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Venerable Thecla Merlo, a Mother

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Venerable Thecla Merlo, a Mother
I was introduced to the Servant of God Teresa Merlo (1894-1964) when I was first discerning my vocation to religious life. Although she became the Co-foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul, initially her fragile health prevented her from pursuing her dream to become a sister. When she was 22, she met Blessed James Alberione, who invited her to help him with a new congregation of women who would evangelize with the media. Teresa Merlo eventually took the name “Thecla,” and she became the Co-fou...
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All the Saints with a Small "s"

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All the Saints with a Small
by Sr. Mary Peter Martin, FSPRecently I met a retired circulation manager for our local newspaper. Since I myself had once worked in the circulation department of our publishing house, we felt a common bond. We both were aware of the myriad processes and unseen tasks that are hidden but essential  to a publishing enterprise. Editors and reporters often have their bylines and their day in the sun. With praise or criticism the public gives them some attention. Graphic designers, advertising person...
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7 Things the Pope Would Say to the Kids in Your Life
I love being around children, and when I get their jokes I love to laugh along! I recently admired my cousin’s love and patience as he played a three-year-old’s version of Name that Tune. He hummed, whistled, or did lip trills to the tune of Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday, and The Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. When it was my goddaughter’s turn, she hummed the same three songs and was absolutely thrilled with each of his belabored guesses.I admire Pope Francis. Don’t you? I think m...
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