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Temptation of St. Anthony

We know about St. Anthony from a biography written by St. Athanasius called Life of St. Anthony. It says that when people would visit St. Anthony at his desert home, “they heard tumults, many voices, and, as it were, the clash of arms. At night they saw the mountain become full of wild beasts, and him […]

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He is the Source of Life

17. “The Word was not hedged in by His body, nor did His presence in the body prevent His being present elsewhere as well. When He moved His body He did not cease also to direct the universe by His Mind and might. No. The marvelous truth is, that being the Word, so far from […]

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Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord’s disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered […]

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The Savior works mightily every day

31. “We are agreed that a dead person can do nothing: yet the Savior works mightily every day, drawing men to religion, persuading them to virtue, teaching them about immortality, quickening their thirst for heavenly things, revealing the knowledge of the Father, inspiring strength in face of death, manifesting Himself to each, and displacing the […]

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The Savior has raised His own body

Both from the confession of the evil spirits and from the daily witness of His works, it is manifest, then, and let none presume to doubt it, that the Savior has raised His own body, and that He is very Son of God, having His being from God as from a Father, Whose Word and […]

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Top Ten Saints For Sinners

If you’re struggling with sin, if temptations are half-killing you, if all seems lost – maybe have a word with one of the following in prayer, and ask for a little help. After all, as my parish priest always reminds me, we are a community. 1. St. Margaret of Cortona Formerly a mistress and rather […]

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The Saviour is working among us

Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energise others belong only to the living. Well, then, look at the facts in this case. The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over […]

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A Soul is the Mirror of the Father

The soul was made in the image of God and came into being likeness, as divine Scripture teaches when it says (God speaking), “I make humanity in our image and likeness” [Gen 1:26]. Thus when he removes the filth of sin that covers it and guards only the pure image when this image is thoroughly […]

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The Nature of the Psalms

All of the Psalms have been spoken and arranged by the Spirit so that the emotions of our soul may be understood in them according to what was written before-time, and so that all of them may have been written as about us and become our very own words, for a reminder of our emotions […]

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Antony on Virtue

St. Antony of Egypt reminds us of one of the lessons we can learn as we meditate on Our Lord in the manager at Bethlehem. “Let none of us, therefore, desire to acquire things for himself, for what profit is there in acquiring these things that we cannot take with us? Why do we not […]

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