August 26, 2016

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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 19, 2016

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Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

Saint Bartholomew is one of the original twelve apostles. In Aramaic, his name is bar talmai, “son of Tolmai,” or the Graeco-Roman equivalent, “son of Ptolemy.” The only time that he is mentioned in the New Testament is on the four lists of the twelve apostles (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; Acts 1:13). Because he is paired with Philip in the three Synoptic Gospels, and because Philip is paired with Nathanael in the Fourth Gospel (Jn 1:43-51; 21:2), biblical scholars believe that Bartholomew and Nathanael may be one and the same person.

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August 11, 2016

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Peace or division, which is it?

Once when Jesus was speaking to his disciples, he broached the subjects of peace and division (Lk 12:51). His words were difficult to understand. He seemed to be in favor of peace one moment, but then he spoke about how he was a reason for division the next. Was he speaking out of both sides of his mouth? How can the same person be both peacemaker and a cause for division at the same time?

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August 4, 2016

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Somebody’s knockin’ at your door

Somebody is knocking at your door, and that somebody is Jesus! Jesus is not your typical visitor. The usual guest comes at a prearranged time, but not Jesus. Jesus gets to do whatever he wants, which means that he can come on any day at any time, either today, tomorrow, or a day in the distant future.

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August 2, 2016

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The pastoral imagination of Pope Francis and the gospel according to Giovanni Guareshi

Many Catholics remain amazed, fascinated or frustrated by this new-style Pope who speaks in ways we simply do not expect to hear coming from the Chair of Peter. Biographies and analyses are selling like hot-cakes as people try to understand “Just where is this Pope coming from?” But, if one just listens closely, he does provide an abundance of clues.

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July 29, 2016

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St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

St. Alphonsus Liguori was born Alfonso Maria de’Liguori in Marianella, a town near Naples, Italy, in 1696. He was a brilliant student who, by the age of seventeen, had already earned two doctor’s degrees, one in civil law, the other in canon law, both at the University of Naples. He practiced law with much success for eight years until he lost a major case because of a serious blunder of his own, and he interpreted this as a sign from God to leave the legal profession and study for the priesthood.

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July 28, 2016

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New book on Catholic social teaching offered as free digital download from Pope Francis

The book is offered as a free in-app purchase on a free smart phone app until the close of World Youth Day 2016

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July 26, 2016

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 9

For all those who bear the cross of infertility

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July 25, 2016

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 8

For all those who pray and labor for a rebirth of chastity and purity.

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