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Young girl’s astonishing recovery is being investigated as a miracle (0)

December 7, 2016 • Category: Church News & Info

WICHITA, KAN.: After nurses helped save Avery Gerleman’s life 10 years ago, she vowed to become a nurse like them. She’s almost there: Gerleman is scheduled to get pinned as a licensed practical nurse on Dec. 20. But the latest twist in her story? Erin Hageman and other nurses who helped save her at Wesley Medical […]

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We are miserable as we think that happiness is something it is not (0)

The blind perversity of our misery is lamentable indeed. Although we desire happiness ardently, not only do we not do those things by which we may obtain our desire but rather, with contrary disaffection, take steps to add to our misery. In my opinion, we would never do this, if a false image of happiness […]

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Br. Mark»

Birds and things (0)

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. (Matthew 10:29) Everyone once in awhile people will ask me what my favorite bird is. I have always been partial to crows. When young I wanted to have one for a pet, but […]

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We must not count on ourselves (0)

If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. […]

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Young girl’s astonishing recovery is being investigated as a miracle (0)

WICHITA, KAN.: After nurses helped save Avery Gerleman’s life 10 years ago, she vowed to become a nurse like them. She’s almost there: Gerleman is scheduled to get pinned as a licensed practical nurse on Dec. 20. But the latest twist in her story? Erin Hageman and other nurses who helped save her at Wesley Medical […]

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Desert Wisdom»

The Meaning of Scripture (0)

One day some old men came to see Abba Anthony. In the midst of them was Abba Joseph. Wanting to test them, the old man suggested a text from the Scriptures, and, beginning with the youngest, he asked them what it meant. Each gave his opinion as he was able. But to each one the […]

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Responsible citizenship is a virtue (0)

“Both [major] candidates for president are seen as having such serious flaws as to lead some people to wonder if they can vote for either candidate of the two major parties or if they should skip voting in this year’s election. In the end, people must follow their consciences, but they should also take care […]

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Instruction»

Ego-Image: We must go back to the beginning. (0)

To assume that my superficial ego — this cramp of the imagination — is my real self is to begin by dishonoring myself and reality. Then I am left with a choice between a servile adjustment that submits to facts and manipulates my ego-concept to defend it against subversion by the facts, or else a […]

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Lectio Divina»

Pray Often and Read Often (0)

For those who practice it, the experience of lectio sacra sharpens perception, enriches understanding, rouses from sloth, banishes idleness, orders life, corrects bad habits, produces salutary weeping and draws tears from contrite hearts . . . curbs idle speech and vanity, awakens longing for Christ and the heavenly homeland. It must always be accompanied by […]

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Liturgy of the Hours»

5 Reasons to Pray the Divine Office Daily (0)

If I were to ask someone, “what is the public prayer of the Church,” I would typically get the answer of the Rosary. While the Rosary is a great devotion, the Church names a different prayer the “public prayer of the church:” “The divine office, because it is the public prayer of the Church, is […]

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Lives of Saints»

Feast St. Nicholas, the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra (0)

Our Holy Father Nicholas, emulator of the Apostles and ardent imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ, appears as a living pillar of the Church, zealous in defense of the faith and a model of pastoral solicitude for holy bishops. Through his countless miracles on behalf of the poor, the abandoned, of those suffering injustice and […]

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Living the Rule»

Will we manifest (0)

(written several years ago) When I was young, many years ago, though it seems like yesterday; I thought I was in control, centered, strong and together. I don’t know how I thought this, it seems amazing that I could have been so callow, yet I was young after all. As the years pile up, so […]

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Marian»

Francis, Fatima and the End of the World (0)

Does the Holy Father know something we don’t? Aleteia. At the end of April it was confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Fatima for the one hundredth anniversary of the Marian apparitions, and it is rumored that he will use the occasion to canonize the two youngest seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This week, […]

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Monastery»

Father Edmund McCaffrey, former Belmont abbot, dies at 83 (0)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Father Edmund McCaffrey, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston who was a former Benedictine monk and former abbot of Belmont Abbey, died Nov. 13, 2016. He died in Louisville, Ky., where he resided with the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was 83. A Mass of Christian Burial will be […]

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Faith is and Encounter with Jesus Christ (0)

VATICAN CITY — The Christian faith is not a theory, philosophy, or idea, but an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said this morning at Holy Mass at his private chapel in Santa Marta, as the Church enters into Advent. In order to truly encounter Jesus, the pope said, we need to undertake […]

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Rule»

Our Concept of “the World” (0)

I think the question of “turning to the world” is in fact a question of being patient with the unprepossessing surface of it, in order to break through to the deep goodness that is underneath. But to my way of thinking, “the world” is precisely the dehumanized surface. What is under the surface, and often […]

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Remembering Saint Benedict (0)

ROME, JUNE 11, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Nearly half a century has passed since the father of western monasticism, Saint Benedict, was declared patron protector of Europe. Throughout the Dark Ages of Europe following the fall of Rome, Scripture, patristic writings, classical literature, and scientific works that otherwise might have been forgotten or destroyed were kept safe […]

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Work of God»

My mother’s daily conversation with God and His Blessed Mother (0)

“It’s not the beads that matter; it’s the prayers,” she would say of her rosary. Mom always said the rosary, every single day. One of my earliest memories of her is how she would sit up in bed when she first woke up, taking her beads and silently reciting the prayers. I can’t remember thinking […]

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