2017), Pat Gohn invites readers to reconsider their relationship with the Church, whatever that relationship might currently be. Gohn is a cradle Catholic, but truly […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 2, 2017: 5th Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, April 2, 2017: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:     Ezekiel 37:12-14                 2nd Reading:       Romans 8:8-11 Responsorial:   Psalm 130:1-8                     Gospel:                 John 11:1-45 Growing in Faith and Trust in the Lord So they took away the stone. (John 11:41) Raising Lazarus from the dead was one of the most amazing miracles Jesus […]

Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women
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Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women

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The world witnessed the United States returning to the pro-life fold after years of abortion advocacy from the Obama administration yesterday during the UN Commission on the Status of Women. After the gavel fell signaling the adoption of the annual agreement of the commission, known as Agreed Conclusions, the United States delegation delivered a poignant […]

Sugar, Sugar, You Got Me Wantin’ You
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Sugar, Sugar, You Got Me Wantin’ You

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Conscience is the voice of God speaking to a Christian. It is the “law written in their hearts” (Romans 2:15) by God; and each Christian has a duty to make sure that God’s message is not corrupted. In short, a Christian must form his or her conscience – it must be “well formed” – and […]

Sins of Ignorance and Weakness: Part I
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Sins of Ignorance and Weakness: Part I

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Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman draws on the following words from Scripture to preach on the need for a constant spiritual renewal: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. x. 22. As he […]

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