July 19, 2019

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Mary and Martha: Ora et labora

Mary and Martha with Jesus

Jesus and St. Benedict were on the same page. Their advice was the same, and it was wise advice. Martha did not particularly like the advice. Neither did many of St. Benedict’s monks. Nor do hard working people who are constantly on the go.

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July 18, 2019

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 1

For all priests, bishops, cardinals, and our Holy Father

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July 16, 2019

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity July 18-26

Join the Marriage, Family and Life Office in praying a novena for chastity and purity in the world.

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July 12, 2019

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St. Henry, Emperor

St. Henry

St. Henry was the Duke of Bavaria, the Holy Roman Emperor, a powerful ruler, and extremely involved in Church affairs.

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July 2, 2019

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St. Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen and Mother

The memorial of St. Elizabeth of Portugal is celebrated by the Universal Church on July 4, but because of Independence Day, in the United States her memorial is celebrated on July 5.

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June 21, 2019

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Corpus Christi

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated every year on the Second Sunday after Pentecost. The traditional name for the feast is Corpus Christi. It is one of the three doctrinal feasts celebrated during Ordinary Time.

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June 9, 2019

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Unity in Diversity

Pentecost

A while back I worked at a parish that had a tradition of reading the Mass readings in a variety of different languages on Pentecost Sunday. This tradition points us to the first reading from Acts where it says, “At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.”

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June 7, 2019

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Different portrayals of the Holy Spirit as a dove

Holy Spirit Dove

In religious art the Holy Spirit is most often depicted as a dove. The biblical basis for the dove symbolism is found in all four gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

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May 31, 2019

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The Ascension

Ascension

The Seventh Sunday of Easter is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, how the Father lifted the Son from the earth after the Resurrection, bought him back to heaven, and enthroned him in glory and power at his right hand (Mk 16:19; Acts 2:33; 5:31; 7:55,56; Eph 1:20). The Ascension is a major mystery of our Christian faith, so important that it is the second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

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