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The Incredible Hidden Suffering and Final Words of Famed Seer

When officials released Fatima seer Lucia dos Santos’ first memoir in 1976, great light was shed on the extraordinary and largely hidden lives of the two younger visionaries — Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Recall often we should how these two siblings, who were Lucia’s cousins and best friends, died very soon after the dramatic apparitions […]

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The Star is always there

Wear the robe of Heaven, not that of this world. Be in this world, but not of it. Be otherworldly though here on earth. Choose simplicity over what is royal. This is a lesson of an Infant in a manger against the great and growing temptation of our time. Try to see things more from […]

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Doctor had vision of netherworld

“Those who profit from the health of others will find their reward in the jewels of hell.” If that “word of knowledge” bears credence, there are some in the medical industry (pharmaceutical companies, insurance conglomerates, hospitals, surgeons, specialists) who may want to pay heed. For those who claim to have glimpsed sheol have been known […]

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Time for mercy, but deep mercy

It is a time for mercy, no question about that. It’s the “Year of Mercy,” so proclaimed by the Pope. Holy Doors of Mercy have been opened ceremoniously in dozens of important basilicas, shrines, and cathedrals around the world [here’s a list]. This Pope will be known as the “Pope of Mercy” — feeding and […]

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The Many Aspects Of Love

We all know the expression, from Scripture, that “love is patient, love is kind; love is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with […]

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Avoiding worldliness

Often, we hear the term “worldliness.” In the Bible, Jesus warns of this a number of times. So did His disciples. Take the reading from Tuesday (May 17, 2016), “Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world […]

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About discernment

No matter what it is — healings, apparitions, weeping statues, locutions, stigmata, even deliverance — mystical manifestations are subject to discernment and — usually — dispute. It’s why some shy away from them. But when we do, we risk losing out on manifest Grace. (We occasionally had these discussions with Mother Angelica, who believed strongly […]

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A Description of Purgatory

In 1873 a holy nun identified only as Sister M. de L.C. in a French convent began to hear prolonged sighs beside her. The strange noises from an invisible presence went on and came nearer. In February of 1874, after much prayer and many Communions, the presence finally identified itself to Sister M as the […]

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Doorways of the Soul

Ever stop to contemplate the importance of doors? Yes, entranceways: there are so many kinds of doors in life. There are doors that lead to stairs that go up and doors that lead to a basement and doors that open entire new vistas on a patio or that we open to enter a church. There […]

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When ‘good’ people harbor ‘bad fruits’

Around this time of year we have seen our share of gift baskets, some with fruit. Usually, such a basket has a variety: different types of fruit, perhaps apples, pears, kiwi. There are various tastes and shapes and colors. The same, by and large, is true with us: Christ said that “by their fruits you […]

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