September 14, 2018

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St. Cornelius, Pope, and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Cyprian

Saints Cornelius (d. 253) and Cyprian (200-258) are two great Third Century saints, one a Pope, the other a bishop, one in Rome, the other in North Africa, both martyrs, both mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer I, the Roman Canon.

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September 14, 2018

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The mind: A talent to be invested

Soloman

September is here. The summer is behind us. It is back-to-school time.

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September 6, 2018

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Words Matter: A Catholic Civility

Anne Weyandt

Here’s an idea to consider as the school year begins.

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September 6, 2018

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Back to School: Jesus, a guide for students’ advancement in wisdom, age and favor

Jesus The Student

Late August and early September signal the beginning of a new school year. Whether a student attends a Catholic school, private school, or public school, education is a spiritual process. Jesus was a student, and his example serves as a guide for all students. As a twelve-year old, “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man” (Lk 2:52), which is to say that he matured intellectually, physically, and spiritually, and students are to take their cues from him.

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August 24, 2018

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Jesus: The Keystone — Bartholomew: A Foundation Stone

Jesus the keystone

A Grand Edifice. St. Paul describes the church as a magnificent structure or a sacred temple (Eph 2:21). It is a grand and glorious building, breathtaking, a sight to behold. Jesus is the keystone, the apostles are the foundation stones, and the members are living stones. Over the centuries it has become a towering skyscraper, one generation of believers after another, one floor of living stones built upon another.

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August 17, 2018

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The pelican and her chicks a symbol for the Eucharist

There is an image of a mother pelican with her chicks carved into the capital at the top of a pillar that supports a stone canopy over a stairway at the Cenacle or the Coenaculum, the upper room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, the place that commemorates where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and instituted the Eucharist. It is the only artwork in the entire room, and it is singularly appropriate because it is a symbol for Jesus and the Eucharist.

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August 10, 2018

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The sacrament of marriage: A solemn covenant

sacrament of marriage

The sacrament of marriage is a covenant between a husband and wife patterned on the covenant between God and the human race. God entered a pact with every living being through Noah after the flood (see Gn 9:8-17). God promised to be faithful to the people of the earth, to love them and provide for them, and that it would be an “everlasting covenant” (Gn 9:16), perpetual, permanent, and binding forever.

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August 3, 2018

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Superabundant Grace for the Married Couple

Wedding at Cana

Jesus attended a wedding feast at Cana at the beginning of his public ministry (Jn 2:1-11). Jesus wanted that couple, as well as every married couple, to have a wonderful life together and to be faithful in their love for each other. The bride and groom had looked forward to their wedding day with eager anticipation, and after exchanging their vows they were jubilant. Their family and friends were together. The festivities were in high gear. There was food and drink, singing and dancing, and smiles on every face. A wedding banquet is the greatest of all feasts.

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July 30, 2018

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The Price of Knowing

Christopher Menzhuber

Sometimes car salesmen will use a tactic that goes like this: If the customer offers to buy a car at a certain low price, the salesman writes that price down on a piece of paper and asks the customer to sign their name next to it. Signing one’s name is the customer’s pledge to buy the car at that price so the salesman has motivation to talk to his manager to try and get that low price.

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July 27, 2018

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St. Peter Chrysologus

St. Peter Chrysologus

St. Peter Chrysologus was born in 380 AD at Imola, Emilia, Italy. He studied under Bishop Cornelius of Imola, and was ordained by him as a deacon.

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