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Padre Pio, Bernard of Clairvaux, and the Shoulder Wound of Christ

Two great saints were prayerfully, and painfully, devoted to a wound of Christ’s Passion, “not recorded by men…” What do medieval mystic St. Bernard of Clairvaux and modern monk St. Padre Pio have in common? Well, they’re both saints, sharing in the eternal reward which God has prepared for them. But beyond that, both had […]

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Connecting the parts of our lives

I enjoy customer service…I enjoy serving others. And now I use the word to serve God…a natural fit…to serve. I had not connected the two parts of my life…the two parts are now one; writing reveals. —Gail Bardis People who serve others because they truly desire to do so have found a great secret that […]

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A chance to trust

Each day gives us another chance to trust in the face of often opposing evidence. Trust is a choice, one that can break the chains of our own mental and emotional prisons. If we proclaim that our faith is real, then it is in the nitty-gritty everyday-ness that we walk, which is often a dark […]

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We Live in the Time of the Two Advents of Christ

History itself acquired a new meaning, or rather its hidden meaning was revealed, when the Word of God became incarnate and entered into history. Time itself was now an Epiphany of the Creator and of the Redeemer, the “Lord of Ages.” And yet time also acquired a new solemnity, a new urgency, since the Lord […]

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Let us go to meet Christ

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with […]

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Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ.

Peter came to Rome! What else but obedience to the inspiration received from the Lord could have guided him and brought him to this city, the heart of the Empire? Perhaps the fisherman of Galilee did not want to come here. Perhaps he would have preferred to stay there, on the shores of Lake of […]

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We must dare to be saints by the power of God

Easter is the mystery of our redemption. We who have died and risen with Christ are no longer sinners. Sin is dead in us. The Law has no further hold on us. And yet this is not as simple as it sounds. Our new life in Christ is not a permanent and guaranteed possession, handed over […]

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Psalm 47(46): Praise the Lord, King of all the Earth

In Psalm 46 (47), which we just prayed. It is designed as a hymn to the sovereign Lord of the universe and of history:  “God is king over all the earth … God rules over all nations” (vv. 8-9). Like other similar compositions in the Psalter (cf. Ps 92; 95-98), this hymn to the Lord, the king […]

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Pope Francis: There’s no sin that God can’t erase

  Francis says Mass for cardinals and bishops who died during the year. “Only human sin can break this bond, but even in this case God will always go in search for him to restore that union that lasts even after death.” Vatican City ( AsiaNews) – “Nothing will ever separate us from the love […]

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Christ your only teacher

Let this man Christ be your one teacher, this man who is, for your sake, a scroll written on the inside of the page and on the outside. Read of this man by reading him, learn from him by learning him. Copy from this pattern the pattern both on the inside and on the outside […]

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