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6th Sunday of Easter: We become His friends


You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (Jn 15:14-15) We are nearly at the end of the Easter Season, a privileged time of catechesis or instruction for both the newly baptized and for all of us who renewed ... (Continue reading)

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Works without faith


In the March 2015 issue of Catholic Insight, a letter to the editor opines that “many Catholics tend to treat Sunday Mass and receiving Communion as the principal, and sometimes only action required of them.” The letter writer sees Holy Mass as “only a start to our following His teaching.” He believes that once we leave the church after Sunday Mass, many of us are “oblivious to the rest of Christ’s teaching, which is centred on love of your neighbour.” ... (Continue reading)

4th Sunday: Listen to the voice of the Lord


They were astounded at his teaching for he taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Mk 1:21). As we commemorate the mysteries of our Lord’s public life and ministry, the Gospel text of today’s Mass invites us to see in Jesus the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own kin; you shall heed such a prophet" (18:18). ... (Continue reading)

Gift Guide: For the woman who is always busy


I've been checking out gift guides lately. They range from the utterly ridiculous (for those who have everything) to the downright practical (for those who have nothing) and everything in between. So I didn't pause for a minute when our blog editor, Meaghen, suggested I come up with a gift list for the busy women in your life. Here's a short list of great gifts. Prayer and Devotion A Catholic Woman's Book of Days by Amy Welborn looks mighty lovely. I haven't read this, but it ... (Continue reading)

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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: A call to holiness.


Brothers and sisters, you are God’s building. ... For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:9, 17) Today we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in the year 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and now known as St. John Lateran, this ancient church is universally recognised as the Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World (Omnium ... (Continue reading)

Even in darkness, life has purpose


"Every night when I go to bed I ask God to not wake me up anymore," she confided. I studied her tired face for a moment and then asked, "What makes you feel that way?" "When I was young," she began, " I had my children and I looked after them. Then they got married and had their own children and I looked after them. Then my husband had a stroke and was in a wheelchair and I looked after him for ... (Continue reading)

The Presence-Prayers of Children


There’s been quite a bit of media coverage lately about kiddies at Mass. One parish’s idea had made the Facebook rounds a while back: the pastor had put an insert into every pew asking parishioners to be patient and loving towards kids, instead of disdainful and angry. Terri wrote a beautiful post on it the other day, and the mommy-bloggers have been sharing their tricks and triumphs when it comes to keeping their kids under wraps for one hour a week. So ... (Continue reading)

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Divine beauty and the providence of sin


Fr. Thomas Dubay begins The Evidential Power of Beauty with this sentence: "Every human person is drawn to beauty." We are stirred by all manifestations of beauty: a magestic piece of music, breathtaking scenery, a beautiful face, exquisite artwork. There is beauty in the order of creation as well as in the magnificence of nature. There is also personal beauty which is reflected best by the saints. In them we see the beauty of "personal splendor" that is arrived at when a ... (Continue reading)

Giving it all to Jesus through Mary

To Jesus through Mary

Earlier this year I made the Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I had known about the total consecration for a few years through friends who had completed it. Someone had even given me the book Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ Through Mary. But I put the idea out of my mind. I was not interested. Why did I need to consecrate myself? I had a daily prayer life, prayed the Rosary on most evenings with my family, went to ... (Continue reading)

Praying for strangers a world away


My fiancé can sit for hours reading the news. First he cycles through his favourite Spanish papers, and then he ventures into the English ones. His interest in “the news” verges almost on obsession, and he doesn’t understand my aversion to most news sources. If I do read a paper, I will turn immediately to the entertainment and fashion section and pretend that the rest of it doesn’t exist, maybe taking a gander through the comics if there are any. It’s ... (Continue reading)

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