October 9, 2020

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St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin, Religious, Doctor of the Church

St. Teresa of Jesus

St. Teresa of Jesus was born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515, one of twelve children in a faith-filled home. At age seven she read the lives of the saints and was so inspired by the martyrs that she and her brother Rodrigo began walking south toward the Moors hoping to gain instant access to heaven. They were intercepted on their way by their uncle and returned home.

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October 2, 2020

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The San Damiano Cross

The San Damiano Cross

One day in 1206 AD St. Francis of Assisi was ambling along a country road, happened upon the church, went inside, and knelt down before the cross. While he was in prayer, he saw the lips of Jesus move and he heard his voice say, “Francis, go and repair my house which, as you can see, is falling completely into ruin.”

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September 25, 2020

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St. Lorenzo Ruiz and the Nagasaki Martyrs

St. Lorenzo Ruiz

Between 1633 and 1637 sixteen Christians were martyred for their faith in Nagasaki, Japan. All sixteen were related to the Dominican Order in some way: nine Dominican priests, two Dominican brothers, two consecrated virgins, and three Dominican tertiaries, lay persons who belong to the Third Order of St. Dominic. They belonged to five different nationalities: nine were Japanese, four Spaniards, one Frenchman, one Italian, and one Filipino, St. Lorenzo Ruiz.

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September 16, 2020

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St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: a unique four-week span

St. Paul sets foot in Greece.

A Four-Part Sampler. Four scripture passages from Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians are featured for the second reading from the Twenty-Fifth to Twenty-Eighth Sundays of Ordinary Time in Year A. It is the only time in the three-year Lectionary cycle that there is a sequential progression of readings taken from this letter following the principle of Lectio continua, a continuous series of passages from the same book over a number of Sundays in a row.

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September 11, 2020

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Constantine’s vision of the Cross of Victory

The great Roman military commander Constantine reported that on the night of October 27-28, 312, the eve of the greatest battle of his career, he received a vision of the Cross and heard the voice of Jesus speak to him. It was under extremely dire conditions.

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September 11, 2020

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The feast was formerly known as the Triumph of the Cross, but it has been renamed the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. “Exaltation” means “to lift up.”

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September 4, 2020

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Labor Day

Holy Family

There is a very spiritual side to this civic holiday. It is a blessing to have a job, to be able to put our God-given talents to good use, provide for ourselves and our families, and contribute to the betterment of society.

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August 28, 2020

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The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

August 29 is the memorial of The Passion of Saint John the Baptist. It was known formerly as The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist.

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August 21, 2020

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St. Bartholomew, the Apostle Jesus Saw Under a Fig Tree

When Jesus met Bartholomew for the first time, Jesus told him, “I saw you under the fig tree” (Jn 1:48b). It is a peculiar and intriguing comment. Why would this behavior be worthy of notice or deserving of a comment? What is spiritually significant about sitting under a fig tree?

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August 14, 2020

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Each year on August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption, the belief that Mary was assumed, taken up body and soul to heaven, where she lives in eternal glory with her son Jesus. The prayers that are said at Mass, particularly the Preface, provide a concise statement of the major aspects of this dearly held belief.

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