July 18, 2016

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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 14, 2016

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16 is the memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It commemorates July 16, 1251, the day when the Blessed Mother Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock in England a number of years after he had made a visit to Mount Carmel. It is the patronal feast of the Carmelite religious order.

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July 1, 2016

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The Dual Citizenship of Catholic Americans

July 4 is the celebration of Independence Day, the birthday of our country, the United States of America, and our citizenship in this great nation. This national holiday is an occasion to reflect on the nature of dual citizenship, how a Christian is a citizen of a universal spiritual kingdom, the Kingdom of God, and an earthly kingdom, our country, the United States.

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June 24, 2016

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St. Cyril of Alexandria (370-444), Bishop and Doctor

St. Cyril was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 370 AD. His family was of the noble class. His uncle was Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria. Cyril received a classical and theological education under his uncle, who eventually ordained him to the priesthood. A number of years later, in 412 AD, he succeeded his uncle as the patriarch or bishop of Alexandria.

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June 17, 2016

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity July 18 – 26, 2014

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

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June 17, 2016

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A six week series from the letter to the Galatians

The second readings for the Sundays of Week Nine through Week Fourteen of Ordinary Time, Year C, are taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

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June 9, 2016

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St. Barnabas, apostle and martyr

Barnabas was born on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. He was a Jew of the tribe of Levi. He was given the name Joses or Joseph, but the apostles changed his name to Barnabas, which means the “son of encouragement” or the “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36).

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June 7, 2016

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An Irish Catholic girl reflects on St. Peter’s Square in Rome

I came expecting crowds and gimcracks and jabbering people with fanny packs and cameras. I am surprised. I was wrong. I cannot help but be moved by this place.

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June 3, 2016

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St. Norbert, Bishop

Norbert was born in 1080 in Xanten, a town in western Germany. His father was Count Heribert of Gennep, his mother Hedwig of Guise. His family was both nobility and Christian. As a young man he was ordained a subdeacon, not because of his faith, but to gain the advantage of clerical position and a financial subsidy from the church. He became a spiritual advisor to Emperor Henry V in Cologne, and he reveled in a life of political influence, luxury, and wealth.

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