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5 Christmas Tips When Family Members Don’t Go to Church
Do you have family members who are away from the Church? Are you not sure what to say to them when they are home for Christmas? I used to be a fallen-away Catholic who went to Christmas Mass every year with my family. I am not sure why I went to Mass; I was an atheist. Sometimes I felt annoyed during the homilies or unmoved by the liturgy. But there were other times when I felt something stir.Maybe it was something the pastor said. Perhaps it was the reverent way someone received the Eucharist. ...
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Mercy Opens Our Hearts to the Hope of Being Loved Forever
By Sr. Anne Joan Flanagan, FSP Pope Francis wrote that mercy is “the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” That image of the bridge, of course, reminds us of the very role of the Pope, the “Pontifex” (bridge-builder). In the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which started this week it is also a fitting image for Mary, the Mother of God, whose feast we celebrate today under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At Guadalupe...
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Forgiveness Comes in All Sizes

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Forgiveness Comes in All Sizes
It is a privilege to reflect with you on the Year of Mercy in these days in which we approach the birth of the Prince of Peace, our Savior who revealed to us the Father, the "God, who is rich in mercy" (Eph 2:4). Have you seen the latest version of Cinderella? In the movie, just as Cinderella and her Prince begin to leave the wicked stepmother, Cinderella turns to face the cruel woman. “I forgive you,” Cinderella says clearly. Then, secure in her resolve to always practice kindness, arm-in-arm...
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Jubilee Year of Mercy: An Unexpected Gift

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Jubilee Year of Mercy: An Unexpected Gift
by Sr. Anne Joan Flanagan, FSPGod loved us first (cf. 1 John 4:10).That is the message of the coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th, the day we praise God for the way his grace enfolded the Virgin Mary from the first moment of her existence, without any merit of hers. Mary's Immaculate Conception (her being created and sustained in grace, without any trace of original sin) was the first ray of the "dawn from on high" that brought the world the unsurpassable expression of ...
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Purgatory: Work of Divine Mercy

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Purgatory: Work of Divine Mercy
By Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)If you look back on your life, what did you most desire when you were a child, or a teenager, or a young adult? Whether it was a favorite toy, a place on the track team, or the school of your dreams, most of us can laugh when we think of what we wanted so much back then. Now, years later, do we even remember what we wanted so badly? Probably not. As we grow and mature, our des...
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5 Ways Pope Francis Has Touched My Heart

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5 Ways Pope Francis Has Touched My Heart
I have been blessed to be able to follow closely Pope Francis’ visit with us here in the USA. I was sure that the Pope’s visit on Saturday and Sunday at the World Meeting of Families would be my favorite (and maybe it still will be!), but I have been deeply moved by the first three days of the visit of Pope Francis—both his generous sharing of himself with us, and by his fatherly words to us.St. John Paul II was “my” Pope, and I will never be able to fully express how much as a spiritual fa...
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How TOB Can Help You Have a Happier Life

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How TOB Can Help You Have a Happier Life
A couple years ago I went to a Theology of the Body (TOB) Congress in Philadelphia. One thing stood out for me: so many people I talked to said that learning about TOB had made their life happier. I recall one man who was an ordinary Catholic guy—I’ll call him Joe from New Jersey. He said that his wife had started listening to talks about TOB and was very enthusiastic about it. He wasn’t too interested at first. His wife, however, would play the CDs when the two of them were in the car. After...
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Standing at the River Jordan: Webathon Novena Day 9
In today's Webathon Novena for communications, we would like to share with you a prayer by our Founder, the Media Apostle Blessed James Alberione. In it, we present every aspect of our media culture to God: the lights and the shadows, the opportunities and the challenges. Please join us in praying for a profound evangelization of the media culture that is the environment in which we all now live. We are also grateful for your help in renovating an old warehouse to be a healthy and efficient sett...
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The Sisters Who Get the Word Out: Webathon Novena Day 8
Our Webathon Novena continues, focusing on the use of media for evangelization. Clearly, it's not enough simply to produce inspiring media: The message has to reach people wherever they are. We Daughters of St. Paul work hard to maintain book centers where people can easily find uplifting and instructive media. But our book centers, as well as Catholic bookstores, parishes and individuals around the country, depend on the hidden work of our sisters in the shipping room here in Boston. With your ...
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The Choir that Needs More than Music: Webathon Novena Day 7
In today's Webathon Novena, we pray for musicians, especially those who dedicate their talents to the worship of God. We are blessed to have a music studio here in the convent, the home of the Daughters of St. Paul choir. But it takes more than music to create an album! The choir depends on the skills of our sisters in Photography, Graphic Design and Shipping to make sure that the inspiring message they sing is reflected in the album art and packaging, and that the albums are speedily sent out. ...
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