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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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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 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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Faith: the Secret of Reality

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Faith: the Secret of Reality
Faith is all about the deep-down essence of things, the core of being, the secret of reality.For most of us, life is so busy that concepts such as essence and core and secret of reality can sound a bit esoteric. Perhaps they elicit from us little more than a dazed look as we attempt to decipher the words."What's really important," we might be thinking, "is how I'm going to feed my family without a job, or how I'm going to protect someone I love from an unfair court case, or whether or not I'm go...
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Mary Teaches Us 4 Key Elements of Faith
As we approach the end of the summer, we start the month of August, a month in which we traditionally think of heaven. In the middle of the month we celebrate the Feast of Mary's Assumption into Heaven. Mary gave her life completely to God.  By becoming the mother of Jesus she also became the channel through which God’s love would enter the world. When we contemplate Mary's being assumed—body and soul— into heaven, we can learn more deeply four key elements of faith as elaborated in The Light...
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Seized by Christ

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Seized by Christ
We are heading into the last six months of the Year of Faith initiated by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and re-invigorated by Pope Francis. Indeed, the very emergence of Pope Francis onto the internal ecclesial scene has energized people into renewing or re-starting their journey of discipleship. It almost feels like Pope Francis is trying to push us into a faith-response that we’ve forgotten—one that is active, courageous, joyful, and loving. In short, he is calling us to a life of mission. To b...
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Believers Are Bearers of the Gaze of Christ
When Pope Francis talks about Jesus in The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), he gives us many clues on how to define faith. It’s wonderful to be able to define words because a clarified and broadened understanding of a concept or term frees us to choose, to make modifications or U-turns in those places in which we feel called by God.So what are the clues about faith that Pope Francis gives us when he speaks about the fullness of Christian faith, that gift given to us by the Lord? Most simply, he st...
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Faith Is a Journey into God's Horizons
Get faith! Have faith! Keep the faith! Believe the teachings of the Faith! At least three things seem to be communicated by these statements: trust, perseverance, and orthodox belief. And indeed, when it comes to understanding faith, this may be how most would define this virtue. Instead, I like to imagine faith as a diamond. Have you ever held a diamond up to the light? The cut of a diamond determines its beauty and quality in part by the way the cut disperses light into the colors of th...
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