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The Only Way to Make Sense of Life

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The Only Way to Make Sense of Life
Last weekend millions of Catholics joined Pope Francis in a vigil of prayer and penanceasking God for peace in our world, and particularly a peaceful and just solution to the tensions in Syria. This past week we have marked another anniversary of 9/11. Sometimes the world seems hell-bent on destruction, or at least survival of the fittest. And yet our Faith shows us a completely different perspective! As Monsignor Bransfield reminds us, “The only way to make sense of life is to give it away as...
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Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

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Feast of the Triumph of the Cross
Once a year where I come from there is a huge county fair. Pumpkins piled high, baked goods, and horses, cattle, and every kind of farm animal await the visitors. More subdued yet no less attractive are displays of lovely model homes. These always feature the newest “built-in” appliances: dishwasher, freezer/refrigerator, and stove. But no matter how lovely and appealing the kitchens with the built-in luxuries appear, reality sets in at the first meal. The food in the freezer has to be defrost...
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Psalm 31: Prayer and Praise for Deliverance in Intercession for Peace
Let us pray for the President and world leaders as the situation regarding Syria proceeds. Let us pray with great faith in the mercy of God who alone can create the peace the world and each of us longs for. The situation is so befogged by lack of clarity and conflicting assertions of the facts and possible consequences. Let us call upon the Spirit to enlighten all with wisdom. May the angels who announced the birth of the Prince of Peace, melt the pride and fear that could lead to decisions that...
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Prayer for Peace in Syria

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Prayer for Peace in Syria
Prayer and Intercession for Peace in SyriaGod of Compassion, Hear the cries of the people of Syria Comfort those who suffer violence Console those who mourn the dead Give strength to Syria’s neighbouring countries to welcome the refugees Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms And protect those who are committed to peace.God of hope, Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people ...
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A Fire that Needs to Burn Brightly

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A Fire that Needs to Burn Brightly
In the twelfth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49) Jesus doesn’t mince words here. Jesus is calling his disciples to be pyromaniacs! Of course, Jesus isn’t asking his followers to burn down buildings. He is looking for people who, everywhere they go, are ready and willing to spark fires for the glory of God. For instance, Saint Paul became a brilliant light for Christ after his conversion on th...
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Memorial Video for Sr. Susan Helen

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Memorial Video for Sr. Susan Helen
When a member of our community passes into eternity, there is a great joy mixed with the sorrow of our loss. Sr. Susan Helen, with whom we had lived and shared the mission for many years, died on August 18, 2013. A Daughter of St. Paul known for her passion for evangelization and reaching every person with the Word of God, Sr. Susan was for many of us a teacher and mentor, and for all of us a sister. We share with you the eulogy from her funeral, given by Sr. Margaret Edward, FSP. You will also ...
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Sr. Susan Helen - Still Among Us

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Sr. Susan Helen - Still Among Us
Tomorrow the long line of Pauline sisters, family and friends wound its way down the hill behind our publishing house to the mausoleum to lay to rest our dear sister, Susan Helen Wallace. Tonight, in a few hours of silent waiting, I cherish my memories of this sister whom we all love.Sr. Susan, endearingly  nicknamed Auntie by the community, had for almost thirty years been a member of the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul as a writer and editor. Her books for children and Basic...
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A Profound Encounter with Jesus Christ
We’ve heard it a thousand times: “Go out to all the world and tell the good news” (Mark 16:15). But what is this “Good News” that we are supposed to be proclaiming? At the heart our Catholic Faith is all about Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who loves us and for us was born, lived, died and is risen. In his forthcoming book Meeting Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Word, Monsignor J Brian Bransfield shows us how Jesus invites each of us to a personal relationship of discipleship. As we...
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Three Important Things You Should Know About Heaven
This past week we celebrated the feast of the Assumption of Mary which has been so beautifully depicted in this masterpiece by Titian, an Italian painter who was the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. Perhaps because of this feast day, Catholics have traditionally reflected on heaven in the month of August. Here are three important things about heaven which we can learn while reflecting on this masterpiece of Mary's assumption:1) In Titian's depiction of the assumption of...
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HeartWork: A Grace-Filled Journey

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HeartWork: A Grace-Filled Journey
Whether we still struggle with the pain of past wounds, are working through relationships and situations that are dragging us down, or worrying about the future, we yearn for a life that is free, fulfilling, and fruitful. The trouble is that we often feel that we have a hole in our hearts that we can't fill. We look for love, and it slips through our fingers. We try to give love to others, and no one wants it. We can't believe that God really would love us. We end up alone.  HeartWork&...
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