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A man serving three life sentences

Years ago my friend Marco asked me to accompany him to Federal Prison to talk to prisoners. I was nervous about it not knowing what to expect, but I found out that I felt very much at home with the men I talked to. Not sure what that says about me, but the men who […]

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Christians in the Middle East: ‘it’s nothing short of genocide’

A Statement by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “Lord Jesus Christ.” These three whispered words rose above the sound of the surf to overcome death, as 21 Coptic Christians – brothers as dear to us as our own family – knelt in the sand before the executioner’s sword. The […]

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How does one ‘prepare’?

We see with all the wildfire and drought and extreme flooding that no matter where one lives, events can occur and literally “out of the blue” that cripple areas. What if the word “neighborhood” or “area” turned into “region”? There are certainly things that have happened in nature through the millennia that have caused effects […]

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The Fatima Secret: The Persecution of the Church

Recently we have all been stunned by the increasing persecutions of the Church throughout the world: thousands of Christians either killed or made homeless, the legalistic attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs including marriage, and the appalling revelations about Planned Parenthood. One of the subjects I spent a great deal of time studying over the years has […]

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Souls in Purgatory

Along with the feast of All Saints developed the feast of All Souls. The Church has consistently encouraged the offering of prayers and Mass for the souls of the faithful departed in purgatory. At the time of their death, these souls are not perfectly cleansed of venial sin or have not atoned for past transgressions, […]

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Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Your alter (in Your presence) eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject. Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had […]

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Offer ourselves and all we have to God

It should be our daily and frequent practice to offer ourselves and all we have to God, for His glory, in thanksgiving for His many blessings, in petition for the favors which we and others need, and in reparation for the sins which we and others commit. We should strive so to live and act […]

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Taken away

I think most people come to a place in their lives when things are taken away from them.  Not so much by other people, but simply by the aging process.  Driving is more difficult, energy levels drop, perhaps it is noting that the mind works differently and on some occasions not very well.  It is […]

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Why such an enormous price for our salva­tion?

When meditating on the Passion of Our Lord, which culminated in His death on the cross, we can hardly avoid wondering, “Why such an enormous price for our salva­tion.” We know that one tear of the Savior’s divine eyes, one sigh of His Sacred Heart, would have been enough to ransom the whole world, because […]

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Honor and Deceit

Recently a young man was presented his Eagle Award. Just before the presentation the speaker talked about what is a central theme of the Scouting movement, Honor. A Scout pledges on his honor to do all that is expected of him as a scout, family member, and citizen. To violate his honor could mean forfeiture […]

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