October 25, 2019

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St. Paul: Looking back, looking forward

The year was 67 AD. St. Paul was in his mid-70s, an old man by First Century standards. He was in Rome, a bad place for Christians.

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October 18, 2019

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Sacred Scripture, wisdom for salvation

Sacred Scripture

Sacred Scripture is the writings of the Holy Bible, all of the books in both the Old and New Testaments. These books are on an approved list called the Canon of Sacred Scripture because they are considered authentic, contain correct teaching, and have been in continuous use throughout the centuries.

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September 27, 2019

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St. Wenceslaus, Martyr

St. Wenceslaus

St. Wenceslaus was born near Prague in 907. His father was Duke Wratislaw and his mother was Drahomira, the daughter of the chieftain of the Veletians, a Slavic tribe to the north. She was a pagan and opposed Christianity. St. Wenceslaus was educated and raised in the faith by his grandmother, St. Ludmilla.

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September 20, 2019

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St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Padre Pio

St. Pius of Pietrelcina, commonly known as Padre Pio, was born on May 25, 1887, in the small southern Italian town of Pietrelcina. His parents, Grazio and Maria Giuseppa Forgione, were devout Catholics and poor peasant farmers. He was baptized the day after his birth at St. Ana’s Chapel and given the name Francesco, named after San Francesco, St. Francis of Assisi.

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September 13, 2019

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows is known by a number of different names.

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September 13, 2019

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The History of the Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

The biblical origin of the memorial of our Lady of Sorrows is found in the Infancy Narrative of the gospel of Luke when, during the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Simeon told the Blessed Mother Mary, “You yourself a sword will pierce” (Lk 2:35). It was a deeply disturbing message on what should have been an extremely joyful day. Simeon forewarned Mary that she would endure much hardship in the future: burdens and anxiety, pain and suffering, tears and mourning. It was unknown when it would happen, how it would happen, or how hard it would be, but trouble surely was coming. The announcement itself was a sorrow for Mary.

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August 23, 2019

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St. Bartholomew

Nothing is known about St. Bartholomew except that he was one of the original twelve apostles (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; Acts 1:1). Was he a fisherman like some of the other apostles, or a farmer, a shepherd, or a craftsman? How did Jesus call him? How quickly did he respond? What was his personality like?

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August 16, 2019

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St. John Eudes – Priest and Founder

St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes is a great French saint of the Seventeenth Century. He was born in Ri, France, in the region of Normandy and the Diocese of Seez, in 1601. His family lived on a farm. He was the oldest of seven children.

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August 9, 2019

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The preface for 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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July 26, 2019

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The Real Little Mermaid

If we focus on the argument of what actress portrays Ariel, we forget that she was originally a Christlike figure that has now been lost along with the lessons the story taught. The washed down Disney version created over 25 years ago misses the conversation between the little mermaid and her Grandmother that explains an eternal soul.

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