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St. Michael's Lent

St. Michael's Lent

St. Michael’s Lent is what St. Francis termed the period between the Assumption, August 15, and the feast of St. Michael, September 29.

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Rediscovering the Nine First Fridays by Sister Anne Flanagan, FSP

Rediscovering the Nine First Fridays by Sister Anne Flanagan, FSP

In the 19th century, the German countess-nun, Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, renewed the call for the nine First Fridays, writing insistently to Pope Leo XIII to consecrate the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (He did.)

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The Burdens and Surrender of Daily Battles by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

The Burdens and Surrender of Daily Battles by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

“Patience in adversity gives power to the soul.” — Diary, 607    Each day, we fight a battle. It might be with the challenges we face in our vocation, state of life, or employment. It might be in the fact that every day, a spiritual battle is waged over our souls. The devil, who never sleeps, is constantly seeking to snatch souls to hell. Not a happy thought, but nonetheless, this is the reality of our life on earth. We need to be battle ready. We are to pray and stay in the state of grace, striving to be a...

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My love/hate relationship with relics by Bonnie Rodgers

My love/hate relationship with relics by Bonnie Rodgers

I admit it, I have an actual love/hate relationship with relics. We Catholics are body people: by virtue of the incarnation and the consecration of the bread and wine, by the priest through the Holy Spirit, we respond "Amen" (I believe) to " Body of Christ". Our sacraments and rituals involve tactile and sensory action. Body stuff . It's what we Catholics do. Seriously. Jesus spit into dirt and made a paste to smear on a blind man. The dignity of the human body is essential , Our spiritual works of mercy have a complimentary corporal work of mercy, It's no small wonder then, that from...

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