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"Love You to the Stars!"

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There is something special about a person’s last words. We gather around the bed of our loved ones as they live their final moments, soaking in any remaining bits of wisdom they may have for us. Naturally, then, the Church has taken very seriously the final words of Jesus before the Ascension: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you....
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We Are Called To Nourish One Another
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me, and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (John 6:56-57). The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) invites us to pause and reflect upon the gift of the Eucharist in our own lives. Our reception of the Eucharistic bread and wine is not a &ldqu...
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It's Easter! Who Do You Wish Would Come Back to Church?
In the early 90s I remember being in our Pauline Books and Media Center in San Diego one day. A woman came in for a First Communion gift for a niece. It was just before Easter. She dropped the comment that she hadn't been in a church for ages, asserting that if she went the building would probably "fall down." Most of us have probably heard these words before, perhaps from someone in our own family. When it is from our own family it hurts a lot. Why is that so?  "Going to church" is something we...
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Do You Wonder If God Loves You?

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Do You Wonder If God Loves You?
Did you ever catch yourself secretly wondering whether or not God really, really has our best interest at heart? It is so easy to slip into thinking that doing the will of God is automatically tantamount to a life of suffering and woe. Instead, Jesus came to bring us life - abundant life! As Pope Francis reminds us we are called to encounter and become messengers of the joy of the Gospel!Paradoxically, however, we have to admit that the kingdom of God that Jesus preached and lived out in hi...
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Who Would Play YOU in a Movie?

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Who Would Play YOU in a Movie?
Years ago when I was stationed in Virginia, we used to go as a community to the concerts given by the Marine Corps band on the steps of the Capital Building during the summer months. Somehow I got signed up for their newsletter and each one I received had the profile of a member of the band. A question always asked was, “Who would play you in a movie?” My reaction wasn’t to start thinking of the answer but rather, “Who would be crazy enough to make a movie about me anyway...
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The Lord Bursts Into Our Lives

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The Lord Bursts Into Our Lives
Jesus assures us of the safety of his love and the promise of our worth with the statement:The kingdom of God is within you.It is as if he said: You are destined for an eternal Good you are already starting here in this life to taste. Do not be afraid of your infinite desire. You are loved as if you alone existed in the universe.We are each and all brought into being and kept in being by a constant Embrace that never leaves us. This is why we can be happy. This is why, no matter what happens, we...
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Holding Fast

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Holding Fast
So, how’s Lent? I’m guessing that on Ash Wednesday you walked up and rang the doorbell. Having stepped into the foyer of Lent’s home, let’s turn around and look again at the front door that opened to us that day–fasting. It’s also the back door that we’ll pass through on Good Friday, as we head out to the garden of Easter Sunday. Try not to cringe. The spiritual masters of every major religion, and even health gurus, hail the benefits of fasting to mind, soul, and body. Christian fasting,...
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What Deserts Are You Facing This Lent?
I remember the best Lent I ever had. That year, I noticed on the First Sunday of Lent a phrase in the story of Jesus’ temptation: “ … he remained in the desert” (Mark 1:13). This phrase struck me because there were situations in my life at the time that were very desert-like, in the sense of feeling empty and desolate. So my Lent became a time of remaining with Jesus in that desert. Lent was not usually my favorite time of the liturgical year, but I was surprised to find myself “enjoying” ...
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Pauline Books and Media at Mid-Atlantic Congress
 Join Pauline Books & Media and the Daughters of St. Paul as they exhibit at the 2014 Mid Atlantic Congress! On Friday, Feb, 28 and Saturday, March 1, meet author Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski and learn about her ministry to help children heal from divorce. Her guidebook, When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This helps children ages 8-12 grow in faith through interactive learning in a private or group setting. Our publishing house is celebrating 2014 with more than 2...
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How To Be A Neighbor On The Internet
The Vatican released today its customary Message of the Pope for World Communications Day. We celebrate World Communications Day this year on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The message—which contains the pope’s annual teaching on how to inhabit the world of communications with faith—is always released on the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, January 23rd. This allows us time each year to reflect on the words of the Pope and incorporate them into our lives.  Here’s a few ...
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