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The Kingdom Within

The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is; but the kingdom of God is within us, for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart. […]

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Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

This day has been consecrated for us by the martyrdom of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. It is not some obscure martyrs we are talking about. “Their sound has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19). These martyrs had seen what they proclaimed, they […]

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Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not ‘supermen’

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but rather are ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.” “They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who […]

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It is good for us to be here

It is good for us to be here Upon Mount Tabor, Jesus revealed to his disciples a heavenly mystery. While living among them he had spoken of the kingdom and of his second coming in glory, but to banish from their hearts any possible doubt concerning the kingdom and to confirm their faith in what […]

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Blessed are the poor in spirit…

3. The first Beatitude, our theme for the next World Youth Day, says that the poor in spirit are blessed for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. At a time when so many people are suffering as a result of the financial crisis, it might seem strange to link poverty and happiness. How can we […]

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Thoughts to remember

Abba Evagrius said, ‘Sit in your cell, collecting your thoughts. Remember the day of your death. See then what the death of your body will be; let your spirit be heavy, take pains, condemn the vanity of the world, so as to be able to live always in the peace you have in view without […]

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Feast of All Saints

3. Today’s liturgy speaks completely of holiness. But to know what is the way to holiness, we must go with the Apostles up the mount of the Beatitudes to draw near to Jesus and listen to the words of life that come from his lips. Today too he says to us again: “Blessed are the poor […]

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Adam’s Sin

But Adam did not wish to say, “I sinned,” but said rather the contrary of this and placed the blame for the transgression upon God Who created everything “very good,” saying to Him, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.” And after him she also placed the blame […]

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Sin can only be defeated by God

To uproot sin and the evil that is so imbedded in our sinning can  be done only by divine power, for it is impossible and outside man’s competence to uproot sin.  To struggle, yes, to continue to fight, to  inflict blows, and to receive setbacks is in your power.  To uproot,  however, belongs to God […]

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We carry the Kingdom within

For those who believe in Him, Christ will become all this and even more, beyond enumeration, not only in the age to come but first in this life, and then in the world to come. Thou in an obscure way here below and in a perfect manner in the Kingdom, those who believe see clearly […]

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