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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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Keep Calm: Lessons from Baby Tessa

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Keep Calm: Lessons from Baby Tessa
You may have noticed the latest trend in Keep Calm T-Shirts and even Facebook posts: Keep Calm I'm a Nurse, Keep Calm and Carry On, Keep Calm and Let the Chef Handle It, Keep Calm It's My 40th Birthday Today.... Anyone can go on zazzle.com and create their own Keep Calm T-Shirt message. I’m visiting my family these few weeks and these Keep Calm messages have caught my attention.In reality, however, there are lots of events, that can shatter our calm and leave us feeling anxious, on edge, even i...
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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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The Face of Mercy: New Document of Pope Francis
If there is one word that has characterized the pontificate of Pope Francis, it is the word mercy. As St. John Paul II before him—who called for a recourse to mercy “in this difficult, critical phase of the history of the Church and of the world” (Dives in Misericordia, 15)—Pope Francis has looked out onto today’s world situation and called for a revolution in tenderness. We see Francis modeling this revolution in his actions, in his gaze, in his words…all of which have captured the imagin...
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3 Reasons Mary Helps Our Loved Ones Who Have Left the Church
Do you know someone who has left the Church?  Who do you ask to pray for your loved ones? Sometimes St. Monica is invoked on behalf of children who have strayed from the faith. And she definitely can be a powerful intercessor. But there is another intercessor we should never forget when we pray for friends and family who have left the Church: our Blessed Mother. Here are some reasons why: 1. Mary is Our Loved Ones’ Mother:  I once had a very strong prayer expe...
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A Book for the Long Journey Home

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A Book for the Long Journey Home
One of the most beautiful aspects of community life is the way it becomes another family that includes one's family of origin. A sister's mom was here over the past three weeks, baking every sort of yummy deliciousness that any granny would provide for her children--although on a rather large scale, there being 70+ eager hands reaching for the brownies. When there is a family crisis, we're on it for prayers. Everybody in community followed my sister's 30-year search for a husband and rejoiced wh...
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"I Thought Nuns Were Extinct"

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February 2 is the World Day of Consecrated Life, in 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life. It's an important year for the whole Church, not just members of religious institutes, to reflect on what the consecrated life means for the Church. Pope John Paul II's document "Consecrated Life" is an important resource for this. Sister Marianne Lorraine explains why.
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Jesus: The Anchor That Gives Us Hope
In these days each morning at Mass I have been moved by the readings from the Letter to the Hebrews. Jesus our High Priest is the centerpiece of this masterful work from the New Testament. The writer tells us that Jesus learned “obedience from what he suffered” for us. He purchased our souls for God, and because of what Jesus did we have hope.In our coastal New England area it is easy to visualize an anchor holding a ship fast, despite the strength of the wind or waves. Jesus is the anchor tha...
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Heart to Heart with Pope Francis

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Heart to Heart with Pope Francis
I have always loved the readings of the Liturgy in the last couple weeks of November and the end of the liturgical year, particularly the book of Revelation. Just yesterday we began proclaiming the prophetic messages to the seven Churches. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life!  We too want to stand one day robed in white, singing the song of the Lamb. In today's Strength for the Week, Pope Francis offers us some personal spiritual guidance on our journey. In the digital ma...
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Where Do We Turn If Not To God?

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Where Do We Turn If Not To God?
Way back in 1959, St. Paul Editions, as our publishing house was then called, compiled and printed a marvelous book: the Queen of Apostles Manual of Prayer. It wasn’t just another prayer book—at that time there were hundreds of those on the market—but literally a manual, a how-to, of conversation with God, learned by…praying. It was reprinted and revised more than once. By the time it received a new title, Queen of Apostles Prayer Book, it contained over 400 prayers and novenas. At least tha...
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